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The BJUI and BAUS join forces at AUA in San Diego

For the first time, the BJUI and our friends at the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), joined forces at the Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association to stage a satellite session focusing on some interesting areas of urology. While both BAUS and BJUI have long had strong relations and have worked together on many occasions, this was the first time we had an opportunity to present a full afternoon of plenary content at the AUA.

This year’s AUA took place in beautiful San Diego, a very popular destination for delegates, even those travelling all the way from the UK. The convention centre is very conveniently located and is state-of-the-art. The adjoining Marriott hotel hosts many of the satellite events and it was here on Sunday 5th May 2013 that the joint BAUS/BJUI session took place. We attracted over 200 delegates in the face of tremendous competition from parallel sessions and had a wonderful atmosphere all afternoon.

Prokar Dasgupta excited about this session at AUA Annual Meeting 2013

Part one was chaired by BAUS President Adrian Joyce and featured state-of-the-art lectures from Prof Tony Mundy, Dr Tamsin Greenwell, Dr Craig Rogers, Mr Ben Challacombe, Mr Simon Brewster , Dr Philippa Cheetham and Prof Mark Emberton.

The second session was opened by BJUI Chairman Dr David Quinlan who gave a great introduction before handing over to BJUI Editor-in-Chief Prokar Dasgupta who Chaired the session. This was a fascinating session which combined state-of-the-art addresses from well known BJUI editors/contributors Dr John Davis, Dr Peter Gilling and Dr David Ralph, along with an exciting overview of social media and digital publishing by Prokar Dasgupta, Casey Ng and myself. The future of publishing is certainly not in paper and attendees at this session were given a wonderful preview of how urology publishing might look in the future.

The joint session finished with the presentation of the BJUI Coffey–Krane Prize, which was accepted by Dr Christian Pavlovich on behalf of his team for their paper Impact of surgical technique (open vs laparoscopic vs robotic-assisted) on pathological and biochemical outcomes following radical prostatectomy: an analysis using propensity score matching. The Prize was presented by the great Dr Coffey who gave a humorous overview after his warm introduction by Dr Quinlan.

Dr Christian Pavlovich receives the CoffeyKrane Prize 2013 from Dr Donald Coffey,
Prof Prokar Dasgupta and Mr David Quinlan

Attendees enjoyed socializing over drinks following the session and toasted the strong relationship between BAUS, the BJUI and the AUA.

We look forward to similar conjoined events in the future and are particularly looking forward to the BJUI supporting the forthcoming BAUS Annual Meeting in Manchester from 17–20th June 2013.


Declan Murphy BJUI Associate Editor

Follow Declan on Twitter @declangmurphy


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AUA Blog – Day 3 and 4 – Monday and Tuesday

The American Urological Association (AUA) 2013 national meeting remains in full swing in beautiful San Diego. Not sure what is going on with the weather (two days in a row of rain?), but plenty of great things going on inside the convention center.

The “main event” on Monday was Dr. Ballentine Carter’s presentation of the AUA’s new Guidelines on the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer . Dr. Carter spoke to a packed house (the Fire Marshall was turning people away!).

For those who missed the talk, the AUA added a second session on Tuesday. Further comments from the AUA can be found here. Whatever your opinion regarding the new guidelines, and there were many prominent urologists who voiced their concerns about the guidelines, urologists will need to be able to speak intelligently to patients and primary care physicians. In the same session, Dr. Michael Cookson gave the AUA Guideline presentation on castration resistant prostate cancer which seemed better received than the PSA Guidance which certainly got many urologists hot and bothered.

On Monday, the Young Urologists Forum focused on the business aspect of urology (something I heard very little about in training), with informative talks by Dr. Raju Thomas, Dr. Koushik Shaw and Dr. Neil Baum. Thanks to Dr. Mike Ost and the YU Committee for putting together a great program.

Speaking of young urologists, the Southeastern section took home first prize in the Second Annual Residents Bowl, besting the Western section in the finals on Monday.

Southeastern Section of AUA claim the honours in the Annual Residents Bowl

The Monday plenary session included discussions on the contemporary uses of neuromodulation and the management of iatrogenic ureteral injury. BJUI Editor-in-Chief Dr. Prokar Dasgupta, gave an informative lecture on the current applications of botulinum toxin in the lower urinary tract. Prostate cancer made it into the Endocrine Forum on Monday, with Dr. Scardino and Dr. Klotz debating the treatment of men with low risk prostate cancer. Jumping ahead, a similar debate was held during the Tuesday plenary between Dr. Carroll and Dr. Tewari with roles reversing somewhat as Dr Tewari argued the case for surveillance while Dr Carroll took us through some of the pitfalls.

