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Congratulations to our new RIRP collaborators!

Welcome to UDA Online!

     UDA Online is the public site for news and information related to the Urologic Diseases in America (UDA) Project, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The goal of UDA is to increase general understanding of the burden of urologic diseases in both human and financial terms.
     Among its accomplishments, the UDA Project has created a comprehensive omnibus of information comprising the UDA Compendium. The Compendium synthesizes information from myriad national and regional sources across the public and private sectors to report on risk factors, treatment types, prevalence, and utilization trends for urologic diseases affecting men, women and children in the United States. A downloadable PDF of the Compendium's latest version is available via the "UDA Compendium" link above or by clicking here. You can also use data from any of the hundreds of tables and charts available by using our Interactive UDA Compendium to customize a chart or graph for your own presentation or report. Try it out now!
     UDA also supports collaborative research projects designed by young investigators in urologic health services research. These collaborative analyses have yielded a rich volume of published research that examines and expands on topics from the Compendium. A list of current collaborations is available by clicking here. For a complete list of UDA publications, including links to downloadable PDFs, click on the "Publications" link above. Watch this site for more information about our next request for individual research proposals (RIRP)!

Request for Individual Research Proposals
Issued November 5, 2012
Submissions closed December 5, 2012
Selected proposals were announced January 7, 2013

In order to expand interest in data marshaled by the Urologic Diseases in America (UDA) project, this call for research proposals will support individual, manuscript-driven analyses of UDA datasets and provide support for the development and execution of these projects. We are especially interested in urologic conditions that have received meager study to date (e.g., pediatric urologic conditions), and studies in comparative effectiveness. Successful applicants will be designated as UDA collaborators and will receive analytic support from the UDA team to refine their hypothesis, develop their analytic methods, conduct their analyses (programming performed by RAND), interpret their findings, and provide feedback on their resulting manuscripts and abstracts.

Junior investigators (Assistant and Associate Professors) and fellows are encouraged to apply. Fellows must identify a local mentor. Priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to carrying their projects through to fruition as peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Proposal submissions closed on December 5, 2012. Selected proposals were announced January 7, 2013. The complete list of 2012 RIRP collaborator projects may be found here. Please contact our UDA Coordinator, at UDAInfo@ctrl.ucla.edu or 310-794-1397 with any questions.

UDA Webinar
The very first UDA Webinar took place Monday, November 5, 2012. Those who attended may access materials from the event on our website here. You will need to log in to access these materials. If you have not yet created an account, please be certain to use the email address you used to register for the webinar.

This webinar was designed to acquaint potential UDA collaborators wishing to access UDA datasets and analytic resources with the UDA project goals. We reviewed the datasets available through UDA, highlighted examples of previous successful RIRP applications, and reviewed comparative effectiveness methods in didactic presentations, including instrumental variable analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis methods. We also announced the details of our 2012 RIRP, which will offered the opportunity for individual investigators to work with the UDA team to produce novel analyses from our broad array of national datasets.

UDA in the News
Findings from a recent UDA-driven publication have been highlighted in various news sources including USA today, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, and the San Gabriel Tribune. The article, "Earlier hospice care urged for terminal prostate cancer," highlights the importance of published findings by UDA investigators on the subject of health outcomes. The article has since been picked up by other news sites including medicinenet, and healthfinder.

A UDA-driven publication was featured in Urology Times. The article, "Shock wave lithotripsy use for kidney stones higher than ureteroscopy despite retreatment rate" discusses treatment use and quality of care for patients with kidney stones.

Another UDA publication was featured in several news sources, including CBS news, Newsday, and Medical News Today. Findings from a UDA study showing that most high grade, noninvasive bladder cancer patients were not getting care according to guidelines developed by the American Urological Association and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network were highlighted in several articles, one of which may be found here.

You may have seen UDA in the news when a project by one of our collaborators was featured on many local news broadcasts, local and national newspapers, and online news sites. The study, Prevalence of kidney stones in the United States, highlighted a near doubling of the prevalence of kidney stones in the US since 1994, paralleling the increase in obesity. UDA Collaborator Chuck Scales and NIDDK Director of Clinical Research in Urologic Diseases Ziya Kirkali comment on the story here.

Collaborative Analyses: RIRP 2011-2012
In March 2011, the UDA announced its second Request for Individual Research Proposals for the Urologic Diseases in America (UDA) project. Successful applicants were designated as UDA collaborators and received analytic support from the UDA team to refine their hypothesis, develop their analytic methods, conduct their analyses (programming performed by RAND), interpret their findings, and provide feedback on their resulting manuscripts and abstracts.

6 proposals were accepted for 2011 Request for Individual Research Proposals

The complete list of RIRP collaborator projects may be found here.

For questions regarding UDA Online or the UDA project, email the Project Coordinator or phone at (310)-794-1397.