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42nd IUGA Annual Meeting 2017

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International Urogynecological Association 42nd Annual Meeting 2017 (IUGA 2017)


Welcome to the 2017 Annual Meeting

Join us at IUGA’s 42nd meeting, June 20 – 24, 2017 in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. The meeting will host urogynecologists, gynecologists, urologists, physiotherapists and nurses from all over the world. Meet with likeminded professionals and enjoy preconference activities (June 20 – 21) featuring workshops and regional meetings, plus two and half days of presentations, IUGA State of the Art lecture and the always engaging debates.




Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with great pleasure that I invite you to Vancouver, Canada to celebrate the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Urogynecological Association.

This will undoubtedly be the premier urogynecological meeting of the year. In order to meet this goal, the program committee along with the help of the local organizing committee has structured a unique blend of stimulating

science and varied social activities.

Our host, Geoff Cundiff (Local Organizing Committee Chair), along with his colleagues and the IUGA Program Committee led by Roy Ng, have included over 25 workshops, 10 mini state of the art lectures, 5 special lectures, and a surgery session.

The IUGA Scientific Committee led by Fred Milani will select the best and most interesting abstracts from the hundreds submitted in order to formulate very enticing and stimulating scientific sessions.

The meeting is timely for all our members including surgeons, physical– and physio–therapists and specialist nurses. For example we are keenly aware of the recent controversies in the surgical management of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse and the increase in pelvic floor trauma resulting from childbirth. Much of the data to be presented will provide updates as well as guidance for patient care.

Vancouver is a great tourism destination, there will be plenty for you and accompanying persons to do and see and I

encourage you to spend a few extra days to appreciate the all that Vancouver has to offer.

I look forward to welcoming you all in Vancouver for this our 42nd, annual meeting; like last year it should be excellent.

Warmest Regards,




Are you going to Vancouver Next Summer?

The 42nd annual meeting of the International Urogynecological Association is scheduled for June 21–24, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Are you planning to attend? Well if you are undecided, let me paint a picture.

Your flight lands in Vancouver Airport, recently named the best airport in the world. A short train ride delivers you to the heart of our dynamic city and Vancouver Convention Centre.

The award winning Vancouver Convention Centre is nestled beside Coal Harbour with views of the beautiful North Shore Mountains. Vancouver is Canada’s Pacific gem, a clean, safe, and vibrant cosmopolitan city. Downtown Vancouver is a dynamic walking community. Nearby is Stanley Park, the largest metropolitan park after Central Park in New York city.

And you will want to be out of doors given the temperate climate and 18-hour long days to enjoy it.

The meeting itself will provide the clinical and academic content that you have come to expect from IUGA. There will be a wide offering of workshops on timely topics to enhance your practice. A special surgical session in cadavers will offer surgical pearls on multiple approaches to repairing apical prolapse. Meet the experts for breakfast before the meeting.

The latest scientific research will be interspersed with focused state of the art lectures. And we will feature panel discussions on preventing birth trauma and on the microbiome in pelvic floor medicine. There will also be a debate of estrogen versus laser therapy for genital atrophy syndrome and keynote lectures on mesh in prolapse surgery and the management of pelvic pain.

You will be torn between the offerings at the meeting and the desire to explore. Of course there will be plenty of opportunities to see Vancouver through the social events.

Alternatively, plan a few extra days to visit the Sunshine Coast, Whistler, or Victoria, which are all a short drive or ferry away. Or, if you prefer, take a floatplane to these destinations from right outside your hotel in Coal Harbour. There are also opportunities for whale watching, golfing, kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking.

So don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your practice and visit one of the most beautiful, unspoiled parts of the world.

See you in Vancouver!






To promote knowledge of obstetricians and midwives worldwide in the management of perineal trauma and episiotomy through structured training with a view to minimising pelvic floor and perineal morbidity associated with childbirth.


To minimise pelvic floor and perineal morbidity associated with childbirth.


Registrants must meet 2 prerequisite criteria in order to attend this program:

01. Complete and pass theoretical Test Modules on the IUGA website.

(Click here – blue button on the upper right side of the page “Take Test Here”)

02. Attend the OASIS hands-on repair workshop at the IUGA Annual Meeting. (You must register for the meeting + Workshop #1, “Diagnosis and Repair of Acute 3rd and 4th Degree Anal Sphincter Tears” chaired by Drs. Abdul Sultan and Ranee Thakar, Wednesday, August 3; 8am–12pm) [Register separately for the PROTECT –– Train the Trainer Program at the 2017 annual meeting]

Upon the conclusion of successfully participating in the PROTECT – Train the Trainer course you may begin step 3:

03. *Upload personal videos or photographs (Demonstrate live surgical technique) to IUGA Website (PROTECT area) within 2 years of Step 3.

*NOTE: Those submitting videos or photography must secure consent forms from the subject patients and should use the forms that are typically used within their own institution.

04. Following successful completion of these 4 steps, participants will be awarded a certificate of successful completion of the PROTECT train the trainer program.



The Mission

The International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) is dedicated to global advancement of urogynecological knowledge and patient care through education and the promotion of basic and clinical research on disorders of the female pelvic floor. In addition to holding an annual conference and publishing the International Urogynecology Journal, IUGA activities include conducting education programs around the world, developing consensus terminology in the field, connecting related professionals and producing patient education materials.


IUGA was founded in 1975 and has organized scientific meetings every year in nearly every corner of the world to promote the exchange of urogynecological information to thousands of physicians and healthcare providers.


For more information please visit:



David Casalod – Executive Director

Tessa Benitez – Associate Executive Director

Vivian Gies – Meeting Director

IUGA Office – North America

Office: +1 (952) 683 9037 Fax: +1 (612) 808 0491

Address: 18466 Kenyon Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044, USA

Mail: PO Box 1233, Lakeville, MN 55044, USA

IUGA Office – Europe

Office: +31 (0)75-647 63 65 Fax: +31 (0)75-647 63 71

Address: Zaanweg 119A, 1521 DS Wormerveer, The Netherlands

Mail: PO Box 94, 1520 AB Wormerveer, The Netherlands


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