- The 93rd Congress of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
- President Hiroyasu Iishi, M.D., Ph.D.
- (Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases / Itami City Hospital)
It is my great honor to serve as chair of the 93rd Congress of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society (JGES) from May 11-13, 2017, at the Osaka International Convention Center (Grand Cube Osaka) and adjacent RIHGA Royal Hotel. We are proud of organizing the JGES Congress for the third time, after the 33rd Congress in 1987 (chaired by Shigeru Okuda) and the 70th Congress in 2005 (chaired by Masaharu Tatsuta). Those successes were enabled by the generous efforts of the professors leading the Society and the whole membership, for which we are most grateful. Because the 93rd Congress will be held independently of JDDW in Osaka the first time in nearly 25 years, we hope that the many members attend the Congress and discuss the practical issues on endoscopic diagnosis and treatment enthusiastically in Osaka style.
Because I think that it is the JGES’s important mission to evolve endoscopic procedures, to educate endoscopists including Asia and worldwide, and to create evidence on digestive endoscopy, I decided on the Congress theme as “ENDOSCOPY: Evolution, Education and Evidence.” In addition to the joint symposia with ASGE and with ESGE, an international symposium inviting SIED President in the first time will be held. The global flavor of the meeting will be further bolstered with a special educational lectures including ASGE President Kenneth McQuaid, ESGE President Thierry Ponchon and SIED President Fabian Emura. Also, we will have a broadcast live-demonstration course of endoscopic procedures from institutions in Japan, Asia and elsewhere. Many other distinguished presenters will offer keynote addresses and educational sessions. JGES Core Sessions, held since the 87th Congress, will again be a feature, starting with a second session on Innovative Therapeutic Endoscopy. A number of additional topics of high interest will be addressed, as well as case discussion session.
When you are getting tired of the academic atmosphere, you may find many inspiring places in the Nakanoshima island around the venue, including the Tekijuku building where Koan Ogata inaugurated modern medical education in Osaka, the birthplace of Meiji-era cultural leader Yukichi Fukuzawa, the architectural landmark of the Osaka City Central Public Hall, the famed Ataka Collection at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, and the twin Nakanoshima Festival Towers which contain Festival Hall. Many other popular Osaka locations are easily accessible, including the Grand Front Osaka commercial complex, Universal Studios Japan, and Abeno Harukas Terminal Building.
In March 2017, as the Osaka Medical Center for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases relocates from the current old fashioned building in Morinomiya on the east side of Osaka Castle to our new building in the Otemae district on the west side of Osaka Castle, we will change our name to the Osaka International Cancer Institute. At this turning point in our history, it is very meaningful for us to serve as organizer of the very globally-oriented 93rd Congress of JGES. With confidence that the programs will be stimulating and fulfilling, I look forward to seeing everyone in May 2017.