Call for applications: 2 scholars for COVID-19 projects

03 February 2021

To encourage innovation and pioneering research on the effects of COVID-19 on urological patients, the European Urological Scholarship Programme (EUSP) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the EAU Section of Andrological Urology (ESAU) and ReproUnion.

The EUSP, ESAU and ReproUnion are searching for two (2) residents or post-doc/PhD fellows to take part in one of the two projects themed “Impact of the human virome on male reproductive health – lessons learned from COVID-19 pandemia”.

About the projects

The two projects will focus on research with the possibility of clinical/surgical training in andrology. Each scholar will receive:

  • A scholarship grant of up to € 30,000 for a period of one year
  • Possibility of a one-year extension and a scholarship grant of up to € 20,000*
  • Exclusive access to cutting-edge research tools available to ReproUnion such as registries, large-patient cohorts and biobanks in the Nordic countries. ReproUnion is comprised of a network of 13 clinical and research units in Denmark and Sweden centred on infertility prevention, treatment and management.

*for one of the two scholars

Project #1: COVID-19 and male reproductive functions

The first six months of this project will take place in Milan, Italy under the supervision of Prof. Andrea Salonia observing healthy, virus-free men; SARS-CoV-2-infected men; and virus-infected men e.g. Cytomegalovirus (CMV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

This will be followed by six months in Malmö, Sweden under the guidance of  Prof. Dr. Aleksander Giwercman. The project will involve collecting semen samples from men under ongoing viral respiratory (COVID19 + other) infections; inflammatory marker analysis; sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA) analysis; and genetic polymorphisms e.g. ACE2 receptor gene.

Project #2: Sexually transmitted viral infections and male reproductive functions

The scholars will spend six months in London for the project under the leadership of Mr. Suks Sukhbinder Minhas observing patients with unexplained infertility, male factor infertility, and fertile men.

Afterwards, the scholars will proceed with the project with six months in Malmö under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Aleksander Giwercman. The project will involve inflammatory marker analysis and SCSA analysis.

The projects will commence on 1 September 2021.

Criteria for eligibility

To apply for the scholarship, you must meet the following criteria. You are:

  • An EAU member
  • A resident or a board-certified urologist
  • Younger than 40-years old
  • A published researcher with at least one (1) PubMed-listed publication in the field of urology or andrology

Do you fit the profile? If so, please fill in and send your application form together with the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of publications)
  • Motivation letter stating your:
    1. Project of preference
    2. Clinical and scientific experience in andrology
    3. Research experience (methodological skills and/or contribution to publications will be considered)
  • Certificate of accreditation or statement from the programme director indicating the year of training (printed on letterhead paper of the institute)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter from the national supervisor of the applicant certifying:
    1. The applicant’s experience in methods commonly employed in andrology, and/or
    2. A significant contribution to scientific publication(s)

Apply now

To apply, please fill out this application form. Please note that original and signed documents should be sent by e-mail to the EUSP office via eusp@uroweb.org.

Deadline of applications is 15 May 2021. To know more about the projects, or to submit your application, please send an email to the EUSP office via eusp@uroweb.org.

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