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Tradition and Harmony for a Promising Future


The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine

Congress President Toshikazu KUBO, M.D., Ph.D.

Executive Vice President Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine

It is a great honor for me to have been appointed President of the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine. The meeting will be held in the Kyoto International Conference Center and Grand Prince Hotel Kyoto for the three days from Thursday, June 9 to Saturday, June 11, 2016.

As the Japanese population is increasingly aging, rehabilitation medicine have an ever more important role to play, not only because the disabilities caused by a range of diseases are becoming ever more complex, but also in the treatment of conditions such as locomotive syndrome and sarcopenia. The provision of safe, highly effective rehabilitation medicine will be more important than ever before.

Given this situation, we have chosen “Tradition and Harmony for a Promising Future” as the main theme of this meeting. “Tradition” entails learning basic knowledge and skills from our predecessors' tracks, while endeavoring to harmonize these through collaboration between different clinical fields and partnership between different professions. Our theme embodies our desire to organize and incubate the wide range of fields that support this academic discipline to enable them to make further strides.

The cover of this Program features Ogata Korin's folding screen showing red and white plum blossoms (using the painting of “Kobai-Zu”, red plum blossoms). A small, gently rippling stream winds along until it becomes a great river, with a red plum tree in full bloom on its bank. It conveys the sense that the traditions that connect past with present eventually become harmonized, and that this will generate the potential for great things to arise in future.

We have planned a varied program for this meeting that will satisfy not only physiatrists but participants from many other professions, including doctors in other specialties with links to rehabilitation, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, nurses, prosthetists and orthotists, social workers, nutritionists, developers of advanced technology, and administrators.

The three days of the meeting will include 14 Special Lectures, including the Keynote Lecture on June 9 (day 1) by Dr. Masazumi Mizuma on the theme “Challenges of Rehabilitation Medicine in Japan.” We will hear lectures on the subjects “Stroke rehabilitation; from acute stage to social living stage” (Dr. Akio Tsubahara), “Rehabilitation for decreased functional mobility in a super-aged society” (Dr. Kozo Nakamura), “Pediatric Rehabilitation” (Dr. Nobuhiko Haga), “The future prospects of prosthetics and orthotics” (Dr. Toyoko Asami), “Comprehensive intensive inpatient rehabilitation” (Dr. Shigeru Sonoda), “Rehabilitation for patients with dementia” (Dr. Izumi Kondo), “Paradigm shift of the medical supply system” (Dr. Hiroyuki Kodama), “Application of artificial intelligence and big data” (Dr. Mitsuo Kawato), “Neurorehabilitation -Basic Principles, Clinical Applications and Perspectives-” (Dr. Kazuhisa Domen), “Trends in the Administration on Rehabilitation Medicine in Japan” (Dr. Hiroshi Maruyama), “How to revise Medical and Elderly care and Rehabilitation in Japan against Young Generation Decrease” (Dr. Tai Takahashi), “Leading Edge of Innovative Cybernic System- HAL for Functional Improvement Treatment-” (Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai), “Expectation of rehabilitation robotics” (Dr. Eiichi Saitoh), and “Medical issues and pathophysiology in paralympic athletes.” (Dr. Fumihiro Tajima). My own President's Lecture will have the title “Tradition and Harmony for a Promising Future in Rehabilitation.”

A joint international symposium with the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine World Congress 2016(ISPRM 2016) in Malaysia will be held on June 9 (day 1) on the subject of “Stroke Rehabilitation in Asian Countries.” The panelists will be five speakers from Malaysia, Thailand, India, South Korea, and Japan.

The afternoon's Overseas Invited Lectures will be given by 11 world leaders in rehabilitation, including Dr. Jianan Li (current ISPRM President), Dr. Jorge Lains (ISPRM President-Elect), Dr. Zaliha Binti Omar (ISPRM 2016 President), and Dr. Carolina Schiappacasse (ISPRM 2017 President).

In the afternoon of June 10 (day 2), Mr. Tetsuo Yamaore, one of Japan's foremost scholars of religion, will give the Culture Lecture on “How to Live in a Hyper-Aging Society.” On the same afternoon, a Special Symposium on “The Principles of Rehabilitation Medicine” will feature panel members Drs. Eiichi Saitoh, Fumihiro Tajima, Makoto Ishikawa, Meigen Liu, and Masahiro Abo in a discussion of approaches to rehabilitation and the future of clinical practice, training, and research. The meeting as a whole will include 44 symposia and panel discussion sessions.

On June 11 (day 3), training instructor courses will be held on the subjects of infection control, medical ethics, and medical safety, which are considered to be necessary for board-certified specialists.

The 86 Instructional Lectures offered over the three days of the meeting will enable participants to engage in systematic learning on each theme in the same venue, from the basics to the most recent information. We have requested leaders in their fields to speak on subjects as varied as basic science, assessment & evaluation, acute phase rehabilitation, convalescent rehabilitation, life stages rehabilitation, stroke, locomotive organ, spinal cord injury, pediatric rehabilitation, internal medicine and rehabilitation, cancer, nutrition management, therapeutic exercise, prosthetics and orthotics, dysphagia, community healthcare system, athletic rehabilitation, and parasports.

Some of the Symposia and Educational Lectures will be held as joint events with the Japanese Orthopaedic Association, the Japanese Society of Neurology, the Japan Neurosurgical Society, the Japan Stroke Society, the Japanese Clinical Orthopaedic Association, the Japanese Society for Musculoskeletal Medicine, the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation, the Japanese Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation, the Japanese Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics, the Japanese Association for Rheumatism Rehabilitation, the Japan Para-Sports Association, the Kaifuku-ki Rehabilitation Ward Association, the Japanese Physical Therapy Association, the Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists, the Japanese Association of Speech-Language-Hearing Therapists, and the Japanese Academy of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

Another 37 sponsored seminars (luncheon, morning, and evening seminars) are also planned, along with 12 hands-on demonstrations and other seminars.

We received a large number of submissions for general presentations from members of the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine and professionals in rehabilitation-related fields, from which 1,014 and 814 presentations, respectively, have been selected. I hope that the resulting lively discussion will bear fruit in terms of clinical practice and research in future.

The Exhibition welcomes participants from over 150 corporations, groups, and universities with links to rehabilitation medicine. Exhibits in 7 areas including rehabilitation robots, drug therapy, biophysical stimulation, prosthetics and orthotics, dysphagia and nutrition, long-term care and welfare, and pioneering rehabilitation for the future will enable visitors to experience the breadth of rehabilitation and its future prospects.

Kyoto is a city with a history dating back 1,200 years, when the capital was relocated to Heian-kyo (the ancient name for Kyoto). In relation to the history of medicine, in 1754 Toyo Yamawaki carried out dissections of the human body and wrote Japan's first anatomical textbook, the Zoshi (“Notes on the Viscera”), paving the way for empirical medicine in Japan. Contemporary Kyoto continues to value “Tradition” in the form of traditional culture, while inheriting an environment that takes this as the starting point for the creation of new cultures.

The fresh greenery makes June a lovely season to visit Kyoto. On the evening of June 10 (day 2), we will enjoy a presentation and demonstration of ikebana (traditional flower arranging) by Ms. Senko Ikenobo, Headmaster Designate of the Ikenobo School of Ikebana, on the theme “The Beauty of Ikebana that Makes the Most of Life: Structure and Function.” After this, a special night viewing of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a World Heritage Site, will be held. I hope many of you will take this opportunity to refresh body and spirit through this encounter with Kyoto culture.

I very much look forward to seeing many of you in Kyoto.

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