JSN NEWS 2006
We lost five honorable members this year.
● World Congress of Nephrology 2007
JSN received an official letter dated on Nov 22 from International
Society of Nephrology on the World Congress of Nephrology 2007. World
Congress of Nephrology (WCN) will be held April 21 to 25, 2007 in Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil. Following is the excerpt from the letter to Prof Gejyo
from Amanda Wren (Marketing & PR Manager).
● Women in JSN (JSWN)
Number of women nephrologists is increasing and they are playing
a significant role for the JSN activities. It is also true the prevalence
of women is increasing among medical students and post-graduate trainees.
JSN has established a subcommittee for the joint collaboration of men
and women, lead by Dr E Muso. It was approved at the executive board meeting
which was held on Dec. 4, 2006.
● Online submission for Clinical Experimental
Online submission was started in Clinical Experimental Nephrology
(CEN), official journal of the Japanese Society of Nephrology (JSN) effective
on July 2006. Manuscripts should be submitted through the following address;
Through this new system, JSN is expecting the speed-up of the review process
and hopefully the increase in papers submitted from foreign countries.
JSN members are encouraged to send interesting papers both basic and clinical
● Fourth Nephrology Seminar for clinical
It was held on November 11 to 12 at Miyako Hotel, Naha, Okinawa.
JSN subcommittee led by Dr H Imai organized this seminar with co-sponsored
Chugai Pharmaceutical Company. There were two special lectures such as
"Update of erythropoietin therapy" by Dr. T Akizawa and "CKD
Mineral bone disorder" by Dr. M Fukagawa. Min-lectures and case discussions
were prepared by the task force such as Drs. S Uchida, T Hamano, H Imai,
H Sudoh, K Iseki, S Toma, R Katafuchi, and K Uchida. T Monkawa, K Kohagura,
T Miyara, and S Maeshiro chaired the session. Dr K Yamagata and Dr T Watanabe
chaired the group discussion concerning "Screening for CKD" and "Shortening
of kidney transplantation".
● Guideline for the diagnosis of hematuria
As a part of the JSN activities, the guideline subcommittee for
the diagnosis of hematuria published the guideline for the diagnosis of
hematuria in the JSN official journal, JSN 48: Suppl: S1-S34, 2006. The
purpose of this guideline was to guide how to deal with subjects who often
found in a setting of general screening. It is not rare to see microhematuria
among elderly women. Currently, clinical significance along with the economic
burdens of such microhematuria is at stake.
● The 50th JSN General Scientific Meeting
The 50th JSN General Scientific Meeting will be held on May 25
(Friday) to 27 (Sunday), 2007 in Hamamatsu. The convention venue is the
Actcity Hamamatsu. Professor A. Hishida, president of the meeting, put
the slogan of the meeting: Learning from the History and Future Perspectives.
There are five special lectures on this slogan by Drs. K Kurokawa, F Shimizu,
S Sasaki, I Ichikawa, and A Hishida. Professor A Hishida will give a presidential
lecture titled "History and perspectives of acute renal failure". Special
invited lecture will be given by Dr Star RA, NIDDK, USA on "Acute
renal failure and sepsis".
● The 36th JSN Western Regional Meeting
JSN Western Regional Meeting was held on September 30 (Friday)
to October 1 (Saturday) in Kumamoto. The convention venue was the Kumamoto
Prefecture Theater. Professor K. Tomita, president of the meeting, put
the slogan of the meeting: Renal Disease as A Part of the Systemic Disease.
Dr. Knepper MA, NIH, gave a lecture on "Proteomics and the kidney"
as an invited guest speaker. Professor K. Tomita gave a presidential lecture
titled "Sodium and hypertension". The main symposium was titled
"Systemic disease and renal damage; Up to date", coordinated
by Prof. H Makino and S. Okuda. There were 785 participants and 261 papers.
● The 3rd Japan-China Kidney Conference
The 3rd Japan-China Kidney Conference was held with a great success
on Sept 23 (Sat.), 2006 in Tokyo. The venue was Tokyo Garden Hotel. The
executive committee of the Japan-China Kidney Conference of JSN and Asian
Integrated Nephrology Forum (AINF), led by Prof. Y Tomino organized this
conference. There were about 50 nephrologists and the discussion topic
was related to basic and clinical aspects of IgA nephropathy.
Fourth Nephrology Seminar for clinical trainees
This seminar is really the opportunity for both the staffs and the attendees as they learn "the joy of Nephrology from senior doctors and veterans". Clinical nephrology has both aspects such as dynamic and static (T Hamano), and is the most suitable subspecialty for women as they are choosy but are highly tolerable (K Uchida).
There will be 5th and 6th Nephrology Seminar for clinical trainees in other parts of Japan.
For further information, visit JSN homepage, www.jsn.or.jp
● Dipstick proteinuria for general
Is dipstick proteinuria useful for prevention of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) when it is used as a screening tool for the general population? Are there any hard evidences to support the notion? Should we wait until we obtain the evidence to continue dipstick proteinuria?
Japanese government is going to change policy to support dipstick proteinuria from essential test to optional test. Dipstick proteinuria became one of the targets for cutting cost of general screening. On September 8, Friday, members of JSN have met and discussed the issue with the responsible person in the section at the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Labor. This policy would be effective on 2008.
International Society of Nephrology are currently started to prevail the word" CKD" and set the second Thursday on March as "Ｗｏｒｌｄ Kidney Day." For the surveillance and early detection of CKD, dipstick proteinuria and/or microalbuminuria are recognized as the screening tool. Japanese problem is that despite long history of general screening including dipstick urine test, yet the number of ESRD is increasing linearly. Whether the policy change would be truly cost saving or would prevent the increase the number of ESRD is pondering. JSN as a group of specialist is urged to counter-act this policy change.
● KDIGO - Controversies Conference
KDIGO - Controversies Conference titled "Chronic kidney disease as a global public health problem: Approaches and Initiatives" will be held on Oct 12-14, 2006 in Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands. This meeting is to share the knowledge and problems related to CKD. Main topics are "Classification, surveillance and public policy for CKD", "Associations of CKD with chronic diseases". There will be detailed discussion on "CKD classification", "CKD detection and surveillance", "CKD public policy", "CKD and cardiovascular disease", "CKD association with infection", and "CKD association with cancer." After group discussion, recommendation for classification, surveillance and public policy for CKD and for associations of CKD with chronic diseases will be made.
Attendees are really the leaders of ISN, representatives of WHO, and other prominent institutions around the world. For this conference, there will be 4 doctors from Japan.
KDIGO is an acronym of Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes which is a part of the ISN activities.
● JSN Formula of GFR Estimate for the
Creatinine clearance is widely accepted as a surrogate marker of GFR. However, it is not accurate as inulin clearance which is a gold standard. CKD is increasingly recognized as a disease condition for predicting both ESRD and cardiovascular disease. Demands for the accurate estimate for GFR without urine collection are increasing. Unfortunately, MDRD formula is not suitable for Japanese. Even after adopting the Japanese coefficient, 0.881, it is still underestimate the true GFR when it is more than 60ml/min/1.73m2.
JSN working group is asking JSN members to cooperate for creating Japanese GFR formula like MDRD. They are planning to obtain 1000 cases of inulin clearance from CKD patients and donors for renal transplantation. Due to the time constraint, the time limit will be April 25, 2007.
For more information: Dr E Imai at firstname.lastname@example.org
● Third Nephrology Seminar for clinical
It was held on August 19 to 20 in Tokyo with great success. Total attendee was 114 and they were separated into 12 groups. Professor S Uchida, Teikyo University, and Prof H Imai, Aichi Medical School have organized the seminar and conducted with the supports from JSN and Banyu Pharmaceutical Company. There were two special lectures: "Ｋｉｄｎｅｙ and Hypertension" by Prof S Itoh and "Remission Clinic to Eradicate ESRD" by Prof G Kimura. Min-lectures and case discussion were presented by the task force such as Drs. T Sakai, S Uchida, M Nangaku, H Sudoh, M Miyazaki, T Yasuda, M Endoh, H Imai, K Iseki, T Shinoda, K Yamagata, K Hamano, K Uchida, M Fukagawa, and T Watanabe. Other than that, Drs. M Ohara, T Monkawa, F Takemoto, A Yoshida, and Y Fujita supported the seminar with attending the group discussion of the clinical trainees.
This seminar was really the opportunity for both the staffs and the attendees as they learn "the joy of Nephrology from the bench side to bedside". Clinical nephrology has both aspects such as dynamic and static (T Hamano), and is the most suitable subspecialty for women as they are choosy but are highly tolerable (K Uchida).
The 4th Nephrology Seminar for clinical trainees will be held in Okinawa on Nov 11 (Sat) and 12 (Sun). Information will be posted on JSN homepage, www.jsn.or.jp soon
● ISH symposium for Metabolic Syndrome,
Adipocytokines and Hypertension
This is an official satellite symposium associated with the International Society of Hypertension (ISH). It will be held in October 23, 2006 in Sapporo Prince Hotel, Sapporo. Organizers are Shimamoto K and Kurtz T.
Invited speakers are Kurtz T on "Mitochondrial genomics and therapeutics of metabolic syndrome", Unger T on "PPARγ activation by ARBs", Shimosawa T on "Ｒｏｌｅ of oxidative stress and adrenomedullin in metabolic syndrome", Yamauchi T on "Pathophysiological roles of adiponectin and adiponectin receptors", Ebihara K on "Pathophysiological role of leptin in obesity-related hypertension", Kamide K on "Susceptible gene polymorphisms related to insulin resistance in Japanese hypertensives", Henry R on "Insights of thiazolidinediones on insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease", and Komuro I on "ARB as an inverse agonists". Other invited speakers are Reid J, Katayama S, Weber M, Horiuchi M, Higashiura K, Hotamisligil G, and Funahashi T. Among the broad area of research, topics on adipocytokines are focused in this meeting.
Homepage for this meeting is open at http://www.jtbpco.co.jp/jsh-sapporo/
For more information: email@example.com
● ISH symposium for Aldosterone and Hypertension
● Guideline for Hematuria Diagnosis
● The 3rd Japan-China Kidney Conference
Invited speakers will be Drs. Zhang H, Yu X, Chen N, Yang HC, and Cai G from China, and Drs. Endoh M, Joh K, Hiki Y, Hotta O, and Uchida K from Japan. The proceeding of this conference will be published after the Conference. The proceeding of the 1st Japan-China Conference is available in Nephrology Frontier 4; 143-169, 2005 (Medical Review Co., Ltd.).
For more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
● Continuous Medical Education (CME)
CME-2006 was held in great success during the 49th general JSN meeting
in Tokyo (President, Prof E. Higashihara). .
● What is New in Publication Committee?
● Japan Association of CKD Initiatives
JSN has been working for the prevention of CKD and end-stage renal disease
(ESRD). With the cooperation of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy,
Japan Pediatric Nephrology, and Japan Kidney Foundation, JSN organized
the Japan Association of CKD Initiatives (JCKDI). It was established on
June 26, 2006. JCKDI will take initiatives to campaign the importance
of early detection and treatment of CKD to prevent ESRD and cardiovascular
diseases. ISN president, Professor Hishida will chair the association.
JCKDI are planning several official events for not only doctors but also
general people. Please visit the JSN home page for detail: www.jsn.or.jp,
or read the CKD news from JCKDI.
● Third Nephrology Seminar
● Greeting from the New JSN President
● WCN 2007 First Announcement
2007 World Congress of Nephrology (WCN 2007)
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● ISN Nexus symposiumISN Nexus
The Bone and the Kidney, October 12-15, 2006. Copenhagen, Denmark.
●The 49th Annual Meeting Japanese
Society of Nephrology (JSN)
● ISN forthcoming events
JSN received a letter from Cecilia Waldvogel, Marketing & PR Assistant,
ISN Global Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium.
1) ISN Nexus Symposium - The Bone and the Kidney, October 12-15, 2006. Copenhagen, Denmark. For further information, please visit; www.isn-online.org/nexus/bonekidney
2) World Congress of Nephrology 2007 - April 21-25, 2007. Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil. For further information, please visit: www.wcn2007.or
● Second Summer School for Renal
● The JSN Spring Executive Board
The JSN Spring Executive Board Meeting, chaired by Prof F Gejyo, was
held on May l, 2006, in Tokyo.
● Salt, Other Minerals and Hypertension, 2006,
Following invitation letter has arrived from Prof. G Kimura:
It is our great pleasure to invite you to International Symposium #Salt. Other Minerals and Hypertension" which will be held in Nagoya, October 19-20, immediately after JSH 2006. This symposium focuses the roles of sodium, potassium and other minerals in both primary prevention and treatment of hypertension. Organ damage related to salt overload and its suppression by potassium through variety of mechanisms including oxidative stress and tissue rennin-angiotensin-aldosterone system would be also hot topics for discussion.
