The Stone Centre event “Beating Kidney Stone Disease” was on May 29, 2014. Thank you for your interest. Stay tuned for our next one!
This event took place at the Paetzold Health Education Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. Over 85 participants attended this groundbreaking inaugural event, which featured educational talks, research engagement, participatory hands-on learning. The audience was composed of past and current patients engaged in care at the Stone Centre, family members, friends, and community guests.
This evening event was the first of its kind to be hosted by the Stone Centre. Educational talks on kidney stone formation, dietary recommendation to prevent recurrence, and research efforts kick started the event, accompanied with Q&A’s from a very engaged audience. Participants were then given an opportunity to mingle with each other and with healthcare providers to ask any further questions, and/or participate in current research studies. Research posters, research study forms, ureteroscopy simulator, kidney stone information packages were also showcased.
The International Urology Society has been in existence since 1907 and its mission is to enable urologists in all nations, through international cooperation in education and research, to apply the highest standards of urological care to their patients. The annual SIU Congresses give members and colleagues from all nations a forum in which to meet and discuss professional topics in a spirit of collegiality and common purpose.
In 2013 the congress took place in Vancouver. The meeting hosts were Dr. Ben Chew with Dr. Peter Black from the Urology department at VGH. It was a very successful meeting and we are pleased that another large international meeting will be hosted in Vancouver in 2017, the World Congress of Endourology.
Drs. Ben Chew and Dirk Lange were invited to speak at the Engineering and Urology Society Meeting held in conjugation with the annual Conference of the American Urological Association in San Diego, California, USA. In addition, Dr. Lange was also invited to give a podium presentation as part of the conference material. At this session, Dr. Lange presented on the novel findings on understanding the signals that drive ureteral peristalsis and how they are affected when a ureteral stent is placed. The identification of such signals is a big step towards preventing stent-induced patient discomfort and pain as well as urine flow from the kidneys to the bladder after surgical procedures to remove kidney stones.
Dr. Dirk Lange was awarded the prestigious, Segura Scholarship in Endourology and Stone Disease, a Urology Care Foundation sponsored fellowship (previously: American Foundation for Urologic Diseases – AFUD). The Segura Scholarship is a Society of Endourology designation named after the late Dr. Joseph Segura who made significant contributions in the field of Endourology. The American Urologic Association Research Scholar Program recognizes up and coming clinicians and basic science researchers who are expected to make significant contributions to the field of Urology in the future. Congratulations to Dr. Lange for this excellent achievement!
Dr. Ben Chew with co-applicant Dr. Dirk Lange have received the CUA-Astellas Award for a laboratory research project to gain understanding of the signalling pathways in the kidney and ureter, in order to build a better and more comfortable stent.This award will help to improve the healthcare of many Canadians and also advance our knowledge of urology, particularly in the area of kidney stone disease treatment.
Congratulations to the Stone Centre team for their achievements! ,
The Endourological Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by a group of international urologists specializing in stones disease to facilitate dialog, circulation of scientific literature, and surgical skill training courses/hands on laboratory sessions. Drs. Ben Chew and Dirk Lange were invited as key note speakers and educational courses at the annual meeting, World Congress of Endourology (WCE). Based on their past and current work, Drs. Chew and Lange are viewed as world experts particularly in the field of Ureteral Stent Biomaterial Design. For their work Drs. Chew and Lange with their team have been awarded many prestigious awards that recognize their quality and innovative work, including the following:
Best Endourology Presentation (2009): “Novel in Vitro Model For Studying Ureteral Stent-Induced Cell Injury” – D. Lange, C. Elwood, S. Seney, K. Summers, B. Chew, P. Cadieux – WCE in Munich, Germany.
Best Research Presentation (2010): for Understanding Oxalate Metabolism and the Role of Oxalobacter Formigenes As a Possible Treatment” – Dirk Lange, Chelsea N. Elwood, Ben H. Chew, at the WCE in Chicago, USA.
Best Innovation Paper (2011): A BIODEGRADABLE URETERAL STENT IN A YORKSHIRE PIG MODEL: DEGRADATION TIME AND BIOCOMPATIBILITY; Ben H Chew, Ryan F Paterson, Kenneth W Clinkscales, Shalaby W Shalaby, Dirk Lange, at the WCE in Kyoto, Japan.