Interview with FDI President-elect Roberto Vianna
MIAMI, FL, USA: The FDI World Dental Federation main mission is to contribute to the development and dissemination of policies, standards and information related to all aspects of oral health care. Under the presidencies of doctors Michele Aerden, Burton Conrod, and the upcoming one headed by Brazilian dentist Roberto Vianna, the FDI has been extremely active in the world stage, promoting oral health, attending industry exhibitions such as the International Dental Show in Germany, and participating at events such as the 87th Session of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). In Miami, Dental Tribune talked to FDI’s president-elect.
Why is FDI at the IADR?
We came to this IADR Session with a proposal to strengthen our ties with IADR, and to coordinate with them and with the International Federation of Dental Educators (IFDEA) the Rio Caries Conference on 15-18 July 2009. I think this joint initiative will be very good for all the associations and will bring us a new perspective as world leaders in dentistry.
Is the Brazil Government also involved?
Yes, as well as all the other associations cited. The Rio Caries Conference will provide an overview of the burden of caries in our region (Latin America).
There is a lot of advanced research by Brazilians presented here in Miami…
Yes, our group of researchers have a good production. We are old partners of the IADR, and we have now in the new IADR administration a Brazilian Vice President (Dr. Maria Fidelia de Lima from the Bauru Dental School, University of Sao Paulo), who will be the president-elect next year. In addition, in 2012 the IADR will also be holding the IADR Session and Exhibit in Rio de Janeiro.
How many people do you expect at the Rio Conference?
We expect a group of about 800 attendees. (The Conference) will be part of the Brazilian Dental Association (ABO) International Congress of Rio de Janeiro, where we expect 4,000 attendees.