About iFAD

 About IFA

(c) The 2017 IFA Executive Committee, from left to right:
TOP: co-founders Dr Niels Van Regenmortel (Vice-president), Prof Dr Manu Malbrain (President)
BOTTOM: Prof Dr Paul Elbers (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Prof Dr Xavier Monnet (Paris, France), Dr Adrian Wong (London, UK)

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 (Belgian National Tax Number: 0559836092, for more information see UIA – Union of International Associations https://www.uia.org/s/or/en/1122279270), and as such the iFAD Organising Committee strongly recognizes and values a constructive partnership with the industry via unrestricted educational grants.

The initial IFAD founders are Prof Dr Manu Malbrain, internist-intensivist and former ICU director at the ZNA Stuivenberg hospital (2002-2017) and University Hospital Brussels and VUB (2017-2020) (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dr Niels Van Regenmortel, internist-intensivist, ICU staff member at the ZNA Stuivenberg hospital (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 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 can be achieved by collaborative research projects, surveys, guideline development, joint data registration and international exchange of health care workers and researchers. We invite the reader to follow @Fluid_Academy and to check this website for more information on fluid management and hemodynamic monitoring (under FOAM resources). The IFA helps hospitals and organizations to implement fluid stewardship as a quality improvement programme (UZ Brussels, RZ Tienen, AZ Jan Palfijn Ghent).

The IFA website (http://www.fluidacademy.org) is now an official SMACC affiliated site (Social Media and Critical Care) and its content is based on the philosophy of FOAM (Free Open Access Medical education – #FOAMed). The site recently received the HONcode quality label for medical education.

The acquired knowledge and results of research will be 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. About 370 participants attended the 1st iFAD on November 19th in 2011 (at Elzenveld Congress Centre in Antwerp, Belgium). 425 participants attended the second edition, held on November 17th in 2012 (at the Radisson Blue Congress and Convention Centre, Antwerp, Belgium). Because this success the 3rd iFAD held in 2013, was a 2-day event (Nov 29-30) gathering 500 delegates from all over the world at the Hilton Hotel in Antwerp. The 4th and 5th editions were a 3-day event held again at the Hilton Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium from Nov 27th till 29th in 2014 and Nov 26th – 28th in 2015 respectively. The last editions (before COVID) of the International Fluid Academy Days were a huge success with on average 500 delegates: around 300 critical care specialists, 110 critical care nurses, 50 keynote speakers together with 50 industry representatives from all over the globe. After 5 successful editions the organising committee decided to make it a bi-annual event in Belgium with pop-up meetings (IFADmini) abroad in between: 2017 (Antwerp), 2018 (Amsterdam), 2019 (Dubai, Campinas, Valencia, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico city), 2020 (virtual eIFAD), 2021 (hybrid in Brussels), 2022 (Dubai, Krakau).

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