Dr. J. Curtis Nickel completed his undergraduate, surgical, urological and research training in Canada. He has been a member of the department of urology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, since 1984 and was promoted to a full professorship in 1994.
Dr. Nickel's research has been in the fields of inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and benign diseases of the prostate gland. He has written approximately 400 scientific papers, reviews, chapters and books on these subjects. He maintains a laboratory at Queen's University, funded continuously by peer-reviewed and industry grants. His Prostatitis Clinical Research Center, Interstitial Cystitis Clinical Research Center and his Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) Research Center are funded, in part, by concurrent grants from the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institiute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. His work in prostatitis has led to new awareness of the condition, updated definitions and classifications, validated outcome parameters and recently multiple clinical treatment trials in this difficult field. He has been involved in multiple clinical trials (single and multi-center) in BPH and interstitial cystitis (many times as one of the principal investigators) that have helped shape the evolution of medical therapy for these diseases.
Dr. Nickel participates (as organizer, chairman, invited lecturer, or visiting professor) in many local, national and international university and continuing medical education events. He has given invited lectures in over 35 countries. He is on the scientific or review panel of numerous granting agencies, a regular reviewer for over a dozen urological and medical journals, on the editorial board of eight national and international urological journals, a member of the Canadian Prostate Health Council, NIH Chronic Prostatitis Collaborative Research Network, NIH Interstitial Cystitis Collaborative Treatment Group and the NIH Complementary and Alternative Medical Approaches to Urinary Symptoms (CAMUS) research group. He has served on the examination committee and as an examiner for the American Board of Urology and is presently a member of the Royal College Examination Board in Canada. He has been a member of the American Association of Genito-urinary Surgeons since 2004. In November 2007, he was awarded the prestigious Canada Institute for Health Research Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and Inflammation.
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