|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 863
The International Prostate Forum introduction and history
John W Davis1, Tsuneharu Miki2, Atif Akdas3, Hiroki Watanabe4, Ziya Kirkali5, Run Wang6, R Joseph Babaian7
1 Department of Urology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
2 Department of Urology, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
3 Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Watanabe Memorial Choumei Research Laboratory, Shiga, Japan
5 Dokuz Eylül University School of Medicine, Department of Urology, Izmir, Turkey
6 Division of Urology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Department of Urology; Department of Urology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
7 Department of Urology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030, USA
|Date of Web Publication||26-Jun-2015|
John W Davis
Department of Urology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas 77030
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Davis JW, Miki T, Akdas A, Watanabe H, Kirkali Z, Wang R, Babaian R J. The International Prostate Forum introduction and history. Asian J Androl 2015;17:863
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Davis JW, Miki T, Akdas A, Watanabe H, Kirkali Z, Wang R, Babaian R J. The International Prostate Forum introduction and history. Asian J Androl [serial online] 2015 [cited 2017 Apr 30];17:863. Available from: http://www.ajandrology.com/text.asp?2015/17/6/863/156860 - DOI: 10.4103/1008-682X.156860
The International Prostate Forum (IPF) originally started with three urology departments in Japan, Turkey, and the United States. The forum emphasized discussions and presentations of new knowledge in all areas of prostate diseases with an early emphasis on ultrasound and diagnostics. The meeting has generally run every 2 years and rotated through the three sites with new leaders joining the effort. Over the years, the meeting has enjoyed a diverse locale and points of emphasis. The latter agendas now cover all aspects of the benign prostate disease, prostate cancer screening, prostate cancer diagnosis and staging, and therapies. [Table 1] summarizes the dates of the meetings, locations, and chairman.
While most prior meetings have been stand-alone 2-day format meetings, 2014 was a unique year in a partnership with the American Urological Association (AUA). The AUA has graciously added the IPF as a society member and, therefore, handled the CME applications and infrastructure. We also partnered with the Asian Journal of Andrology (AJA) as a sponsor and publisher for this special edition from the 2014 IPF.
The 2014 IPF was given the theme "Solving Common Management Dilemmas with New Information" and structured on four key questions that confront practicing experts in prostate cancer: (1) elevated PSA with Negative Biopsy, (2) PSA Detected Prostate Cancer with Questionable Lethal Biology, (3) Optimal Management of Prostate Cancer with Lethal Biology, and (4) Hormone Naïve and Castrate-Resistant Disease: how to Utilize a Growing Library of Options. We had 25 presentations and several posters in this 1-day format at the AUA. Most presenters were urologist, but we had multidisciplinary representation from medical oncology (Ken Pienta, Christopher Logothetis), endocrinology (Andrew Schally, Nobel Laureate), and pathology (Guliz Barken).
In this special issue of the AJA, selected presenters from the IPF have written an excellent series of review articles that progress through key themes from all four sessions of the meeting. Short commentaries are attached to provide additional context and future direction. I hope you value this collection of state-of-the-art reviews and can join us for a future IPF in Turkey in 2016 hosted by Derya Balbay or in Japan in 2018. We would like to acknowledge all speakers from the 2014 IPF, our collaborators at the AUA (especially Gopal Badlani, Secretary), the AJA, and the over 400 meeting attendees from all around the globe.