Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the IAPD: History Wall

We would like to take you on a journey through time. Take a look at our special History Wall that commemorated the IAPD Golden Jubilee during the 2019 Congress that took place in Cancun, Mexico.  

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History of the IAPD

The International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) was founded in 1969, under the name   “International Association of  Dentistry for Children”. It started with a  membership of 11 national societies and a supporting membership of 270 pediatric dentists, which has grown to 72 national societies and over 3000 members today. 


It was during the Kyoto Congress in 1991 that IADC changed its name adopting the title “International Association of Paediatric Dentistry”.


The aim of the Association was to act as an International Forum for certified pediatric dentists and general dental practitioners with an interest in treating children. 


Since that time the members and worldwide influence of the Association have expanded so that now, through its national societies it represents over 15,000 dentists.

Did you know...


Between 1994 and 1997, Dr. S. Gelbier published a series of ten articles on history of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry.

Even before the International Association of Dentistry for Children (IADC) was established, the first international symposium on Child Dental Health had been held in London, in April 1967.

Meeting of the International Forum on Children’s Dentistry and founding of the International Association of Dentistry for Children, June 1969


"It is a remarkable testament to those men and women who, over the years,
have worked hard to found organization for children's dentists to meet and improve
their knowledge and skills, so that better care can be provided for their young patients."
Dr. Stanley Gelbier
King’s College School of Medicine and Dentistry, England

Past Presidents of the IAPD

2021Jorge Luis CastilloPeru
2019Marcelo BoeneckerBrazil
2017Anna Maria VierrouGreece
2015Anthony Tzong-Ping TsaiTaiwan
2013Jorge Luis CastilloPeru
2011Eduardo AlcainoAustralia
2009Mark P. HectorUK
2007Anna FuksIsrael
2005Lisa PapagiannoulisGreece
2003Hugo FurzeArgentina
2001Barry ScheerUK
1999Richard P. WidmerAustralia
1997Donald KohnUSA
1995Anna-Lena HallonstenDenmark
1993Sadahiro YoshidaJapan
1991Elisha D. Ben-ZurSwitzerland
1989Franklin PulverCanada
1987Raymond K. PaulyCosta Rica
1985Roger K. HallAustralia
1983Ludwig RindererSwitzerland
1981Pal TothHungary
1979Manuel M. AlbumUSA
1977Haim SarnatIsrael
1975Michel SchoukerFrance
1973Sergio FiorentiniItaly
1971Erik KislingDenmark
1969Arvid SyrristSweden

Past Secretary Generals of the IAPD

2011-2015Joseph ChanHong Kong
1999-2011Gerald Z. WrightCanada
1997-99Goran DahloffSweden
1990-97Mark P. HectorUnited Kingdom
1987-90Alan H. BrookUnited Kingdom
1979-87John J. MurrayUnited Kingdom
1973-79Gerald B. WinterUnited Kingdom
1969-73David S. BermanUnited Kingdom

List of IAPD Honorary Members

The Constitution of the IAPD allows the Association to confer Honorary Membership on a small number of distinguished people who have made “extraordinary contributions” to realize the objectives of the Association. 


The decision is conferred by the Council on a two-thirds majority of people present and voting. Here we provide a list of of the men and women whose outstanding contributions to paediatric dentistry have been so acknowledged.


Paediatric dentistry has much for which to thank these remarkable individuals.

2023 Anthony Tzong-Ping Tsai Taiwan
2019 Mark P. Hector UK
2017 Milton Houpt USA
2017 Göran Koch Sweden
2015 Lisa Papagiannoulis Greece
2015 Gerald  Z. Wright Canada
2015 Anna Fuks Israel
2007 Anna Lena Hallonsten Denmark
1999 Sadahiro Yoshida Japan
1996 Reg Andlaw UK
1993 Roger K. Hall Australia
1989Samuel D. HarrisUSA
1983Pal TothHungary
1983Manuel M. AlbumUSA
1981Haim SarnatIsrael
1979Gerald B. WinterUK
1977Michel SchoukerFrance
1975Erik KislingDenmark
1973Sergio FiorentiniItaly
1971David S. BermanUK
1971Arvid SyrristSweden

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