Urological research institute

Urological Research Institute



Andrea Salonia


Deputy Director

Alberto Briganti


The Urological Research Institute holds unique opportunities to address and investigate a variety of aspects of urogenital disorders (epidemiological, genetic, molecular, cellular, physiological and pharmacological) of immediate relevance for individual patients as well as health-care systems. Our research program aims at producing an inspiring scientific environment where clinical research and basic research in urology and urological pharmacology interact on a daily basis.


The Urological Research Institute, located in San Michele 2 building of IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele campus, performs its activity in close collaboration with the clinical urological unit of IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele.

URI translational research projects are possible also thanks to an impressive volume of biological samples stored in a dedicated biobank and of data collected by more than 30.000 patients during the years.


The Urological Research Institute studies a variety of urogenital pathologies, with a special focus on prostate, bladder and renal tumors, as well as sexual and reproductive dysfunctions.

Basic research projects

  • Genetics factors and inheritance of prostate cancer;
  • Nanotechnologies for effective delivering of chemotherapy in bladder cancer;
  • Extracellular microenvironment in prostate/bladder tumors and in male infertility.

Clinical research projects

  • The role of hormones as a risk and severity factor in prostate cancer;
  • The efficacy of radiotherapy in urogenital tumors;
  • Factors involved in the emergence of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction after surgery;
  • Spreading patterns of metastasis from urogenital tumors;
  • Conservative renal surgery and therapeutic efficacy of lymph nodes removal in urogenital tumors surgery treatment;