Message from the Chairman

I have been appointed as Chairman of the 76th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthodontic Society. The first memorable Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthodontic Society after World War II was held here in Sapporo in July 1959. This will be the fifth time that Sapporo will host the annual meeting. I realize my responsibility and feel honored to chair the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthodontic Society, which has a long history and tradition.

The 76th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthodontic Society will be held at three facilities (Hotel Sapporo Geibunkan, Hotel Royton Sapporo, and Sapporo Education and Culture Hall) located on the west side of Sapporo Odori Park from Wednesday, October 18 to Friday, October 20, 2017. Using the subway from JR Sapporo Station, you can reach these venues after a five-minute walk from Nishi 11-chome Station, although a transfer is required at Odori Station. Since the three venues are close to each other within a two-block area, you can easily transfer between them.

The main theme of the meeting is “Accumulation of Knowledge and Connectivity of Technologies.” I hope that this meeting will provide the opportunity to consider the best medicines and technologies based on accurate knowledge amid recent technological innovations related to clinical orthodontics and the advancement of science and medicine. In the special lecture, Dr. Peter Buschang, professor at Texas A&M University and Baylor University of Dentistry, who has published many papers on craniofacial growth, will deliver a lecture on maxillofacial growth and correction of Class II malocclusion. In the educational lecture, Dr. Tetsuo Hasegawa, who served as project manager of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) located in the Chilean Andes and is currently distinguished professor of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, will talk about the quest for space and state-of-the-art technologies. Moreover, in special symposia, lectures will be delivered by Dr. Yuxing Bai, president of the Chinese Orthodontic Society, Dr. Eric Liou, president of the Taiwan Association of Orthodontists, and Dr. Hee-Moon Kyung, president of the Korean Association of Orthodontists, as well as Dr. Noriyoshi Shimizu, president of the Japanese Orthodontic Society. We also plan to invite other attractive lecturers, including Dr. Takashi Tsuji, team leader of the Laboratory for Organ Regeneration at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, and Dr. Nikhilesh Vaid, former president of the Asian Pacific Orthodontic Society.

In Sapporo, it is slightly cold in the morning and evening in the middle of October. However, I am sure that you will be able to enjoy the spectacular nature of Hokkaido during its fall foliage season, as well as enjoy fresh vegetables, fruits, and seafood harvested in Hokkaido. I hope that the 76th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthodontic Society will be attended by many members and others involved and that it will contribute to further expanding our understanding of orthodontics through spirited discussions.

My staff members and I look forward to seeing you here in Hokkaido in late autumn.

Itaru Mizoguchi
Itaru Mizoguchi
Chairman, The 76th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthodontic Society
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