Dear ICCS member
First of all – I wish all ICCS members and all friends of the ICCS a happy new year 2017. The year 2016 has seen a lot of changes but I promise that your society will be a pillar of stability in a turbulent world. We will continue our quest for good science and good education for everyone involved in the pediatric lower urinary tract, and good healthcare for the children themselves.
The most important message (except the above) is that the ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE ICCS COURSE IN ST LOUIS WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 10TH. We feel that, in the middle of the holiday season, we owe that to the researchers. This conference will take place June 21-24 and will be held in collaboration with the Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida (SRHSB), so there will be extra focus on children with special needs as well as transitional care. We have already ensured the collaboration of Mr Dan Wood of the University College, London, UK, as the Kelm Hjälmås Memorial speaker. Several workshops are planned in conjunction with the meeting. It will be as awesome as the great Mississippi.
More to come in 2017 and 2018:
Our Regional Representative for the Middle East, dr Mario Patricolo, is organising the Abu Dhabi Pelvic Floor Weekend, 9-11 March 2017, which includes an ICCS course. Board members Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink, Israel Franco and Mario de Gennaro are among the distinguished speakers. Please check this website: http://adpfw-2017.com
An ICCS workshop is planned in conjunction with the annual conference of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology (ESPN) in Glasgow, Scotland, September 6-9 2017. Johan Vande Walle and Søren Rittig will be providing a good program.
The ICCS has also been invited to contribute to the meeting in September 12-15 2017 of its historic mother society the International Continence Society (ICS) in Florence, Italy. Johan Vande Walle, Søren Rittig and Mario de Gennaro are leading that effort. And the city needs no introduction.
Via our Educational Chairman Mario de Gennaro a collaboration with the European UroGynaecological Association (EUGA) has been started. The ICCS is planning to contribute to their upcoming conferences, starting 2018.
We will in all likelihood have an ICCS course in Argentina 2018. As usual, our indefatigable Latin American Board member Eliane Fonseca will ensure that the event will be successful.
Finally, the 2018 ICCS conference will be held in Rome, Italy. I guess that you would want to go to Rome anyway, but now you have one more reason. Mario De Gennaro can guarantee that this event will also be very worthwhile, although we cannot promis that Pope Francis will have time to hold a talk.
As mentioned in previous letters, all members should have received notification by our Treasurer Israel Franco about the new optional possibility of letting patients or non-member professionals getting touch with you via the ICCS website. If you value this option, please use it!
As you should know by now, the ICCS e-learning course is available for downloading. Click on the e-learning menu of the ICCS homepage and you will be able to register. The cost is 100 Euros for members and 200 Euros for non-members (so why not become a member instead?).
From the same part of the ICCS website you can reach information about, and purchase opportunities for, the comprehensive handbook: Pediatric Incontinence – Evaluation and Clinical Management,. I suggest you buy it.
You will hear from me again in february or march. Until then, have a nice beginning of the new year and feel free to contact your Society.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden