International consultation on urological diseases : a decade of progress
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
New York, N.Y.
The prostate. - New York, N.Y.
, p. 194-199
University of Antwerp
The International Consultation on Urological Diseases (ICUD), under the cosponsorship of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Society of Urology (SIU), and the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), is active in the organization of global consultations on urological diseases. The major urological associations from the five continents (the American Urological Association (AUA), the Urological Association of Asia (UAA), the Confederation Americana Urologia (CAU), and the European Association of Urology (EAU)), together with societies with expertise in specific programs such as the International Continence Society, the International Society for Impotence Research, the International Prostate Health Council, the American Cancer Society, the International Union Against Cancer, and the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, came together in the late 1980s on the basis of their proven record in organizing successful international meetings on urological cancer to initiate the concept of the ICUD. At the suggestion of the WHO, a First International Consultation on Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH) was organized in 1991, not only to provide recommendations to medical practitioners but also to define and plan future research on the subject. The formula, based on global multiprofessional collaboration and expertise, exceeded expectations, and other consultations were to follow, e.g., on prostate cancer, incontinence, erectile dysfunctions, and nosocomial infections. In 1994 it became necessary to establish a legal nongovernmental organization to foster the goals of the ICUD, essentially for the creation of awareness, knowledge, and recommendations on the diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases. Prostate 45:194-199, 2000. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.