The Specific Goals of The UFPDC

  1. Attract, recruit and mentor investigators conducting basic, translational, and/or clinical research applied to the diagnosis and therapy of prostate and urogenital diseases.

  2. Provide an intellectual environment that promotes interactions and collaborations between the Center and other UF programs, centers, institutes and other institutions.

  3. Establish training and educational programs within the Center and the community.

  4. Provide new insights into the cellular and molecular origins of prostate and other urogenital diseases and apply this knowledge in a practical way to facilitate the development of new and better diagnostic tools and treatment methods.

  5. Develop a registry that consists of an automated, centralized database of adult men affected by prostate diseases: an essential policy guide tool for the State for improved disease intervention and prevention.

  6. Develop the standards for high quality, evidence-based and cost effective care for patients with prostatic disease

  7. Expand existing tissue banks to provide samples for prostate-focused research.

  8. Generate independent revenue streams to sustain existing activities and promote organic growth of the Center including research grants, corporate collaborations, technology licensing program and philanthropy.

  9. Initiate community-based outreach and educational programs for students, teachers, patients and under-served populations through seminars, symposia, educational programs, tours and publications.

The UF Prostate Disease Center provides a timely opportunity and substantial academic leverage to build an integrated, broad-based, basic, translational and clinical research effort. It will serve as a major translational resource to the institution and the entire State of Florida. Continued success of the Center will facilitate the generation of new diagnostic tools and therapeutic modalities for the many patients affected and will help populate the Center with expert personnel in prostate-centered research.