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Research

Many members of the full-time clinical faculty are actively involved in clinical and basic research projects covering a variety of fields. Additionally, there are 10+ full-time laboratory faculty who spend 100% of their time in the laboratories of the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan. Residents are expected to participate actively in clinical research during each year of their residency and to participate in laboratory research during the research year. Medical students and residents have also routinely rotated through the Urology Laboratories, making important contributions to research efforts.

We invite you to learn more about our faculty research interests, clinical trials, programs, funding resources

Dow Division for Urologic Health Services Research

Health Services was launched by James Montie, M.D., and was largely financed by external gifts, endowment sources, the Medical School and the Health System. Under John Wei, M.D., our Urology Health Services Research (HSR) team is one of the two or three best in the world. Furthermore, the University of Michigan is a world leader in health services research in many other fields (Internal Medicine, V A, Pediatrics, etc.) and these individuals will have much influence on the way health care is financed, delivered and even taught in the near future. Many of these faculty members also provide and teach clinical care

Brent Hollenbeck, M.D., M.S., University of Michigan Health System Department of Urology, discusses the goals and successes of the Urologic Health Services Research program.

Division of Laboratory Research in the Department of Urology

The Laboratory Division within the Department of Urology comprises 10 faculty who spend all or most of their time directing laboratory research.  Participating faculty are largely senior, tenured investigators with appointments at the full or associate professor levels.  All of these faculty direct successful, well-funded, productive research programs that provide a rich environment for the training of both pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, urology residents and medical students.

The general areas of research focus provided by these faculty include: 1) The application of genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic approaches to understanding urologic disease; 2) Identification of the biological/physiological  mechanisms underlying pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence, or consequent to bladder outlet obstruction; 3) Elucidation of the biology of cancer metastasis, including mechanisms that disrupt cell-cell adhesion or that guide the establishment of distant metastases; 4) Defining the mechanisms that guide development of the genitourinary system; 5) Identifying and manipulating normal and malignant stem cells in the bladder and prostate; 6) Developing new therapeutics, surgical instrumentation and imaging modalities useful in the management of urologic disease; 7) Examination of the role of hormone and hormone receptor dysfunction in the development of urologic disease, and 8) Identification of genetic and other risk factors for the development of urologic disease.  Together, these areas of research provide a comprehensive mechanism to provide optimal training experiences in diverse aspects of normal or abnormal genitourinary development and function, and urologic disease.