- Hidenori Oishi, M.D., Ph.D.
The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Neuroendovascular Therapy
Department of Neuroendovascular Therapy and Department of Neurosurgery
Juntendo University Faculty of Medicine
We are pleased to announce that we will host the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Neuroendovascular Therapy (JSNET2017) for three days from November 23 (Thu.) to 25 (Sat.), 2017, at the International Convention Center Pamir in the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Shinagawa, Tokyo. This is the first time for the annual meeting of JSNET to be held in Tokyo, and we are working hard to prepare for the meeting, making the most of the advantages of the metropolis such as the convenient access to and from the venue and the wide range of accommodation.
The theme we chose for the meeting is “Chigyo-Goitsu, The Fusion of Knowledge and Action,” which is one of the doctrines of the Yangming School started by Wang Yangming, a Neo-Confucian philosopher in the Ming period, China. Yoshida Shoin, a distinguished intellectual in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate and a spiritual leader of political activists who contributed to the Meiji Restoration, displayed a hanging scroll on which these words were written in his private school, Shoka Sonjuku.
“Chigyo-Goitsu, The Fusion of Knowledge and Action” means that acquiring knowledge is the beginning of acting, and acting is about perfecting the acquired knowledge. In other words, even if you have knowledge, the knowledge will benefit no one unless you put it into practice, and the knowledge becomes usable only after you take action. As a medical professional, I understand this doctrine to mean that the knowledge we have acquired from textbooks and academic meetings becomes usable only after we enhance and apply it to surgeries and other therapies to better meet the needs of patients, and that being experienced in performing surgeries and treating rare diseases does not guarantee that we are good doctors, unless such experience is backed by knowledge.
The Annual Meeting of JSNET is a valuable opportunity for JSNET members to report on their achievements of the past year and share knowledge and practices. I sincerely hope that the forthcoming meeting will help everyone gain deeper insights into “Unity of Knowing and Acting.”