Tsutomu Takahashi
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine

The 61st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Inherited Metabolic Diseases
The 17th Asian Symposium of Inherited Metabolic Diseases

It is a great honor and privilege to be appointed to serve as the president of the 61st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Inherited Metabolic Diseases and the 17th Asian Symposium of Inherited Metabolic Diseases.

The academic meeting of the well-established society will be held over three days from October 24 (Thursday) to 26 (Saturday), 2019 at Akita Castle Hotel in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, on the coast of the northern Sea of Japan. Home to some 300,000, Akita City is a small historical city that developed around Senshu Park, the ruins of the keep of Kubota Castle. Akita Castle Hotel is located adjacent to the park.

Under the theme “Unwavering aspiration for tomorrow and beyond,” the 61st Annual Meeting will deliver an extensive program including special lectures, educational lectures, symposiums and general lectures. Preparations are currently underway in our effort to make the event a fruitful one.

The academic meeting, which was launched in 1965 as the First Annual Meeting of the Society of Pediatric Metabolism Research, adopted its current name in 1984 at the time of the 27th Annual Meeting. Over the course of its long history leading up to the 2018 60th Annual Meeting in Gifu City, Akita City was selected as the venue in 1995 for the 38th Annual Meeting, which was led by Professor Goro Takada from the Department of Pediatrics at the Akita University School of Medicine as president. After 24 years, the upcoming Annual Meeting will be held in Akita once again. As well-expressed in the theme of “Unwavering aspiration for tomorrow and beyond,” we hope that the event will provide an opportunity for clinicians and researchers to steadily pass on the spirit of dedicated pursuit to future generations of the long-established academic society.

In addition to presentations of the latest research findings, the Annual Meeting will offer lectures by presenters invited from the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and other regions to share up-to-date information on inherited metabolic diseases and treatments. To fully encourage global information exchange at the event, we are planning to offer Japanese-to-English simultaneous interpretation.

Fortunately, the Annual Meeting will be held in late October, when the autumn foliage is at its best in the towns, mountains and lakes of northern Japan. In addition to the beautiful autumn views of Senshu Park next to the meeting venue, a short trip away you will find Kakunodate, a picturesque samurai mansion district lauded as “the little Kyoto of the Tohoku region.” Furthermore, the Tohoku region is also home to a range of autumn foliage destinations including Lake Tazawa, Lake Towada, Mt. Hachimantai, the Hakkoda Mountains and Mt. Kurikoma, which attract tourists from around the world with their mysterious beauty. These locations can be accessed by car from Akita City.

We sincerely hope that you will participate in the 61st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Inherited Metabolic Disease, and look forward to seeing you.