The mission of the Japan Endocrine Society (JES) is to promote scientific advance in endocrinology and integrate these knowledge to understanding and management of wide range of human disorders, and to contribute to the progress of medical practice toward better human health worldwide. To achieve this goal, the JES is dedicated to deepen understanding of physiology and pathophysiology of endocrine organs and hormonal actions in their wide range of target tissues.
The JES has about 8,000 members, and is committed to the growth of basic and clinical sciences in the field of endocrinology. The JES welcomes scientists, clinicians and health care professionals to join the society for the achievement of its goal. The JES also welcomes to enhance international exchange with any of the societies worldwide.
Hiroshi Itoh, M.D., Ph.D.
President, The Japan Endocrine Society
The Japan Endocrine Society was founded in June 1925, and is the second oldest society in the field of endocrinology next to The Endocrine Society of the United States founded in 1922. Since its establishment, the Japan Endocrine Society has undergone steady and continued growth, and is currently composed of about 7,500 active members in basic and clinical fields of endocrinology and metabolism. The Society is directed under the leadership of the Board of Directors chaired by Professor Toshio Matsumoto. The Board of Directors is composed of 14 members elected from all the fields including internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, endocrine surgery, urology, neurosurgery and basic sciences. The official journal of the Japan Endocrine Society is the Endocrine Journal. The Endocrine Journal is published in English every month, collects papers from all over the world, and is growing as an international journal.
The largest event of the society is the Annual Congress of the JES held every year, with more than 3000 participants and over 1000 abstracts in all the fields of endocrinology and metabolism. The Japan Endocrine Society also hosts two other nationwide assemblies each year. One of them is the JES Summer Seminar on Endocrinology & Metabolism, which features hot topics on basic research related to endocrinology and metabolism. The other is the JES Clinical Updates on Endocrinology and Metabolism, which summarizes and discusses progress in clinical endocrinology and metabolism each year. The Japan Endocrine Society has its local divisions in 9 portions of Japan; Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto-Koshinetsu, Tokai, Hokuriku, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu divisions. Each of these divisions holds their local meetings every year.
In order to develop specialists and to provide continued medical education in endocrinology and metabolism, the Japan Endocrine Society issues qualifications for Board Certified Endocrinologists. This certificate is issued by nationwide examination, and is renewed every 5 years. There are close to 2,200 Board Certified Endocrinologists in Japan as of the end of 2014. After clearing terms and other requirements, the accreditation council of the Society issues qualification for Certified Endocrine Educator to Board Certified Endocrinologists. In order to become a Board Certified Endocrinologist, one must undergo trainings under the supervision of Certified Endocrine Educators for more than 3 years.
The Japan Endocrine Society is committed to the growth of basic and clinical sciences related to endocrinology and metabolism. The Japan Endocrine Society also welcomes to enhance international exchange with any of the societies worldwide.
Yoshihiro Ogawa, M.D. Ph.D.
Chair, Planning and Public Relations Committee
(in alphabetic order)
(As of April 2017)
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