It is my great honor to announce that the 9th Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (APCM-ISPD 2019) will be held at the Nagoya Congress Center in Japan from September 5 to 7, 2019. The conference theme will be "Peritoneal Dialysis: Recent Advances and Enhancing Knowledge.”
Globally, new discoveries from both clinical and basic research are being published on almost a daily basis. The Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (PDOPPS) is investigating variations in and issues related to peritoneal dialysis (PD) worldwide, and the Standardized Outcomes in Nephrology (SONG)-PD initiative is making progress in establishing core outcomes in clinical studies. In Japan, clinical data is being amassed on hybrid therapy [PD + hemodialysis (HD)]. Research on peritoneal pathology is also ongoing and has led to new discoveries. The PDOPPS has also raised awareness of peritonitis and other issues.
Our aims for this conference are both to convey the latest discoveries as efficiently as possible and to increase the number of educational sessions to reaffirm and discuss actual practice. In addition to lectures, the training sessions will also include opportunities for discussion in the form of case conferences, and we hope to incorporate the use of answer pads to make them interactive. As Japan's population continues to age, we also hope to advance the debate on building support systems, including assisted PD.
Nagoya, which is located in central Japan, has excellent domestic and international transportation links. There are direct flights from many Asian cities, as well as from Narita and Haneda airports in Tokyo and Osaka's Kansai Airport. The city can also be reached from Tokyo and Osaka in a short time by the Shinkansen bullet train. There are numerous tourist attractions in the area, and Kyoto, Japan's best-known tourist destination, is only approximately 30 minutes away by Shinkansen.
We are putting every effort into organizing a conference that will be fulfilling for all who attend. I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
The 9th Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting of the International Society
for Peritoneal Dialysis (APCM-ISPD 2019)
Congress President: Yasuhiko Ito M.D., Ph.D.
(Professor, Division of Nephrology and Rheumatology,
Aichi Medical University School of Medicine)