Dear ICCS member
I am writing to you from the wet, dark and depressing northern European december. The sun rises (behind heavy clouds) at 8.30 and goes down again at 14.30, and there is not even any snow to cheer us up. September in Rome, and the landmark ICCS conference, was much better. Anyway, your Society has things to look forward to:
As you probably know, 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 all, regardless of profession or country of work, 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 Tom de Jong from Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is somewhat of a Maverick so I am very much looking forward to his talk. Gdansk is a lovely city, full of old and modern history, and September will be a perfect time to go there.
And then in 2020 we will go to Dubai! Our 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.
The location for the 2021 conference is not decided yet. But it will be good.
As you know, one of the most important things that your Society is doing is producing standardisation documents. Via these documents we probably influence clinical practice more than we do by all our conferences and courses. One of the most influential and widely cited documents is the one about monosymptomatic enuresis [Nevéus T et al. Evaluation and treatment of monosymptomatic enuresis – a standardisation document from the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS). J Urol. 2010;183:441-7]. But it is now 8 years old, so we decided to make an update. The new document will include management of nonmonosymptomatic as well as monosymptomatic (a real tongue-twister) enuresis, and we have gathered the following truly 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). We will have a complete draft by January.
Furthermore, two completely 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 is leading the former document’s team whereas Anne Wright will be the lead author of the latter.
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. 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.
I hope that you will get well-deserved time for yourselves, your family and your friends in the upcoming holiday season, regardless of which traditions you adhere to, and which part of the globe you call home. May you rest, eat well and be happy!
You will hear from me again in March or so.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden