Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: innovation of the management of urinary symptoms

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A Research Futures webinar with Dr John S. Young

  • 14 December 2020
  • 9 min read

Join the 28th session in the University of Portsmouth's Interdisciplinary Webinar Series, chaired by  Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship, and presented by Dr John S. Young, Acting Director of the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (IBBS) at the University of Portsmouth and an Associate Professor / Reader of Translational Medicine.

Around two thirds of all adults suffer with urinary symptoms that include pain when voiding, waking to void and urinary incontinence. Symptoms, such as these, greatly impact on an ability to undertake everyday activities and ultimately they significantly reduce an individual's quality of life. Effective treatment of symptoms depends on identifying the underlying cause and, in many cases, addressing the cause early on. In this webinar, Dr Young will talk about:

- the education of patients, towards reducing the stigma of seeking help for urinary symptoms and signposting the excellent support services available to patients and their carers

- the education of healthcare practitioners about managing urinary symptoms

- development of new methods to diagnose the basis of urinary symptoms in a way that meets the requirements of patients, carers and an underfunded, overburdened healthcare system.

This broad-ranging webinar, suitable to a general audience, aims to show that through education and healthcare innovation, this age-old problem can be better managed, and the lives of millions improved.



Dr John S. Young. He is Acting Director of the Institute of Biological and Biomedical Sciences - 'IBBS' - at the University of Portsmouth and is an Associate Professor / Reader of Translational Medicine.

John undertook his undergraduate degree in Biology with year-in-Industry at the University of York, then went on to do his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. He then held a series of Postdoctoral Researcher roles at the Universities of Oxford; Nevada, Reno; and Surrey. In 2010, he was awarded an Age UK Research Into Ageing and Rosetrees Trust Research Fellowship before joining the University of Portsmouth as a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science in 2012. In his time at Portsmouth, he has led projects towards the discovery of biomarkers for the diagnosis of bladder diseases; currently being developed into a diagnostic test for use in GP surgeries, pharmacies and nursing / care homes. He's passionate about reducing the societal impact of prevalent urinary symptoms and, in today's talk, entitled 'Desperate times call for desperate measures: innovation of the management of urinary symptoms', we talk about how he and his group are doing just that.

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