Dear ICCS member
I am writing to you from Sweden – one of the presently Covid-peaceful parts of the world. But school is just starting and this may lead to new spikes in infections, and many other parts of the world are less lucky than we are. The global situation is still strange and threatening, and this affects your Society as well (as you will understand after having read this letter), but we are very active and will go through this strong, united and motivated for our task. Please read more!
THE ICCS BOARD VACANCIES
As I have previously communicated to all ICCS members we have four upcoming Board vacancies to fill before the end of this year. Dr Kostas Kamperis has finished his first mandate period and drs Eliane Fonseca, Anne Wright and Ann Raes have finished their second mandate period. According to the wishes of the members we will manage the nomination process electronically, since (unsurprisingly) there will be no physical General Assembly this year.
This means that all paying members will get the opportunity to vote whether to accept the Board’s own nominees for the upcoming vacancies (see below) or to choose somebody else. The vote will take place during one week (only) in late November or early December. You will all get notified about the exact date and technicalities soon.
Luckily, the ICCS Board has many competent and hard-working friends who are interested in joining as Board members. It was difficult to choose whom to nominate for the upcoming vacancies and in our final choices we put extra weight on factors such as geography, profession, research and previous ICCS collaboration. We thus hereby nominate the following good people:
1) For Kostas Kamperis’ position, we nominate Kostas Kamperis for one more mandate period. He is a pediatric nephrologist working in Aarhus, Denmark (despite his Greek name), has already worked excellently within the Board for four years and has accepted to take over the Secretarial position within the Board should he be accepted for a second period.
2) For Eliane Fonseca’s position we nominate Ubirajara Barroso of Salvador, Brazil. He is an influential pediatric urologist who has an excellent track record within the ICCS and other relevant societies.
3) For Anne Wright’s position we nominate Yoshiyuki Ohtomo of Tokyo, Japan. He is a pediatric nephrologist who has also many times shown that he is an excellent resource when giving courses or coordinating research activities.
4) For Ann Raes’ position we nominate Erik van Laecke of Ghent, Belgium. He is an actively researching pediatric urologist and will be an excellent representative of the influential Ghent centre.
Although these four people are surely excellent persons we know they are not the only ones. Therefore (and because the bylaws say so) we give you, dear member, the opportunity to nominate other persons for the upcoming vacancies. For the nomination to be valid the person you nominate must 1) be a present paying ICCS member, 2) accept your nomination, 3) be supported in writing by three other paying ICCS members, and 4) provide his/her CV and a short vision statement to the ICCS secretary before October 19, so that these documents can be read by the members. Please also note that for all nominations it must be made clear for which position they wish to be made available (i.e. whether they wish to take the place of Kostas, Eliane, Anne or Ann; the nominees can thus not be nominated for “any” board position).
The CVs and vision statements for the Board’s own nominees will soon be made available for you via the website.
There are also two crucial ex officio positions linked to the ICCS Board; that of scientific and educational chairperson. As our friend Mario de Gennaro is now stepping down from the latter position a new person had to be appointed. This appointment is, according to the bylaws, made by the Board itself. After much discussion we chose to ask Anne Wright to take on the position and we were happy that she accepted. We know that her proven ability to organize courses, and her long-term familiarity with Board work made her an excellent choice. Her mandate period will be three years.
THE UPCOMING ICCS CONFERENCE IN 2021
The local organizing committee for the planned ICCS conference in Rio, October 8-10 2021, under the leadership of Board member Eliane Fonseca, has decided to cancel the event. Among the prime reasons are the unclear Covid-19 situation in Brazil. The ICCS Board fully supports the decision. Thus, sadly, dear member, there will be no ICCS grand conference in Rio next year.
But do not despair! Our friends Søren Rittig and Kostas Kamperis of Aarhus, Denmark has offered to hold the 2021 ICCS conference in their lovely city. The Board has unanimously and gratefully accepted the offer. The probable dates are August 26-28, 2021. Mark the dates in your agenda and stay tuned for more information!
By the way, we are looking very favorably upon the prospect of having the 2022 conference in Brazil, but this will be decided by the new Board this winter.
The ICCS course in Tbilisi, Georgia, that was first planned for this spring and then scheduled for October 24-25 this fall will (unsurprisingly) have to be further postponed. It will now probably take place in late May or early June 2021. It will be the first time that the ICCS is in the Caucasus and it will be just great.
Unsurprisingly, the ESPU-SPU meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, that was planned for September is postponed. The new date is 21-24 April 2021 at the same venue. Most likely, your Society will be very present and there will be ICCS workshops and other activities. Please join us if you can!
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 promise that it won’t make you disappointed.
As I have already told you, the new ICCS standardisation document on (monosymptomatic and nonmonosymptomatic) enuresis is now available in the members section of the website. This is the reference: Nevéus T, Fonseca E, Franco I, Kawauchi A, Kovacevic L, Nieuwhof-Leppink AJ, Raes A, Tekgül S, Yang SS, Rittig S. Management and treatment of nocturnal enuresis – an updated standardization document from the International Children’s Continence Society. J Ped Urol. 2020;16:10-9. We hope and believe that it will be very useful.
The standardisation document on urotherapy will be published soon. It will be excellent
NEW! The ICCS guidelines on continence problems in children with neurodevelopmental issues, by Alexander von Gontard, Anne Wright and other well-known experts, is now available on the ICCS website (members’ section) for your perusal. You have one month, until early October, to send your comments to the secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org. This way the final published document may be even better!
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 before the elections in November/December. Stay safe until then – wash your hands, stay in contact with your loved ones and listen to the experts.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Pediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden