UK’s First Training Centre for Andrology
The Manchester Andrology Centre at the Trust has been accredited as the first centre for Andrology in the UK. This follows a site visit by a panel of international experts from Germany, France and Italy.
Andrology is the medical speciality which deals with men’s health and diseases specific to males, especially of the reproductive organs (similar to gynaecology for women).
The targeted areas of male reproductive health currently include:
• Sexual dysfunction including erectile dysfunction (impotence), hypoactive sexual disorders and premature ejaculation
• Male infertility
• Androgen (testosterone) treatments and abuse
• Prostate diseases including benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer
• Testicular cancer
• Male ageing
• Male contraception – vasectomy, male ‘pill’
These areas are closely inter-linked. For example, men with infertility or prostate cancer may have sexual problems and men presenting with sexual problems may have hormone deficiencies. Treatment of testicular cancer frequently lead to fertility impairments and testosterone treatment may be beneficial for ageing men.
A one-stop clinic run by specialists trained to deal with all these problems and the assurance of delivering a high-quality service are clearly advantageous to patients.
The Centre brings together staff from Reproductive Medicine, Andrology, Urology and Endocrinology to provide a pool of expertise to develop an improved service for managing male reproductive and associated disorders and training for specialist registrars.
Professor Frederick Wu, Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Andrology at the University of Manchester, and Director of the Centre says: “The visiting committee was greatly impressed by and commended us on the high standard of clinical practice and research. This is a highly significant achievement which duly recognises the quality and diversity of the specialised expertise in this organisation.”
At a recent General Assembly, Professor Wu was elected as President of the European Academy of Andrology. He will serve a 4-year term of office.