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Second Stone Centre Information Session – June 23, 2015!

We cordially invite you to the Stone Centre’s second annual information session: “Taking the fear out of kidney stones”, Jun 23/15 at the Paetzold Education Centre at Vancouver General Hospital from 6:30 to 8:30pm!

If you have ever passed a kidney stone you know that an attack can occur at anytime and anywhere. This can also happen to someone who has never had kidney stones, someone who is a friend or a loved one.

The Stone Centre is a partner in your fight against kidney stones. At this event, an interdisciplinary care team including urology doctors and researchers will be giving talks on kidney stone prevention and cutting-edge studies to improve prognosis. In addition, a dietitian will also be demonstrating food preparations with different combinations that will reduce the risk of forming stones. And for the first time, the event will feature three panelists providing patient perspective on their journey to beating kidney stones.

Kidney stone disease does not have to define your life, so come learn ways to manage this illness and maintain a balanced lifestyle!

Light refreshments will be served after the talks. Guests are absolutely welcome. Please RSVP with the number of people from your party by June 16, 2015 by email or by calling (604) 875-4111 ext. 62421. Please see attached invite for event information. We want to continue our fight against kidney stones with you, and look forward to seeing you!

Please note if you cannot attend this event, the VGH Foundation will be tweeting from the audience and you are more than welcomed to join online by using the hashtag: #KidneyStones2015. If anyone wishes to follow along with the live tweets, they can connect with the Foundation here:@VGHFdn

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First Stone Centre Patient Engagement Event

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.

20140529_07This 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.

For more information, please contact us.

Société Internationale d’Urologie Congress 2013 in Vancouver

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.


Engineering and Urology Society Meeting – May 4, 2013

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. Ben Chew presentation
Dr. Ben Chew presentation
Dr. Dirk Lange presentation

Dr. Lange receives Segura Scholarship – May 3, 2013

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!

Recipients of awards among who is Dr. Lange
Urology Care Foundation 2013-2015 Research Scholars
Dr. Lange


CUA Astellas Award – Jun 25, 2012

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.