The European Association of Urology has recently supported the development of expert groups of young academic urologists with the purpose of boosting research activity in some critical areas of urology and improving academic collaboration among different centres in Europe.
The expert groups aim at scientific cooperation and manuscript preparation, study design or other scientific output.
Paediatric urology requires specific dedication. There are several fellowship programmes defined by European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) but the number is limited and restricted to certain European countries. There are several young urologists or paediatric surgeons who are intensively working with paediatric patients, in addition to the paediatric urology fellows in recognized centres.
Thus, one of the objectives of our group is to increase the collaboration between young paediatric urologists. This will increase awareness about the activities in paediatric urology in Europe among our young colleagues. To achieve this goal we formed a research group for young and talented paediatric urologists within the EAU and ESPU. We have selected 4 eligible members, based on recommendations from experts and after review of the available applications.
We can imagine that there are several other young and talented paediatric urologists across Europe; the application process is still open to members who wish to participate in the Paediatric Urology expert group. Our main target is bringing young academic paediatric urologists together and create a scientific platform where they can develop themselves and help advance paediatric urology in Europe.
Ongoing projects of our working party include:
- European approach for treatment of nephrolithiasis in children
The incidence of kidney stones in children is reported to be increasing. However, there is no ideal treatment option and surgeon preference is important. In this survey we aim to identify the current European approach for the treatment of nephrolithiasis in children. A total of 20 questions have been asked via e-mail. We collected 222 responses so far. The outcomes of the study are very interesting and will make a significant contribution to the literature. The survey has been completed and the results will be published soon.
- Global minimally invasive pyeloplasty study
Evidence and experience about minimally invasive pyeloplasty is seriously lacking in the literature. This multicentre collaborative study shares the experience of laparoscopic and robotic pyeloplasty of recognized centres. Factors influencing the complications during those minimally invasive approaches will be analysed according to the Satava and Clavien classification.
- Smartphone application for screening daytime lower urinary tract conditions in children
Although urotherapy is recommended in all patients with daytime lower urinary tract conditions, there is no standardized way of its application. In this prospective randomized trial a new smartphone application will be used to demonstrate its effectiveness.
- Reviewing the EAU guidelines on Paediatric Urology
- Scientific Participation in Residents and Young Urologists Day at the EAU meeting in Stockholm.
The future plans of our group are listed below:
- Increasing the collaboration among young paediatric urologists
- Creating new scientific projects and publishing them in high-impact journals
- Working in close collaboration with the Guideline Committee and functioning as appointed associate members of the EAU guidelines on Paediatric Urology
- Continuing to review the EAU guidelines on Paediatric Urology
- Working in close collaboration with our young paediatric surgeons in ESPU
- Seeking young and qualified paediatric urologists who are willing to join our group.
Board YAU Working Group Paediatric Urology
B. HaidLinz (AT)
A-F. SpinoitGhent (BE)
S. SforzaFlorence (IT)
A. RadfordWomersley (GB)
L.A. 't HoenRotterdam (NL)
B. Bañuelos MarcoBerlin (DE)
M.P. HiessVienna (AT)