- Category: 2024 World Congress
International Fluency Association (IFA)
The IFA was founded in 1989 to promote international liaison in the area of fluency disorders and to promote the understanding of these disorders. International Congresses are organised every three years in venues selected from around the world. In 1994, the Congress was held in Munich, Germany; San Francisco, USA in 1997; Nyborg, Denmark in 2000; Montreal, Canada in 2003; Dublin, Ireland in 2006; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009; Tours, France in 2012, Portugal in 2015, and Hiroshima, Japan, 2018.
by Stacy Wagovich, Editor
It has been my pleasure to coordinate the peer-review of the work of my colleagues for these Proceedings. The program for the conference in Montreal offered a range of presentations, from original research to key discussions designed to move the field forward. Articles in the Proceedings addressed both clinical and theoretical questions important to our field. The Proceedings are a reflection of the IFA membership, in that the articles come from researchers around the world, as well as researchers collaborating with each other across countries.
In these Proceedings, we adopted an extended abstract format to enable researchers to provide condensed versions of their presentation content. In addition to the Proceedings, we are grateful to the Journal of Fluency Disorders for the opportunity to develop a special issue containing full-length articles from the Congress. Together, these two options offered presenters two publication options for the dissemination of their work. An additional change is that we are making these Proceedings open-access on the IFA website, so that the articles are openly available to all. Open dissemination of research is critical to moving the science of our field forward, so that we all have access to evidence to support our research and clinical work.
I am truly grateful to all of my colleagues who so graciously agreed to review the manuscripts for the Proceedings. I am also thankful to the IFA Junior Researcher Network of doctoral students/candidates and post-doctoral fellows. They provided reviews of manuscripts for the Proceedings under the mentorship of their faculty advisors. Many of them agreed to review multiple manuscripts, and I am extremely to them for their hard work in reviewing submissions.
Finally, as a member of the Research and Publications Committee, I would like to thank the other members of the committee, especially committee chairs Tom Weidig and Evan Usler. Both Tom and Evan were extraordinarily helpful, providing guidance and the institutional knowledge to complete this project..
I hope that you enjoy reading the articles in these Proceedings and that they support your work in the areas of stuttering and cluttering. My hope is that they also inspire us to foster greater collaboration across countries in reading about the fruitful international collaborations already in place. Thanks to the IFA for encouraging these aspirations, across many initiatives, including the 2022 Proceedings.
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Please note there are 4 full days of congress programming from 13th - 16th July inclusive (followed by a day of post-congress workshops on 17th July).
Please note that, to save paper, delegates will not receive a printed program brochure on arrival at the congress. Instead, the congress app will be the primary resource. For those delegates who do not have the congress app, or who prefer paper materials, a downloadable version of the program of abstracts is available here: