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ICS - a year in review

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We are pleased to confirm that 2018 has been another outstanding year for ICS!

Annual Meeting and Events

Our Annual Meeting in Philadelphia enjoyed an excellent scientific programme and a most hospitable city. We had in excess of 1500 delegates which we are proud of considering it was the first time ICS had held its annual meeting in the USA since 2009. Sender Herschorn was awarded the ICS lifetime achievement award during the lively annual dinner. We would again like to thank Alan Wein, Diane Newman, Roger Dmochowski and Lori Birder for hosting ICS 2018 in the city of brotherly love.

ICS 2018 Photo Album

The second ICS hands-on surgical cadaveric training took place in Bristol with Hashim Hashim reprising his role as course director. The event attracted 21 international delegates, receiving excellent feedback.

The ICS Regional Meeting took place this year in Brussels, Belgium with a focused programme titled 'A Pragmatic Approach in Refractory and Complex Neurogenic Bladder Problems.' The meeting offered simultaneous programmes for doctors, nurses and physiotherapists all with an interest in neurourology. The meeting was well attended with over 100 delegates and international faculty. The ICS also offered our first ever "live streamed" sessions, providing members with the opportunity to watch live presentations from anywhere in the world! We hope to offer more of these sessions at future ICS events.

The 7th workshop for Surgical repair of vaginal fistula and urinary incontinence took place on 12-14th December 2018 at the Ministry of Health, Khartoum State, Sudan. This course provided 17 delegates with hands-on surgical training on repairs to vaginal fistulas.

Look out for forthcoming ICS video and educational content on all of the above events!

Committee Updates

Children and Young Adults Committee

The committee is working on the details for paediatric fellowships. These will be advertised in early 2019. The committee was also involved in the publication of a text on Clinical Urodynamics in Children with Springer.

Developing World Committee

The committee is working on two research proposals and have worked with the office and the General Secretary to prepare the workshop on Surgical repair of vaginal fistula & urinary incontinence.

Education Committee

Another hugely productive and successful year! 20 educational guest lectures and add-on courses were hosted across the world. The committee reviewed and created a compelling group of workshops at ICS 2018. The committee have also commissioned a number of videos - faculty development, educational modules and scientific committee. All of these are now available on ICS TV.

Ethics Committee

The committee hosted a workshop at ICS 2018 entitled “Ethical Dilemmas in the Care of the Aging Patient: A Case-Based Interactive Workshop”. The committee has continued to encourage applications for the “Best Ethics Poster Award” in 2018 – prize of £500. Please consider applying for the award during abstract submission for ICS 2019.

Nursing Committee

The Committee Chair received official ICS endorsement from the trustees to produce a book about the management of faecal incontinence for the advanced practice nurse. This is now available to purchase from Springer. The committee have been working on a Bladder and Bowel Training Consensus Document, due to be completed by the end of 2018. The Committee prepared their annual Nursing Forum and Nursing Workshop for the 2018 annual conference in Philadelphia.

Neurourology Promotion Committee

The committee have been working on a set of videos for Neurouropelviperineology. Plans for 2019 are to produce recommendations for CIC in under development countries.

Physiotherapy Committee

The committee prepared their annual Physiotherapy round table programme for ICS 2018. The Education & Professional Development subcommittee produced the ‘[International Continence Society supported pelvic physiotherapy education guideline’ Published 2018]( The committee are working on an education review-Scoping review of current world-wide practice in PFM examination and assessment as well as a terminology report, in conjunction with the SSC, Terminology for Pelvic Floor Muscle Function and Dysfunction – Led by Helena Frawley and Beth Shelley.

Urodynamics Committee

The committee have been working on the ICS teaching modules this year with 2 new modules published. This follows on from the 4 modules published in 2017 and 6 modules in 2016. All new modules will be prepared preferably in a review adhering to PRISMA-guideline, partially depending on further decisions on (centralized or decentralized) structure and process of education development and submitted to NU&U for peer review including a printout of the slides.

Publications and Communications Commitee

This committee continues to contribute high-quality articles and interesting topics to ICS E-News.They are investigating a series of debate topics with the NAU journal.

A detailed committee report is available to download from the ICS website here:

Click Here to Download ICS Committee Reports 2018

Top ICS News stories in 2018

  1. Fundamental assessment of lutd - available for free download
  2. Fundamental assessment of lutd - free special supplement
  3. Fistula workshop 2018 - applications now open!
  4. ICS best practice statement for the use of sacral neuromodulation published - updated
  5. Voting is now live for ICS 2022 in Europe
  6. The 7th international consultation on incontinence - apply to join a chapter committee
  7. Do you want $5000 for a fellowship?
  8. Updates to the ICS advanced training weekend programme
  9. Incontinence 6th edition - ebook now available
  10. Incontinence 6th edition - ebook

ICS plans for 2019

We have another engaging year planned for 2019. The annual meeting will take place in Gothenburg from 3-6th September. We look forward to welcoming you to welcoming you to Sweden’s second largest city, offering a diverse and lively city full of Swedish design, food and culture. Visit the ICS 2019 website to follow the latest developments and confirmed speakers: View confirmed SOA speakers

The ICI Steering Committee will meet in Gothenburg to prepare for their chapters ahead of the 7th ICI which will be held at ICS 2020 in Las Vegas, 26 – 29 August.

Look out for many more opportunities to apply for ICS awards and fellowships.

We have a range of Trustee, Elected and Committee positions available, starting in Gothenburg. Don't forget to submit your application to the office by 1st March (for Elected positions) and 1st April (for committee positions)

Applications are being sought from ICS members in North America to host ICS 2023. If you are interested in hosting ICS 2023 then please submit your application by 1st April 2019.

Remember you can now download the ICI-6 e-book for free here:

ICI-6 e-book Download

The special supplement of Neurourology and Urodynamics, "Fundamental assessment of LUTD" remains free to download via the Wiley Online Library:

Fundamental assessment of LUTD Special NAU Supplement Download

Please continue to visit the ICS Institute as all Directors are now in post and active, with many updates to the online content on the way. ICS Institute

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