25th iADH International Congress

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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 needs colleagues from all over the globe to join the 25th IADH Congress to be held September 23-26, 2020, in Acapulco, Mexico. 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 serve our “special” patients better. This means that the 2020 conference will be the 50 iADH anniversary.

With the exotic Acapulco at the Pacific as the backstage, we anticipate this to be a phenomenal international scientific program. The theme of the Congress is “ Keynote speakers from around the world share their research, scientific knowledge, and experience to allow our members to approach disability in an interdisciplinary way. Acapulco at the crossroad between both America’s and Mexico located at the link between 2 oceans will become the center of the iADH philosophy of connection professionals, caregivers, mayor stakeholders and patients in the field.

On an individual basis, it will allow 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 diverse populations. On behalf of iADH, I would like to thank Prof. Juan Pablo Loyola-Rodriguez, Congress President and Chair of the local organizing committee for their hard work and vision into the planning of this event.

I genuinely 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 spirit ” and lots of positive energy for the future.

We look forward to welcoming you all.

Luc Marks

President of iADH


It is a great honor and pleasure to invite to all of you to the 25th iADH International Congress that will be held in the beautiful city of Acapulco, Mexico. This is a landmark congress because iADH will also celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The iADH has hosted an international congress every 2 years since 1971 in various venues around the world. Today there are members in over 40 countries and the iADH has become an influential and recognised organisation bringing together motivated and caring professionals in the field of Special Care Dentistry worldwide.

The iADH during the past fifty years has grown from an association of 11 National Societies and a supporting membership of only 270 paediatric dentists, to 69 National Member Societies and more than 8000 individual members that we have today. Our membership is unique in its diversity of members, nationalities and cultures. Our congresses have likewise grown from a few hundred participants to the first ones, to over 1500 delegates in recent years. What is more impressive though, is that these delegates come from over 80 countries each time.

The Mexican Local Organizing Committee with the help of our Board of Directors and Standing Committee members, are organizing an exceptional scientific program and many exciting social events. Adding the charming people of Mexico and the wonderful location of Acapulco in the majestic state of Guerrero, Mexico.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to another memorable iADH Congress!

Dr. Juan Pablo Loyola

President Of The Organizing Committee