Astellas European Foundation Announces Winner of the Functional Urology and Uro-Gynaecology Grant

 Astellas European Foundation Announces Winner of the Functional Urology and
                            Uro-Gynaecology Grant

  PR Newswire

  MILAN, March 18, 2013

MILAN, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Dr Pieter Groenendijk Wins$150,000 Grant to Support his Research in
Understanding Urethral Pressure Variations During Filling Cystometry

The Astellas European Foundation is pleased to announce Dr Pieter Groenendijk
as the winner of the $150,000 Functional Urology and Uro-Gynaecology Grant. Dr
Groenendijk, a urologist from Medisch Centrum Haaglanden collected the award
last night in Milan for his project titled 'Urethral pressure variations on
urodynamic evaluation to sub classify patients with overactive bladder
syndrome and select specific treatment.'

At the Awards Presentation, Dr Pieter Groenendijk said:

"We are very happy to have received this grant from the Astellas European
Foundation. The role of urethral pressure variations during filling cystometry
as a potential cause of voiding dysfunction and/or storage disorders is poorly
understood. Urethral pressure variations (urethral instability) may however be
valuable in the diagnosis and evaluation of therapy in functional lower
urinary tract disorders. This grant will enable us to study the origin of
urethral pressure variations and come to a better patient selection."

Dr Ayad Abdulahad, Astellas European Foundation Trustee and Vice President of
Medical Affairs and Health Economics for Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd.
commented, "It was a very difficult task for the judging panel to choose one
winner. We received 50 entries of an extremely high standard from across
Europe, covering both functional urology and uro-gynaecology topics. The
judging panel was excited by Dr Groenendijk's research and looks forward to
seeing the outcome of his study. It could greatly contribute to our
understanding of disease pathology and lead to improved treatment options for
patients with overactive bladder syndrome (OAB)." Dr Abdulahad continued, "The
Foundation would like to thank all of those who submitted research proposals."

The winner of the Grants was chosen by a Judging Faculty that includes
independent European thought leaders. The Astellas European Foundation
supports basic medical and related scientific programmes which contribute to
advancements in urology, uro-oncology and transplantation. The Foundation now
offers annual Grants of $150,000 for Functional Urology and Uro-Gynaecology
(awarded in Milan last night), Uro-Oncology and Transplantation (which are
both to be awarded in the autumn). For information regarding the Grant process
please contact the Astellas European Foundation by email at aef@astellas.com
or call +44-203-379-8039.

Notes to Editors

About The Astellas European Foundation

The Astellas European Foundation is a registered charity, formed in 2005, with
the long-term goal of providing support for programmes and activities that
contribute to the advancement of an increasingly healthy society. In line with
this aim, the Foundation made substantial donations to global charities. The
Astellas European Foundation also supports Astellas employees in their private
fundraising efforts for charitable causes. The Astellas European Foundation is
registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, number 1036344.

The Astellas European Foundation was established by funding from Astellas
Pharma Inc, but operates independently of it.

Contact: Mindy Dooa, Communications Director, Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd.,
Tel: +44(0)203-379-8035, Mobile: +44(0)7826-912-339, Email:
mindy.doaa@astellas.com
 
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