Dear ICCS member
I am writing these lines on a windy Baltic see while returning by boat from the ICCS conference in Gdansk, Poland. The meeting was absolutely excellent. The scientific presentations were high quality, the atmosphere was friendly and the state of the art lectures made us all learn so much more. And it’s so nice to belong to a scientific society in which the questions asked by the audience to the speakers are driven by curiosity, not ego. And the food was excellent. And I am proud to say that the Swedish team were real heroes at the dance floor. I want to thank Michal Maternik and his team for arranging such a memorable meeting.
But we have things to look forward to as well.
The ICCS will join the excellent ESPU-SPU meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in September 16-19 2020. In exactly which form is not finalized yet, but we will be there and we will be active.
And then, as you also know, in October 26-29, 2020 we will go to Dubai! Our Regional Representative for the Middle East, dr Mario Patricolo, is working hard to make this perhaps the biggest ICCS event ever. We have never had an annual conference in the Middle East before and it is important that we reach this part of the world as well. Check out the website att www.iccs2020-uae.com
We can now proudly announce that 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. This will be soooo exciting.
Another exciting news is that there will be an ICCS course in Tbilisi, Georgia, managed by pediatric nephrologists Tamar Pirtskhalaishvili and Irakli Rtskhiladze. The timing will probably be around the last week of April 2020. This will be the first time ever the ICCS is involved in the Caucasus!
The project of updating and merging the current standardization documents on monosymptomatic [Nevéus et al 2010] and nonmonosymptomatic [Franco et al 2012] enuresis is moving forward. The deadline for comments to the draft document posted on the members’ area of the website is now passed and I am in the process of submitting the final manucript for publication.
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.
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 November or December
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Pediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden