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Latest News from the ISSM - October 9, 2020 Member Login
ISSM Offers Scholarships to ESSM School in Budapest

The ISSM will award 10 scholarships to the ESSM School of Sexual Medicine or the Advanced Course, both scheduled for April 9 - 18, 2021 in Budapest, Hungary. 

Available to first-time attendees only, the scholarships will include the full amount of the registration fee, which covers tuition, meals, and accommodations.

Applicants must be ISSM full members in good standing. All application materials must be received by January 31, 2021.

See more details. 

VJPU Welcomes New Editorial Board Members

On October 1, 2020, Dr. Rafael Carrion took over the editorship of the ISSM's Video Journal of Prosthetic Urology. Dr. Carrion takes over this position from the VPJU's inaugural editor-in-chief Dr. Steven K. Wilson.

Unfortunately, the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine (WMSM), originally planned for September 2020 in Japan, was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Of course, we will not forget to honor Dr. Steven K. Wilson, and the award ceremony will take place at next year's WMSM in Japan, now scheduled for November 15 - 17, 2021.

Dr. Carrion has appointed a new editorial board to work with him to further expand the VJPU in the next 2 - 3 years:

  • César Rojas Cruz - Colombia
  • Chris Love - Australia
  • Javier Otero Romero - Spain
  • Osama Shaeer - Egypt
  • Faysal A. Yafi - USA

More information about these new board members is available here.

The ISSM would like to express its sincere gratitude to the previous Editorial Board members — Dr. Giulio Garaffa, Dr. Tobias Köhler, and Dr. Christian Leiber — for their valuable efforts and contributions to the VJPU in the past two years.

Finally, together with the Editor-in-Chief Dr. Rafael Carrion, we wish the new Editorial Board all the best for the two years ahead. We are looking forward to the continued success of the VJPU.

Provoked Vestibulodynia: Study Compares Two Types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Women with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) can benefit from traditional and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions. But is one version more effective than the other? 

New research in the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that certain women may respond more to certain therapies.

The study included 130 women who had had PVD for at least 6 months. Roughly half of the women received 8 weeks of mindfulness-based CBT; the rest participated in traditional CBT for the same duration. Progress was assessed after the therapy course ended and at 6- and 12-month follow-up points. 

The researchers discovered that mindfulness-based CBT was more successful in women with shorter-duration relationships and those with secondary PVD (acquired after a period of normal sexual function).

In contrast, traditional CBT seemed more effective in women with longer-term relationships and those with primary (lifelong) PVD. 

More details on the study, including the authors' thoughts on their results, can be found here. 

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