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Thank you all for a successful ACCT 2017!

We are proud and happy to conclude that the first ACCT symposia has been both inspiring and full of new insights. Together, with Your contribution, we made it! 

We hope that you enjoyed your stay in Gothenburg and that ACCT was a useful and memorable event for you. As a complement, we want to share the scientific content with you and let's not forget all pictures from the event and the wonderful evening at Universeum. Have a look by scrolling through the different sections, or click the relevant button below.

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Dear all,

The first ACCT symposium has been held at Wellspect HealthCare headquarters in Mölndal, Sweden, exploring and gaining insights into the theme; "Holistic patient approach to bladder and bowel dysfunction". We are both honored and pleased that the symposium attracted so much interest from clinical experts and thought leaders from around the world.

The interest is perhaps not so surprising, if we consider how challenging life can be for patients with bladder or bowel dysfunction … or both! In a report from Wilde et al in 2011, there is a remarkable patient quote: "If I had the choice to either walk again or get back to the use of my bowel and bladder, I would rather have the use of my bowel and bladder and use a wheelchair the rest of my life and never walk again”

"We passionately strive to make a real difference every day to everyone who needs our products and services" – this sentence could be used to sum up the essence of the ACCT 2017 symposium, and it also happens to be the Wellspect HealthCare Vision Statement. Even though therapies have made great advances over the last decade, the cutting-edge presentations and the vibrant dialogue during the Symposium clearly illustrate that there is room for further improvements to the patients' daily situation. And it would appear that scientists, clinicians and industry could each take their part in tackling this challenge.

We also hope that the symposium has added to the understanding that bladder and bowel dysfunction should perhaps not be treated as separate issues – or, at least, that there is a lot of “pelvic cross-talk” to consider. More research into interdependency of organ functions certainly seems warranted and needed, which would resonate well with the modern holistic view of patient care. Perhaps the next big clinical advances will come from a cross-functional approach to achieve a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of neurogenic bladder and bowel dysfunction, from which clinicians can develop improved ways to restore both function and continence with even better patient acceptance. Which, consequentially, would lead to improved quality of life.

Your participation at the ACCT 2017 was highly appreciated, and sharing the scientific content with you, we hope you will revisit the presentations and draw inspiration form them in your continued work.

With warm regards,

Svenn Poulsen
Group VP Wellspect

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The ACCT symposium was full of interesting presentations, and we want to share them with you.

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Anton Emmanuel, Senior Lecturer in Neuro-Gastroenterology and Consultant Gastro- enterologist at University College Hospital, London, UK

Neurogenic bowel – how does it work in practice?

Anton Emmanuel obtained his medical degree from London University. He is a Neuro-Gastroenterologist at University College London, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is a clinical scientist with a research team integrated with the clinical staff. He is also Medical Director of Core, the UK's largest complete gastro-intestinal charity, and he's editor in chief of Frontline Gastroenterology, a specialist clinical journal.


Anne K Pelletier-Cameron, Associate Professor of Urology, University of Michigan, US

Is neurogenic bladder and bowel two sides of the same coin? Urinary tract infections – can they be prevented in neurogenic bladder and bowel management?

Anne Pelletier Cameron is a urologist who specializes in neurourology and complex incontinence repair at the University of Michigan. She started her career in urology as a resident in Halifax, Canada, and had a great interest in female pelvic medicine so she came to the university of Michigan for advanced fellowship training in 2007. While at the University of Michigan she discovered a passion for the urologic care of patients with neurological conditions.


Susanne Vahr, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ph.D. student, Urological Department, Rigshospitalet, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Denmark

Neurogenic bladder – guidelines, best clinical practice. A nurse perspective.

Susanne Vahr has been working at the urological department at the University Hospital of Copenhagen for more than 20 years, right now as a phD student. Since 2009 she has been part of the EAUN guideline working group and today she is EAUN chair elect.


Diane K. Newman, Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Co-director Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania, US

Catheterization – a main therapy for neurogenic bladder management?

Diane Newman has been a nurse practitioner specializing in urology for over 30 years. Her current practice is in Penn Urology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia USA. She treats patients with pelvic floor and voiding dysfunction. She has a doctorate in nursing from Thomas Jefferson College of Nursing. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery. In this role, she conducts research on prevention of lower urinary tract symptoms and urologic catheters and devices.


Nathalie McGloin, racing driver, Buckingham, UK

Through adversity and personal challenges – so much can be achieved with determination.

Nathalie McGloin is a racing driver with a twist, she is completely paralysed from the chest down and races on hand controls. Nathalie broke her neck in a car crash when she was sixteen years old but has never let her physical limitations stop her from doing what she loves. Photo: Chris Hogg


Linus Bille, Founding Partner and CEO of Eicorn Enterprise Ignition, Gothenburg, Sweden

Innovation beyond imagination – the age of technology-driven miracles is here.

As a serial entrepreneur, Linus Bille gradually realized that there is much more logic behind the perceived magic of innovation and entrepreneurship than what is generally believed. He and his colleague started to collect and systemize facts based on empirical research related to primarily innovation, and began building their own framework for evidence-based innovation. This framework was nourished through EMBA studies at Saïd Business School and the University of Oxford.


Klaus Krogh, Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine – Hepatology and Gastroenterology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Is transanal irrigation central therapy choice for neurogenic bowel?


Jürgen Pannek, Professor, Head of Neuro- Urology, Swiss Paraplegic Centre, Nottwil, Switzerland

Neurogenic bladder - how does it work in practice?

Wellspect ACCT 2017 Michele Spinelli Speaker

Michele Spinelli Director Neuro-Urology, Alberto Zanollo Center, Niguarda Hospital, Milan, Italy

Combined management/treatment approaches for neurogenic bowel and bladder.


Gianna Rodriquez, University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems, US

Bladder and bowel – a combined management approach – how much of a reality is this?


Aron Anderson, Adventurer, lecturer and inspirer, Stockholm, Sweden

Personal experience: ”We all are given diferent abilities in life, yet ultimately, only mindset will define who the winners are in the long run”.


Claes Hultling, Associate Professor, Spinalis SCI Unit, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Management of neurogenic bladder and bowel – how do we put the patient in focus.

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EAN Accreditation

The ACCT 2017 event has been accredited by European Accreditation Network (EAN) and received a certificate of 6 CPD points.

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