Welcome Message

It is a great honor for me to act as host for the 65th autumn annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Pathology (JSP) on November 7-8th at Tsukuba International Conference Center in Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Japan.

The members of JSP know that “Basic Pathology” and “Diagnostic Pathology” are both integral components of our science. Although both are unquestionably essential elements of “Pathology” in general, I feel that all JSP members are gradually becoming aware that “Basic Pathology” and “Diagnostic Pathology” are slowly separating into two distinct fields. The keynote theme of this year’s Congress is whether or not “Diagnostic Pathology can be regarded as a real science”, and I anticipate that this will provide an opportunity to discuss how these two pathology fields can complement each other and contribute to future medicine.

As is customary, the Congress selects one lecture for the Diagnostic Pathology Award and selects presentations focusing on research and diagnostics (Type A and B). Dr. Hatsue Ueda (National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center) will present an award lecture dealing with “heart muscle biopsy”. Furthermore, I am planning two special symposiums. One of these is entitled “state of the art studies of precancerous lesions in various organs”. I think we would agree that “precancerous lesions” are a common topic of interest to both basic and diagnostic pathologists, and hopefully there should be an opportunity for integrated discussion about the current state and future of studies on “precancerous lesions”. The other symposium covers the topic “What can we achieve from the program aimed at activation of training basic medical scientists?” This program is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and was started in 2017. Personally, I believe that this program will provide a medium and catalyst for recruitment of new pathologists and shaping future directions in pathology.

This Congress will also host a special lecture by Professor Masashi Yanagisawa (University of Tsukuba), who received the Asahi Prize in 2017, and is also planning to invite a foreign speaker.

Finally, I welcome all JSP members and medical school students and hope that the participants will seize this opportunity for fruitful discussion at the 65th autumn annual meeting at Tsukuba Science City.

Masayuki Noguchi
President, 65th Autumn Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Pathology