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Welcome Message

President of the 120th Annual Meeting of
the Japanese Ophthalmological Society

Hidetoshi Yamashita, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yamagata University Faculty of Medicine

Hidetoshi Yamashita President of the 120th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society

The 120th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society will take place over four days from April 7 to 10, 2016 in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The meeting is hosted by the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science of Yamagata University. I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest appreciation of the tremendous support we have received for organizing this meeting, from Prof. Kazuaki Kadonosono, Chair of the Program Committee (Department of Ophthalmology, Yokohama City University Medical Center), Dr. Akimitsu Kurosawa-Vice President of the Annual Meeting (Chair, Yamagata Prefecture Ophthalmological Society), all the Program Committee members, the Board of Trustees and Board of Councilors of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society, and from the Meeting Secretariat staff.

Counting from the very first Meeting that was held from February 27 to March 1 in 1897, this year's Annual Meeting of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society marks its 120th anniversary as an academic conference. Subsequently, we have settled on "Keep Striving Tohoku Region, Keep Striving Ophthalmology of Japan" as the theme for this year's Annual Meeting.

We are being cognizant of the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 from the first half of our theme "Keep Striving Tohoku Region." The Earthquake not only affected the Tohoku region, but also gravely impacted the nation as a whole. The restoration work in the stricken area has been gaining momentum as a result of the combination of the vigorous support from the entire country and the strong will as well as the indefatigable effort made by the people of Tohoku. At the same time, the effects from an earthquake that is large enough to transform the social structure of the Tohoku region still substantially remains. That is why we decided on hosting the Annual Meeting in Sendai, one of the sites in Tohoku, so that you can all take this opportunity to visit the city and witness the restoration in motion. As venue, we are planning on hosting the conference by combining the conference building of Sendai International Center and Tohoku University Centennial Hall, in addition to the completed Exhibition building of the Sendai International Center. Furthermore, the subway line that takes four minutes from JR Sendai station to arrive at the International Center station is projected to be completed by December 2015.

The second half of the theme, "Keep Striving Ophthalmology of Japan," is imbued with the reality of Japan's progression toward an aging society and the crucial role played by ophthalmology in global medicine. Similarly, the theme also highlights Japan playing the leading role in ophthalmology and making a difference in the world. In 1897, the Japanese Ophthalmological Society was founded under Dr. Jujiro Komoto along with Dr. Takuji Suda, Dr. Yoshiakira Ohnishi, and Dr. Genjiro Kawakami acting as core members, and the first meeting of the Society was held. Among the medical society, the Society comes in second place after the Japanese Association of Anatomists in terms of its length of history. However, it boasts the oldest history in the field of clinical medicine. In the commencement speech of the Annual Meeting, we are able to sense the spirit when Dr. Jujiro Komoto proudly said, "On a small scale, the degree of people's eyesight can determine whether a family will be rich or poor, but on a bigger scale, it is directly connected to the rise and fall of a nation. Therefore, civilized nations should always revere ophthalmology." In the annals of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society that marks its 120th Meeting (there were only three cancellations during the Second World War), our predecessors have effected the development of ophthalmology in Japan and made a difference in the world. They achieved this through their conviction that ophthalmology is crucial for the advancement of the society in which they are able to make a substantial contribution. As we host the 120th Meeting, I want to acknowledge the collective role of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society in the future progress of ophthalmology in the world as we stand on top of this proud tradition.

Under the abovementioned philosophy, in this year's Annual Meeting of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society we intend to spread the sophisticated and superb information from Japan to the rest of the world that will pioneer the future of ophthalmology. Subsequently, the Meeting features Special Lectures by Prof. Hiroko Terasaki (Nagoya University) and Prof. Kazuo Tsubota (Keio University). We have invited Prof. David Huang (Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute) and Prof. Takamasa Kayama (Faculty of Medicine, Yamagata University) to deliver Invited Lectures. Furthermore, Councilors Nominated Lectures on the theme "Science existing in an eye surgery " will be presented by Dr. Kazunori Miyata (Miyata Eye Hospital), Associate Prof. Yasushi Ikuno (Osaka University), and Assistant Prof. Toshihiro Inoue (Kumamoto University). In addition, thanks to the work of Chair of the Program Committee Prof. Kazuaki Kadonosono and the Program Committee members, we have planned sessions for a wide range of fields, with different Symposium themes, Educational Seminar themes, Subspecialty Sunday sessions, JOS-ARVO joint Symposia, and Skills Transfer events. Finally, we cannot forget the general presentations, which play a crucial role in opening up the future for the Japanese Ophthalmological Society. We plan on allotting many sites and a lot of time for general presentations.

We hope that many of you from the Japanese Ophthalmological Society will participate in the various programs. We also fervently wish that enthusiastic discussions would take place which will serve as the trigger for the advancement of the future of Japan's ophthalmology.