The Academic Urology Group was established in Cambridge in 2014. The primary research focus of the group is in uro-oncology and in particular prostate and renal cancer. The group has an outstanding record of publications both in basic science and translational research. A strong theme of the AUG is close integration of research into clinical practice with the aim of improving early cancer detection, prognostic stratification and primary therapy outcomes from patients treated for urological cancers. The overarching ethos of the group is to develop and progress research that is based on close collaborative multi-disciplinary working with colleagues in radiology, pathology, basic sciences, oncology and epidemiology. In addition the AUG works closely with clinical colleagues in the Department of Urology which is renowned for its world class clinical urological service.
Academic training programme
The AUG has a vibrant programme for academic trainees and has been very successful in attracting local and national funding for ACF and ACL. Academic trainees are supervised by one of the 2 lead university lecturers in the AUG. The programme benefits greatly from close working with the East of England urology training programme. This has led to all 5 former ACF successfully completing higher degrees and attaining CCT as well as three progressing to clinical lecturer positions. There are currently 6 ACF and 2 ACL at various stages of training. We would be pleased to hear from prospective candidates for our next intake of urology fellows. Please email Mr Vincent Gnanapragasam.
Urology clinical trials team
The Cambridge urology clinical trials team was initiated in 2011 with the primary goal of building up the local NIHR urology trials portfolio within the Department of Urology. To date this has been a highly successful endeavour bringing in over £100,000 in research funding and recruitment of over 500 patients into a diverse range of studies. We have now initiated a number of investigator led trials within the team in addition to this portfolio. The trials team would be very pleased to hear from academic NIHR or commercial partners who would like to explore urological research trials in Cambridge. Please contact Sister Kelly Leonard (Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223-348442).
Prostate and renal cancer academic research programmes
AUG prostate and renal cancer research is led by Mr VJ Gnanapragasam and Mr Grant Stewart respectively and both are closely linked with the wider CRUK Cambridge Cancer Centre Urological Malignancies programme
Department of Urology Cambridge University Hospitals