Research Platform of Multicenter Studies of the CAU

Introduction

The main objective of the CAU Research Office is the development and dissemination of Urological Research in Ibero-America. However, to date it is known that the research carried out in our field is fragmented, a large part of the publications available come from a few centers, with their own series, with short follow-up periods, etc. This great effort of a few groups, is diminished by the isolation of the researchers and fundamentally by the difficulty for the optimal collection of data, which results in a lack of control in the quality of the studies, therefore a palpable obstacle , for the publication of these, in high impact journals with international diffusion and with reduction in the possibility to obtain help in research projects for research centers

As a result, we have focused efforts in search for a tool that facilitates the process of the investigation, allowing optimize the collection, storage and information management potential studies and so facilitate the development of multicenter, or collaborative, which allows to solve many of these issues and provides the researchers groups increased support and profitability to their initiatives. It is a tool, which is well established in Europe and North America that is perfectly applicable to the Ibero-American sphere.

This latent need with the aim of promoting research emerges as an initiative CAU, the project put at the disposal of the Ibero-American Urological community, the Research platform of multicenter studies (PIEM-CAU)