It is a great honor for us to host the 65th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Neonatal Health and Development in Sapporo. This is the fourth time our society’s Annual Meeting has been held in Hokkaido, following the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Research Group on Premature and Newborn Babies chaired by Dr. Kazuaki Nagamatsu in October 1978, the 38th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Premature and Neonatal Medicine chaired by Dr. Haruo Nambu in October 1993, and the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Premature and Neonatal Medicine chaired by Dr. Satoshi Hattori in October 2008.
The 65th Annual Meeting was originally scheduled from July 18 (Saturday) to 20 (Monday), 2020, and the abstract submission period has already closed. Due to the ongoing threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, we have decided to postpone the meeting to May 7 (Friday) to 9 (Sunday), 2021. This means the 65th Annual Meeting will be held at irregular intervals, more than one year and five months after the 64th in Kagoshima and six months before the 66th to be held in Tokyo. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this postponement may cause.
The planned venues of the 65th Annual Meeting will be the Royton Sapporo and the Sapporo Education and Culture Hall, where the 30th Annual Meeting of the Japan Academy of Neonatal Nursing will be concurrently held on May 8 (Saturday) and 9 (Sunday), 2021 under the presidency of Ms. Miyuki Shimokawara. The two meetings will be run as an organic collaboration, with invited lectures and symposia held jointly.
The theme of the 65th Annual Meeting is “What’s the Next Step in Neonatology?” Although neonatal mortality has been lowered to close to its limit, improvements in long-term prognosis seem to have reached a plateau. In addition to the social factors of the declining birth rate and working practice reforms, there is a sense of stagnation in neonatal medicine and medical care. Accordingly, now is the perfect time to talk about the future. We are putting together a program based on the keywords “Hokkaido” and “Future” that also incorporates topics including gender equality, interprofessional collaboration, and internationalization. We look forward to your participation.
There remains some uncertainty around the implementation of the 65th Annual Meeting, as it is unclear at this stage how the Covid-19 situation will develop. The success of the Annual Meeting depends particularly on the cooperation of participants and sponsoring companies, and so we would highly appreciate your continued support and understanding.