The International Academy of Perinatal Medicine was created in 2005 with the agreement of the Presidents of three scientific societies: the World Association of Perinatal Medicine (WAPM), the European Association of Perinatal Medicine (EAPM) and the International Society “The Fetus as a Patient” (ISFAP). On the 25th of May 2005 took place the foundational ceremony in Barcelona (Spain) with venue at the Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia.
The objective of the Academy is to create a place for the study, reflection, dialogue and promotion of Perinatal Medicine, especially on those issues related to bioethics, the appropriate application of the technological advances and the sociologic and humanistic, dimensions of the field.
Furthermore, the Academy endeavours to constitute a friendship-based bond among the three scientific Societies that have sponsored its foundation. In the same act of the foundation, the members of the Board of the Academy were elected. Prof. Erich Saling (Germany) was elected as President, and Professors Asim Kurjak (Croatia), Aris Antsaklis (Greece), Frank Chervenak (USA) and H. Nishida (Japan) as Vice-Presidents. Jose M. Carrera (Spain) acts as Secretary General and Birgit Arabin (The Netherlands) acts as Treasurer.
In accordance with its Constitution, the IAPM has 30 regular fellows coming from 20 different countries.
At the last meeting in Madrid the number of associate fellows increased from 30 to 50. New board consists of Prof. Asim Kurjak (Croatia) - President, Professors Serge Uzan (France), Ritsuko Pooh (Japan), Eberhard Merz (Germany), Apostolos Papageorgiou (Canada) – Vice-Presidents and Prof. Vincenzo D’Addario (Italy) – Treasurer.