American Urological Association
A physician and pharmaceutical researcher, Dr. Erol Onel serves as the vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Inc. In this capacity, he works with a team of professionals as they seek approval for a long-acting non-opioid drug. Over the years, Dr. Erol Onel has belonged to several professional organizations, including the American Urological Association (AUA).
Dedicated to improving urologic care through research, policy, and education, the AUA recently released new joint clinical guidelines for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This condition affects nearly 50 percent of women in the United States and is signified by involuntary urine leakage due to sneezing, laughing, or other activities that increase abdominal pressure. In many cases, women opt for surgical treatment of SUI symptoms.
The AUA wrote the joint evidence-based guidelines for surgical treatment with the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU). They include a total of 24 treatment recommendations, including alternatives to various surgical options and information about determining when additional evaluations are needed to confirm SUI. A panel of SUI experts worked on creating the clinical guideline, and it was subject to 93 peer reviews before being approved and released by the AUA and SUFU.
For the past year, Dr. Erol Onel has been providing scientific leadership to Heron Therapeutics, Inc., as its vice president. He previously served as the vice president of medical information and clinical research at Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Outside of work, Dr. Erol Onel enjoys discovering unique food and wine pairings.
Many people are familiar with merlot, chardonnay, and other common wine varieties. However, there are also several lesser-known varieties of comparable quality. Below are a few examples:
– Assyrtiko. This type of white wine comes from the island of Santorini in Greece and is developed using the unique Assyrtiko grape. These grapes grow in volcanic soil and provide the wine with a mineral, dry taste. Assyrtiko pairs well with light seafood and shellfish.
– Mencia. A mild red wine, mencia comes from northwestern Spain. It has frequently been compared to cabernet franc; however, this variety is particularly rare. The vines that produce mencia grapes are notoriously finicky and often have low yields.
– Picpoul. Featuring a high acidity, picpoul is typically grown in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region and divided into three varieties: picpoul noir, picpoul gris, and picpoul blanc. Picpoul blanc grapes are nearing extinction, and the other two varieties may follow suit due to their propensity for developing a certain type of fungus.
– Petit manseng. Despite originally being from France and Spain, petit manseng has found a home in Virginia. This grape is often harvested late in the season and produces a complex, acidic wine that features flowery flavors and a spicy aftertaste.
American Heart Association
For more than a decade, physician Erol Onel has been working in the pharmaceutical industry. He has held such roles as director and vice president over the course of his career and currently provides scientific leadership to Heron Therapeutics as vice president. Dedicated to helping others, Erol Onel supports such charities as the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association, the largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting stroke and heart disease, recently published the results of a new study on gut bacteria and clotting in its journal, Circulation. This study was funded by the Office of Dietary Supplements and National Institutes of Health.
The study was conducted on 18 volunteers, and included vegans and vegetarians as well as omnivores. All volunteers took supplements of choline bitartrate two times daily for two months. This resulted in trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) levels increasing by 10 times their original amount and caused platelets to form clots more often. Volunteers who took baby aspirin every day saw a decrease in clot formation, despite the higher TMAO levels.
According to the research, consuming excess choline, a nutrient commonly found in eggs, meat, and other staples of Western diets, increases the risk of clotting and the amount of the bacteria-produced compound TMAO. Excessive clotting reduces the flow of blood through the body and increases individuals’ risk of stroke, heart attack, and damage to the organs. Meanwhile, high levels of TMAO has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine
Dr. Erol Onel is a physician with many years of experience in the field of urology. Currently vice president of Heron Therapeutics in California, Dr. Erol Onel is also affiliated with the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is a recognized leader in the field of reproductive medicine. It works through education and advocacy in order to further human knowledge of reproductive medicine and improve fertility treatments for men and women.
In order to disseminate reproductive information to the general public, the ASRM operates reproductivefacts.org. This website provides general education on a wide range of topics, including fertility, family planning, and reproductive system concerns. It also operates the Protect Your Fertility campaign, a program designed to help the public manage reproductive health.
This campaign provides specific information about the lifestyle choices and health concerns that impact fertility, such as weight, age, and smoking. Men and women of all ages can learn about fertility and infertility through the ASRM at www.reproductivefacts.org.