Urologists from the United States and around the world will travel to sunny San Diego, California, next week for the American Urological Association (AUA) 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting to catch up with colleagues and hear about the latest research in their field.

The meeting, now in its 108th year, will be held from May 4 to 8 at the San Diego Convention Center. It is the largest gathering of urologists in the world, and meeting planners are anticipating record attendance.

Dr. Gopal Badlani

What is AUA secretary Gopal Badlani, MD, most excited about this year? "The dynamic program that will keep you wishing you could clone yourself, to be in 2 places at the same time," he told Medscape Medical News.

Dr. Badlani is professor of urology, vice chair of clinical affairs, and director of the urogynecology regenerative medicine program at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The theme of this year's meeting is innovation and improved patient care, Dr. Badlani pointed out.

Innovation the Path to Better Care

"Through innovation, we advance science, which in turn improves the care of our patients. Minimally invasive therapies are making a difference in the quality of patient's lives in all aspects of urologic surgery," he explained.

At this year's meeting, there will be more than 200 presentations in urologic medicine. According to Dr. Badlani, some of these are "not to be missed."

Notable on the plenary schedule are the John K Lattimer Lecture by Eric Topol, MD, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla, California, chief academic officer of Scripps Health, and editor-in-chief of Medscape, entitled How Digitizing Humans Changes the Future of Medicine; the Presidential Address by Dennis Pessis, MD, entitled An Unforseen Journey; and The Ramon Guiteras Lecture by Marston Linehan, MD, from the National Cancer Institute, entitled Genetic Pathway to Renal Cancer.

In addition, more than 9 hours of live surgery will be broadcast directly from the operating room. Access to the live surgeries is free for registered attendees, but space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so those interested are encouraged to sign up early.

Back by popular demand are interactive hands-on and robotics courses. These courses combine didactic lecture and hands-on practice with faculty. Meeting planners say these labs are among the most popular courses offered, so they encourage attendees to register early; seats are limited.

Attendees are invited to submit questions ahead of time so that they can be addressed during the Robotics Town Hall.

Plenary sessions will focus on late-breaking news, new AUA guidelines, and the latest advances in urologic medicine. Each plenary includes state-of-the-art lectures, critical discussions, panel discussions, point-counterpoint discussions, and best abstract presentations.

There will be 4 AUA guideline presentations: Detection of Prostate Cancer, Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer, Radiation After Prostatectomy, and Follow-up Care for Renal Cancer.

Some of the Plenary Session Best Abstracts

Testosterone Supplementation Does Not Worsen Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (abstract 1384)
Comparison of Tissue Injury From a Novel Technique of Focused Ultrasonic Propulsion of Kidney Stones Versus Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (abstract 1553)
Increased Excitability of Bladder Afferent Neurons Associated with Reduced Expression of Kv1.4 α-subunit in Rats With Spinal Cord Injury (abstract 1707)
Changes in Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery Over the Last Decade Among US Urologists (abstract 2141)
Abiraterone Acetate in Metastatic Castration-resistant Prostate Cancer Patients Without Prior Chemotherapy – Interim Analysis of the COU-AA-302 Phase 3 Trial (abstract 713)
Critical Assessment of Criteria Used to Identify Men Eligible for Active Surveillance of Low-Risk Prostate Cancer (abstract 550)


Some of the State-of-the-Art Lectures

Role of Technology in the Future Management of Erectile Dysfunction
Intralesional Collagenase in the Treatment of Peyronie's Disease
Antibiotic Resistance in Pediatric Urology
Using Imaging to Select and Predict Operative Results in Urolithiasis
Contemporary Applications of Botulinum Toxin in the Lower Urinary Tract
Medication Use in Geriatric Urological Patients: The Updated Beers Criteria
Retreatment Rate in Ablation Therapy for BPH
Indications for Renal Auto Transplantation
Using Ultrasound to Move Stones




Take Home Messages

The final plenary session will feature 10-minute recaps — take home messages — by experts in prostate cancer; basic science research; infection and inflammation; infertility and andrology; stone disease and endourology; transplantation and vascular surgery; penile, testis, and urethral cancer; trauma, reconstruction, and diversion; sexual function and dysfunction; female urology, incontinence, and urodynamics; benign prostatic hyperplasia and lower urinary tract symptoms; minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic and robotics); outcomes analysis; and kidney cancer and bladder cancer.

Beyond the Science

The meeting will also feature several events beyond its scientific programming. "A perennial favorite is the Welcoming Reception, held this year at the legendary USS Midway Museum, one of America's longest-serving aircraft carriers," according to meeting planners.

Attendees are also invited to celebrate the opening of the Science & Technology Hall by attending A Culinary Tour of California. Centerplate, the exclusive caterer at the San Diego Convention Center, will offer a special menu for this event that showcases the vibrant and diverse cuisine of California. The AUA will provide food stations and bars throughout the Science & Technology Hall; exhibitors are encouraged to join the festivities by providing food and drinks at their booths.