The Simon Foundation for Continence's
Innovating for Continence
The Innovating for Continence Conference Series is a unique, international, biennial conference for engineers, physicians, nurses, people with incontinence and their caregivers, academics, industry executives, and those with a passion for increased development of creative and efficacious products for the management of incontinence.
The multi-disciplinary meetings attract speakers from a wide range of disciplines and is organized and hosted by The Simon Foundation for Continence (Chicago, IL). It is made possible through generous support from individual and industry sponsors.
Professor Alan Cottenden is the ongoing chair for the conference series. He is Professor of Incontinence Technology at University College London, England. Professor Cottenden is the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the biennial conference "Incontinence: The Engineering Challenge" hosted by the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers along with the committee on Management Using Continence Products of the International Consultation on Incontinence (ICI). He has been involved in continence technology for almost 30 years, working on clinical and basic science aspects as well as product development and international standards work (ISO).
Looking for Solutions in 2005, a small group of individuals dedicated to increasing the creativity and rate of product development for incontinence products, met to develop the first in a series of unique conference meetings.
These meetings would both educate innovators and heighten interest in innovation for continence among: students and recent graduates of engineering schools; associations that represent various engineering disciplines; venture capitalists' physicians, nurses and other health professionals; and inventors (both within management teams of industries currently working on incontinence and inventors form other fields new to this challenge).
The Concept of the conference series is to feature an unusual mix of speakers:
- Experts in areas of technology that have yet to be applied to incontinence
- Patients and caregivers whose presentations will challenge experts to brainstorm ways in which unique technologies can be applied to incontinence issues
- Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers whose clinical experience will enlighten meeting attendees on limitations and successes of today’s products, medicines, surgeries, and other interventions
You're Invited ... whatever your background, if you understand or wish to increase your understanding of the needs of people with incontinence, and wish to become a part of the solution.