Also on Monday, Dr. Vincent Laudone gave late-breaking news regarding the randomized trial between open and robotic radical cystectomy at MSKCC. Bottom line – no difference was found regarding oncologic or perioperative outcomes. In particular, the robotic approach did not reduce the complication rate which remained at about 60% in both arms. Cost difference, which seems to be on everyone’s mind, was not addressed. Other trials between open and robotic cystectomy remain ongoing and the jury appears out here.

Dr. Christopher Kane moderated a session debating the use of simulation in robotic surgery between Drs. Sundaram (pro) and Nadler (con). Dr. Kane concluded the debate by stating that basic robotic training is important but limited by cost and duty hour restrictions. In addition, further studies are needed to determine if virtual robotic training actually helps performance.

One of the more contentious areas of prostate cancer, HIFU and focal therapy, received much attention during various poster sessions this year. Abstract #553 reported five-year oncological outcomes following HIFU in the UK in over 500 patients. Disappointingly, 38% of men who had a biopsy had residual cancer. About one third of patients had androgen deprivation therapy upfront with a further 30% requiring salvage treatment. The authors described the disease-free outcomes as “reasonable”. Abstract #1356 from the same authors reported outcomes in 110 patients undergoing focal therapy using the same HIFU technology. Again, 38% of patients had a positive biopsy. Both of these papers provoked much reaction from the floor and across social media. These are experimental interventions which should only be undertaken in appropriate trials.

The aging US population (10,000 people turn 65 every day and will for the next 15 years) coupled with the average age of urologists (mid-50’s!) will create a serious manpower shortage over the next several years. As an illustration, abstract #153 reported that 14 counties in Oregon have zero urologists and men in those counties are more likely to get bladder cancer.

From Monday, abstract #1041 (awarded best poster for MP40), confirmed what habitual coffee drinkers already know – that high dosage coffee increases LUTS and urine volume compared to decaffeinated coffee or water. Dr. Tom Walsh and colleagues were awarded best poster (abstract #1241) for MP46 for evaluating a smartphone application to assess the penile deformity in men with Peyronie’s disease. Another best of session – Dr. Penson (@urogeek) and colleagues reported that men with prostate cancer today (CAESER) have more baseline dysfunction that men 20 years ago (PCOS) – abstract #449. There were many more great abstracts out there…too many to list in this blog.

The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand hosted a great reception on Monday night. Several prominent uro-twitterati (including yours truly) and other urologic “heavy hitters” were in attendance.

Thanks to the Aussies and Kiwis for a wonderful event. Strangely, they were not serving Foster’s at the event.

Tuesday’s plenary included several sessions on the management of both low and high-risk prostate cancer. The main auditorium was absolutely packed for what was one of the best sessions of the week.

Dr Hein Van Poppel, Secretary-General Adjunct of the European Association of Urology (EAU), delivered an outstanding plenary on the management of high-risk localised prostate cancer. His clear message – surgery should always be considered first with radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy later if required – was very well received. Dr Ed Messing introduced a fantastic session on molecular markers in prostate cancer led by Dr’s Alan Partin, Dan Lin and Theo Van der Kwast. Key messages here were that the Phi test already has a role in clinical practice; PCA3/TEMPRSS2ERG fusion is emerging; and for sure, we will see genetic markers in clinical practice very soon. In fact the UCSF group generated a lot of media headlines on Tuesday evening when the commercialization of their genetic test was announced ahead of its presentation by Dr Cooperberg on Wednesday am.

So many other sessions it’s hard to know what to choose from. A mention of Dr Joel Nelson’s Critical Discussion session where he led Dr Reiter and Dr Brooks through the options for patients with progressive prostate cancer. This was a good way to present the key data in an engaging manner.

The AUA Guideline presentations on follow-up care for renal cancer and radiation after prostatectomy were given by Dr. Sherri Donat and Dr. Richard Valicenti, respectively. In addition, Drs. McVary and Kaplan debated the use of alpha blockers versus PDE5 inhibitors for BPH/LUTS.

