It is a great honor for me to serve as president of the 34th Spasm Symposium, which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Dr. Tomio Ohta, who played the key role in founding our society in 1985, passed away on November 27, 2016. I have great respect for his achievements, and would like to express my sincere condolences.
The coming Stroke 2018 will focus on the theme “Understanding, Treating & Relieving Stroke: Mapping the Future.” Accordingly, as the main theme for the coming 34th Spasm Symposium we have chosen “For a Spasm-free Future: Pathological Understanding and Aggressive Treatment.” The Symposium will comprise four parts: Pathology-Basics, Pathology-Clinics, Endovascular Approaches, and Intrathecal Approaches.
The theme for the 1st Spasm Symposium proposed by Dr. Ohta was “Is cerebral vasospasm truly spasm?” In this 34th Symposium, we will re-examine the pathology of cerebral vasospasm, and comprehensively discuss all aspects of aggressive treatments going back to the time of the late Dr. Ohta. I expect there will be discussion on the report that clazosentan was capable of preventing cerebral vasospasm but was not effective for the prognosis. The summarized results by the Japanese Society for Neuroendovascular Therapy will be reviewed in the Endovascular Approaches session.
A special lecture titled “Current status and future prospects of cerebral vasospasm” will be given by Dr. Mario Zuccarello, who presided at the 11th International Conference on Cerebral Vasospasm in Cincinnati in 2011. Dr. Hirohiko Kimura from the Department of Radiology, Fukui University will talk about “Basics and clinics of arterial spin labeling” at a luncheon seminar. A sponsored lecture titled “Terminal spreading depolarization and electric silence in death of human cortex” will be given by Dr. Jens Peter Dreier from Berlin. All these lectures will provide new insights into our future.
Literature reviews will be featured as usual, in which the Basics part will be led by Dr. Masato Shiba from the Department of Neurosurgery, Mie University, and the Clinics part will be presented by Dr. Tatsuya Ishikawa from the Research Institute for Brain and Blood Vessels-Akita, who will serve as president at the next meeting, the 35th Symposium. A highlight of the 34th Symposium, the review session, will summarize the global trends in our field over the last year. Please get up early and take part in the morning session.
I clearly remember the hot summer in Takaragaike, Kyoto. I look forward to heated discussions once again as well as insights to assist everyone in their work.