Dear ICCS member
I write to you from the melting snow slush of Uppsala, Sweden, longing for warmer seasons.
But there is hope. This summer’s (or winter’s if you live on the southern hemisphere) grand event, the St Louis conference, is drawing nearer. June 21-24 is approaching fast. Sixty-five quality abstracts have been accepted and local organiser (as well as ICCS General Secretary emeritus) Paul Austin is putting the final touches on the program, assisted by Scientific Chairman Søren Rittig and others. As you know, the event is held in collaboration with the Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida (SRHSB), so there will be extra focus on children with special needs, neurogenic bladder/bowel and transitional care. Several workshops are planned in conjunction with the meeting. And the social program is awesome. Please check out the meeting website at http://www.cvent.com/d/0vqgr5
The Abu Dhabi Pelvic Floor Weekend, 9-11 March 2017, has just been completed, under the auspices of our very active Regional Representative for the Middle East, dr Mario Patricolo. It was a great success, which bodes well for the 2020 ICCS conference, which will be held in Dubai, again with the help of dr Patricolo. We are extra grateful for the collaboration of Board member Anka Nieuwhof Leppink and long-time ICCS friend Tom de Jong who were invited speakers. Professor de Jong joined the team on short notice since Israel Franco had to step back – thank you Tom!
An ICCS workshop is planned linked to the annual conference of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology (ESPN) in Glasgow, Scotland, September 6-9 2017. Johan Vande Walle and Søren Rittig will be providing a good program. And the wiskey is good.
The ICCS has also been invited to contribute to the meeting in September 12-15 2017 of its historic mother society the International Continence Society (ICS) in Florence, Italy. Again, Johan Vande Walle, Søren Rittig and Mario de Gennaro are leading that effort.
Via Mario de Gennaro a collaboration with the European UroGynaecological Association (EUGA) has also been started. The ICCS is planning to contribute to their upcoming conferences, starting 2018.
Preparation is moving forward for an ICCS course in Argentina 2018. Board member Eliane Fonseca is collaborating with Dr Cristian Sager of Buenos Aires to ensure that the event will be successful.
Finally, as you should know by now, the 2018 ICCS conference will be held in Rome, Italy. September 27-29 is the probable date to mark with a thick pen in your calendar. Now you have one more reason to visit the Eternal City (as if you needed one). Educational Chairman Mario De Gennaro will be our host and Pope Francis will turn a benevolent eye in our direction.
If any of you have very recently tried to download the excellent ICCS e-learning course I’m afraid that you have been disappointed. Due to expiration of our contract with the course platform provider the package is presently impossible to download. But we are working on a solution so that the course will again be available. Because it is excellent and as yet not aged at all.
But you can still, via the e-learning link on the ICCS website, reach information about, and purchase opportunities for, the comprehensive handbook: Pediatric Incontinence – Evaluation and Clinical Management. I suggest you buy it.
You will hear from me again before the St Louis conference. Until then, remember that science knows no boundaries and the children need your help; and feel free to contact your Society.
Tryggve Nevéus MD PhD
President, International Children’s Continence Society
Associate Professor, Consultant in Paediatric Nephrology
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden