Professor Jitsuo Higaki
President of the 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Department of Cardiology, Pulmonology, Hypertension & Nephrology, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine
The 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Hypertension will be held in the city of Matsuyama in Ehime Prefecture. I am the third professor of the Department of Cardiology, Pulmonology, Hypertension & Nephrology of Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine to serve as president of this conference, following on from Professor Tatsuo Kokubu, president of the 6th Annual Meeting in 1983, and Professor Kunio Hiwada, president of the 21st Annual Meeting in 1998. While remembering the tradition of my department, which has consistently pressed ahead unhesitatingly with the clinical management of hypertension and research, I am aware of the particular significance of this Annual Meeting as the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Society of Hypertension, and all the members of my department are drawing ourselves up in readiness.
Thanks to our predecessors’ endeavors to resolve hypertension, the development of cerebral stroke and circulatory disease has decreased dramatically over the past 40 years. Reflecting our present ultra-aging society, however, the number of patients with hypertension has increased dramatically to reach an estimated 43 million, and hypertension is now the supreme threat to the health of our country’s population. Under the theme “Hypertension Study to Open up the Future,” during the 40th Annual Meeting we will engage in lively discussions on numerous issues in hypertension studies as remarkable progress continues to be made in this discipline, including the elucidation of the causal relationship between hypertension and related diseases; the development of groundbreaking methods of diagnosis and treatment, including novel antihypertensives; the expansion of team medicine in local areas; precision medicine based on the results of genetic analysis; and the relationship between the management of hypertension and new technology, including information technology, artificial intelligence, and the “internet of things” (IoT). I hope we can thus extend the circle of solidarity in managing hypertension and other lifestyle-related diseases from local communities to the entire world. Rather than overcoming a single disease, the fight against hypertension can be described as a challenge facing humanity in its quest for happy, healthy life. As well as the solidarity gained through the international and interdisciplinary nature of the Japanese Society of Hypertension, let us transform our country into a happier, healthier society in collaboration with all the people who make up the community at large.
While learning about the latest knowledge, arguing in heated debate, and sometimes taking a quiet break, please consider the future together with the other participants. As you will be aware, Matsuyama, on the island of Shikoku, is blessed with blue skies and seas, verdant mountains, and many hot spring resorts, including the famous Dogo Onsen, and both seafood and mountain delicacies are abundant. My aim is that participants will leave this Annual Meeting feeling that attending this conference in Matsuyama will have offered you the opportunity to meet new people, experience the feeling of satisfaction of becoming aware of your own progress, and realize that you have opened up your own future. I look forward to welcoming you here.