News letter, November 2023
The NUF collaboration group on LUTD was founded in 2008, and has been chaired by Elisabeth Farrelly (Stockholm, S) 2008-2016, Charlotte Graugaard-Jensen (Aarhus, Dk) 2016-2020 and Henriette Veiby Holm (Oslo, N), since January 2020.
Lower urinary tract dysfunction includes mainly benign diseases and functional disorders but the field is wide: Neurourology, pelvic pain syndrome, bladder outlet obstruction, incontinence, overactive bladder, recurrent infections, pediatric micturition disorders, and sexual dysfunction, including late effects of cancer treatment. Urodynamics are often important tools in the understanding and follow up of these patients.
Current focus is to organize and promote educational activities within the Nordic countries and to facilitate clinical as well as research communication and cooperation in these fields.
Educational symposia have been held at the biennial NUF congresses from 2009 onwards, on these themes:
2009: Best practice in LUTD
2011: New ideas in the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of LUTD
2013: Overactive and Underactive – what does it mean?
2015: New trends in LUTD
2017: Emergency call for LUTD – now or never
2019: UTI with a twist: Prophylaxis and resistancy, Recurrent and refractory infections, Neurological bladder dysfunction and UTI
2022, Helsinki: The price of the cure
2023, Bergen: Sexual dysfunction – why is it so hard?
Nordic clinical, interactive, courses on LUTD and urodynamics have been arranged in January almost every other year since 2010, in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. The courses have been popular with urologists, residents, as well as urotherapists. We have aimed at having new and different perspectives on functional urology and urodynamics, also including workshops, each time. These courses also give room for socializing and networking, which is highly valued!
After our 5th course in Copenhagen January 2020, which focused on late effects of cancer treatment, our 6th course was postponed to September 2022. The course was called LUTD: Idiopathic or neurogenic – does it matter? It had a great program and was very well attended. Our next course will be held in Helsinki, September 20-21, and has the title: Bladder outlet obstruction – to the next level. Link to registration will be available from January 2024 and registration ends August 1, 2024.
We encourage colleagues to apply for the NUF travel grant and to visit other colleagues around the Nordic countries. The NRU (Nordic Residents in Urology) and the LUTD group have been involved in a Nordic visitor program, which may be helpful to choose a place to visit: http://nuf.nu/Observerships/
Please feel free to contact members of the group with any queries, ideas, and suggestions you may have on activities within our field!
Henriette Veiby Holm
November 9, 2023