|Hiroshi Date, MD.
Professor, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Kyoto University
The 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Association for Thoracic Surgery (JATS) will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Center from Wednesday, October 30 to Saturday, November 2, 2019. The meeting was last held in Kyoto 23 years ago, when the 49th meeting was held under the chairmanship of Professor Shigeki Hitomi. I and all the staff of the Department of Thoracic Surgery of Kyoto University are deeply grateful for this great honor.
The theme of the meeting is “Tradition and Innovation in Thoracic Surgery.” In terms of tradition, the JATS is a long-standing medical association established in 1948. During its 72-year history, it has implemented a wide range of innovations. These results have been disseminated worldwide, making the JATS a major force supporting thoracic surgery association around the world. I hope that the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting will provide the opportunity for presenting new innovations rooted in tradition.
The JATS embraces three fields: cardiovascular surgery, respiratory surgery, and esophageal surgery. The five Program Committee chairs (Professor Hitoshi Yaku on Adult Heart Surgery; Professor Kisaburo Sakamoto on Pediatric Congenital Disorders; Professor Kenji Minatoya on Great Vessels; Professor Akira Tangoku on Esophageal Surgery; and Professor Hiroshi Date on Respiratory Surgery) have distilled their extensive experience to plan some excellent programs for us. I am proud that we have also created an even more appealing cross-disciplinary program than ever before. Increasing international participation in the Annual Scientific Meeting is important, and we are inviting around 30 speakers from overseas and planning a full range of English sessions.
We have invited Professor Shinya Yamanaka, awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on the generation of iPS cells, to give a Special Lecture. His presentation will be followed by a special program, “iPS, and Regenerative Medicine in Thoracic Surgery.” Professor Yamanaka and I are running buddies, and he and I will take part in an early-morning jogging session around Takaragaike Lake the following morning titled “Run with Professor Yamanaka and the President.”
Kyoto in fall has perfect weather and is buzzing with visitors. We have secured a good amount of accommodation for participants, but recommend that you book as early as possible. Please also do take the opportunity to enjoy Kyoto on the weekend following the meeting. I look forward to seeing many of you there.