Nagoya is located in the center of Japan, being famous as a city of TOYOTA motor company. In 2005, the world exposition (EXPO 2005) was successfully held in Nagoya under the main theme of nature's wisdom, and the new international airport called "Centrair" opened. I addition, we have chosen Tokugawa-en garden as the venue of our symposium. Tokugawa-en is a very beautiful garden together with Tokugawa Art Museum. Tokugawa shogun, originated from Nagoya area, had built the capital of Japan in Tokyo for approximately 300 years since 1603. Thus, in the typical Japanese atmospheres, you will enjoy the meeting and banquet. We hope everybody who is interested in the field outlined above will join this International Symposium to exchange our ideas for further progresses of high blood pressure research and management. More and detailed information can be found at the home page (URL: http://www.congre.co.jp/postISHnagoya), through which abstract submission and registration are available. We look forward to meeting all of you in Nagoya.
●The Kidney and Hypertension, 2006 Sendai
Following invitation letter has arrived from Prof. S Ito:
It is our great pleasure to introduce you the International Symposium "The Kidney and Hypertension", which will be held in Sendai, October 20-21, 2006, following the 21st Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension in Fukuoka, Japan, October 15-19, 2006. The scope of this symposium is on the renal aspects in the pathogenesis, pathophysiology and treatment of hypertension. The topics include intrinsic and neurohormonal mechanisms involved in the regulations of renal function, renal injuries and their relevance in the treatment of hypertension.
Sendai is located in the northern part of Japan, and the central city in the Tohoku District. Sendai city is called "the city of forest" and is beautiful in autumn with colored leaves. The city is close to Matsushima, one of the three most beautiful sceneries of Japan, where you can enjoy numerous islands with pine trees. It is also close to mountains where you can enjoy hot spring while viewing forest with colored leaves. I am certain that you will have a good time during your stay in Sendai. We hope everybody who is interested in the field will join us in the symposium to exchange knowledge and ideas for further progression of the research on hypertension.
We look forward to seeing all of you in Sendai. The homepage address; http://www.knt.co.jp/ec/2006/kid-hy/ or through the main congress homepage: //www.conger.co.jp/ish2006. If you have any question, please contact us: email@example.com
● JSN Committee Secretary Report
JSN Committee Secretary meeting was held on January 20 and April 16, 2006, under the secretary-in-chief Dr. T. Watanabe. During the past 6 months, there was a big change in the world nephrology community.
CKD prevention became a world trend and indeed, JSN is facing the situation for playing a role of expertise in the world nephrology community. There will be a lot of areas and international meetings to show the flag of JSN. JSN has been taking an initiative for the prevention and treatment of CKD in Japan, but will also cooperate with Asian countries. Accordingly, JSN has to change the structures of several subcommittees and invites new members to strengthen the JSN activities.
JSN opened the mail-address for all the members to collect creative suggestions and opinions from the members (firstname.lastname@example.org). JSN also invited about 100 key-persons from each prefecture and district to vitalize the local nephrology services and recruit young doctors to Nephrology and JSN. One of the ideas is to give credit for local research meetings and publicize them to other areas. There are many such meetings in each prefecture or regional unit. Final approval for this project will be obtained at the Executive Board Committee on May 1. The latest number of JSN members is 8030, which is increased by 125 from the last year. However, there are several districts, which still suffer from scarcity of specialist in nephrology.
● European Uremic Toxin (EUTox) Work Group
JSN received a letter from Dr Drueke T concerning on the EUTox activity.
The European Society of Artificial Organs (ESAO) installed Work Group in several areas of progresses in the field of Artificial Organs, such as Artificial Liver, Heart Support, Apheresis and Adsorption, Tissue Engineering, Education and Uremic Toxins.
Starting in Oct. 1999, the European Uremic Toxins (EUTox) Work Group was launched by three of the members (R. Vanholder, B.G. Stegmayr, and U. Baurmeister). In September 2000, at occasion of the 27th ESAO meeting in Lausanne, the Work Group convened for its first meeting.
