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The main aim of the Academic Urology Unit (AUU) is to establish Aberdeen as a Centre of Excellence for Urological Care and Research. The AUU is a unit within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) located within the Health Sciences Building in a multidisciplinary environment consisting of experienced trialists, epidemiologists, health psychologists, health economists and statisticians.

The unit has established an international reputation in the field of evidence synthesis, guideline development, clinical trials and cancer survivorship within Urology. It has forged strong collaborations and links, locally with the Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), Centre for Healthcare Randomised Trials (CHaRT) and the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU), nationally with the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) and cancer charities, and internationally with the European Association of Urology and the Cochrane Collaboration .

Our focus is on three major themes:

  • Academic research encompassing quantitative and qualitative methodology;
  • Training and education;
  • Patient-oriented programmes. 

These collaborations have secured funding for the University of Aberdeen through numerous multicentre and international studies totalling more than £9 million.