The Urological Research Institute holds unique opportunities to address and investigate a variety of aspects of urogenital disorders (epidemiological, genetic, molecular, cellular, physiological and pharmacological) of immediate relevance for individual patients as well as health-care systems. Our research program aims at producing an inspiring scientific environment where clinical research and basic research in urology and urological pharmacology interact on a daily basis.
The Urological Research Institute, located in San Michele 2 building of Ospedale San Raffaele campus, performs its activity in close collaboration with the clinical urological department of Ospedale San Raffaele. It is composed by 4 clinical research units and 4 basic research labs.
URI translational research projects are possible also thanks to an impressive volume of biological samples stored in a dedicated biobank and of data collected by more than 30.000 patients during the years.
The Urological Research Institute studies a variety of urogenital pathologies, with a special focus on prostate, bladder and renal tumors, as well as sexual and reproductive dysfunctions. Among our research projects: genetics factors and inheritance of prostate cancer; nanotechnologies for effective delivering of chemotherapy in bladder cancer; extracellular microenvironment in prostate/bladder tumors and in male infertility; the role of hormones as a risk and severity factor in prostate cancer; the efficacy of radiotherapy in urogenital tumors; factors involved in the emergence of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction after surgery; spreading patterns of metastasis from urogenital tumors.
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