Dear ICCS member
These are troubled times. The Covid pandemic is still a threat and the world has been plunged into a totally unnecessary war. The ICCS is not a political society, but since our task is to stand up for the health of children around the globe and for science – i.e. the search for truth and the free communication of evidence – we must strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the flood of lies and misinformation that is poured over the people by Russian state-controlled media. We hold Russia’s leadership, not the Russians, responsible for this sad state of affairs.
But your Society must carry on. And since the global restrictions due to the pandemic are gradually disappearing we are planning many new events, both online and in real life.
The 2022 ICCS conference, December 2-4, 2022
As previously announced, the 2022 ICCS conference will be in colorful, friendly, safe Taipei, Taiwan. We plan to hold this conference on site, but with key content also available online. We are sure that Board member Stephen Yang and his team will make this a great event. And our old ICCS friend CK Yeung from Hong Kong has accepted to fill the Kelm Hjälmås Memorial Speaker role.
The 2023 ICCS conference, November 15-17, 2023
This event will be held in Salvador, Brazil, and will be led by Board member Bira Barroso and his team. He also has a good track record as an excellent organiser of international meetings. Salvador is the home of Brazilian cuisine, music and African-American-European culture and it is crammed with beautiful buildings and great restaurants. Make sure to get there!
Other upcoming events, 2022
The recurring triple-U course on Urodynamics and Urotherapy in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is up and running again. It will be given (in a hybrid format) March 25-26 this year. It has always been excellent, thanks to Board member Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink and her team. Already, 135 participants have registered, so don’t wait! This is the website: www.urotherapy-course.nl/utrecht
May 20-22, this spring, there will be an online course of pediatric lower urinary tract disturbances organised by drs Vaze, Saha and Sinha of Kolkata, India, with participation of most ICCS Board members. This is the contact email : email@example.com
And our educational chairperson Dr Anne Wright is hosting the virtual London urodynamics course on June 16-17, which will be quite comprehansive as well. Although you won’t get to see London the course will not leave you unsatisfied. This is the website: https://paediatric-urodynamics-course.eventbrite.co.uk
Other upcoming events, 2023
Together with Drs Dawn McLellan and Rodrigo Romão an ICCS course will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on June 16-17 in 2023. This will be the first time your Society is in Atlantic Canada and everyone tells me that Halifax is a lovely place. Put a big fat cross in your calendar.
Planning has just started for an ICCS course in fascinating Chandigarh, India, in April 22-23, 2023. This will be led by our Regional Representative for South Asia, Dr Chowdhary, together with Professor Manahan of Chandigarh. More information coming!
The DEPPU project
The ICCS, via Kostas Kamperis, Mario deGennaro and Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink, has participated in the completion of this educational initiative, supported by a grant from Ferring Pharmaceuticals. We are very pleased with the results, which we hope will reach many physicians and other healthcare professionals who stand in the frontline caring for children with lower urinary tract problems. Check it out on https://www.urpedia.org
The e-learning course
An extra important way to spread the word in this time of cancelled courses and strangled international transport options is our e-learning course. It is readily available from the website and I promis that it won’t make you disappointed.
General assembly – upcoming Board vacancies
During the Taiwan conference 2022 we will hold an ICCS General Assembly. There are then four upcoming Board vacancies that need to be filled: the positions held by myself, Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink, Israel Franco and Stephen Yang. Taking geography, profession and gender balance into account the Board has nominated four excellent persons. Their abbreviated CVs and mission statements will soon be made available on the homepage.
Successor of myself: Dr Michal Maternik PhD, pediatric nephrologist from Gdansk, Poland.
Successor to Anka Nieuwhof Leppink: Bieke Samijn PhD, physiotherapist/urotherapist from Ghent, Belgium
Successor to Stephen Yang: Professor Jian Guo Wen, pediatric urologist from Zhengzhou, China
Successor to Israel Franco: Professor Stacy Tanaka, pediatric urologist from Birmingham, AL, USA
The new Board will decide internally about the President, Treasurer and Secretary positions.
But you, dear member, will also have the opportunity to nominate people, such as yourself. This is how to do it. Provide the General Secretary Dr Kostas Kamperis (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following, at least one month before the General Assembly: a CV of the nominee, a short statement of intent of the nominee, and a written endorsement by three other ICCS members. Also, please make clear which vacant Board position the nominee is nominated for.
Please do not hesitate to pose questions and suggestions to us in the Board or to the ICCS Regional Representative from your part of the world. It is your activity that keeps us going.
You will hear from me again in two or three months. Stay safe until then!
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Pediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden