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Center for Benign Urologic Diseases


Millions of American men and women over the age of 50 suffer from a range of prostate and bladder ailments often referred to as enlarged prostate or benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), and changes in bladder compliance or lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS).


Bring together experts from diverse, yet related, medical and basic research fields to further understand the relationship between BPH/LUTS and other associated co-morbidities. This study, which focuses on changes in immune and inflammatory cell populations will lay the groundwork for further research that can lead to appropriate treatment options for the broader disease syndrome.

Program Goals

  • Help create an environment that supports important and innovative research
  • Raise awareness and interest in BPH/LUTS and its relationship to other significant co-morbidities
  • Enhance benign urologic research education for students, scientists, and clinicians
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaborations, especially in emerging areas of research, to catalyze new ideas and scientific approaches.


National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

NIDDK Urologic Disease Centers

Simon Hayward, Ph.D.

Timothy Ratliff, Ph.D.