For further information: www.EUTox.info
Purpose: They cited the following words from Goethe,
Knowing is not enough, we must applyWilling is not enough, we must do
● The 36th JSN Eastern Regional Meeting
JSN Eastern Regional Meeting will be held on November 3 (Friday) to 4 (Saturday) in Yokohama. The convention venue is the Pacifico Yokohama. Professor Y. Koitabashi, president of the meeting, put the slogan of the meeting: 1) From Pediatrics to Adults – carry over, 2) Systemic diseases or extra-renal diseases and kidney damage – 'cross over".
Professor Y. Koitabashi, Professor of Pediatrics at St. Marianna medical school, will give a presidential lecture titled: "cross over" of the pediatric renal damage associated with systemic and extra-renal diseases. There will be 50 educational lectures.
More information about this meeting is available at: email@example.com
● The 36th JSN Western Regional Meeting
JSN Western Regional Meeting will be held on September 30 (Friday) to October 1 (Saturday) in Kumamoto. The convention venue is the Kumamoto Prefecture Theater. Professor K. Tomita, president of the meeting, put the slogan of the meeting: Renal Disease as A Part of the Systemic Disease. Dr. Knepper MA, NIH, will speak on "Proteomics and the kidney" as an invited lecture. Professor K. Tomita will give a presidential lecture titled "Sodium and hypertension".
The main symposium is titled "Systemic disease and renal damage; Up to date", coordinated by Prof. H Makino and S. Okuda. There are three workshops and six educational seminars.
More information about this meeting is available at: firstname.lastname@example.org
● The 49th Annual General Scientific Meeting of JSN
The 49th Annual Meeting of the JSN will be in Tokyo (Keio Plaza Hotel), on June 14 (Thur) to 16 (Fri), 2006. The president of the meeting is Prof. E Higashihara, Kyorin University. The main theme is "Challenging to overcome renal failure". The topics of the programs are following:
1) Round Table Discussion titled "The Mission of Young Nephrologists" by Drs. Seldin DW, Alpern RJ, and Kurokawa K.
2) The Special Lecture titled "History of Nephrology in Japan" by Dr. T Nagasawa,
3) Special Symposiums are 1) Japanese mission for CKD prevention and treatment by Prof H Makino and S Matsuo, 2) Forefronts of ADPKD: Targeted Therapy Comes of Age by Prof J Horie,
4) Invited Lectures will be addressed by Drs. Kuroo M, Al-Awqati Q, Ramirez S, and Preisig P,
In addition to the above programs,there will be regular symposium (7), educational lectures (21), and workshops (4), and oral and poster presentations as usual.
More information about this meeting is available at: http://www2.convention.co.jp/jsn49
● The 4th Korea-Japan Nephrology Forum
The 4th Korea-Japan Nephrology Forum was held at Tokyo Garden Palace in Tokyo, on March 11, 2006. This Forum is organized under the auspices of Japanese Society of Nephrology and Korean Society of Nephrology. The Asian Integrated Nephrology Forum (AINF), a subcommittee in the JSN, which was chaired by Professor Y. Tomino, has been participating for the managing this Forum. The main theme was Chronic Renal Failure: from bench to bedside. The invited speakers were: Drs. S Matsuo (Nagoya), T Kawamura (Tokyo), T Sanaka (Tokyo), K Iseki (Okinawa), and M Miyazaki (Nagasaki) from Japan, and Dr Ho Jung Kim (Seoul), Seoung Woo Lee (Inchon), Jun Young Do (Daegu), and Ho Yung Lee (Seoul) from Korea.
The 5th Korea-Japan Nephrology Forum will be held in Korea in March 17, 2007. This Forum is planned to finish by six times. However, there are increasing demands for the mutual exchange not only between Japan and Korea but also for other Asian countries. The first session presented by Prof. Matsuo "Current status of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Japan" was inspired Korean Nephrology leaders such as Ho Yung Lee and Dae Suk Han. They might take CKD initiatives in Korea. They share the similar concerns about the definition of the diagnosis of CKD and MDRD formula.
More information about this Forum will be available at: email@example.com
● ISN President-Elect Professor E Ritz
According to the ISN news No. 17, February 2006, ISN elected Eberhard Ritz to be the next president from 2007 to 2009. "Professor Ritz is a distinguished nephrologist of truly international statue. He is fluent in German, English, French, Italian, and mastering Spanish, Polish, and Russian. WCN will return to Europe in 2009. Exact dates and the location of the meeting will be announced later in 2006."
