As the Program Chairman of the International Society for Mechanical Circulatory Support (ISMCS) 2018, I whole-heartedly welcome you to the very beautiful bay area of the city of Tokyo.
The 26th Annual Congress of the ISMCS will be held from October 31 to November 2, 2018 at Hilton Tokyo Odaiba. The 56th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs will be jointly held in the same timeframe. The University of Tokyo has played an important role in the history of mechanical circulatory support. The former Professor Kazuhiko Atsumi developed the air-driven paracorporeal ventricular assist device, which was clinically introduced first in Asia in 1980. Today, the University of Tokyo Hospital is one of leading VAD centers in Asia.
The slogan for the meeting is “Dream is alive”. Many VADs have been developed, come into clinical arena, and some of them were withdrawn from the market or replaced by a successor device which enables more durable and reliable support by more compact system. Where is a final goal? It is becoming more and more technologically and socially demanding to develop a new VAD. However, dream is still alive, and we definitely have to make our dream sustainable.
Tokyo is being renovated to move forward to the successful Olympic Games in 2020. There are many historical places in and around the city, and nice hot springs by a short trip. We believe each of you will be immersed in cutting-edge presentations in daytime and smack your lips with excellent Japanese cuisine in the evening.
We hope you will join us in Tokyo, world-leading city of Japan.