Dear ICCS member
I am writing to you from a country that is still expecting the peak of the corona virus chaos. One after another, societal services and venues for face to face-interaction are shutting down and you can almost feel the approaching storm like a tremor in the ground.
Of course, the present pandemic affects your Society as well. The urodynamics course in Utrecht has been cancelled, as has the ICCS events in Tbilisi, Taipei and London. Our aim as to give these excellent courses at a later date, so stay tuned!
As you already know, we had to cancel the Dubai conference this upcoming fall due to the tragic demise of or friend and local organiser Dr Mario Patricolo.
We do plan to have a strong ICCS presence during the ESPU-SPU meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in September 16-19 2020. Plans for this excellent meeting is moving forward. Should the pandemic linger and threaten this meeting we will of course let you know.
All this makes our 2021 annual conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, all the more important. Eliane Fonseca and the full Board is working hard to ensure that it will be a truly global and cross-professional event and try to make up for all that we have lost due to forces stronger than us all. The exact dates are yet to be decided but September or October is a good bet. And you know that Rio is fabulous.
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.
Now to some good news:
The new ICCS standardisation document on monosymptomatic and nonmonosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis – updating the previous two documents (Nevéus et al 2010, and Franco et al 2012) – is now in press, in the Journal of Pediatric Urology. The review process went swiftly (although seven referees were involved!) and I am sure that you will all find the document useful in your clinical practice. The work of the ten-person team was led by Søren Rittig and your humble President.
Likewise, the work on the standardisation document on urotherapy is nearing completion. The work has been led by Board member Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink and the draft document is – or will very soon be – available for paying members via the ICCS website for a limited time so that all can give comments before the document is finalized. Please give your comments to Anka before the end of April! This document is much needed and will make things much clearer.
Finally an important matter regarding the ICCS Board and the upcoming vacancies. All paying members have received a letter regarding this a few weeks ago – explaining the situation in more detail – and the response I have received has been largely supportive. The very short version is this: due to the extraordinary situation (cancelled conference etc) the four outgoing Board members, who were to have been replaced this autumn, will stay on in caretaker, ex officio positions until the Rio conference 2021. In Rio we will have a General Assembly and before that the Board will present its nominations for the vacant positions and all paying ICCS members will have time to nominate persons of their own choice. Then we will be back to normal again.
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. 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