Welcome Letter

Greetings from the representative

Eiichi Saitoh

Representative
2nd World Dysphagia Summit
Eiichi Saitoh
Supreme Advisor, Professor, Fujita Health University

Considering the worldwide Covid-19 issue, the 2nd World Dysphagia Summit (WDS) is postponed to 2021 and will be held in conjunction with 26th & 27th Joint Meeting of Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation. The situation remains unpredictable, however, we are going ahead to prepare the 2nd WDS with our full energy and passion by considering the flexible approaches and the new challenges.

The JSDR was established in 1994 and celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. The membership is now over 15,000, 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), made 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. Also, in this occasion, we prepare for a kickoff of Asia Dysphagia Society to promote a collaboration across Asian countries, who have strong interests in dysphagia rehabilitation.

In conjunction with this summit, the 26th & 27th Joint Meeting of JSDR will be held simultaneously, enabling participants to learn about Japanese ways more deeply.

The tradition of Japanese hospitality is rooted 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

I sincerely pray for the souls of many people who have lost their precious lives due to the global spread of COVID-19 infection. International cooperation is essential to eradicate this infectious disease. I would like to ask people all over the world to have a warm mission not to infect their own viruses to others.

Although we have decided to postpone the 2nd World Dysphagia Summit scheduled for this September, we strongly hope to hold it next August. 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 three 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 at the same time as the 26th and 27th Joint Meeting of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation (JSDR) co-chaired by Professors Koichiro Matsuo and Jun Kayashita. 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 Summit. 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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