Professor Alan Cottenden

Professor Alan Cottenden Receives the 2017 John J. Humpal Award from The Simon Foundation for Continence

The John J. Humpal award was presented to Professor Cottenden at the Simon Foundation for Continence’s sixth biennial Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge conference, 2017 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, in Chicago’s city center.


Presenting the 2017 John J. Humpal award to Professor Alan Cottenden, PhD was Christopher Payne, MD, Emeritus Professor of Urology at Stanford University. As he presented the award, Dr. Payne stated, “We are so fortunate that many years ago, a young engineer made a potentially suicidal career decision to focus his attention on the incontinence world. What a difference he has made! His own research has had great impact but his value to the field has been multiplied many times over through his tireless efforts at education throughout the professional spectrum. Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and scientists have trained with Alan. Most importantly, Alan has consistently shown the ability to connect those from differing fields to produce new insights and new incontinence products that help patients.”Continue reading

The Simon Foundation for Continence Announces Its Innovating for Continence Conference 2017

Diane K. Newman

Diane K. Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, FAA, Honorary Conference President

This biennial, international conference series features a unique mix of engaging speakers that promise to provide fresh thinking on the topic of incontinence, including experts in areas of technology that have yet to be applied to continence care product development. The 2017 Honorary President for the conference is Dr. Diane K. Newman.

Simon Foundation for Continence Celebrates 30th Anniversary with a Gala

Foundation for Continence 2013 Gala

The Simon Foundation for Continence 2013 Anniversary

The Simon Foundation for Continence, a Chicago-based national non-profit organization serving people with loss of bladder and bowel control, will highlight its 30th Anniversary with a Gala at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort on Friday, April 12th.

Chicago, IL, April 10, 2013 –(– The Simon Foundation for Continence is the first US organization established solely to provide help and hope to the estimated 33 million Americans who are affected by incontinence.

Attending its 30th Anniversary Gala event will be thought leaders in the incontinence field and guests from around the world, including: England, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Israel, the Netherlands and the US.Continue reading

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.Continue reading

Unique Conference Stimulates Innovative Ideas for Managing Incontinence

Innovating for ContinenceCHICAGO, IL (April 22, 2009) – It is estimated that over 200 million people worldwide are affected by incontinence, which is the loss of bladder and/or bowel control. Due to the stigma surrounding this medical condition, incontinence is under-reported, under-served and options are limited for individuals who cannot be cured.   Innovating for Continence: The Engineering Challenge held April 6-8, 2009 in Chicago is the second in a biennial series of international conferences hosted by the Simon Foundation for Continence (Chicago, IL). The conferences are designed to stimulate change by bringing together a unique group of stakeholders to encourage fresh thinking on improving the management of incontinence.    Continue reading