Basic science and clinical research have been a strong focus of the Division of Urology at the University of Alberta. Currently, the Division is participating in a number of clinical trials both in urology and transplantation. The Division is also involved in wet bench research in the fields of oncology, photodynamic therapy and laser technology. Residents are not required to participate in basic science research during their five clinical years of training. However, there is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to pursue basic science research to obtain a PhD or MSc degree in experimental surgery through an established Clinical Investigatorship Program. This would require two years outside of, and in addition to, the five clinical years of urology.

Residents are expected to participate in a clinical research project each year. This is usually in the area of clinical outcomes or quality assurance. This paper is presented at the annual Prairie Urological Association Meeting held in February/March each year in Banff, Alberta. The resident is also expected to submit this paper for presentation at the Department of Surgery Research Day and/or an abstract to a national and/or international meeting.


Resident Published Research Links

Resident, Dr Adam Kinnaird, co-authored a paper published in Vol 158, Iss 1 of Cell, July 3, 2014

> A Nuclear Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Is Important for the Generation of Acetyl-CoA and Histone Acetylation"

Alberta Urology Institute Research Centre

The Alberta Urology Institute Research Centre is a research-oriented not for profit centre affiliated with the Alberta Urology Institute and the Northern Alberta Urological Foundation. Originally established in 1994 as the Edmonton Prostate Centre, the Centre has expanded its role under the Director, Dr Michael Chetner, to conduct pharmaceutical and investigator initiated clinical research for all urological diseases. Many urologists practicing at the Alberta Urology Institute are also actively involved in clinical research studies run at the Centre.

Recent clinical research trials conducted though the Centre include: prostate cancer therapy, prostate cancer prevention, high grade PIN, bone loss in prostate cancer patients receiving ADT, benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, overactive bladder, incontinence, bladder cancer tumour markers, complicated urinary tract infections, lithotripsy treatments for ureteral stones, optimal surgical management for various urological surgeries.

Contact Information:

Northern Alberta Urology Centre

7th Floor - Kaye Edmonton Clinic
11400 University Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T6G 1Z1

Phone: (780) 407 5800
Fax: 1 888 414 6282

Interesting Research Links
> Dr. Judah Folkman's research in tumor angiogenesis and the discovery of angiostatin