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Barthold Honored for Work in Pediatric Urologic Research

Monday, May 6, 2013

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children is pleased to announce that Julia Spencer Barthold, MD, Associate Chief, Division of Urology; Director, Pediatric Urology Fellowship Program; and Head, Urology Research Laboratory, duPont Hospital for Children/Nemours Biomedical Research, is a 2013 recipient of the Urology Care Foundation John W. Duckett Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award.

The award is given annually to an individual for outstanding work in the field of pediatric research and for enhancing the treatment of children with urologic conditions. Dr. Barthold received her award on May 3, 2013, at the Urology Care Foundation Awards Reception during the American Urological Association annual meeting.

The main focus of Dr. Barthold’s research is cryptorchidism, or undescended testis, one of the most common birth defects, affecting 1-4% of male children. The cause remains unknown but a hereditary component has been implicated from twin and family studies. The long term goal is to identify genetic factors that will help predict the risk of infertility or testicular cancer later in life in boys with undescended testis. Dr. Barthold’s research has been continuously supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2004. Additionally, Dr. Barthold has published extensively on a variety of pediatric urologic topics and has served on a number of boards and panels, most recently as Vice Chair, American Urological Association Cryptorchidism Guidelines Panel.

“Dr. Barthold is a respected member of the pediatric urology community and a valued physician and scientist here at duPont Hospital for Children,” says Vicky Funanage, PhD, Director, Nemours Biomedical Research. “Her immense dedication to both research and clinical care embody our commitment of supporting ground-breaking research at Nemours that translates directly to benefitting the health of children everywhere. We congratulate her on receiving this distinguished award from the Urology Care Foundation.”

Dr. Barthold earned her medical degree from Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, where she also completed her residencies in Urology and Surgery. She also completed fellowships in pediatric urology from Wayne State Univ. School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, and in research from Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY. She joined Nemours in 2000.

The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA). The mission of the AUA is to promote the highest standards of urological clinical care through education, research, and in the formulation of health care policy.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.