The 47th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research will be held from Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Kobe International Conference Center, the Kobe Portopia Hotel, and the Kobe International Exhibition Hall. I have the great honor of serving as the Congress President, and would like to express my gratitude to all the members of the JSSR.
The theme of the congress is “Faith Will Move Mountains: Extending Healthy Life Expectancy.” The mean life expectancy in Japan is now 80.75 years for men and 86.99 years for women, longer than ever before. However, the divergence between this figure and healthy life expectancy is 9.1 years for men and 12.7 years for women, during which time their health is poor and their activities of daily life are limited. Motor disorders are the most common reason that people require long-term care, and if this is needed for a longer time then it will pose a major problem for Japan, where the proportion of elderly people in the population is predicted to further increase in future. We have chosen the theme of this congress in light of the fact that spinal surgeons will have an ever more important role to play in this field.
The congress will include two Special Lectures and one Cultural Lecture, as well as symposia, panel discussions, video sessions, and educational lectures, the latter given by invited speakers mainly from overseas. There will be 14 main presentations on themes related to the main theme.Kobe in spring has a pleasant climate, and the last of the cherry blossom will still be blooming for visitors to enjoy. Osaka is close at hand, less than an hour away, and if you have time I hope you will enjoy its tourist attractions, such as Abeno Harukas, Tsutenkaku, and Universal Studios Japan. The Call for Papers is now open, with a scheduled deadline of October 12, and we look forward to receiving a large number of submissions.