2013 Scientific Retreat


The Vanderbilt Center for Benign Urologic Diseases is hosting its 2013 annual retreat on Wednesday June 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our center is focused on understanding the biology of benign prostatic hyperplasia/lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS) and its links with commonly seen co-morbid conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Our work has increasingly implicated inflammation and altered fatty acid metabolism as important phenotypic changes implicated in this process. 

The center is pleased to host two keynote speakers whose work is relevant to the Center’s goals. Dr. M. Scott Lucia, Professor of Pathology and Chief of Genitourinary and Renal Pathology at The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine will speak on “The Histopathology of BPH and Its Impact on Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: A Computer-Assisted Image Analysis Approach.” Our second keynote speaker will be Dr. David A. Bernlohr, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota who will speak on “Inflammation, Oxidative Stress and Protein Carbonylation.” 

In addition we have four speakers from across the Vanderbilt research community who will address important topics related to the role of inflammation and metabolic alterations in a number of diseases. The aim of this retreat is to allow researchers to consider how these inflammatory conditions may reflect common pathways and mechanisms seen across a variety of conditions allowing us to foster collaborations and common research interests.


Keynote Speakers



Scott Lucia, MD

University of Colorado Denver
Director, Prostate Diagnostic Laboratory
Co-Director, Prostate Cancer 
Research Laboratories
Co-Director, Colorado Molecular 
Correlates Laboratory (CMOCO)

David Bernlohr, PhD

University of Minnesota
Twin Cities
Professor and Head
Department of Biochemistry,
Molecular Biology and Biophysics