Urology (Urinary Health)

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Research

See How We're Advancing Breakthroughs in Urology Research

Identifying Causes of Undescended Testes (UDT)

The Urology Research lab, led by clinician scientist, Dr. Julia Barthold, works to identify the genetic and environmental causes of one of the most common congenital (present from birth) conditions seen in newborn boys.

Cryptorchidism, or undescended testes (UDT) is a complex disease that may be the result of interaction between genes and the environment, and is associated with impaired fertility and risk of testicular cancer.

Our scientists plan to look for variations in the DNA sequence and expression of these genes in boys with UDT in order to identify risk factors.

The study’s long-term goal is to identify markers for genetic and environmental causes of UDT that may also be used to identify individuals at risk for infertility and malignancy, and optimize our treatment of this condition.