The Simon Foundation for Continence Announces Innovating for Continence 2013


Innovating for ContinenceChicago, IL, December 05, 2012 –(– On April 12-13, 2013, The Simon Foundation for Continence will host its 4th international conference, Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge. The biennial conference is held in Chicago and attracts speakers from a wide range of disciplines; particularly from those whose breakthrough technologies have yet to be applied to incontinence. The conference is designed to heighten innovation and increase development of creative and efficacious products for the management of incontinence by bringing together a unique group of stakeholders. Delegates come from all parts of the world to participate in this biennial meeting. Past delegates and speakers have come from Japan, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Israel, Ireland, Sweden, England, the Philippines, and throughout the USA. Delegates include biomedical engineers and other engineering disciplines, physicians, nurses, people with incontinence and their caregivers, academics, industry executives, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs.

“In a world where more than 200 million people worldwide live with incontinence and at a time when the baby boomer generation is entering old age, the stresses and challenges of managing incontinence will add an increasing burden to healthcare systems worldwide,” stated Cheryl B. Gartley, President of the Simon Foundation for Continence. “Due to the unrelenting stigma surrounding this medical condition, incontinence is under-reported, under-served, and product options for individuals who cannot be cured are often limited,” she added.

The concept of the conference series is to feature an unusual mix of speakers to provide fresh thinking on the topic: experts in areas of technology that have yet to applied to incontinence; patients and caregivers whose presentations will challenge experts to brainstorm ways in which unique technologies can be applied to solving the numerous daily incontinence issues being confronted; physicians and nurses whose clinical experience will enlighten meeting attendees on medicine’s limitations and successes. Among the many unique aspects of the Innovating for Continence conference series is the role that the incontinence industry plays in this meeting. Unlike many meetings, industry engineers and scientists are welcome to participate in both the Plenary Sessions and the Poster Session.

The Foundation is proud to announce that its Honorary President for the 2013 conference is Professor Robert Linsenmeier, Ph.D. Dr. Linsenmeier has a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, and in Neurobiology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, with an additional appointment in Ophthalmology.

Alan Cottenden, Professor of Incontinence Technology at University College London in England is the ongoing Chair of Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge conference series. Professor Cottenden has been involved in continence technology for 30 years, working on clinical and basic science aspects as well as product development.

A brand new Foundation website – – is entirely devoted to the conference series and hosts information from previous meetings in addition to 2013 information. The website includes a call for 2013 Abstracts for its Poster Session, the 2013 Program, and Speaker Biographies. Registration is now open for Innovating for Continence and its pre-conference workshops on Thursday, April 11, 2013, and can be completed on the website.

About the Simon Foundation for Continence

The Simon Foundation for Continence (, located in Chicago, Illinois, USA, is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is: to bring the topic of incontinence into the open; remove the stigma associated with incontinence; and provide help and hope to individuals with incontinence, their families, and the professionals who provide their care. The Simon Foundation for Continence is the world’s oldest patient-led organization devoted exclusively to incontinence, having been founded in 1982. The Foundation’s mission is supported by an Advisory Board of professionals, many of whom have dedicated their careers to improving the clinical treatment of incontinence and advancing medical science through bladder and bowel research.

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