Allen Foundation Pledges $3.2 Million For Prostatitis Research At The
University Of Washington
|Contact:Laurie Mchale, Media Relations Coordinator , University Of Washington
|The Paul G. Allen Foundation for Medical Research has committed $3.2
million for research at the University of Washington into the causes
of and cures for prostatitis, a common but under-studied infection of
the prostate gland.
|The foundation will contribute approximately $552,000 annually for the
next five years to underwrite research into prostatitis conducted by
the UW School of Medicine's Department of Urology. The research is
under the direction of Dr. Richard E. Berger, professor of urology.
The balance of the funding will go toward laboratory renovations and
|The UW has already completed a number of significant research projects
on prostatitis, funded by more than $1 million in earlier
contributions from the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist.
|UW President Richard L. McCormick expressed gratitude for the gift and
cited the "remarkable support in many areas" that Paul Allen and the
foundations he has created have provided at the University of
|"We are pleased to support the University's groundbreaking research
efforts and we hope that in some significant way, our gift will help
to conquer this disease," said Jody Allen Patton, executive director
of the Allen Foundations.
|"Past financial support from the Allen Foundation has already made the
UW the leader in prostatitis research," said Berger. "We have made
many exciting discoveries that will offer benefits for men with
chronic prostatitis. This generous new support will enable us to
significantly broaden our efforts."
|Despite the prevalence of prostatitis, there has been limited research
into the condition, which may be the most common urologic disease of
young and middle-aged men. Research has focused on the other maladies
of the prostate: benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH or enlarged
prostate) and prostate cancer. Many men with BPH have symptoms of
prostatitis as well.
|Estimates are that up to 50 percent of men will experience symptoms of
prostatitis in their lifetimes. Symptoms can be varied and severe,
including genital and bladder pain, inflammation, urinary problems,
and perhaps infertility. While it is often dismissed as a minor
condition, the decline in quality of life with prostatitis is similar
to that experienced with congestive heart failure, according to UW
research. Prostatitis is frequently difficult to diagnose, and causes
are usually not clear. The various bacteria known to cause it often
become resistant to antibiotics.
|Research directions with the new funding will include studies of the
microbiology and molecular biology of prostatic tissue, development of
diagnostic tests and treatment protocols, studies of host resistance
factors that may cause susceptibility to infection, epidemiologic
studies, and studies to determine any relationships to BPH and
|The Paul G. Allen Foundation for Medical Research promotes medical
research in a variety of disciplines, including biochemistry,
biomedical engineering, virology, immunology, cell and molecular
biology, pharmacology and genetics.
|This information is forwarded to you by the Prostatitis Foundation. We do not provide medical advice. We try to distribute literature and information relevant to prostatitis. While we encourage all research we do not endorse any doctor, medicine or treatment protocol. Consult with your own physician.
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