J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC, presented “An Introduction to the Urinary Microbiome (Part 1):  A Primer” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in August 2020.

How to cite: Nickel, J. Curtis. An Introduction to the Urinary Microbiome (Part 1):  A Primer” August 2020. Accessed Sep 2020. https://grandroundsinurology.com/an-introduction-to-the-urinary-microbiome-part-1-a-primer/

An Introduction to the Urinary Microbiome (Part 1):  A Primer – Summary:

In the first lecture in a three-part foundational series for Grand Rounds in Urology’s Next Generation Microbiome and Urologic Infections Learning Center, J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC, discusses the urology community’s evolving understanding of the urinary microbiome’s role in promoting urinary health. He observes that while doctors have recognized the importance of the gut microbiome for some time, most urologists held the traditional belief that the urinary tract was sterile until the past decade. However, with next-generation sequencing, researchers have rapidly discovered that the urinary tract is a “veritable microbial jungle” that is home to more than 4,000 species. Now that researchers are aware of its existence, Dr. Nickel emphasizes that it is necessary to study the normal urinary microbiome in order to better understand the changes that might result in dysbiosis and disease, discussing the results of past small studies as well as the potential of his team’s recently-initiated, 600-subject ongoing normal microbiome study.

After watching, be sure to visit the other parts of this lecture series (linked below) and explore our learning center.

An Introduction to the Urinary Microbiome: Part 2- Impact on Urinary Disease

An Introduction to the Urinary Microbiome: Part 3- Manipulation for Urologic Health