Kymora Scotland

The American Urological Association (AUA) has announced Kymora B. Scotland, MD, PhD as the recent recipient of the Rising Star in Urology Research Awards. Dr. Scotland is an assistant professor in the Department of Urology, Division of Endourology and a former CTSI KL2 Translational Science scholar (2022). 

The AUA and Urology Care Foundation--the official foundation of the AUA-- award the prestigious research grant to outstanding physician-scientists who have shown promise as independent researchers in urology. Award recipients receive up to five years of supplemental salary support to advance career development and pursuit of additional urologic research education and training. The competitive grant program awards just one individual each year. Former CTSI KL2 scholar (2019), A. Lenore Ackerman MD, PhD, associate professor of urology at UCLA, received the prestigious Rising Star Award in 2021 for her project entitled "The Urinary Microbiota and Host Inflammation in Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms."

Scotland's Rising Star in Urology research proposal aims to determine the role of bacteria in the growth of calcium-based kidney stones and the significance of bacteria to kidney stone disease: “Dr. Scotland’s research can lead to advancements which improve health care worldwide for those with kidney stones," said Harris M. Nagler, MD, president of the Urology Care Foundation. "Every year, I find myself blinded by the bright light of our rising stars."

In addition to being a 2022 KL2 scholar, Dr. Scotland was also recently awarded a Urology Care Foundation Humanitarian Grant and NIDDK K08 (Career Development Award) in 2023. 

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