CUA Astellas Research Grant Program now accepting proposals for 2013
MARKHAM, ON, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Improving patient care is the ultimate goal
of a research grant program, designed to support Canadian scientific discovery
and innovation in urology.
Researchers are invited to submit a proposal to the CUA Astellas Research
Grant Program, a joint initiative of the Canadian Urological Association (CUA)
and Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. (Astellas).
This is the second year of the grant program, which supports peer-reviewed
research and promotes excellence in urological research. Astellas has pledged
$750,000 CND over a period of five years to support Canadian investigators in
For the 2013 competition, the primary focus is to support research in
functional urology, including overactive bladder (OAB), lower urinary tract
symptoms (LUTS), pelvic floor disorders, voiding dysfunctions, and neurogenic
bladder. The secondary focus is to support other urology research areas such
as urologic cancer and other community-based research.
Three research grants will be awarded (each with a maximum value of $50,000
CDN) based on scientific validity, integrity, clinical relevance, and
feasibility. Grant recipients are expected to demonstrate improved
understanding of the specific research area and/or directly contribute to
improving patient care.
Dr. Blayne Welk, a 2012 grant recipient based at University of Western
Ontario, says the funding has provided him with an exciting opportunity to
pursue his research interests among patients with neurogenic bladder
"I am sure the CUA Astellas grant's commitment to support voiding dysfunction
research will inspire new researchers with an interest in this area and build
on existing high-quality Canadian research," Welk says.
Dr. Ben Chew, also a 2012 grant recipient, strongly encourages other Canadian
urology researchers to apply to the grant program. He says his laboratory at
the University of British Columbia is most appreciative of this funding,
adding that it "really relays the commitment that Astellas has to supporting
urologists, research, and ultimately patients and their health."
"With these funds, it will allow us to fund enough experiments to obtain
important preliminary data and then apply for national funding agencies such
as CIHR or NSERC for further funding," says Chew, whose research is on the
physiology of ureteral peristalsis and the effects of stone passage and
ureteral stent insertion. "Without money from the CUA Astellas Research Grant,
our research would not be able to expand."
Michael Tremblay, President of Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., says Astellas is
proud to support the efforts of researchers in the Canadian urology community
because of the direct impact their work will have on patient care and health.
"Quality of life is a huge issue for patients with urologic conditions," says
Tremblay. "Through Astellas' grant partnership with the CUA, it is our hope
that the resulting research will ultimately lead to ground-breaking new
therapies that will transform patient lives - that is what it is all about."
For more information about the CUA Astellas Research Grant, including
eligibility criteria and the application process, please visit www.cua.org or
www.astellas.ca. The deadline to submit a research proposal is January 13,
2013, at 5 p.m. EST.
About the Canadian Urological Association (CUA)
The CUA Mission is to represent and provide a voice for all Canadian
urologists and to foster dedication of all members of the profession toward
ensuring the highest possible standard of urologic care for Canadians.
The goals of the CUA are:
-- To foster and promote excellence in urologic practice through
education and research.
-- To provide leadership in promoting evidence based clinical
practice through the development of practice guidelines.
-- To foster and promote life-long learning by Canadian urologists
through continuous professional development.
-- To provide leadership in public education for urologic
-- To represent Canadian urology in developing and fostering
partnerships while maintaining the highest educational and
-- To represent the Canadian urologic community in relationships
with national and international medical societies.
More information about CUA can be found at www.cua.org
About Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.
Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., headquartered in Markham, ON, is a Canadian
affiliate of Tokyo-based Astellas Pharma Inc. Astellas is a pharmaceutical
company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through
the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products.
The organization is committed to becoming a global category leader in focused
areas by combining outstanding R&D and marketing capabilities. In Canada,
Astellas has an intense commercial focus on five therapeutic areas - Urology,
Immunology, Infectious Disease, Dermatology and Oncology.
For more information about Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc., please visit the
corporate website: www.astellas.ca
Naomi Côté Corporate Communications Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc. (905)
Tiffany Pizioli Executive Director, CUA Office of Education Canadian
Urological Association (514) 395-0376 ext. 44 email@example.com
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