Dear ICCS member
Winter is approaching the northern hemisphere and in Sweden, as well as many other countries, the Covid pandemonium has turned into a pandemic among the unvaccinated only, which is bad enough given the frustrating worldwide anti-vax – and anti-science in general – movement. This highlights the need for organisations devoted to the free communication of science and respect for evidence, such as your Society.
And we have been busy. In October 16-17 myself, Anka Nieuwhod-Leppink and Israel Franco participated in the first ICCS course in Georgia, hosted by Irakli Rtskhiladze and his great team (yes, there is a shortage of consonants in the Georgian language). We had two very effective days with participants from all over Caucasia and central Asia (on site and online). And the wine was good.
And then, November 12-13, we had the annual ICCS conference in Aarhus, Denmark, arranged by our indefatigable Board members Kostas Kamperis and Søren Rittig and their team, supported by the full Board. Our Kelm Hjälmås Memorial speaker was long time friend, Board member and grand old Dame of the pelvic floor Dr Janet Chase (with her cat). As I explained in my last message we had to hold this meeting fully online but we were surprised by high participation, the lively discussions and the high quality of the scientific content. Although we certainly long for real, physical, in the flesh, meetings this plan B turned out to be much better than I had anticipated. And since I was there in Aarhus I could still have some nice dinners with my Danish friends.
The 2022 ICCS conference – new dates!
As previously announced, the 2022 ICCS conference will be in fascinating, friendly, safe Taipei, Taiwan. Since we suddenly realized that the planned dates included the US Thanksgiving holiday, and we surely want our American friends to join us, the new dates are December 2-4. Please make new crosses in your calendar! We plan to hold this conference (and other upcoming conferences) 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
This event will be held in Salvador, Brazil, in November 15-17, 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
The recurring triple-U course on Urodynamics and Urotherapy in Utrecht, the Netherlands, is up and running again. It will be given (IRL) March 25-26 next year. It has always been excellent, thanks to Board member Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink and her team. This is the website: Urotherapy & Urodynamics Course – Het WKZ
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 the place is a lovely place. Put a big fat cross in your calendar.
We are also considering other events around the globe, and are open for suggestions.
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. We have already found four excellent people that we will nominate for these positions (taking geography, profession and gender balance into account), but you, dear member, will also have the opportunity to nominate people. We will inform you about how to do so in upcoming letters.
New ICCS Regional Representative
In recognition of his excellent course arranging skills and high commitment to your Society we have appointed Dr Irakli Rtskhiladze of Tbilisi, Georgia, new ICCS Regional Representative för the Caucasus area. Please contact him if you have questions regarding possible ICCS activities in this lovely part of the globe.
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.
The latest ICCS standardisation document, the one about neurodevelopmental disorders and incontinence, has been published in Neurourology and Urodynamics. It will be an excellent instrument in your toolbox.
We will start the work with updating the dysfunctional voiding document and also a brand new standardisation document focused on noninvasive urodynamics
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