StoneLab Scientific Symposium: Thinking Outside the Box for Kidney Stone Disease (2019)

Linthicum, MD US
December 6, 2019 to December 7, 2019

Co-sponsored by the AUA and the Endourological Society with programmatic support from the ROCK Society

This symposium will be a novel, interdisciplinary meeting where premier kidney stone researchers, along with experts in nephrology, can come together with experts in biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry, artificial intelligence, and medical device design and development with the aim of “thinking outside the box” in the search for advances in kidney stone treatment. A critical aspect of the StoneLab Symposium is the delivery of talks from outside the normal realm of kidney stone research by leading basic scientists, followed by discussions led by kidney stone researchers and surgeons with the intent to spur the development of collaborations and the generation of new ideas and avenues for exploration.

This meeting will explore solutions for the most pressing translational science issues facing kidney stone researchers today, present research in interdisciplinary fields that might be leveraged for new research to improve treatment of kidney stone disease, and help identify future funding needs and growth areas for kidney stone research.

The four focus areas of this meeting are:

  1. stone formation and biology,
  2. surgical technology and engineering to break stones,
  3. artificial intelligence and big data applications for kidney stone treatment, and
  4. how to advance and fund innovative research.

    Space is limited, register early!

    Course Registration Fees

    The registration deadline is November 6, 2019.

     AUA MemberNon-Member
    PhD Research Scientist$200$250
    Resident, Fellow, Trainee, or Student$150$175

    Travel Awards

    The AUA Office of Research may be offering travel awards to subsidize meeting registration, travel and lodging costs associated with attendance to the StoneLab Scientific Symposium. Applications are now being accepted to allow the necessary time for application review, awardee notification, and travel arrangements; however, applicants should be aware that the distribution and amount of travel award funding is subject to NIH R13 grant support, the results of which will not be known until late July.

    Travel award recipients will receive travel support up to $1000 per person, to cover the costs to attend the meeting, including economy airfare, parking, ground transportation, meeting registration, and lodging. Travel award recipients will book their own travel and hotel accommodations.

    Eligibility: The applicant must be a student, trainee or early-career investigator within seven years of completing training.

    Terms: All travel awardees will be expected to present a poster of their work at a poster session during the meeting.

    Apply: Applicants should complete the application form and submit a one-page personal statement. Download the application for more information. The application deadline is Monday, September 23, 2019.

    Planning Committee

    • Co-Chair: Khurshid Ghani, MD, MS, Associate Professor, University of Michigan
    • Co-Chair: Ben H. Chew, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Endourological Society Research Chair; Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (UBC)
    • Thomas Chi, MD, Professor in Clinical Urology, UCSF Department of Urology
    • Benjamin Canales, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Urology, University of Florida
    • Gary Curhan, MD, ScD, FASN, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health; Channing Division of Network Medicine/Renal Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital
    • John Denstedt, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, AUA Secretary; Richard Ivey Professor, Department of Surgery Division of Urology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Western University
    • Ziya Kirkali, MD, Program Director, Clinical Urology, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health
    • Amy Krambeck, MD, Professor of Urology, Indiana University School of Medicine
    • Dirk Lange, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Urologic Sciences, University of British Columbia; Director of Basic Science Research, The Stone Centre at Vancouver General Hospital
    • Manoj Monga, MD, FACS, Director of the Stevan Streem Center for Endourology and Stone Disease at the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute of the Cleveland Clinic
    • Kristina Penniston, PhD, RD, Senior Scientist, Department of Urology, University of Wisconsin
    • Aria Olumi, MD (ex-officio), AUA Research Chair; Janet & William DeWolf Professor of Urologic Surgery at Harvard; Chief of Urologic Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

    Target Audience

    • Stone researchers
    • Urologists
    • Nephrologists
    • Basic scientists
    • Early-career scientists, residents, research fellows
    • Project management members of urology research teams
    • Experts in biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry, and artificial intelligence
    • R&D leaders in medical device design and development

    Learning Objectives

    At the conclusion of this activity, the attendee will:

    1. Promote translational research for kidney stone disease in North America, especially in relation to the increasing prevalence of kidney stone disease and its surgery in the United States
    2. Attract leading scientists and physicians from multiple and diverse disciplines to exchange ideas and collaborate to improve the overall research quality in the field of kidney stone disease
    3. Foster interaction between trainees at all stages of their career development and leaders in basic science research
    4. Highlight key areas of research for funding bodies including public and private, and next-generation investigators
    5. Ignite interest in translational research and funding for kidney stones as it relates to catalyzing advancements in the field of endourology.
    Course summary
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    12/06/2019 - 12:00pm
    Event ends: 
    12/07/2019 - 4:45pm

    *agenda updates will be posted as they become available

    Friday, December 6, 2019

    12:00 PMArrival, Registration, Light Lunch
    1:00 PMWelcome, Opening Remarks, Goal Setting

    Khurshid Ghani, MD, MS; Aria Olumi, MD; Carolyn Best, PhD

    1:15 PMWelcome from AUA and Endourological Society Leadership

    John Denstedt, MD and Margaret Pearle MD, PhD

    1:35 PMAUA Guidelines: What is Missing and What Do We Need?

    Amy Krambeck, MD

    1:50 PMEndourological Society: What is Missing and What Do We Need?

    Ben Chew, MD, MSc

    2:05 PMMeeting Participant Introductions 
    2:30 PMSession 1-A: Stone Formation and Biology

    Session Chairs: Benjamin Canales, MD, MPH and Amy Krambeck, MD

    2:35 PMMicrobiome

    Aaron Miller, PhD

    2:50 PMGeobiology of Kidney Stones - What’s Next?

    Bruce W. Fouke, PhD

    3:05 PMMacro and Micro Chemical Composition of Stones and Relation to Laser Fragmentation

    Adam Matzger, PhD

    3:20 PMPanel Discussion, Q&A

    Session Speakers

    3:40 PMBreak 
    4:00 PMSession 1-B: Stone Formation and Biology

    Session Chairs: Gary Curhan, MD, ScD and Dirk Lange, PhD

    4:05 PMTBD

    Sunita Ho, PhD

    4:20 PMChallenges Faced with Bacterial-Induced Crystal Formation, Pertains to Infection Stones

    Robin Gerlach, PhD, Dipl-Ing

    4:35 PMMetabolomics


    4:50 PMPanel Discussion, Q&A

    Session Speakers

    5:10 PMOpening Keynote: Urinary Bio Markers for Kidney Disease - What Can Endourologists Learn?

    Minnie Sarwal, MD, PhD

    5:40 PMDiscussion, Q&A
    5:55 PMEarly-Career Travel Awardees Poster Session 
    6:25 PMReception and Tour of the Museum 
    7:00 PMDinner, Dessert, Networking 
    8:00 PMAdjourn (shuttles available to return to hotels) 

    Saturday, December 7, 2019

    7:30 AMBreakfast and Morning Registration
    8:00 AMOpening, Recap from Previous Day, and Goal Setting

    Ben Chew, MD, MSc

    8:10 AMSession 2-A: Surgical Technology and Engineering to Break Stones

    Session Chairs: Manoj Monga, MD and Khurshid Ghani, MD, MS

    8:15 AMKeynote: Developing the Next Frontier in Robotic Endoscopy

    Fred Moll, MD

    8:45 AMDeveloping a New Thulium Fiber Laser for Lithotripsy

    Nathaniel Fried, PhD

    9:00 AMUltrasonic Energy to Treat Kidney Stones

    Michael Bailey, PhD

    9:15 AMSpace Exploration and Kidney Stones


    9:30 AMPanel Discussion, Q&A

    Session Speakers

    9:50 AMBreak 
    10:10 AMSession 2-B: Surgical Technology and Engineering to Break Stones

    Session Chairs: Robert Sweet, MD and Gregory Tasian, MD, MSc

    10:15 AMNanomedicine and Technology

    Alessandro Grattoni, PhD

    10:30 AMCrowd Sourcing for EngineersTBD
    10:45 AMDesigning Drugs for the Ureter


    11:00 AMFluid Dynamics of Bladder ControlTBD
    11:15 AMPanel Discussion, Q&ASession Speakers
    11:35 AMLunch 
    12:35 PMSession 3: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and TrialsSession Chairs: Kristina Penniston, PhD, RDN and Charles Scales, MD
    12:40 PMUsing Outcomes Data for Patient Decision-making

    Karandeep Singh, MD, MSc

    12:55 PMBehavioral Health Science in the Stone Patient

    Peter Reese, MD, MSCA

    1:10 PMPCORnet

    Brad Hammill, PhD

    1:25 PMPanel Discussion, Q&A

    Session Speakers

    1:45 PMUsing Machine Learning for Image Analysis


    2:00 PMMachine Learning – EHR and Biobanks

    Cosmin A. Bejan, PhD

    2:15 PMPanel Discussion

    Session Speakers

    2:35 PMBreak 
    2:55 PMSession 4: Research & DevelopmentSession Chairs: Thomas Chi, MD and Ziya Kirkali, MD
    3:00 PMFrom Start-Up to Start Out: Commercialization Opportunities in ResearchWilliam Roberts, MD
    3:15 PMThe 10,000 Foot View of R&D in EndourologyTimothy Harrah, PhD
    3:30 PMHow to Do Your Pitch: Venture Capital ViewTBD
    3:45 PMR&D: The view from the FDACharles Viviano, MD, PhD
    4:00 PMPanel Discussion, Q&A

    Session Speakers

    4:20 PMLooking Ahead - Next Steps and Closing Remarks

    Facilitators: Khurshid Ghani, MD, MS, & Ben Chew, MD

    4:45 PMAdjourn (Shuttles available to BWI Airport and Amtrak Station) 
    AUA Headquarters
    1000 Corporate Blvd.
    Linthicum, MD 21090
    United States

    The AUA has secured a discounted rate at two hotels for your convenience:

    Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore Washington Airport
    1516 Aero Drive
    Linthicum, MD 21090
    Tel: 410-691-0500

    Make your reservation on the phone by calling 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) and reference the AUA Stone Lab Scientific Symposium or click here.

    Hyatt Place Baltimore/BWI Airport
    940 International Drive
    Linthicum, MD 21090
    Tel: 410-859-3366

    Make your reservation on the phone by calling 410-859-3366 and reference the AUA Stone Lab Scientific Symposium or click here.

    Information and Rates for Both Hotels

    To hold a reservation, a major credit card number must be provided.
    Room Rate: $89 + tax single/double occupancy.
    Cut off Date: Friday, 11/15/2019 (After this date, the AUA is unable to guarantee rooms at this rate or at these hotels.)
    Check in: 3:00pm
    Check out: 12:00pm
    Parking: Complimentary
    Shuttles to/from BWI airport, Amtrak Station and the AUA: Complimentary
    Both hotels are in walking distance from the AUA

    NOTE: This activity is a non-CME resource. CME is not awarded for this activity.

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    Course Registration Fees

    The registration deadline is November 6, 2019.

     AUA MemberNon-Member
    PhD Research Scientist$200$250
    Resident, Fellow, Trainee, or Student$150$175

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