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International Painful Bladder Foundation: who are we?
Welcome to the website of the International Painful Bladder Foundation (IPBF)
Executive Board

Jane M. Meijlink (Chairman)
Florentina Ferreyra (Treasurer)
Toby Meijlink (Secretary)
Nagendra Mishra M.D. (Board Member)
Dot Milne RN (Board Member)
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International Medical Advisory Board

The International Painful Bladder Foundation (IPBF) has a panel of international medical advisors who provide the IPBF with valuable advice and assistance in relation to medical issues. The members of this board are as follows:
Belgium Jean-Jacques Wyndaele, MD
Canada Jerzy Gajewski, MD 
Czech Republic Libor Zámečník, MD
Germany Daniela Marschall-Kehrel, MD
India Nagendra Mishra, MD
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Mexico José Luis Campos Contreras, MD
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Poland Piotr Radziszewski, MD
Portugal Paulo Dinis Oliveira, MD
Russia Dimitry Pushkar, MD 
  Andrey Zaitcev, MD
Saudi Arabia

Waleed Altaweel, MD

South Africa Hans-Heinrich Rabe, MD
Taiwan Alex Tong-Long Lin, MD 
United Kingdom Paul Irwin, MD
  Christopher Chapple, MD
USA Philip Hanno, MD
  Robert M Moldwin, MD,
  Grannum R Sant, MD


The IPBF is a non-profit voluntary organisation which promotes knowledge and awareness of interstitial cystitis (IC), bladder pain syndrome (BPS), painful bladder syndrome (PBS), hypersensitive bladder (HSB), chronic pelvic pain (CPP) and associated disorders among patients, patient support groups, health professionals and the general public worldwide.


The International Painful Bladder Foundation was formally incorporated as an international non-profit voluntary organisation by notarial deed on 2 September 2005 and was registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Rotterdam, the Netherlands under number: 24382693 on 5 September 2005. The International Painful Bladder Foundation was officially launched on 1 January 2006.

No salaries or remuneration are paid to Board Members who work on an entirely voluntary basis.

The IPBF executive office is located in Rotterdam. In all legal issues, Dutch law prevails.

Charity Fiscal Number: 8168.41.597



The mission of the International Painful Bladder Foundation is:

  • to promote the interests of patients with interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome, painful bladder syndrome, hypersensitive bladder, chronic pelvic pain and associated disorders
  • to increase awareness and knowledge of with interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome, painful bladder syndrome, hypersensitive bladder, chronic pelvic pain and associated disorders among patients, doctors and other healthcare providers, health institutions, industry and the general public worldwide by gathering and disseminating, by any means and in any form, the most up-to-date knowledge and information about these disorders
  • to stimulate international scientific research
  • to promote international cooperation between people involved in with interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome, painful bladder syndrome, hypersensitive bladder, chronic pelvic pain and associated disorders
  • to enter into joint ventures in any form and any place with organisations working to promote similar medical or patient interests
  • to raise funds for the purpose of carrying out these activities
And any other activities that directly or indirectly promote the above mission, in the widest sense of the word.

The International Painful Bladder Foundation provides information on the latest developments in the field of IC, BPS, PBS, HSB, CPP and associated disorders through its website, newsletter, congress booths, publications and presentations

If you would like to receive our free email newsletter with an update on international developments, please send your email address to

The IPBF organises projects aimed at helping patients directly or indirectly, internationally or in specific countries, including developing countries. On request, it helps national patient support groups get started or helps to raise awareness in a specific country.


The IPBF entirely depends on sponsoring and donations to fund its activities.

Associate Membership

Associate Member of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO).

Associate Member of the European Organisation for Rare Diseases (Eurordis).

Associate member of Pain Alliance Europe (PAE)

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Contact the International Painful Bladder Foundation

Burgemeester Le Fèvre de Montignylaan 73
3055 NA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Tel/fax : +31-(0)10-4613330

E-mail : info@painful-bladder.org

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updated 14.02.2014 12:18 © 2006-2014 - International Painful Bladder Foundation (IPBF). All rights reserved.