Lahey Clinic Well Represented at Annual American Urological Association Meeting

 Lahey Clinic Physicians to Present 17 Works of Original Research at the Annual American Urological Association Meeting  


One Lahey Research Project Involving a Novel Urine-based Bladder Cancer Test
Honored for Its Clinical Potential

Burlington, Mass. – May 16, 2011 – Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, non-profit group practice, will be among New England’s most well represented medical centers at the annual American Urological Association meeting which began May 14 in Washington, DC. Seventeen Lahey physicians have been chosen to present their original research at the world’s most preeminent urological meeting. Five other Lahey physicians have also been invited to lend their expertise as moderators for a variety of important clinical presentations, among them, John Libertino, MD, chair of Lahey Clinic’s Institute of Urology.

Of the more than 1,500 submissions from the field of urology, a podium presentation by Lahey Clinic’s Jessica Delong, MD, is one of only seven research projects selected for special presentation at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Dr. Delong, a urology resident at Lahey, will unveil findings related to a urine-based assay that holds promise for detecting and characterizing bladder cancer in a non-invasive manner. The biomarkers indentified by Dr. Delong and her colleagues at Lahey’s Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory could detect cancer with greater sensitivity and accuracy than conventional methods.

“I am very proud of the ground breaking work of my Lahey colleagues. Clinical education and research are the hallmarks of all extraordinary urology programs around the world,” said Dr. Libertino. “Over the years, Lahey’s relentless pursuit of clinical and academic excellence has ensured the cultivation of the best young doctors and the delivery of the most cutting-edge care to our patients.”

The American Urological Association boasts some 17,000 members worldwide. Nearly two dozen Lahey urologists will be taking part in this year’s annual five-day AUA meeting.

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