I am very honored to have been elected President of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID), a society that plays a leading role in the development of dermatological research in Japan. My term of office will be from December 2017 to December 2020. While serving as the Secretary-General during the last term, I worked extensively with former President Shinichi Sato on various issues.
During my 3-year term, my team will accomplish four specific missions.
Inspiring and energizing the next generation is a mission that requires an all-out effort. We recognize the importance of collaboration and scientific interchange between members of all investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology societies, and will work diligently to foster such collaborations by hosting international meetings, e.g., ISID2023. In particular, we aim to inspire young researchers to be involved in fruitful collaborations and scientific interchanges.
JSID as a society has a history of encouraging young academicians with a seminar known as "JSID Kisaragi-Juku" (the JSID Young Academician-Fostering Seminar). This pioneering project has been adopted by other societies, including the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) and Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID). To further advance this project, we will organize special events and provide global travel grants to encourage young researchers to be involved in international academic collaborations. These strategies will enhance dermatology research among the younger generations of investigators.
Eight years have passed since former President Yoshiki Tokura launched "JSID Kisaragi Juku" in 2010. The seminar aims to foster promising, enthusiastic young doctors as dermatological researchers. It is a highly successful and productive seminar due to the hard work of the members of the seminar committee. It takes time and dedication to foster young researchers, but I am convinced that young researchers who are trained in programs like "JSID Kisaragi Juku" will be successful in their academic careers and significantly contribute to international societies of dermatological science as well as to the JSID. The attendees of "JSID Kisaragi Juku" are young investigators who have already started their research paths. In 2017, former President Shinichi Sato launched another seminar, "JSID Aoba-Juku", to target young doctors who have not yet started their research or have just become interested in research.
The JSID must have a solid financial base to host social, academic, and international activities. Therefore, strengthening our financial foundation remains a priority. JSID's finances have been in the black since 2015 after launching additional lunchtime seminars at the JSID annual meeting and increasing the number of supporting members. JSID must continue to seek ways to strengthen its long-term financial foundation.
In 1989, the first "Tri-Continental" meeting of the SID, ESDR, and JSID was held in Washington, DC, USA. Since then, the field of investigative dermatology has rapidly expanded and together these meetings have become a global forum. In 1998, the 'Tri-Continental' meeting became the International Investigative Dermatology (IID) Meeting in Cologne, Germany, and investigative dermatology continues to grow. In 2000, the JSID initiated an abstract-driven, blinded-peer review system with new, unpublished scientific data. In 2008, the highly successful 5th IID meeting held in Kyoto through the joint efforts of the JSID, SID, and ESDR reinforced the tight connection among the three sister societies. In 2009, English was adopted as the official language of the annual meeting, establishing the IID as an international scientific meeting. Also in 2009, we held the JSID-Asia-Oceania forum to open our doors to all of Asia and Australia. Following the success of the IID meetings for the last 24 years, on May 9, 2013, representatives of the SID, ESDR, and JSID signed a memorandum of understanding to form a new organization, International Societies for Investigative Dermatology (ISID) in Edinburgh, Scotland. The mission of the ISID is to unite all international organizations of scientists dedicated to investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology with the purpose of encouraging and facilitating international collaborations.
The first ISID2023 international meeting will be held in "Asia/Oceania". We strongly believe that sharing the honor of hosting an international abstract-driven blinded-peer reviewed scientific meeting will be an important step for all Asia/Oceania countries, and will lead to future breakthroughs in investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology.
The next aim will be to build international relationships with other countries, especially Asian countries. Our team's fourth mission is to closely cooperate with the SID and ESDR in developing ISID, including other Asian countries.
For this purpose, an Asian-Kisaragi-Juku will be planned. Based on our past experience, attendees will be highly motivated to participate in the meeting and will develop strong friendships. Young clinicians and investigators from Asian countries will be invited to apply to attend the program. All seminars and workshops will be held in English.
By being flexible to the changing environment, the JSID has assumed a significant role in academic research, both socially and internationally. We will continue to improve the JSID to meet expanding social, academic, and international needs.