|The 41st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology
President, Setsuya Aiba
Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine.
It is our great pleasure and honor to hold the 41st annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology at Sendai International Center in Sendai, Japan from December 9th to 11th, 2016.
The Tohoku region of Japan, which includes Sendai City, was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11th, 2011. This disaster submerged several towns and villages along the coast and claimed the lives of almost 20,000 people. Although more than 5 years have already passed, the coastal areas that were affected are still undergoing restoration.
Thanks to quake-resistant buildings and good fortune, none of the students or employees at any of Tohoku University’s campuses died or were injured. On the other hand, the earthquake damaged many buildings and instruments at Tohoku University. More seriously, the earthquake and the subsequent blackout resulted in the loss of enormous numbers of irreplaceable specimens, such as blood samples and tumor tissues.
To our surprise, our department received generous support from many international and domestic institutions and organizations immediately after the earthquake. This support encouraged our members to continue their dermatological research. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all who provided support.
Fortunately, downtown Sendai was not extensively damaged by the earthquake or tsunami and has been functioning as the hub of earthquake restoration in the area. Therefore, we believe that we can provide a suitable setting and important opportunity for participants to present their research progress and to learn about advances in dermatological research as well as basic science. In addition, this meeting will give participants visiting the Tohoku district the best opportunity to see what happened and what is going on in this area firsthand.
Finally, I can say that more than 5 years after the earthquake, Sendai has completely recovered its charm, including its beautiful scenery and subdued downtown, and continues to offer delicious seafood and the best Japanese sake. I am confident that visitors to Sendai will be productive at the meetings scientifically as well as personally. Lastly, I would like to extend a warm welcome to the members of JSID and other participating societies.