Currently, ISN is intensifying the relationships with its partner organizations, affiliated societies, around the world. As such, ISN & IFKF (International Federation of Kidney Foundations) inaugurate the World Kidney Day. It will be commemorated every second Thursday in March.
● The 11th International Symposium on IgA Nephropathy<
The 11th International Symposium on IgA Nephropathy will take place in Tokyo, Japan Oct 5th (Thu) to 7th (Sat), 2006. It will present the latest aspects of IgA Nephropathy from the basic research to its clinical medicine by the most prominent scientists in the field. President of the symposium is Professor Y Tomino, Juntendo University. Following to the evening seminar on Oct 5th (Asian Nephrology Forum), there will be oral and poster presentations concerning clinical research on Oct 6th (Friday) and with basic research on Oct 7th (Saturday). The poster presentations will cover widely the ongoing research activities; there will be ample time during the meeting and sponsored evening seminars to personally meet the scientists, discuss timely topics and plan future collaborations. Following prominent speakers will be invited; Feehally J, Coppo R, Emancipator SN, Mestecky J, Julian BA, Monteiro RC, Glassock RJ, Paolo SF, and Weening JJ.
IgA Nephropathy is common in Asian countries, therefore many researchers and clinicians are welcome to attend and learn more about the disease. It is obvious that in addition to the basic research discoveries, the symposium has great promise for future pharmacological treatment, with the final goal to combat the ever increase end-stage renal disease.
For more information (official home page): www.mtz.co.jp/iga/
Official e-mail address; firstname.lastname@example.org
● The 6th International Podocyte Congress in Helsinki
JSN received an invitation letter from the Organizing Committee of the 6th International Podocyte Congress (Dr. Harry Holthofer).
The 6th International Podocyte Congress will take place in Helsinki, Finland June 8-11th, 2006. It will present the latest translational research of podocytes from the basic research (genetics, molecular and cell biology, biochemistry) to its latest applied and clinical implications by the most prominent scientists in the field. In addition to plenary lectures it will have symposia reflecting latest advances in various active research fields of Podocytes biology. The poster presentations will cover widely the ongoing research activities; there will be ample time during the meeting and social programme to personally meet the scientists, discuss timely topics and plan future collaborations.
The biology of Podocytes as the final seal maintaining the functional filtration barrier is rapidly emerging. With the new molecular findings it has become one of the crucial target cells in diseases including hypertension, diabetes and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. It is obvious that in addition to the basic research discoveries, the podocytes has great promise for future targeted diagnosis and for pharmacological treatment, with the final goal to combat the rapid increase of end-stage renal disease.
For more information: www.technomedical.fi
● World Kidney Day: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
JSN received a message from the International Federation of Kidney Foundation (IFKF) and the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) concerning the World Kidney Day. It inaugurates second Thursday on March this year; March 9 in 2005 (March 8 in 2006). IFKF and ISN developed a committee for World Kidney Day. Members of the committee are Collins AJ, Couser WG, Dirks JH, Kopple JD, Reiser T, Riella MC, Robinson S, Shah SV and Wilson A. Details of the World Kidney Day are written in the first issue of 2006 on both Jap J Nephrol and Clin Exp Nephrol. Broadcasting the message about kidney disease to government health officials, general physicians, allied health professionals, individuals, and families are important. Final goal of the Kidney Day is to achieve a major reduction in the global burden of kidney and cardiovascular disease. JSN (JCKDI) shares the similar goal and will act accordingly.
● The 49th Annual Meeting Japanese Society of Nephrology
The 49h Annual Meeting Japanese Society of Nephrology was held in Yokohama from June 14 (Wednesday) to 16 (Friday). President of the JSN annual meeting, Prof. E Higashihara sent the message for the members; titled "The main theme of this meeting is to challenge to eradicate renal failure". The topics of the meeting are "Round Table Discussion" by Prof. Seldin DW, Prof. Alpern RJ, and Prof. K Kurokawa. They will discuss "The Mission of Young Nephrologists". Prof. T. Nagasawa will address "The History of Japanese Nephrology". There are three special symposiums; 1) Japan Chronic Kidney Disease Initiatives (chaired by Prof. H Makino, Prof. S. Matsuo), 2) Forefronts of ADPKD; Targeted Therapy Comes of Age! (Chaired by Prof. J Horie).
