Invitation from iADH President Dr Dimitris Emmanouil
On behalf of the Executive Board of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health (IADH), it is my great pleasure and honor to invite you, our special care colleagues from all corners of our global village, to join the 22nd IADH Congress to be held October 2–4, 2014, in Berlin, Germany under the auspices of the German Dental Association.
IADH is a global organization with members, health professionals dedicated to serving people with disabilities. Since 1970 every two years IADH hosts a congress that allows its more than 8.000 members from all over the world the opportunity to assemble in one place, and disseminate knowledge to better serve our “special” patients.
With the majestic BERLIN as the back stage we anticipate this to be a phenomenal international scientific program. The theme of the congress is Medicine meets Disability representing the need that all health professionals are needed to work together for the well being of our patients. Keynote speakers from around the world share their research, scientific knowledge and experience to allow our members to approach disability in an interdisciplinary way.
IADH is very fortunate to work this time with our colleagues from the German Dental society for patients with Disabilities integrated in the federal Association of Oral Dental surgeons in Germany. The meeting will not only further the aims of both organizations, but as a result will also strongly enhance the foundation of special care dentistry worldwide.
On an individual basis it will give each of us the opportunity to share in new knowledge and techniques, and build a network of personal professional support with which to better deliver care to our varied populations.
Berlin since the beginning of the 20th Century has seen the most important political developments in the western world. This has transformed it into a truly international city with extraordinary architecture, historical buildings combined with contemporary design. Berlin’s vivid, young and experimental spirit has attracted an active art scene with numerous exhibitions to go hand in hand with the great art and cultural treasures of the past. More than one hundred museums and cultural sites all over Berlin wait for you to discover them. The meeting will take place at the ESTRELL-Convention Center in Berlin, which has excellent road and suburban rail links.
On behalf of iADH, I would like to thank Prof. Andreas Schulte, Chair of the scientific committee of the 22nd Congress and the local organizing committee for their hard work and vision into the planning of this event.
I truly believe that this meeting will be an inspiration for all of us to work harder for our patients, fulfill our professional goals and provide us with the “right amount” of positive energy for the future.
We look forward to welcoming you all to Berlin in 2014.
President International Association of Disability and Oral Health