STAINES, England, February 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The Astellas European Foundation is delighted to announce the winner of the 2012 Urology Grant:
Dr Gommert Van Koeveringe from
Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands
The team including Dr Daisy Vrijens from Maastricht University and Professor Matthias Oelke from the University of Hannover, Germany received the grant of US$ 300,000 to support work on their project entitled 'Detrusor Underactivity: development of an algorithm for detection, diagnosis and assessment' at the Astellas European Foundation Grant Event, last night.
Dr Ayad Abdulahad, Astellas European Foundation Trustee and Vice President of Medical Affairs and Health Economics for Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. commented, "We received 54 entries from across Europe and as always, the standard of these entries was extremely high, covering a broad range of topics in urology. It was very difficult for the Judging Faculty to choose one winner, but Dr Van Koeveringe's research will contribute considerably to the understanding of detrusor underactivity and could have a significant clinical impact for patients." He continued "the Foundation would especially like to acknowledge all those who submitted their research proposals."
The Astellas European Foundation is a registered charity. It was set up in 2005 with the long-term goal of providing support for programmes and activities that advance our understanding of medicine and health. The Astellas European Foundation Urology Grant supports basic medical and related scientific programmes which contribute to advancements in urology. The winner of the grant was chosen by a Judging Faculty that includes independent European thought leaders.
At the Awards Presentation Event in Paris, France, the Astellas European Foundation emphasised their continued and long term commitment to research and development.
Dr Van Koeveringe said "We are delighted to have received this grant from the Astellas European Foundation in support of our collaborative research project in this relatively new area. We are sure that this grant will enable us to improve knowledge of this underestimated and underdiagnosed condition and encourage further research for new treatment options. We look forward to reporting our findings in the future."
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About The Astellas European Foundation
The Astellas European Foundation is a registered charity, formed in 2005, with the long-term goal of providing support for programmes and activities that contribute to the advancement of an increasingly healthy society. In line with this aim, the Foundation made substantial donations to global charities. The Astellas European Foundation also supports Astellas employees in their private fundraising efforts for charitable causes. The Astellas European Foundation is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, number 1036344.
The Astellas European Foundation was established by funding from Astellas Pharma Inc, but operates independently of it.
SOURCE Astellas European Foundation