Other highlights from Tuesday from the land of stones included abstract #1816 – people are 67% less likely to file short-term disability when treated with medical expulsive therapy versus ureteroscopy. A higher physical activity level improves the results of lithotripsy (#1824). In an earlier abstract (#67), physical activity was protected against stones in women. SO…get moving people! Lastly, 2 groups developed nomograms to predict stone-free rates after PCNL (abstracts #1526 and 1532). Thanks to Peter Steinberg and Michelle Semins (my stone peeps) for vetting abstracts.

Social media and twitter continued to have a significant impact at the meeting, with an increasing number of tweets every day. With so much going on at the AUA (seemingly at the same time), twitter provides an easy way for urologists to digitally multitask and get more out of the conference. Check out the metrics via Symplur.com which show huge social media activity (5.7m digital impressions) and also shows the BJUI and its team/contributors are among the top influencers once again.


#aua13 was the #1 trending conference over the past few days! The use of social media will only expand over the coming years, and urologists need to stay “ahead of the curve”. Perhaps the @Americanurol will offer a Plenary session on Social Media next year? I can honestly say that I got more out of the meeting this year, largely thanks to the use of twitter.

The AUA responded to a social media campaign and installed twitter-boards around the convention centre. Great to see the AUA engaging so well in social media.

Thanks to the AUA and San Diego for a great meeting! Looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Orlando. Until then, I encourage everyone to participate in the International Journal club on twitter (@iurojc) and to bring a friend!


Dr. Matthew Hayn

Follow Matt on Twitter @matthayn


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AUA Blog – Highlight of Day 1 and 2

Greetings from San Diego, California! The annual meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) is underway with over 15,000 attendees converging on this beautiful city from around the world. As I arrived at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Friday and made my way through security I ran into roughly twenty of my colleagues from in and around Toronto getting ready to board the same plane. Canadians have attended this meeting in droves for as long as I can remember. Arriving in San Diego was easy with nice access to the city from the airport. After checking into hotel the first order of business was to register, which was also easy at least on Friday.


As I arrived on Friday it was clear that the meeting was already in full swing. A variety of research programs were underway including a Basic Science Symposium that explored the underlying role of inflammation and fibrosis in urological disorders.


Most noteworthy and newsworthy on Friday was the AUA news release of its new Guidelines on the Early Detection of Prostate Cancer. These will be sure to generate a lot of discussion. In summary:


  • Screening under age 40 is not recommended
  • Routine screening of men between age 40 and 54 at average risk is not recommended
  • For those aged 55-69, a shared decision to screen is advocated with a PSA drawn perhaps every two years.
  • Routine screening is not recommended after the age of 70.


These guidelines will be formally presented during Monday’s plenary session. The full document can be found here. It is clear to me that our challenge as urologists to properly council our patients in light of these new guidelines will only increase when you consider some of the headlines in the media. What do you think of these new Guidelines? Comments below please?


The first full day of scheduled activity was Saturday. A variety of sections and societies held meetings on this day.  A number of courses were offered that continue to be well attended. This year a course pass was adopted that allowed individuals to get into most things available – a popular addition for AUA delegates. Highlights from the first day included:

  • The Engineering in Urology Section of the Endourology Society, highlighting advances in imaging as well as new robotic prototypes being developed from around the world. It will be interesting to see if any of these strange devices make it into the OR.
  • The Society of Urological Oncology was extremely well attended as usual. Dr Urs Studer delivered the Dr. W Whitmore Memorial Lecture and suggested that after more than 25 years in the PSA era a major re-think of how we treat prostate cancer is required.


Another very popular event was the live surgery session, which ran all day on Saturday. Highlights including a virtuoso robotic radical cystectomy with orthotopic ileal neobladder formation performed by Dr Indy Gill.  



The role of robotic surgery to treat a variety of urological conditions is clearly expanding. For those of us in Canada the time is now to figure out how we will obtain, deploy, credential and manage this technology in our own publically funded healthcare system


The first plenary sessions began on Sunday. With the weather turning a little (I thought it never rains in Southern California?!) it made it easier to go indoors and listen to the talks and lectures inside. Highlight from plenary session one included a State-of-the Art Lecture of Technology’s role in the Future Management of Erectile Dysfunction by Dr Run Wang. Mention was made of nanotechnology and tissue engineering but perhaps the most intriguing near-term advance may be the advent of a smart phone app for operation of penile prostheses (yes it’s true!). Drs. Allen Seftel and Serge Carrier debated the role of the urologist in screening men with erectile dysfunction for cardiac disease. There was agreement on the link to cardiac disease but debate remains as to how many urologists will requisition stress tests. The second plenary session included an AUA Health policy update by Dr. David Penson and review by Dr. Peggy Pearle of the recertification process for urologists for the American Board of Urology.

