Dear ICCS member
This letter will have to start on a very sad note. Our friend, Regional Representative and upcoming conference organiser Dr Mario Patricolo of Dubai, UAE, is dead. He was a central figure in pediatric urology of the Middle East, he had a tremendous energy and a fantastic personality and had proven many times to be a true friend of the ICCS and all that we stand for. We will miss him.
I am happy that I got the time to talk with Mario during the (excellent) Gdansk conference. He was very unsentimental about his health and he knew that he might not be able to live to see the Dubai conference become reality. He, and the Board, took steps to facilitate the completion of the conference regardless of him. The plan was to go ahead even in the scenario of his demise.
Then, only a month after the Gdansk meeting, we lost Mario. We discussed with his colleagues and co-workers and reviewed the economy. After long and painful discussions we found that, regardless of our plans and precautions, the completion of the 2020 ICCS conference in Dubai without Mario Patricolo will not be realistic. This means that the upcoming 2020 ICCS conference in Dubai will be cancelled.
This is a personal loss for many and a failure for the ICCS, but it is no total disaster for your Society. We do not have to have a great scientific Conference every year (in the olden times we held the ICCS conferences bi-annually) and there are other courses and activities we arrange (online and IRL) and guiding documents that we publish etc. And we have things to look forward to:
There will be an ICCS workshop during the excellent ESPU-SPU meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in September 16-19 2020. We will probably focus on bladder dysfunction and enuresis and many Board members and other ICCS experts will be there.
On May 2-3rd there will be an ICCS course in Tbilisi, Georgia, managed by pediatric nephrologists Tamar Pirtskhalaishvili and Irakli Rtskhiladze. This is the first time ever the ICCS is involved in the Caucasus! Anka Nieuwhof-Leppink, Israel Franco and your humble President will be representing the ICCS Board and together with the local experts we will make this a great success. Join us in the land of awe-inspiring mountains, heroic history and delicious wine (and a fascinating lack of vowels)!
As you might know by now the 2021 annual conference will be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The exact dates are yet to be decided but September or October is a good bet. Our very active Board member Eliane Fonseca will of course lead the efforts, but there will also be support from other Latin American experts. Anyone who has been to a course organised by Eliane knows that it’s going to be good, and everyone who has been to Rio will know that it is absolutely fabulous. So stay tuned.
The project of updating and merging the current standardization documents on monosymptomatic [Nevéus et al 2010] and nonmonosymptomatic [Franco et al 2012] enuresis is nearing completion. The final manucript has been submitted to the Journal of Pediatric Urology for publication and the editors and referees should be busily going through it as we speak.
Another important way to spread the word to 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.
Finally an important matter regrding the ICCS Board. During the upcoming year one Board member – Kostas Kamperis – has completed his first 4-year mandate period and three members – Anne Wright, Ann Raes and Eliane Fonseca – have completed their maximum two mandate periods. The Board will nominate Kostas for a second period (because we love him and think that he does an excellent job) and we will nominate at least one new trusted person to replace Anne, Ann and Eliane. All members are invited to nominate other persons. We will update you about the process in due time.
And you, as a paying member, will be invited to vote. We will arrange this electronically, since there will be no General Assembly during 2020. So please keep yourself updated and read e-mails from the ICCS if you are interested in the composition of the Board of your Society!
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 February or March
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Pediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden