It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Therapy (JSDT). It will be held in Kobe at Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe International Exhibition Hall, Kobe Portopia Hotel, Ariston Hotel Kobe, and World Hall, from Friday, June 29th to Sunday, July 1st, 2018.
The Annual Meeting of the JSDT is an academic conference of approximately 20,000 medical personnel engaged in dialysis and transplantation therapy, and usually provides the opportunity to learn the optimal therapy for the patients to improve and maintain the level of renal replacement therapy in Japan. In addition, the enthusiastic attendees have lively and heated discussions about how to provide better therapy in each complication associated with the dialysis and transplantation therapy.
Renal replacement therapy encompasses hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and renal transplantation, and the technological innovation in regenerative medicine is going to make enormous strides forward in clinical use. Nevertheless, the dialysis therapy in Japan still faces a number of important issues: the increasing number of elderly patients in need of nursing care, on-going debate about how to form a bridge to end-of-life care, and the balance between medical costs and budget. Shared awareness among the JSDT members is indispensable for confronting these problems. The Congress theme “Resurrection of Kidney: Assembling the Maximum Efforts of JSDT” aims to send out a message for the need to rally the participants' intellect in pursuit of improving the blood purification and reviving the vitality of the patients.
We have organized special lectures and educational lectures focused on crucial topics that enable the participants to enhance their knowledge of health sciences. We will also arrange symposiums and workshops with subject themes relevant in clinical practice.
Clinical outcomes of dialysis therapy have brought about favorable results for a long time in Japan, and the survival rate is better than any other countries in the world. By discussing the similarities or differences of several therapies between Japan and other countries, we can expect to gain better outcome. Furthermore, we are responsible for propagating the essence of our therapy, especially among Asian countries. As part of an international academic exchange initiative, we would like to offer a program specifically designated for Asian physicians to support closer academic exchanges.
We ask for the cooperation and assistance of all members to organize a productive meeting. Do not miss this opportunity to present your paper as well as communicate with colleagues and participants from other nations.
We look forward to seeing you in Kobe, Japan.
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