Greeting

Mototsugu Oya

Mototsugu Oya, M.D.
Congress Chairman of the 109th Annual Meeting
of the Japanese Urological Association
Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology
Keio University School of Medicine

In consideration of the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the preparations and running of the 109th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Urological Association, the Standing Committee of the Board has decided to postpone the meeting, which had been scheduled to be held from Monday, April 26 to Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Pacifico Yokohama, until Tuesday, December 7 to Friday, December 10, 2021.

Since the start of the spread of COVID-19, we had been pressing ahead with preparations for a hybrid meeting, combining a conventional in-person event with online sessions. However, as it is presently unclear whether or not foreign invited speakers will be permitted to enter Japan, and because many presentations are being affected by delays, including the suspension of research projects due to the effect of COVID-19 in Japan, we have reached the conclusion that in the present climate of uncertainty it would not be in the best interests of JUA members to hold the meeting in April 2021 as scheduled.

The original deadline for submitting abstracts to the meeting had been September 24, but in line with the change of dates abstract submissions will now also be accepted from February 18 to March 31, 2021. The abstract registration system will be temporarily suspended until the abstract submission period restarts on February 18. If you have already registered your abstract, you will be able to make edits and corrections after the system reopens on February 18.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this change in dates will entail. We are deeply aware of the numerous impacts it will have in many ways, but intend to put together an event that leaves a lasting impression on the urologists from Japan and around the world who will meet in Pacifico Yokohama during the four days from Tuesday, December 7 to Friday, December 10, 2021.

The 109th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Urological Association will not be a success without the collaboration of JUA members. We are grateful for your understanding and support, and very much hope to be able to meet you in Pacifico Yokohama.

September 24, 2020

Greeting

The 109th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Urological Association will be held at Pacifico Yokohama from Monday, April 26 to Thursday, April 29, 2021. It is a great honor for me, my colleagues in my department, and the members of the Keio Urology Alumni Association to have been appointed to host this Annual Meeting.

The theme of the 109th Annual Meeting is “Cosmos Inside of Urology – Diverse and Profound Expertise.” Urologists have to cope with an exceptionally wide range of conditions, ranging from cancer, reproductive medicine, renal transplantation, lithiasis, erectile dysfunction in men, urinary incontinence in women, and congenital disorders, and these all require a high degree of specialization. Treatments include both pharmacological and surgical therapies, and device development and basic research are also underway. Patients of both sexes cover the entire range of ages from children to the elderly. This combination of a highly specialized nature coupled with a varied range of areas and fields is one of urology’s most defining characteristics, and urologists themselves are also a highly diverse group in terms of skills, attributes, and personalities. As we are also engaged in both reproductive medicine, which concerns the birth of new life, and the end-stage treatment of cancer patients, our treatment naturally reflects the overall values of our contemporary society, including its social, religious, cultural, and economic aspects. This Annual Meeting will emphasize the characteristic specialized nature of urology and its diversity in covering all aspects of treatment from diagnosis to surgery and pharmacological therapy, both conveying to our younger colleagues the worldview that has emerged as a consequence and giving rise to new worldviews by posing the question “What is urology?” and building a platform on which to consider its future direction.

To overcome the limitations of our medicine-based worldview, the program has been devised so as to be complementary and multilayered, including several Special Lectures, Invited Lectures, and “Views from the Cosmos” Lectures given by speakers from non-medical fields, and I hope that these four days will leave a lasting impression on everyone who takes part. If participants go home with a fount of positive feelings toward contributing to society, the Annual Meeting will have fulfilled its overall purpose. Based on this concept, we are also planning a large number of multidisciplinary symposia and workshops. I would like to thank the Program Committee, composed chiefly of the chairs of the 15 subcommittees of the Japanese Urological Association, for their assistance.

We are making every effort to put together a worthwhile Annual Meeting. I hope to see many of you there.

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