“Patient care of urological diseases can be improved only by research, and in the majority by experimental research,” stated ESUR Chair Prof. Kerstin Junker (DE) in a recent interview whereby she shares some insights into the scientific programme of the upcoming 29th Meeting of the EAU Section of Urological Research (ESUR23).
Taking place in Basel, Switzerland, from the 19 – 21 October 2023, ESUR23 has been organised in collaboration with the EAU Section of Uropathology (ESUP). The robust programme of the ESUR meeting will, as in years prior, have a special emphasis on experimental research.
Prof. Junker: “In attending the ESUR23 meeting, researchers and clinicians will get an outstanding overview on current basic and translational research of urological diseases. This will include insights into preclinical models of tumour diseases, clinical and research background of combination therapies in bladder, kidney and prostate cancer, but also into basic and translational research of infectiology, immunology and microbiome.”
Experimental urological research
“Currently, preclinical models transferring research results from classical cell culture into more complex in vitro and in vivo systems are in the focus of international research. There is a strong need to validate experimental data, with the goal to essentially improve treatment. During two plenary sessions, there are several outstanding international speakers presenting on the newest developments in this field.”
“Another highlight of this year’s meeting is spatial biology. Using complex techniques for spatial transcriptomics and proteomics, high resolution molecular analysis is made possible when considering cellular tissue architecture. This allows for the complex understanding of pathophysiological processes to be at a much higher level.”
“For the first time, we are including a session in collaboration with the International Society of Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV). Experts from ISEV will give a detailed overview on this very young but important research field that has a high impact on biomarker development in liquid biopsies.”
In addition, there are two workshops on current laboratory techniques giving more practical insights into two of the meeting topics, ‘Patient-derived organoids in urological cancers: tips and tricks’; and ‘Discover what is new in spatial biology’.
As at the previous ESUR meetings, delegates have the unique opportunity to network and discuss research results with experts in the field, and to start collaboration with other researchers in Europe during oral and poster presentations.