Each year, the IFUNA conference is held in a different continent in order to offer the participants the largest possible range of ideas, opinions, theories and experiences and thus to widen our sphere of activity. For the first time in Eastern Europe the conference 2014 will be held in Kiev, Ukraine. We are lucky enough to have been able to secure the presence of lecturers of international repute (researchers in basic sciences and specialists in the field of functional techniques)
IFUNA is an international organisation which furthers all kinds of functional and orthopaedic treatments worldwide.
It cannot be denied that, across the planet, the orthodontic treatment of the children of Modern Man is becoming increasingly widespread.
IFUNA was created in answer to the interest shown by and, at the request of, a growing number of the members of our profession. It is an international organisation which encourages the bringing together and the exchange of knowledge, promoting the awareness and teaching of early functional treatment which takes a global approach to patient care. Dysfunctions and malocclusions are often rooted in an imbalance situated elsewhere.
The ethos behind this global treatment encourages the orthodontist to research all factors regulating growth, be it genetic or environmental.
The fundamental research, clinical studies, the new means of diagnostic investigation, and technological innovations must become adapted to the needs of patients. It is for this reason that our association would like to create an international forum of investigation, documentation and education aimed at practitioners. This forum would bring together the fields of paediatrics, dentistry, orthodontics, nutrition, speech therapy, behavioralism and other areas of childhood research. It has also become vital for us to evolve within a broader context – that of the development of our own Ontogenesis.
IFUNA is a non profit-making organisation which was created in Paris in 2007. Its president, Professor Michael GORBONOS, is Doctor of Dental Medicine DMD; he is a Master of Dental Science (MDS) and he is in charge of the IFUNA electronic journal.