The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Scoliosis Society

Welcome Address

  • Professor Hiroshi Taneichii, MD, Ph.D
  • President of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Scoliosis Society
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dokkyo Medical University School of Medicine
Hiroshi Taneichii MD, Ph.D

The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Scoliosis Society (JSS) will be held in Tokyo from Friday, November 2 to Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa, on the theme of " Fluidity and immutability in spinal deformity treatment."

Although scoliosis has been one of the most typical clinical entities in pediatric orthopaedic field, adult spinal deformities such as degenerative lumbar scoliosis has become another big issues in aging Japanese society. In this era of a low birth rate and a rising number of elderly people, the overall number of patients with spinal deformities will continue to increase, and their appropriate treatment is an issue not only for Japanese healthcare but also for society as a whole.

The theme "Fluidity and immutability in spinal deformity treatment" refers to the concept of incorporating new ideas while keeping the fundamentals unchanged. In Japanese, the term is "Fueki Ryuko" and it is a principle of haiku poetry advocated by the great haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. The treatment of spinal deformities should be carried out on the basis of its constant essential purpose, that of reconstructing the balanced natural alignment of the spine. Spinal deformity treatment has undergone astonishing development in the pursuit of this aim. This development has been achieved precisely because each stage of improvement has been brought about by the flexible incorporation of innovative techniques while ensuring that they have been rigorously evaluated and verified. The JSS has played an extremely important role in this process over the past 50 years. I hope that this Annual Meeting will provide the opportunity for fruitful debate that can contribute to the further development of the treatment of spinal deformity for the next half-century.

The Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa offers extremely convenient transport access, being only two minutes' walk from JR Shinagawa Station and as quick as14 minutes by train from the domestic terminals of Haneda Airport on the Keikyu Line. I look forward to receiving a large number of abstracts and participation from many people across Japan and the world.