As always, tremendous scientific efforts were on display at multiple poster and podium sessions. Predictably there was far too much for any one individual to entirely see. The discussion on Twitter via #AUA13 did allow for some ‘reporting’ at sites that I could not attend. A tremendous amount of work focusing on screening and active surveillance was clearly evident as well as the increasing use of new imaging techniques for managing these patients were evident. An afternoon session on HIFU and focal therapy left many people scratching their heads as to the utility of these modalities. The 47 % positive biopsy rate for HIFU was particularly disappointing. The best (or at least most entertaining) editorial of this session can be found in the twitter feed of @daviesbj.



In the science and technology exhibition area a tremendous presence from industry was again noted. Again, as a Canadian I am a little unsure as to how we will manage to incorporate all of this new technology when our hospital system is already strained. The Second Annual Residents Bowl narrowed down the field to two finalists, from the Western and South-eastern Sections. They will faceoff Monday at 1230 for the final. Finally the first Chief Residents’ debate highlighted that the future of our great speciality is very bright under the stewardship of these incredible young people.


For me a significant change to this meeting from past meetings is the use of social media to network, distribute ideas and scale down what often is a very large meeting into something that seems more accessible and local. The use of these multiple platforms has transformed the way we attend meetings. The recent meetings of the European Association of Urology (#eau13) and Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (#USANZ13) highlight what can be achieved when this technology is used. Those not attending can participate actively. This has created an international participation in meetings in a way I have never seen before. The live twitter boards that you see around the convention centre here in San Diego, which are helping to spread the word, got their inspiration from these recent meetings.



A few individuals such as @daviesb and @DrHWoo and @tdave deserve credit for insisting that these boards become of feature of the 2013 meeting. Well done to AUA for taking a proactive approach to social media this year and for listening to your members. The hashtag to follow is #AUA13. I would encourage all to participate in this community. You will be amazed at how easily you can find out about what’s really going on at this meeting and also check in at venues that you cannot otherwise physically attend. You can see who are the leading influencers on twitter at #aua13 by checking out updated metrics via Symplur.  You can see from this link that the chatter is building daily. I look forward to seeing a similar picture at #CUA13 when the Canadian Urological Association meets in June.


The use of Social Media will rapidly increase in scope and become a necessary part of communication within our Urological meetings. The AUA (@Americanurol) has recently established a committee to establish guidelines help grow its use for AUA members. Sign up for an account and dive in. It is highly engaging, somewhat addictive, very informative and always fun!


The BJUI hosted a great event, The BJUI Social Media Awards, for all of the early adopters of social media on Saturday evening. In particular this group has networked and communicated regularly over the last six months and ‘meet’ once a month to run a journal club on twitter using the hashtag #urojc. They self-identify as urotwitterati. The BJUI
arranged for many of us to meet for the first time by hosting the #BJUISoMeAwards. It was a great event and will be fully featured in a separate blog this week along with details of the well-attended BAUS/BJUI Session that took place on Sunday afternoon and included the awarding of the Coffey-Krane Prize.


Lastly on Sunday,  by the security guards in Sacramento CA, we were treated to a spectacular Reception on board the USS Midway, a first opportunity for most of us to go on board a gigantic aircraft carrier and see some wonderful aircraft. The flight simulators were only for those who had not had a few beers already and who could tolerate the high G forces! Well done again to AUA for this excellent event.



Monday’s plenary session will include some very interesting debate around nephrolithiasis and I look forward to a Town Hall led by Dr. Ralph Clayman debating Robots as a possible harbinger of Surgeon Obsolescence. New guidelines on castration resistant prostate cancer will also be presented. Stay tuned for further updates from @Matthayn on Wednesday


Dr Rajiv Singal

Urological Cancer & Robotics Lead, Toronto East General Hospital, Canada

Follow him on Twitter at @DrRKSingal


Read Day 3 & 4 Highlights here


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