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Greeting from President
 

Greeting from President

Dear Colleague
 

The Japanese Circulation Society (JCS) has a long history of over 80 years. The first general meeting was held in 1936. It is my great honor to be appointed as the 19th president of JCS, succeeding the past president Dr. Issei Komuro. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to serve as a representative of such a prestigious society, and at the same time determined to contribute to the development of the Society.

JCS has been building up an outstanding tradition by making numerous achievements in cardiovascular research, and human resource development. As of June 2020, the number of regular members of the JCS is 26,645 and the number of associate members is 2,628. The JCS has 15,328 cardiovascular specialists and is recognized as one of the major medical associations in Japan in terms of the importance of cardiovascular disease. JCS is responsible not only for research and medical care in cardiovascular disease but also for many social roles such as improving the health care system, disseminating guidelines, and developing human resources across multiple occupations.




@In 2016, JCS and related societies had published gThe Five-Year Plan for Overcoming Stroke and Cardiovascular Diseaseh in cooperation with The Japan Stroke Society. This gFive-Year Planh sets its ultimate goal in extending healthy life expectancy under the slogan of gStop CVD (cerebral cardiovascular diseases).h Stroke, heart failure, and vascular disease are listed as three major diseases. It also contains five major strategies: human resource development, improvement in the health care system, disease prevention and education of people, development of patient registry and database, and strengthening basic and clinical research. The year 2020 is the final year of gThe Five-Year Planh, and we are making gThe Second Five-Year Planh while summarizing the results of the first. gThe Basic Law on Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease Countermeasuresh, which was established in 2018, gThe Five-Year Planh will be developed and expanded on the prefectural basis in Japan. We would appreciate our membersf cooperation when we approach this stage.

Another important activity of JCS is the scientific meetings. JCS aims to enhance the partnership with Asian countries and promote further globalization in order to become one of the worldfs three poles along with the Western medical societies such as AHA/ACC, and ESC. JCS had rejoined the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) and was supposed to host the joint meeting of the 84th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS2020) and Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2020 (APSC2020) in Kyoto. Unfortunately, due to the spread of the COVID-19 infection, the joint meeting with APSC has been postponed. However, we are also planning to hold a joint meeting with WCC, which will be a great opportunity for us to introduce JCS to the world by offering the research results of our members. We hope that those participating in APSC and WCC from other nations would experience the significance of cardiovascular treatment and research in Japan by attending the scientific meetings of JCS.

@ In addition, we aim to gather the power of the younger generation in our society, encourage other professionals such as nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, and clinical laboratory technicians to attend our meetings, and provide them opportunities for being actively involved in JCS. The accomplishment of JCS is based on the activities of our members in the field. To that end, the regional meetings held in each local branch should be recognized for their importance. JCS will seek to revitalize the activities of our local branches by providing more opportunities for female and young members and other specialists and nurturing those who can lead the field in the future. On the other hand, considering the pandemic of COVID-19, it is necessary to review the management of scientific meetings as well as to reform it by looking ahead to the future.

We hope to improve our environment so that our members can be united as one in order to achieve our goal of fulfilling our responsibility in JCS. Therefore, comments and opinions from our members are greatly appreciated. Over the next two years, I will do my best to work on these issues with the help of our directors, employees, and members. Your continued support would be sincerely and greatly appreciated.


Respectfully,

 
Ken-ichi Hirata, MD, PhD
President of the Japanese Circulation Society
(Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine)
 
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