Dear Colleagues and Friends:
The 77th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neurosurgical Society will be held at Sendai International Center in Miyagi, Japan between Wednesday, October 10 and Friday, October 12, 2018. It is an honor to host the meeting in Sendai, where the 62nd meeting took place 15 years ago. We will do our best to organize a highly successful meeting.
The main theme is Social Reformation and Neurosurgery. The theme was decided in 2014, and the intervening four years have witnessed great changes in society that necessitate many changes in healthcare services. We are planning to arrange special features, including Present Status and Future Prospects for Clinical Research in Neurosurgery, Community Disasters and Neurosurgery, Truth of Intracranial Angiostenosis, and Neurosurgical Treatment for Elderly Patients: Reconsidering the Facts from the Viewpoint of QOL&D. Clinical research in neurosurgery, in particular, has been changing dramatically in a broad range of areas, including ethical and legal regulations, national policies for promoting the healthcare industry, and a wide variety of translational research achievements. Other programs include a number of scientific symposiums, such as Neural Functional Reconstruction, Care Services Requiring Reforms and Multidisciplinary Collaboration, and Visualization of Nerves and Nervous Functions, as well as a joint symposium titled Genome-based Approaches in Neurosurgery which is to be held in collaboration with our Program Committee.
It is said that “The future 2 years ahead is likely to be overrated, and the future 10 years ahead is likely to be underrated.” This meeting in Sendai will be a wonderful opportunity for all participants to learn about the latest trends in neurosurgical care along with drastic social changes, and to consider how neurosurgery should evolve. This assembly is likely to be the last of our annual meetings held in the Heisei era. I sincerely look forward to welcoming you here.
Teiji Tominaga, MD, PhD
Congress President of the 77th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neurosurgical Society
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine