Winner of the 2006 Research Award

Canada – 04 June, 2008

Title: Development of an ex-vivo model for quantification of root canal bacteria during endodontic treatment.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Gaelle Villette
Supervisor: Dr. Bettina Basrani
Institute: University of Toronto School of Dentistry

Abstract of winning proposal:

Quantification of root canal bacteria to assess efficacy of antibacterial regimens requires inactivation of medications and sampling procedures that inconvenience patients and treatment providers. This study aims to develop an ex-vivo model that would allow bacterial quantification in simulation of clinical conditions. Immediately after extraction, 36 teeth will be stored in a humidified incubator for 24h, 2d, 4d or 7d (n=9). They will then be accessed, bacteriological samples obtained from canals (S1), and sealed. After further incubation for 1 week, canals will be sampled upon re-access (S2) to assess bacterial survival, and sampled again after cleaning and shaping (S3). After further incubation for 1 week, canals will be sampled upon re-access (S4) to assess bacterial re-growth in the absence of medication. Canal samples will be acquired by aspiration, preceded by surface disinfection of teeth and sampling of access cavities. Sampled bacteria will be enumerated using CFU counts and vital microscopy. Bacterial concentrations will be calculated and compared among the different samples in one group and between the 4 groups using a paired and unpaired t-test.

2007 Dues Paid List

10 March, 2008

Thank you to the following counties who have paid their 2007 IFEA dues as of February 19, 2007 : Argentina, Australia, Columbia, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Venezuela .

For those that still need to pay their 2007 IFEA Country dues, please note that your individual members will not be eligible for the reduced registration fee at the World Congress and your country representative will not be elegible to vote at the General Assembly Meeting.

2006 IFEA Research Award Call for Proposals

07 May, 2006

The IFEA Endowment Research Fund, first established in 1993, is providing a $4,000 grant to the recipient of the IFEA/Jean-Marie Laurichesse Research Award.

The award is intended to:

Stimulate and promote research in the field of endodontics among investigators worldwide;

Establish and/or strengthen the professional and research collaboration among IFEA investigators; and

Disseminate internationally excelling research activity of IFEA members.

In order to apply for the award, applicants must submit five copies of the following information:

  1. Personal details of principal investigators:
    a. Names and addresses
    b. Institutional affiliation
    c. Curriculum vitae
    d. Two recent photographs
  2. Title of research project
  3. Short introduction including updated information related to the subject
  4. Research objectives
  5. Research design (detailed description)
  6. Previous experience and/or publications of the investigators in the field
  7. Bibliography
  8. Budget required (in detail)
  9. Letter of endorsement from head of institute where research will take place
  10. An abstract or synopsis of 150 words maximum on the project (on a separate page)

Submit your application by December 31, 2006, to:

Dr. Ilan Rotstein, Chair, IFEA Research Committee
University of Southern California School of Dentistry
925 W. 34th St., Room 310
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0641 USA

JEA News

Japan – 31 March, 2006

JEA News

The 2005 Annual General Meeting of the Japan Endodontic Association, chaired by  Prof. Ichiro KATSUUMI (Nippon Dental University School of Dentistry at Tokyo) was held in Tokyo in conjunction with the 3rd Joint Meeting of the Korean Academy of Endodontics and the Japan Endodontic Association on 30th and 31st July 2005. Prof. Emeritus Kouichiro FUJITA (Tokyo Medical and Dental University) and Prof. Yoshinobu SATO (Kyorin University) presented keynote lectures. Also, Prof. Yong Bum CHO (Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea) gave an invited talk entitled, “What should we leave on the canal wall before the obturation?”. The 2006 Annual General Meeting of JEA, chaired by Prof. Takashi MATSUO (University of Tokushima School of Dentistry), will be held in Tokushima on 29th and 30th of July.


United States – 07 September, 2005


American Association of Endodontists Advancement of the specialty and improving the quality of care are issues common to all of us. The AAE feels that we can be of assistance in pursuing recognition of the specialty, independent departments in dental schools, enhanced referral patterns, and education of the profession and the public as to what we can do. The AAE‘s strategic plan and mission statement include a desire to serve as a resource for endodontists, the profession of dentistry, and the public. We are open to new ideas, and eager to explore new opportunities around the world. In particular, we are interested in partnering with other national and international endodontic organizations on educational meetings.  The AAE has reiterated its support of the IFEA World Congress in Vancouver and will work with the CAE to ensure its success.

The AAE hosted the first International Endodontic Community Meeting to discuss issues of common concern worldwide.  The participants included representatives of the major international endodontic organizations, including IFEA.

In recent years, the AAE has expanded its activities on the international front. Simultaneous interpretation of many lectures at the AAE into 3-4 other languages is now in its third year. Many AAE publications are available in languages other than English. We partnered with the Spanish Association of Endodontists to publish the AAE Glossary in Spanish. We believe that there is mutual benefit in exploring shared products and services. AAE representatives attended a number of international endodontic meetings.

The AAE welcomed over 3,000 attendees to our 2005 Annual Session in Dallas, Texas in April.  For the third year we have provided translation into Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.  At this Annual Session, a cocktail reception was hosted by IFEA, and the annual General Assembly meeting of IFEA was held.  Next year, we are in the middle of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii March 29 – April 1, 2006, and we hope that you will join us.  This meeting will continue to have simultaneous translation and several international speakers.

The AAE officers for 2005-06 are: President Marc Balson, President-elect John S. Olmsted, Vice President Shepard S. Goldstein, Secretary Louis E. Rossman, Treasurer Gerald N. Glickman, and Immediate Past President Sandra Madison. Kenneth M. Hargreaves is Editor of the Journal of Endodontics, and Mr. James M. Drinan is the AAE’s Executive Director.  Dr. Samuel O. Dorn continues on as Chair of the International Relations Committee and North American representative to IFEA.

The AAE Web site is being significantly enhanced, with members now having the ability to engage in e-commerce (dues and product orders) and participate in online surveys, discussion forums, and listserves. Soon, members will be able to access their own membership data, to update information, if they desire. AAE membership grew to more than 6,600, including approximately 6,000 endodontists and residents.

We look forward to strengthening the ties among the international endodontic community and to growth in our relationships.

PRELIMINARY REPORT – 8th IFEA Congress, 1-4 October 2010, Athens, Greece

06 September, 2005

8th IFEA Congress, 1-4 October 2010, Athens, Greece


The Executive Board and the General Assembly of the Hellenic Society of Endodontics wish to thank the IFEA General Assembly for their confidence in entrusting the 2010 IFEA Congress to Greece. Furthermore, we wish to reaffirm our determination to organize an exemplary Congress both scientifically and socially.

The Executive Board is currently working towards forming the Congress Organizing Committee. It is expected to reach final decisions by the end of June 2005.

In the meantime, the Board has authorized Dr. Panos Panopoulos to contact the Organizers of the previous IFEA Congresses for the purpose of obtaining organizational information and, possibly, written reports of their congresses.

The immediate tasks of the Organizing Committee will be the development of the Congress’ logo and the selection of the Professional Congress Organizers. This is expected to be concluded by the end of 2005.

At the next IFEA General Assembly, at the Honolulu AAE meeting, we will be able to provide more detailed information of our efforts.

On behalf of the Executive Board,

Dr. Panos Panopoulos, DDS, Odont.
Dr Vice-President of the H.S.E and
Greek Representative to the IFEA