Welcome Letter

Greetings from the representative

Eiichi Saitoh

Representative
2nd World Dysphagia Summit
Eiichi Saitoh
President, Fujita Health University

The Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (JSDR) is pleased to announce to host the 2nd World Dysphagia Summit during September 11-13 (Fri-Sun), 2019 at the Nagoya Congress Center in Nagoya, Japan.

The JSDR was established in 1994 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The membership is now over 16,000, consisting of various disciplines.

In 2016, the three scientific organizations of the world with similar missions, JSDR and Dysphagia Research Society (DRS), and European Society for Swallowing Disorders (ESSD), concluded the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to hold a World Dysphagia Summit for the purpose of stimulating clinical care, research, education, and social awareness of dysphagia at every 3 years, rotating around the continents of the partners, Europe, Asia and America.

The 1st World Dysphagia Summit was held in Barcelona, Spain during 22-23 September 2017 by the host of ESSD and JSDR will host the 2nd World Dysphagia Summit in Nagoya, Japan.

The 2nd World Dysphagia Summit provides the opportunity to educate, to renew the knowledge of dysphagia, and to identify gaps among the countries through the lectures and the discussions of clinical care, basic science, clinical research, scientific technology, and health policy. It also provides the mutual understanding of current condition in each country and to promote the cooperation and collaboration between countries. As a leading society for teamwork, we want to emphasize the transdisciplinary team approach as a basic and essential concept in dysphagia management.

In conjunction with this summit, the 26th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (26th JSDR) will be held simultaneously, enabling participants to learn about Japanese ways more deeply.

The tradition of Japanese hospitality is rotted in its culture of courtesy and consideration for others, especially visitors. In addition to promote the development of dysphagia management and its education as a mission of World Dysphagia Summit, we believe that participants will enjoy their stay in Japan with our safe cities as well as delicious cuisine, renowned hospitality, and unique culture.

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Greetings from the president

Akio Tsubahara

President
2nd World Dysphagia Summit
Akio Tsubahara
President, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare

The need for international conferences on the treatment of patients with dysphagia has been sought for these several years. A lot of scientists, especially Professor Eiichi Saitoh from Japan, Professor Pere Clave from Europe, Professor Reza Shaker from the United States, and Professor Tai Ryoon Han from Korea have discussed international cooperation. As a result, it was decided two years ago that the conference would be held in the form of the World Dysphagia Summit (WDS). The first meeting was held in Barcelona in 2018, chaired by Professor Clave, and many symposiums were held on the theme of “Therapist education”.

The second meeting of WDS will be held in Nagoya next September. The 26th Annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (JSDR) will be held by Professor Koichiro Matsuo at the same time, and many academic presentations will be prepared in addition to symposiums. The theme of the meeting was decided to be “Connect Eat”. A variety of programs will be planned under the guidance of Professor Saitoh, the representative of the organizing committee. I believe that the mission of international societies is to spread more effective diagnosis and treatment techniques to all therapists around the world. I expect accurate information to reach every corner of the world. Moreover, I sincerely hope that international exchange and multi-professional collaboration will be promoted during this academic convention. We look forward to participation of many scientists and therapists from all over Japan and abroad.

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