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Latest News from the ISSM - September 25, 2015 Member Login
MESSM Biennial Meeting to be Held in Cairo Next Month

Dear colleagues and friends,

With great pleasure and honor I herewith invite you to attend the 3rd Biennial Meeting of the Middle East Society for Sexual Medicine (MESSM), which will be held from 15-17 October in the beautiful Fairmont Nile City hotel in Cairo. We will be thrilled to have you joining us and wish to express our sincere appreciation for your support of this meeting.

Our Scientific Committee has set up a very vivid program. More than 30 renowned specialists, both national as well as international, will present or moderate one of the sessions of the scientific program. They represent the Urological, Andrological, Family Medicine and Psychiatric disciplines and will update you on the most interesting items in the field of sexual medicine

Visit the website www.messm.org/cairo-program for an overview of the complete scientific program. To register directly please visit www.messm.org/cairo-registration.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I look forward to welcome you in the magnificent city of Cairo. Your interest in this inspiring, and enjoyable meeting is highly appreciated and I am convinced that this meeting will be of significant added value to your practice.

Ahmed El-Sakka

Scientists Investigate Penile Innervation in Spina Bifida Patients

Men with spina bifida may have little or no sensation in the penis. A procedure called TOMAX has been developed to innervate the penis and recently, Dutch researchers used fMRI brain mapping to see how the brain adapts.

TOMAX (TO MAX-imize sensation, sexuality, and quality of life) involves joining two sensory nerves, which shifts sensation from the groin to the penis.  Patients may eventually feel pleasure when sexually stimulated. 

Three men who had undergone the procedure agreed to have their brains scanned while a paint brush stimulated their glans penis, groin, and index finger. One hundred fifty separate stimulations were done overall. 

Stimulation of the re-innervated side of the penis and the contralateral groin area activated similar areas of the somatosensory cortex (SI). However, distinct SI networks were found in the connectivity analysis.

The study was first published online last month in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details. 

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