I am honored to be elected the President of the JSID, which plays a leading role in the development of dermatological researches in Japan. My term as the President is for three years (from December, 2014 to December, 2017).
I have extensively been working on various issues as the Secretary-General with the former President Masayuki Amagai. Becoming a general incorporated association is most significant event for the JSID and thereby, the JSID becomes a legally and socially recognized association. However, at the same time, this means that the JSID is formerly required to do reliable academic activities that fulfill social demand. As the President, I am going to aim at making the JSID worthy of the general incorporated association by releasing information to the public as well as contributing to the development of dermatological researches.
My missions as the President are to promote young investigators, strengthen financial foundation, and promote internationalization, which are almost similar to those presented by former Presidents. The contents of the missions, however, vary according to the times.
Five years have passed since "JSID Kisaragi Juku" ("the JSID Young Academician-Fostering Seminar") was launched in 2010 by the former President Yoshiki Tokura. The seminar is aimed to foster promising, enthusiastic young doctors as dermatological researchers. It has been absolutely successful and productive because members of the seminar committee have been working hard to improve it. You become aware that it takes a relatively long time to foster young researchers, but I am convinced that young researchers who are trained in "JSID Kisaragi Juku" will succeed in their academic career and significantly contribute to international societies of dermatological science as well as the JSID. My mission is to continue "JSID Kisaragi Juku" which has been supported by donations from pharmaceutical companies. Although we have a lot of difficulties obtaining their donations these days, I am going to try hard to continue "JSID Kisaragi Juku". Since the attendees of "JSID Kisaragi Juku" are young investigators who have started their research already, there have been no structures for young doctors who have not started their research yet or are just interested in research. I am, therefore, thinking of launching another seminar targeting these young doctors.
The JSID must have solid financial base to do social, academic, and international activities. Therefore, we have been trying to strengthen financial foundation over the past three years. I expect that the JSID will go into the black in 2015 by launching additional lunchtime seminars in the JSID annual meeting and increasing the number of supporting members. These strategies are supported mostly by donations from pharmaceutical companies. Because we are not sure if such support will be provided in the future, my second mission is to consider ways of strengthening long-term financial foundation.
The establishment of the international SID (ISID) in 2013, in close cooperation with the SID, the ESDR, and the JSID was the remarkable accomplishment of internationalization. The next issue would be how we build international relationships with countries, especially Asian countries other than the SID and the ESDR. My third mission is to closely cooperate with the SID and the ESDR in developing the ISID including Asian countries.
The JSID has socially and internationally been playing a significant role by becoming flexible in response to the changing environment around it. The JSID keeps improving so that it will meet social, academic, and international needs.