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Dr. Praveen Thumbikat Discusses Prostate and Bladder Health

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Dr. Praveen Thumbikat received his training as a veterinarian in 1997 from Kerala Agricultural University in India and obtained a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota in 2004. He did his postdoctoral work in the area of bladder infections at Northwestern University under mentorship of Dr. David Klumpp and Dr. Anthony Schaeffer. In 2008, Praveen was awarded a K01 career development award by the NIH/NIDDK and started studying inflammation in the prostate. In 2010, he became an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University and focused his work on understanding the pathogenesis of Chronic prostatitis/ Chronic pelvic pain syndrome, a debilitating medical condition that affects millions of men. He has made significant impact in the field as evidenced by honors such as SIIU New Investigator, Society for Infection and Inflammation in Urology, 2007, the Young investigator award, Society for Basic Urologic Research, Nov 2011, “Showcasing young investigators” American Urological Association Foundation award, May 2012, and the First Prize, AUA best poster 2017. Dr. Thumbikat has been invited by the NIH to sit on study sections including the Lower Urinary tract research network (LURN) study section as an NIDDK/NIH – review panel member, Diabetic Complications consortium (DiaComp), NIH/NIDDK (Pilot and Feasibility grant review, Special Emphasis Panel on Urologic Pain syndrome. Praveen is the Section Editor for Urology in the journal PLOS One and is an ad hoc reviewer on a large number of prestigious scientific journals both within and outside the field of Urology. In recent years Praveen and his group have expanded their focus to immunomodulation in prostate cancer and mechanistic aspects of metastatic bone pain. Praveen is very interested in translation of basic science studies to the clinic and is currently testing therapeutics in patients with chronic pelvic pain as part of a clinical trial at Northwestern University.

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