President of the Japan Endocrine Society
(Department of Nephrology, Endocrinology and Metabolism,
Keio University School of Medicine)
Challenging the World with PAX ENDOCRINOLOGIA
-In Pursuit of an Endocrinology Continuum
The history of endocrinology in Japan began with the achievement of the crystallization of adrenaline by Dr. Jokichi Takamine, making our nation a pioneer of endocrinology in the world. Since then, Japan has been taking the initiative and has occupied a secure position in the world through the enormous effort of great many eminent predecessors in endocrinology. The Japan Endocrine Society stands as the world's second oldest academic society in endocrinology, after the US Endocrine Society. We celebrated our 90th anniversary this year, in 2017, and now have nearly 8,000 members.
In 2015, I assumed my role as the president of the Japan Endocrine Society and appealed to its members to work towards further developing our society, by advocating "PAX ENDOCRINOLOGIA", as a common theme. Hormones are basic materials for all biological phenomena. The hope is that all of our members will take pride in endocrinology, which offers us the basis to understand the mechanism for the maintenance of life and the pathophysiology of all deseases. I am determined to help in advancing endocrinology by nurturing next generation-endocrinologists, who are well acquainted with all fields of endocrinology and who take joy and pride in being able to provide the insight to the whole medical world and to contribute to its development. This year I was appointed to preside over our society for a second consecutive term. I would like to express my gratitude on this occasion, and would request your continued generous support and constant encouragement.
At the JES Summer Seminar on Endocrinology & Metabolism in 2016, I voiced my request to all members to endeavor to unite in attaining the goal of the "Endocrinology Continuum." The term continuum refers to a continuous series. A human being as a single entity experiences a temporal continuum in his or her life, starting from fertilization to death. In the society, the history of one individual never ends with merely his or her existence alone. Each individual has mutual personal relationships, with other individuals, between males and females, between parents and children, and among different generations in this super-aged society with a declining birth rate. Furthermore, humans co-habit the world with non-human organisms, including enteric bacteria, and this symbiotic relationship is also involved in maintaining the continuum. It is no exaggeration to state that hormones are involved in all such continua. Accordingly, I would like to encourage the young generation to strive towards contributing to the broad range of ever emerging fields of our society. I expect that the continuum will be also increasingly important in the context of continuous relationships with academic societies in related disciplines (pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, urology, neurosurgery, social medicine, and many other related disciplines, such as biology and agricultural sciences), as well as with the general public in the society.
Finally, I would like to impart the words of William Osler (1849-1919), an eminent Canadian physician referred to as the saint of medicine, to all of our members: Humanities are the hormones of medicine.
We are all members of the historic Japan Endocrine Society. Let's aim to unite in working towards a bright future under the motto "Endocrine Pride" (the pride of endocrinologists), and let's continue to search for and pave new paths to traverse.
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.
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