The main invited speakers were Dr. M Kuroo, Dr. Qais Al-Awqati, Ramirez S, and Preisig P. The titles of the speech were "What's new in anti-ageing hormone Kloth" (Dr. Kuroo), "Stem cells in the adult kidney and their possible role in nephron repair" (Dr. Al-Awqati), "The influence of DOPPS on health policy and clinical management of end-stage renal disease" (Dr. Ramirez), and "Dietary acid, Pyk2, nocturnal and circadian rhythm: Role in renal homeostasis and disease" (Dr. Preisig).
For more information; visit www.jsn.or.jp
● The 4th Korea-Japan Nephrology Forum
The 4th Korea-Japan Nephrology Forum will be held at Tokyo Garden Palace in Tokyo, on March 11, 2006. This Forum is organized under the auspices of Japanese Society of Nephrology and Korean Society of Nephrology. The Asian Integrated Nephrology Forum (AINF), a subcommittee in the JSN, which is chaired by Professor Y. Tomino, has participated for the planning of this Forum. The main theme is Chronic Renal Failure: from bench to bedside.
The invited speakers are: Drs. S Matsuo (Nagoya), T Kawamura (Tokyo), T Sanaka (Tokyo), K Iseki (Okinawa), M Miyazaki (Nagasaki) from Japan, and Dr Ho Jung Kim (Seoul), Seoung Woo Lee (Inchon), Jun Young Do (Daegu), and Ho Yung Lee (Seoul).
The 5th Korea-Japan Nephrology Forum will be held in Korea in 2007. Details will be announced soon.
More information will be available at: email@example.com
● Thalidomide: News for Nephrologist
Since 1962, Thalidomide is banned in Japan because of famous fetus toxicity. However, thalidomide has been used again in foreign countries and recognized the favorable effect for patients with leprosy and multiple myeloma. Several countries including US, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and Turley have approved the drug officially. In Japan, doctors imported the drug by their own responsibility since 2000. Recently, it has been known that thalidomide has a suppressive action of cancer growth and inflammation. It may be effective to improve heart function in patients with congestive heart failure (Circulation 2005; 112: 3408-3414).
Therefore, we may encounter patients with multiple myeloma or congestive heart failure on thalidomide treatment. In Europe, thalidomide is also tried to dialysis patients with chronic inflammation. Currently, doctors who prescribe thalidomide are asked to file the case: Safety Management system for Unapproved Drugs (SMUD). JSN received a letter from the government office. JSN members should be aware of this drug.
More information about SMUD should be available at firstname.lastname@example.org
● Launching A New Mailing List for All JSN Members
Public relations (PR) committee, chaired by Prof. I Ishikawa, has decided to launch the mailing list to publicize the JSN activities. With the increasing demands for information and needs to communicate each other, PR committee afraid that some JSN members might be suffering from the scarcity of contact directly from the JSN. Followings are the main purposes for this list.
1) Delivering JSN information such as JSN meetings on research and other related activities
2) Renewal notice of membership
3) Proposals and suggestions to JSN
4) JSN general scientific meeting
PR committee decided to prepare the mailing list for all the voluntary members of JSN to strengthen the relationship between JSN members and JSN office. This list may facilitate the communication directly with the JSN office. Also, we believe such communication will improve the JSN activities and further increase the number of papers from the JSN members for the official JSN journals such as Jpn J Nephrology and CEN.
Those who would like to have these services, please contact with JSN, www.jsn.or.jp, or mail to ISN office
● Greeting from the JSN president Prof. F Gejyo
Happy New Year, 2006!
As a president of the JSN, I wish you have a pleasant holiday season and are ready to start again. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the members of JSN, house-staff, and those who have interested and supported our activities. JSN has been faced for the rapid changes in environment surrounding the scientific association. This year, I would like to put a slogan "Nephrology based on Humanity" for JSN. As a professional society, we should focus our efforts on the ever-increasing number of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Our sub-committee, Japan chronic kidney disease initiatives (JCKDI), is working hard to publicize this hot issue of kidney disease. This year, JSN is preparing a comprehensive strategy with other societies and government. It is our goal to prevail the knowledge how to detect early and start treatment for those who might develop to end-stage renal disease.
I would like to share the effort with you devote my time for the promotion of the JSN activities.