Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Welcome to the 12th AFSUMB 2016.
This prestigious meeting will be held in conjunction with the 89th annual meeting of the Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine (JSUM). In addition, this meeting will be held in conjunction with the 36th annual meeting of Japan Association of Breast and Thyroid Sonology (JABTS) and the 8th Asian Conference on Ultrasound Contrast Imaging ACUCI. Therefore, this special event is called “Ultrasonic Week 2016”.
The congress will assemble a worldwide and Asian distinguished researchers and ultrasound specialists as speakers with topics covering the basics as well as advanced ultrasound techniques. The slogan or theme of this meeting is “Better World with 3 US (Ultrasound, ourselves=Us, and Ultimate Skill)”.
There is a bit of nostalgia associated with holding AFSUMB 2016 in Japan. The first AFSUMB was held in Tokyo, Japan in 1987 (Congress President: Prof. Toshio Wagai) followed by the 7th AFSUMB held in Utsunomiya, Japan in 2004 (Congress President: Prof. Kouichi Itoh). Therefore, AFSUMB 2016 is the 3rd time honor for Japan to host AFSUMB congress.
Looking back on the history of Ultrasound in medicine, we can see that three scientists were responsible for two significant achievements. The first was the discovery of the Doppler effect by Christian J. Doppler in 1842; the second was the discovery of piezoelectricity in 1880 by Pierre and Jacques Curie.
Notably, Marie Curie later discovered radium with a crystal electrometer that operated on the principle of piezoelectricity. Several more breakthroughs occurred in the 20th century. In 1947, Karl T. Dussik’s attempt to detect brain echoes opened the door to the use of ultrasound in clinical medicine. This achievement was followed by Douglass Howry’s development of tomography in 1952 and its application to cancer diagnosis by J. M. Reid and J. J. Wild, who received the Japan Prize for his work in 1991.
Many subsequent researches expanded the application of ultrasonics in clinical medicine, including the development of the M-mode method by Inge Edler and Tokuro Nagayama, cardiac tomography by Motonao Tanaka, Gray-scale ultrasonics by Masao Ide and G. Kossoff, and electronic real-time tomography by Jan C. Somer and Takasuke Irie. Furthermore, research by Shigeo Satomura and Yasuharu Nimura on the application of the Doppler effect to bio-measurement led to Koroku Namekawa’s development of the color Doppler method. Strain Elastography and US fusion imaging were first commercialized in Japan as well in 2003.
As these examples clearly show, Japanese researchers and scientists have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of clinical ultrasound in medicine. We are proud to acknowledge that JSUM and its member physicians, researchers, and engineers have played vital roles in these advancements as an integral part of AFSUMB.
The AFSUMB congress 2016 will be attended by many physicians and researchers from more than 20 countries in Asia and other regions of the world. We believe this event will promote a greater exchange of opinions and ideas on ultrasound in Asia while further improving ties and friendship among Asian countries. AFSUMB 2016 will begin on May 27 in conjunction with the 89th JSUM meeting, starting on May 26. Numerous events are scheduled, including oral and poster presentations, special lectures, keynote speeches, morning lectures, meet-the-experts session, luncheon seminars, and symposiums.
The exhibition of scientific and technical equipment, to be held concurrently, will feature the most advanced ultrasound equipment and systems produced by more than 20 venders. Several exhibitions will focus on new directions under development. Therefore, I strongly invite you to attend the exhibition, as it will very likely provide inspiration for your next research topic.
In addition, we do invite you to take sometimes off to visit the historical and beautiful city of Kyoto, located in the heart of Japan, to enjoy its atmosphere, explore the historic temple, shrine, and discover the “Hart of Japan”. Also, I strongly believe you will feel real Japanese traditional polite hospitality, “Omotenashi” in Japansese.
The official social program will offer enough time for interdisciplinary communication. We are planning to serve the world famous completely cultivated “TUNA”, so called “KINDAI MAGURO” at the Gala Dinner since it was invented at Fishery Institute of Kindai University.
Finally, I wish you a very exciting stay in Kyoto and catching a vital knowledge on newest advancement of ultrasound technology at the AFSUMB 2016 in Kyoto.
March 1, 2015
Masatoshi Kudo, MD, PhD
Congress President of 12th AFSUMB 2016
Congress President of JSUM 2016
Congress President of 8th ACUCI 2016
President of JSUM
President-elect of AFSUMB
Professor and Chairman,
Dept. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,
Kindai University Faculty of Medicine