Masaki Kameyama M.D. and Ph.D.
President of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Physiological Society of Japan Professor of Department of Physiology, Graduate School of Medicine and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University
It is a great pleasure for us to have the 91st annual meeting of the Physiological Society of Japan in Kagoshima on March 16 ~ 18, 2014. On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to celebrate this occasion and welcome all the guests and members attending this meeting.
In this meeting, to address further development for physiological sciences, we have chosen an old Chinese proverb “Find the new, through the past” as the main theme of this meeting. Development of science is achieved on the basis of the effort and accumulated wisdom of predecessors. We are now at a turning point in physiological sciences after molecular and genetic sciences have developed to such an extent. On this occasion, we would like to explore what our predecessors have been interested in and have questioned, and then discuss what we should do at present and in the future.
In the meeting, a special lecture will be given by Prof. Ichiro Kanazawa (former president of the Science Council of Japan and Dean of the International University of Health and Welfare Graduate School); the W. Trautwein memorial lecture will be given by Prof. Jürgen Hescheler (University of Cologne); the A. Arimura memorial lecture will be given by Prof. Kenji Kangawa (President of the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institute); and the meeting memorial lectures will be given by Prof. Takashi Yamamoto (Kio University) and Prof. Mitsunobu Ohira (Osaka University). We also have the S. Hagiwara memorial lectures by Prof. Harunori Ohmori (Kyoto University) and Prof. Jun Tanji (Tohoku University) and the S. Tawara memorial lectures by Prof. Fumihiko Kajiya (Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare) and Prof. Ikuo Honma (Showa University), and invited lectures by Prof. Lawrence B. Cohen (Yale University), Prof. Gerald W. Zamponi (University of Calgary), Prof. Yoshikazu Shinoda (Tokyo Medical and Dental Univesity), Prof. Soichi Nagao (RIKEN Brain Science Institute), and Prof. Shigetoshi Oiki (University of Fukui). In addition, over 50 symposia covering wide fields of physiological sciences and a program for education of physiology will be held.
Besides the science, the Kagoshima area is surrounded by active volcanoes and is thus famous for beautiful volcanic scenes and hot spas, and we are also proud of highlighting the history of the Meiji Restoration and delicious foods. We hope you will also enjoy the nature, history and foods of Kagoshima.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Kagosima in March, 2014.