The iFAD started as local initiative form the pharmaceutical working group on fluids from the Ziekenhuis Netwerk Antwerpen (www.zna.be). Today iFAD is integrated within the not-for-profit charitable organization iMERiT, International Medical Education and Research Initiative, under Belgian law and as such the iFAD Organising Committee strongly recognizes and values a constructive partnership with the industry.
Founded in 2011 during the 1st International Fluid Academy Day (iFAD) meeting the goals of the IFA are to foster education and promote research on fluid management and monitoring in critically ill patients, and thereby improve the survival of critically ill patients by bringing together physicians, nurses, and others from a variety of clinical disciplines. The primary goal of the IFA is to establish an international collaboration group with the final aim to improve and standardize care and outcome of critically ill patients with an emphasis on fluids, fluid management, monitoring and organ support. This is achieved by collaborative research projects, surveys, guideline development, joint data registration and international exchange of health care workers and researchers. The acquired knowledge and results of research is published in Medical Fluids, the international journal on medical fluid management (published in Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy), and shared with his peer group each year during the meeting. After 5 successful editions the organising committee decided to make it a bi-annual event. However because of huge demand during the last iFAD (Nov 23-25, 2017) there will be again an annual IFAD meeting. Every two years a "big" iFAD will be held in Belgium (alternating between Brussels and Antwerp) and in the years in between iFAD will go abroad.
- IFAD2018mini: Festival city, Dubai (April 5)
- IFAD2018: Pakhuis De ZWijger, AMsterdam, The Neherlands (Nov 23)
- IFAD2018mini: Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (December 5)
- IFAD2019: Sao Paolo, Brasil (May)
- IFAD2020: Brussels, Belgium
- IFAD2022: Antwerp, Belgium