Dear ICCS member
I write to you in mid june, while preparing for the upcoming St Louis conference. I hope to see many of you there!
As you know by now, the St Louis conference, June 21-24 is held in collaboration with the Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida (SRHSB), and will be (has been?) just great. Sixty-five quality abstracts have been accepted and local organiser (as well as ICCS General Secretary emeritus) Paul Austin, assisted by Scientific Chairman Søren Rittig and others, have been working overtime to make this a memorable event, both scientifically and socially. We will be assisted by the Mighty Mississippi and the ghost of America’s maybe greatest author, Mark Twain, who lived here. We should all follow his advice: ”when in doubt tell the truth”.
The Abu Dhabi Pelvic Floor Weekend, 9-11 March 2017, arranged by our Regional Representative for the Middle East, dr Mario Patricolo, can be seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2020 ICCS conference, which will be held in Dubai. We are confident that it will also be a great success.
An ICCS workshop is planned September 6th, just before the annual conference of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology (ESPN) in Glasgow, Scotland. Johan Vande Walle and Søren Rittig will be providing a good program, the speakers will include yours truly and many members of the Danish and Belgian teams. And the wiskey is good.
Preparation is moving forward for an ICCS course in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018, the first time the ICCS visits the land of beef and tango. Board member Eliane Fonseca is collaborating with Dr Cristian Sager of Buenos Aires to ensure that the event will be successful.
As you should know by now, the 2018 ICCS conference will be held in Rome, Italy. September 27-29 are the dates to mark with a thick pen in your calendar. 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 and Pope Francis will turn a benevolent eye in our direction.
The 2019 annual ICCS conference will most probably be in Poland, either in Craców or Gdansk, and crucial in the planning will be Professor Rafal Chrzan of Craców and ICCS Regional Representative for Central Europe Michal Maternik (both of these gentlemen, by the way, have a slash across the last letter of their given names, changing the pronounciation from ”l” to ”w” – weird). Some of you may have (definitely happy) memories from the ICCS course in Gdansk in 2010 and Craców is arguably the most beautiful city in the world. Needless to say, we are very much looking forward to this event.
Finally, work on the re-starting of the excellent ICCS e-learning course is in progress, but we’re not there yet. Thanks to collaboration with the Continence Foundation of Australia we are confident that the problems will be solved.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden