We are honored to serve as host of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Stroke Society, an event with a long and distinguished history.
The theme of the meeting is “Understanding, Treating & Relieving Stroke: Mapping the Future.” The global science and treatment of stroke have been advancing almost daily, driven by recent revolutionary advances in neuroscience and associated technologies. In Japan, however, we are facing the reality of a declining population and a globally unprecedented rise in the number of elderly. Clearly, this situation is impacting our economy, industries, and government. For example, in some local governments, those responsible for healthcare planning have been unable to deal adequately with this situation. In response, the Japan Stroke Society has collaborated with the Japanese Circulation Society to propose a “Five-Year Plan for Overcoming Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease” and has begun to consider the introduction of Board-Certified Stroke Specialists under its new board certification system. At this 43rd Annual Meeting, the Society’s 7,000 members and 4,000 board-certified specialists will focus on discussions intended to “map the future” in order to create a better tomorrow by devising solutions to Japan’s increasingly chaotic demographic crisis.
Our field is also undergoing rapid expansion, with much progress being achieved in the areas of higher brain function, the hyperacute phase of cerebral infarction, and rehabilitation. I have therefore invited Professors Hidekazu Tomimoto of the Department of Neurology, Mie University; Shinichi Yoshimura of the Department of Neurosurgery, Hyogo College of Medicine; and Satoru Saeki of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, to serve as vice-presidents of the meeting. Together, we are committed to ensuring the meeting provides stimulating and substantial content.
As for our international guest speakers, we are inviting Professor Pierre Amarenco, Professors Jun Chen, Gregory J. del Zoppo, Marc Fisher, Werner Hacke, Demetrius K. Lopes, Lee H. Schwamm and Adnan H. Siddiqui all of whom are renowned for their work in the field of stroke science, as well as Professors Cenk Ayata and Jens Dreier, two leaders in the field of cortical spreading depression (CSD), which is also a focus of research in my own department.
Our planned special programs include a number of joint symposia with relevant academic societies, including the Japanese Circulation Society, Japan Society for Dementia Research, Japanese Society for Neuroendovascular Therapy, Japan Geriatrics Society, Japan Brain Dock Society, Japanese Telemedicine and Telecare Association, Japanese Headache Society, and Japanese Nursing Association.
These programs will give participants a broad understanding of a wider range of fields related to stroke, which will be of great assistance in mapping the future. It is our hope that participants use this knowledge to treat stroke patients and bring relief to as many as possible.
This meeting will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society on Surgery for Cerebral Stroke (under the presidency of Professor Hiroyuki Kinouchi of the Department of Neurosurgery, the University of Yamanashi) and the 34th SPASM Symposium (under the presidency of Dr. Tatsuya Sasaki, Vice-president of Aomori Prefectural Central Hospital). Together, these gatherings will comprise the Stroke 2018 Meeting.
I and the staff of my department look forward to your participation in the meeting and to welcoming you to Fukuoka!