Department Holds 3rd Annual Research Retreat at Carlos Museum

January 2017

The Department of Urology held its 3rd Annual Research Retreat at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on January 13th, 2017. The event showcased the department's diverse research interests, brought in collaborators from other departments and institutions, and hosted a Best Poster competition for residents and medical students.

Emory Urology faculty lecturers included Haydn Kissick, PhD, who presented on prediction of renal cell carcinoma response to nivolumab, Chris Filson, MD, who discussed prostate biopsies post-USPSTF guidelines, and Aaron Lay, MD, who presented on ureteral stenting after ureteroscopy.

Researchers and scientists from outside the department were invited to speak as well, which broadened perspectives and enlightened attendees to possible future collaborative efforts. The speakers included:

  • Jessica Alvarez, PhD, RD, Department of Medicine, who considered cardiometabolic effects of antiandrogen deprivation therapy.

  • Anita Corbett, PhD, Department of Biochemistry, who described the growing role of IncRNAs in prostate cancer.

  • Wayne Harris, MD, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, presented on prognostic biomarkers in metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

  • Ashesh Jani, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, discussed molecular imaging to guide post-prostatectomy radiotherapy.

  • Yomi Oyelere, PhD, Georgia Tech Department of Chemistry, discussed novel anti-androgen inhibitor compounds.

  • Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, Director of the Transplant Health Services and Outcomes Research Program, gave an overview of quality and health services research methods.

The retreat was highlighted by the best poster competition among trainees. A total of 12 posters were presented. Podium presentations were made by PGY-2 resident Mark Henry, MD, PGY-3 resident Louis Aliperti, MD, and PGY-4 resident Adam Lorentz, MD. Dr. Lorentz won best poster for his presentation "Liquid Biopsy in Renal Cell Carcinoma."