Dear ICCS member
The President of your Society is now heavier and more imposing than usual, after all the good Italian food at the ICCS Conference in Rome, September 26-29. This meeting was a huge success (I mean it, and it was not just the food). We had a record number of scientific presentations, many of them top quality, and the educational activities were super. The collaboration with the ESPU (European Society for Pediatric Urology), the EUGA (European Urogynaecological Association) and the ICS (International Continence Society) went smoothly and was clearly to our mutual benefit. Our ever-smiling Educational Chairman and local organiser Mario de Gennaro and his team deserves all credits we can give.
I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the winners of the best presentation and best poster awards. They have all received one ICCS e-learning course for free.
Best oral presentation category:
- Genome-Wide Association Study Of Nocturnal Enuresis Identifies Risk-Loci On Chromosomes 6 And 13
Cecilie Siggaard Jørgensen, Henriette Thisted Horsdal, Veera Manikandan Rajagopal, Esben Agerbo, Anders Børglum, Søren Rittig, Konstantinos Kamperis, Ditte Demontis, Jane Hvarregaard Christensen – Aarhus, Denmark
- Trajectories of childhood urinary incontinence and their association with lower urinary tract symptoms in
young women from a UK cohort
Carol Joinson, Alexander von Gontard, Mariusz Grzeda, Anne Wright, Jon Heron – Bristol, UK
- An epidemiological study of nocturnal enuresis in Chinese Children aged 5-18 years old by online questionnaire: A nationwide multicenter study
Hong Xu, Qian-fan Miao, Yan-jun Li, Qian Shen – Shanghai, China
Best poster presentations:
- A new evaluation method for children with bladder bowel dysfunction: Pelvic floor muscle activity (PFMA)
Yelda Pekbay, Bahadir Topuz, Selcuk Sarikaya, Yasemin Irkilata, Hasan Cem Irkilata, Musa Murat Dayanc Ankara and Isparta, Turkey
- Uroflowmetry parameters in children with spina bifida who can void voluntarily
Kazuyoshi Johnin, Kenichi Kobayashi, Akihiro Kawauchi – Otsu, Japan
- KIM-1 and NGAL as potential predictors of renal deterioration in children with neurogenic bladder due to myelomeningocele
Agata Korzeniecka-Kozerska, Joanna Baginska, Alicja Liszewska – Bialystok, Poland
Next ICCS conference will, as you probably know, be in Gdansk, Poland, on September 12-14 next year. Our trusted Regional Representative for Central Europe, pediatric nephrologist Michal Maternik, has teamed up with pediatric urologist Rafal Chrzan (the last letter of the given names of both gentlemen should have a slash through them and be pronounced more like a “w” than an “l” – isn’t Polish fun?) and can, together with the full ICCS Board, guarantee that no conference participant will regret coming. Gdansk is a lovely city, full of old and modern history, and September will be a perfect time to go there. We are also happy to announce that the Kelm Hjälmås (Swedish names are also fun) memorial lecture 2019 will be held by long-term ICCS friend Tom de Jong from Utrecht, the Netherlands.
And then in 2020 we will go to Dubai! Our likewise very active Regional Representative for the Middle East, dr Mario Patricolo, is preparing an Arabian Nights experience for us all. The dates to mark in your calendar are October 26-29, 2020.
During the ICCS General Assembly in Rome many interesting matters were discussed in an open, friendly and constructive manner, and wise decisions were made. One of them concerned the updated ICCS Bylaws. As I have previously told you, the Board wishes to make the process for nominating and electing new Board members more transparent and interactive. This move was supported by the members and the bylaws were updated accordingly. The changes made were similar to the ones we communicated to you earlier except for the detail that we decided to keep the voting to be made in person at the General Assembly and not electronically beforehand. The argument was that the people most involved are those who bother to go to the General Assembly meetings. Wise choice. By the way, the members chose to entrust myself, Israel Franco, Anka Nieuwhof Leppink and Stephen Yang with a second mandate period in the Board. We thank you for your trust. You will all get copies of the General Assembly minutes and the new bylaws soon.
One of the most important things that your Society is doing is producing standardisation documents. These have become very useful and widely cited. Via these documents we probably influence clinical practice more than we do by all our conferences and courses. Through the initiative of our Standardisation Chairman Stephen Yang two new documents have just been started: 1) bladder problems in children with neuropsychiatric conditions, and 2) bladder problems in children with special needs. Alexander von Gontard, our ICCS Consultant of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will take the helm of the former document whereas our Secretary, Anne Wright, will lead the work with the latter. And I am gathering a team for updating the ICCS document on monosymptomatic enuresis (since this document was published in 2010). We will keep you posted.
Another way to reach out to the wider community, including those of you who cannot join our congresses and courses, is our e-learning course. It is readily available from the website and I promis that it won’t make you disappointed.
You will hear from me again this (northern hemisphere) winter.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden