Takashi Akamizu, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman of the First Department of Medicine
at Wakayama Medical University, Japan
It is a special privilege and pleasure to serve as the president for the Japan Endocrine Society (JES) for two years. JES has a history of 92 years and more than 8,400 active members. The Board of Directors is composed of 35 members elected from all the fields including internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, urology, neurosurgery, endocrine surgery, pathology and basic sciences. The official journal of the Japan Endocrine Society is the Endocrine Journal, which is published in English every month, collects papers from all over the world and is growing as an international journal. JES hosted the International Conference of Endocrinology (ICE) twice in Kyoto, 1988 and 2010. I am truly humbled to serve as the president for the society.
In April 2019, the new organization of JES has just started. In the following month, the imperial era of Japan has just changed from "Heisei" to "Reiwa". "Reiwa" means "beautiful harmony" or "beautiful Japan". Right for the beginning of new era of Japan, I would like to contribute to the development and innovation of the society toward the centennial anniversary of JES foundation, which is eight years from now, together with our members.
Right for the beginnings of new era of Japan and new organization of JES, I would like to propose five themes to promote our society as the president:
Through these activities, I hope that we can achieve substantial development in our society, country and world.
I appreciate your continued support.
May 10, 2019
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 2019)
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