UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


PRIME team win at European Association of Urology

3 April 2023

The UCL Division of Surgery PRIME team has won first prize at the European Association of Urology 2023 in Milan.

Three members of the UCL Division of Surgery PRIME Team: Aqua Asif, Alexander Ng, Veeru Kasivisvanathan, collecting first prize at the EAU event in Milan

The UCL Division of Surgery PRIME team has been recognised by the European Association of Urology (EAU) 2023 in Milan with a prestigious prize.

First author, Dr Alexander Ng, received the First Prize for Best Abstract by a Resident in Urology, for their research into prostate MRI quality. This year, there were just under 5,000 abstract submissions, and this is regarded as one of the biggest international urology meetings.

Their research, the GLIMPSE study, analysed the MRI quality control phase from the ongoing international multi-centre PRIME study, evaluating whether biparametric MRI is non-inferior to multiparametric MRI in the detection of significant prostate cancer.

We carried out the first global overview into the variation of prostate MR image quality. Initial MRI quality was fair, with room for improvement, particularly with DCE imaging. With very basic changes in line with PI-RADS recommendations, global MRI quality can be easily improved.

Commenting on the award, Dr Ng said: "I'm extremely honoured and privileged to receive the first prize for best abstract by resident in urology. Thank you to my colleagues, supervisors, mentors, and family, as we aim to ensure that all men who require an MRI can get access to one."

Chief Investigator, A/Prof Veeru Kasivisvanathan, said: "This represents the hard work and dedication of the PRIME team and our international collaborators. This achievement showcases the bright future of academic urology and the power of collaboration in advancing medical research."

Dr Asif added, "I am truly grateful for the unwavering support and dedication of our international collaborators, mentors, peers, and loved ones, who have all played a crucial role in our success.

"Our collective efforts are helping break down barriers to accessing MRI, ultimately improving the lives of countless men around the world. I am proud to be part of this incredible team, and I firmly believe that together, we can continue to make a positive impact."

Image: (Left to right) Aqua Asif, Alexander Ng, Veeru Kasivisvanathan


  • Dr Alexander Ng
  • A/Prof Francesco Giganti
  • Dr Aqua Asif
  • Dr Arjun Nathan
  • Ms Marimo Rossiter
  • Dr Pramit Khetrapal
  • Dr Vinson Chan
  • Dr Louise Dickinson
  • Prof Shonit Punwani
  • Dr Chris Brew-Graves
  • Dr Alex Freeman
  • Prof Mark Emberton
  • Prof Caroline Moore
  • Dr Clare Allen
  • A/Prof Veeru Kasivisvanathan

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