Created in 2001, the Unit was formed by and is led by Professor James N’Dow, Head of the Academic Urology Unit. The Academic Urology Unit majors in four main clinical themes: Cancer, Urinary Stones Disease, Benign Prostatic Diseases and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.
The unit has an international reputation in the field of evidence synthesis, guideline development, large multi-centre clinical trials and patient-oriented programmes of research including the health psychology of cancer survivorship and core outcome set development within Urology. It has forged strong collaborations and links, locally with the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) and the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU), nationally with the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) and cancer charities including Cancer Research Aberdeen and Northeast Scotland (CRANES), Macmillan Cancer Support UK and Prostate Cancer UK (PCUK), and internationally with the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the Cochrane Collaboration.
The Unit is comprised of staff from a variety of backgrounds including clinical urology, health psychology, sociology, health services research and expertise in systematic review methodology.
The main aim of the Academic Urology Unit (AUU) is to position Aberdeen as an International Centre of Excellence for Urological Care, Research and Training.