- President of the 65th Annual General Assembly and
Scientific Meeting of the Japan College of Rheumatology
- Tsutomu Takeuchi M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine,
Keio University School of Medicine
The 65th Annual General Assembly and Scientific Meeting of the Japan College of Rheumatology will be held for three days from April 26 to 28, 2021 at the Kobe Convention Center. It is both a great honor and a serious responsibility for me to serve as the President of this long-standing prestigious scientific meeting. I will make utmost effort to ensure that the meeting is fruitful for all participants, and would highly appreciate your support.
The main theme for the 65th Annual General and Scientific Meeting is “自我作古—Creating History to Define the Future—” a maxim found in an official Chinese historical book, History of Song Dynasty, which means “Do what others have never done before.” By adopting this maxim as the main theme, we aim to encourage the creation of new inventions and norms for future generations to build on. The discipline of rheumatology covers a wide range of diseases that cause signs and symptoms to develop in the musculoskeletal system and that can lead to systemic manifestations at the same time. The field has witnessed remarkable progress in epidemiology, pathogeny and pathology, as well as diagnosis, testing, medication and treatment. As enormous amounts of knowledge continue to accumulate in this field, we rheumatologists must work hard to keep up to date with the latest information, analyze it correctly, and share it with patients, doctors, other medical professionals and society at large. We are responsible for constantly tackling new challenges in the field of rheumatology to contribute to building a better tomorrow.
Recent achievements in rheumatology include: changing the definitions of some diseases due to the steady progress of epidemiological and pathological research; proposing new disease concepts; proving the efficacy of new treatments; and presenting new hypotheses by introducing new methodologies, to name but a few. The forthcoming meeting will feature discussions and information exchanges on the relation between rheumatic diseases and other seemingly irrelevant diseases such as infectious diseases and cancers, especially the novel COVID-19 infection. The 65th Annual General Assembly and Scientific Meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for learning the latest information on all these relevant issues.
I look forward to welcoming you next spring.