Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program

Funding opportunity for Duke junior faculty, fellows, and postdocs with doctoral degrees

Duke KURe Program Description

The KURe seeks to recruit talented clinical, translational, and basic science researchers (MDs, Dos, PhDs, and MD/PhDs) from diverse disciplines who are interested in building an independent research career using collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to benign urological research questions. Junior faculty, fellows, and postdocs from any department and interested in research applicable to benign urology may apply to the KURe program. For additional information contact friederike.jayes@duke.edu or cindy.amundsen@duke.edu.

The KURe is a K12 Institutional Career Development Grant that provides Scholars with career development training and support to develop the skills necessary to become outstanding independent investigators able to lead multidisciplinary research teams. Scholars receive salary support up to $100,000 per year for 75% of full professional effort (50% - 75% if a surgical specialty). Research and Career Development Support up to $40,000 per year will be provided for research supplies, equipment and technical personnel, tuition and fees related to didactic courses or career development, and travel to research meetings. Scholars are expected to publish and apply for independent grant funding by year 3. Maximum support is for 5 years.

Scholars should have no more than five years of postdoctoral research experience and not more than 10 years should have elapsed since receiving the terminal doctoral degree. Mid- career and senior faculty are not eligible. Scholars must be a US citizen or have a valid green card.

Research areas supported by this initiative must be related to the mission of the NIDDK. Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Basic research such as cell and molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, biochemistry, physiology, developmental biology, tissue engineering, immunology, pathology, neurobiology, and microbiology
  • Expertise in clinical sciences such as urology, infectious disease, gastroenterology, gynecology, endocrinology, anesthesiology, neurology, gerontology and radiology
  • Epidemiology or biostatistics
  • Physical sciences expertise in fields such as physics, bioengineering, chemical and mechanical engineering

Virtual 2021 Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research SymposiumDetails here


Announcing our new scholar!


Byron W. Hayes, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Pathology
Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Hayes earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  He then completed his PhD in Pathology at Duke University in 2021 in research focused on the interplay between the nervous and immune systems during bladder pain syndrome (BPS).  Dr. Hayes subsequently continued in the Abraham Lab at Duke University as a postdoctoral associate.

Currently, Dr. Hayes is pursuing studies focused on further defining the mechanisms behind BPS following recurrent urinary tract infection (rUTI).  Treatment options for BPS are limited due to poor understanding of disease pathogenesis. During his graduate studies, Dr. Hayes developed a novel animal BPS model based on rUTIs that successfully displayed symptoms similar to those observed in clinical patients.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Soman Abraham and Dr. J. Todd Purves, Dr. Hayes aims to leverage this model and other previous observations to find novel therapeutic targets for BPS patients.

Who we are:

Current KURe Scholars
KURe Advisory Committee
KURe Mentors
KURe Alumni Scholars

PI and Program Director of the KURe Award:

Cindy Amundsen, M.D.

Program Coordinator:

Friederike L. Jayes, DVM, PhD 


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