Dear ICCS member
I am writing to you from a Sweden which is hesitatingly moving towards spring. School children around the world are demonstrating for action against climate change, horrible things are happening in New Zeeland and the British are getting stuck in an EU limbo. But the blackbird is singing again in the early mornings (the semi-official sign of spring in Sweden) and your Society continues to be a force for good in a turbulent and increasingly fact-denying world.
As I keep repeating, the next ICCS conference will be in Gdansk, Poland, on September 12-14. Our friends Michal Maternik and Rafal Chrzan will, together with the full ICCS Board, make sure that everyone will learn a lot while having fun and making new friends. And the Kelm Hjälmås memorial lecture 2019 will be held by long-term ICCS friend and guru Tom de Jong from Utrecht, the Netherlands. And Gdansk is a lovely place; a splendid Hanseatic city with pre-medieval roots, it was heavily bombed during World War 2 but painstakingly rebuilt, brick by brick, with breathtaking results. It was also in the dockyards of this city that, arguably, the first cracks – in the person of Lech Walesa – appeared in the iron curtain. So Gdansk is full of old and modern history, and September will be a perfect time to go there. The only problem is that it is impossible to pronounce if you’re not Polish.
And then, as you also know, in 2020 we will go to Dubai! Our very active Regional Representative for the Middle East, dr Mario Patricolo, has found good collaboration partners and is preparing an Arabian Nights experience for us all. Check the flyer in the events page and mark the dates: October 26-29, 2020.
The location for the 2021 conference will most probably be decided at our Board meeting in conjunction with the Gdansk conference. Several exciting places are on the table. So stay tuned.
Work is proceeding nicely with the update of the standardization documents on enuresis. We will then merge the previous two documents on monosymptomatic [Nevéus et al 2010] and nonmonosymptomatic [Franco et al 2012] enuresis. We have gathered the following multiprofessional and global team: yours truly (Sweden), Eliane Fonseca (Brazil), Israel Franco (the US), Akihiro Kawauchi (Japan), Larisa Kovacevic (the US), Anka Nieuwhof Leppink (the Netherlands), Ann Raes (Belgium), Søren Rittig (Denmark), Serdar Tekgül (Turkey) and Stephen Yang (Taiwan). Work has also started on two completely new documents: 1) bladder problems in children with neuropsychiatric conditions, and 2) bladder problems in children with special needs. Alexander von Gontard is leading the former document’s team whereas Anne Wright will be the lead author of the latter. We appreciate that the work we do on such guideline documents probably influence the care of children around the world more than all our international meetings put together (but the meetings are more fun).
Another important way to spread the word to 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. The language of the course is English, but to facilitate participation for non-native English speakers we are in the process of translating the accompanying texts to other global languages.
Please do not hesitate to pose questions and suggestions to us in the Board or to the ICCS Regional Representatives from your part of the world. It is your activity that keeps us going.
You will hear from me again in May or June.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden