Vale Dr. Rafael Miñana 1935-2019
IFEA is saddened to advise of the passing of Dr. Rafael Miñana on March 18th, 2019. Dr Miñana was a renowned pioneering endodontist and educator in Spain, Europe and the USA. Amongst his notable service, and many achievements and awards in endodontics, Dr Miñana was president of the successful 5th Endodontic World Congress of IFEA in Madrid, 2001. More information on Dr Miñana’s life can be found here.
Dr. Rafael Miñana is seen here with the late Dr. Fred Weinstein. Prof. Paul Abbott is in the background.
IFEA congratulated and welcomed new members, the Bangladesh Endodontic Society, the Chilean Endodontics Society, the Emirates Endodontic Society, the Hong Kong Endodontic Society and the Indonesian Endodontic Association. These associations were accepted as members of the Federation at the Board of Directors’ meeting on the 5th October, 2018, in Seoul, South Korea.
Future IFEA World Endodontic Congresses.
IFEA announced, as a result of the member vote at the AGM in Seoul on the 6th October, 2018, that;
The 13th IFEA World Endodontic Congress will be hosted by the Argentine Endodontic Society in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2022.
The 14th IFEA World Endodontic Congress will be hosted by the British Endodontic Society in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2024.
The exact dates will be announced later. Congratulations was extended to both these associations.
The Board of Directors decided that the 15th IFEA World Endodontic Congress will be held in the Oceania Region in 2026. Member associations from that Region (Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines) are invited to bid to host the Congress. Bidding will occur at the AGM, during the 12th IFEA World Endodontic Congress, Chennai, India, September 23-26,2020. The closing date for the applications to be assessed, prior to the bidding, will be April 30th, 2020. Full details on the application process, including the guidelines for bidding and the criteria for the selection of Congress venues can be found here.
The Board of Directors decided that the 16th IFEA World Endodontic Congress will be held in the North America Region (Canada, USA, Mexico) in 2028. Bidding for this Congress will be undertaken at the 13th IFEA World Endodontic Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2022.
Other achievements during 2018 included;
IFEA reaffirmed its bond with the Asia Pacific Endodontic Confederation (APEC) via a Memorandum of Understanding.
The Board of Directors reconfirmed Dr Joe Maggio, assisted by his wife Karen, as the IFEA Registered Agent in the State of Illinois, USA, to ensure IFEA continued to fulfill its obligations to the State of Illinois where IFEA is incorporated.
IFEA Jean Laurichesse Research Grant Award Guidelines.
New guidelines were adopted for this Award. Read the full document here.
IFEA Education Grant
IFEA adopted the inaugural IFEA Education Committee & Education Grant Award Document to provide guidance in assessing and awarding Education Grants. Read the full document and the Application Summary.
Pioneers in Endodontics.
Colleagues may not be aware of the articles in the journal ENDO – Endodontic Practice Today Vol. 11, Issue 2, Summer 2017 (Quintessence). The issue features the endodontic pioneers within different countries throughout the world. (Thank you to past IFEA Secretary, Dr Cal Torneck for advising of this.)
Vale Dr W.C. (Fred) Weinstein 1939-2017
Colleagues in IFEA and the broader endodontic community were most saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Fred Weinstein on October 15th 2017, following a brief illness.
Dr Weinstein was highly regarded nationally in Canada and internationally for his pioneering service to the profession. Amongst his achievements he was a past President of the CAE, and a long-standing IFEA Executive member which included IFEA Secretary/Treasurer (1989-1995), President-Elect (1995-1998) and IFEA President (1998-2001). Fred also served both IFEA and the CAE with distinction as the General Chair of the 7th IFEA World Endodontic Congress, held in Vancouver in 2007. It was the immense success of this Congress through Fred’s leadership and his Committee, along with the dedication of the IFEA Executive at the time, that reconfirmed IFEA as the premium umbrella international society of endodontic associations in the world, when IFEA was facing challenging times.
Fred was a true gentleman and befriended all with his genuine compassion, and his smile, resplendent in the Mounties’ uniform as ambassador for the IFEA 7th World Endodontic Congress and the CAE, is etched in the memories of all associated with the Congress. IFEA at the time passed on its sincere condolences to Dr Weinstein’s widow Heather, his family, friends and CAE colleagues.
Dr Weinstein’s obituary in the Vancouver Sun can be found here. Fred’s memory will be honoured at IFEA’s AGM, during the 11th World Endodontic Congress in Seoul, October 4-7, 2018.
(Photos courtesy of CAE and Prof. Sam Dorn)
The Executive Committee and Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in New Orleans, on Thursday April 27th,2017, approved new IFEA World Endodontic Congress Guidelines. Such Guidelines will be used for the selection and organisation of World Endodontic Congresses from 2022 (13th World Endodontic Congress) and thereon until further notice.
Bidding for the 2022 (13th) and 2024 (14th) IFEA World Endodontic Congresses.
So that IFEA has three World Endodontic Congresses (WEC) scheduled into the future, there will be bidding for hosting the 2022 (13th) and the 2024 (14th) WEC, during the 11th WEC in Seoul, between 4-7 October 2018.
In accordance with the new IFEA World Endodontic Congress Guidelines, the Board of Directors has decided that the 2022 13th World Endodontic Congress will be held in the Region of South America. Member Societies from that Region only are invited to bid for the 13th World Endodontic Congress following the conditions and with the application providing the information that is required by the Guidelines.
In accordance with the new IFEA World Endodontic Congress Guidelines, the Board of Directors has decided that the 2024 14th World Endodontic Congress will be held in the Region of Europe. Member Societies from that Region only are invited to bid for the 14th World Endodontic Congress following the conditions and with the application providing the information that is required by the Guidelines.
The application and bid proposal for each respective Congress following the WEC Guidelines, must be submitted to the IFEA Secretary Dr Catherine Ricci, no later than June 4th, 2018, for initial perusal by the Executive.
The member society proposals for the 13th or 14th World Endodontic Congresses that are accepted as being in accordance with the Guidelines, will then be invited to present the bid initially to the Board of Directors (BOD) at the Board’s meeting during the 11th World Endodontic Congress in Seoul Korea (4-7 October, 2018). Subsequently, the bidding Society is required to present the bid to the member association representatives at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is usually the next day, for voting by the member association representatives. The specific time for these two bid presentations (at the 2018 BOD meeting and the 2018 AGM, during the 11th WEC in Seoul) will be announced in due course.
IFEA welcomed the Lithuanian Society of Endodontology (LSE) into its membership at the GAM in Cape Town on 5th June, 2016. This increased the IFEA membership of country representative associations to 37.
IFEA President Dr Mark Wotzke, advised Regents and IFEA Member Associations on 11th September 2016, the following;
“…that the IFEA Executive in accordance with IFEA By-Laws (revised September 2015) and the World Congress Guidelines (March 2000), and after very deliberate consideration, reached the decision to regretfully withdraw the invitation to the Turkish Endodontic Society (TES) to host the 11th World Endodontic Congress (WEC) in Istanbul in May 2018. The Executive in acknowledging that the Congress was still 19 months away and that TES was the victim of circumstances beyond its control, nevertheless considered with the frequent and recent acts of violence in Turkey, including Istanbul, and the recent political unrest, that the safety of Congress delegates would likely be compromised if the Congress was held there at that time.
The Executive is sincerely grateful and thankful to the Turkish Endodontic Society and its Congress Organising Committee for the enormous time, effort and dedication needed to bid for the Congress and begin the process of its organisation, and is acutely aware of the disappointment felt by all in TES. The TES however, if it so desires, has the opportunity to bid again for future World Congresses, and I hope that at some time in the future the Society can hold a Congress in beautiful Istanbul.
It’s been decided by the Executive that the 11th WEC will now be hosted by the Korean Academy of Endodontics (KAE) in Seoul, Korea, in October 2018, (either 4th -7th or 11th -14th) and the specific date and Congress website address will be announced shortly. The Congress website will have preliminary information posted on it as soon as possible.
The change related to the 11th WEC in Seoul also means that the 13th WEC (which was due to be held in Seoul in 2022), will now be open to bidding by Member Associations to host the 13th WEC in 2022. The Executive will announce when this will occur in the foreseeable future. The IFEA website www.ifeaendo.org will be updated in the near future to reflect these changes along with other IFEA news. The 12th WEC is still scheduled to be held in Chennai, India in 2020.
In the meantime the Executive together with Past President, Dr Patrick Bogaerts and Regent, Dr Alan Nerwich are continuing the review of the Policy Document, “Guidelines for the Organization of World Congresses and Criteria for Selection of Congress Venues (March 2000)”.
I hope you will all be understanding of the unfortunate reasons for the change related to the 11th World Endodontic Congress in 2018.”
On the 18th October 2016 the President advised Regents and Member associations that “….the 11th IFEA World Endodontic Congress (WEC) in Seoul, Korea has now been confirmed as October 4-7, 2018. The venue is the state of the art Convention and Exhibition Centre (Coex). The theme of the Congress is; Endodontics: The utmost values in dentistry.
The Congress Organising Committee is working most enthusiastically in organising the programme and preliminary details will be posted in the near future on the newly established Congress website http://www.ifea2018korea.com….”
At the 2015 GAM (September 18th) in Barcelona, Turkey (Turkish Endodontic Society) was the successful bidder to host the 11th IFEA World Endodontic Congress in 2018 in Istanbul. Congratulations to Dr. Faruk Haznedaroglu, President of TES and to all concerned for their successful bid.
IFEA welcomed the Egyptian Association of Endodontics (EAE) into its membership at the GAM in Washington DC, May 2nd 2014.This increased the IFEA membership of country representative associations to 36.
IFEA now has 35 member countries. Iraq Endodontic Club has joined while Endodontic Society of the Philippines and Columbia Endodontic Society have returned to IFEA.
India(Dr. Gopi Krishua) was selected for the 11th World Endodontic Congress. Thank you to Thailand(Dr. Jaru-Ampornpan) and Turkey(Dr. Hakki Sunay) for their applications to host the 11th World Congress.
The Endodontic Society of the Philippines rejoined our organization and the Iraqi Endodontic Club and the Colombian Endodontic Society had already submitted their application.