BME student presents research at the World Congress of Endourology

UF BME undergraduate student, Olivia Liseth, presented her research titled, "Prevalence of Kidney Stones in the Diabetic Population by Insulin Dependence Status: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2014” at the 2018 World Congress of Endourology (WCE) in Paris, France.

Liseth’s research explores the link between metabolic disease, specifically diabetes, and kidney stone formation. Previous analyses using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey database have shown a correlation between diabetes and kidney stones. Her research is aimed to further investigate the diabetic population, dividing it into insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent in order to study the possible mechanisms or physiologic influences on kidney stone formation.

Her research established that females had significantly higher kidney stone prevalence in the insulin-dependent compared to the non-insulin-dependent populations, whereas the differences between the two populations in males were not significant. This suggests systemic differences leading to kidney stone formation between males and females, possibility in physiology, environment, or healthcare.

WCE is the world’s foremost meeting dedicated to minimally invasive urologic surgery. The mission of the society is to bring endourology enthusiasts together and allow them to exchange their experience and knowledge to illuminate the future for the younger generation. WCE is the principal meeting for endourology over the globe.

Congratulations, Olivia!