Tryggve Nevéus, MD
Dear ICCS member
|These lines are sent to you from the wintry depths of frosty Scandinavia, where a white blanket of snow covers the ground, father Christmas fattens his exhausted reindeer and polar bears roam the streets (no, not really). The intense heat of last summer’s ICCS conference in St Louis feels as distant as the balmy mediterranean autumn in Rome of the upcoming 2018 conference.
|First, I can finally, proudly announce that the e-learning course is up and running. Thanks to the very fruitful collaboration with the Continence Foundation of Australia the technicalities and logistic issues have been managed and new applicants can at last be admitted. The course is comprehensive, pedagogic and user-friendly and will teach you all you need to know about the pediatric lower urinary tract and its disturbances. The curriculum of the course was provided by the ICCS through myself, Mario de Gennaro and Janet Chase (good team, good hard work in Padua, Italy, and nice dinners too!). You will find the links to the course via the e-learning menu on the iccs homepage.
|The upcoming ICCS course in Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 25-27, will be just great, thanks to Board Member Eliane Fonseca and local organiser Dr Cristian Sager. The program looks terrific. To check it out, go to the events page of the ICCS website. The ICCS team will include myself, Stuart Bauer, Paul Austin, Israel Franco, Eliane Fonseca and Kostas Kamperis. In conjunction with this meeting Spanish language and Latin America-adapted ICCS guidelines for treatment of nocturnal enuresis will be presented. We look forward to the food and wine as well.
|Planning is moving ahead for the upcoming ICCS course in Lisbon, Portugal. The date is set at May 29-30 and local organisers will be Drs Fatima Alves and Aline Vaz da Silva of Dona Estefania Hospital in collaboration with the ICCS board and our indefatigable Eliane Fonseca. Mark the date!
|As you certainly know, the 2018 ICCS conference will be held in Rome, Italy on september 27-29. Now you have one more reason to visit the Eternal City (as if you needed one). Educational Chairman Mario De Gennaro will be our host but the full Board and friends will also be very active. We are happy to collaborate with the European Society for Pediatric Urology during this event. And our friend and scientific father-figure professor Jens Peter Nørgaard of Aarhus fame has accepted to act as the Kelm Hjälmås memorial speaker.
|The 2019 annual ICCS conference will be held in Gdansk, Poland, and our local organisers will be the experienced ICCS Regional Representative for Central Europe Michal Maternik and Professor Rafal Chrzan. Last time the ICCS was in this magnificent city was in 2010, and the experience was reassuring. The dates are not fixed as yet, but will probably be either June 12-15 or September 12-15.
|In 2020 the ICCS conference will be held in Dubai, UAE.
|Through the efforts of our Chairman of the Standardisation Committee, Dr Stephen Yang, your Society keeps producing immensely useful guideline documents that has, and will, influence the standard of care globally. The latest document to reach the finishing line is the one on outcome measurements, headed by our incredibly hardworking Regional Representative for Australia, Dr Janet Chase. The full title is Diagnostic scores, Questionnaires, Quality of Life and Outcome Measures in Pediatric Continence: A review of available tools from the International Children’s Continence Society. It will soon be published in the J Ped urol. Still in the pipeline are documents on urotherapy and CIC.
|Next time you hear from me will be in April or May. Until then, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions|
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden