Pediatric research aims to advance the discovery of drug targets and treatments for congenital urinary obstruction 

Originally published by Washington University School of Medicine

Paul Austin, MDPaul Austin, MD, Washington University pediatric urologist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, received the John W. Duckett Pediatric Research Excellence Award from the American Urology Association’s Urology Care Foundation. The award, presented May 7 during the association’s annual meeting in San Diego, honored Dr. Austin’s research on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that contribute to disease progression following congenital urinary obstruction, with the goal of advancing the discovery of new drug targets and treatments. Director of Washington University School of Medicine’s pediatric urology research, Dr. Austin also investigates pediatric incontinence, congenital abnormalities and conducts numerous clinical trials. The Duckett award is presented annually to a U.S. physician, scientist or researcher for exceptional pediatric research and for advancing treatment and improving the quality of life for children with urologic conditions.