Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to extend our warmest invitation to each and every one of you to come and join us for the combined meeting of the 18th WCBIP/WCBE, which will be held from April 13 to 16, 2014 in Kyoto, Japan.

The first meeting was held in Tokyo in 1978, chaired by Dr. Shigeto Ikeda, the founder of the Japan Society for Bronchology. The 18th WCBIP/WCBE is the 4th time that the meeting will be held in Japan. We are sure that you can see how Japan has been leading the way in this area by the fact that this meeting has been held four times in the past 36 years.

The meeting’s main theme is “Journey to the Broncho-esophageal Universe.” There has already been significant progress in this area and further advances are expected in regenerative medicine and at the molecular level. Technologies in robot surgery and magnifying endoscopy have also been making significant advances. We hope the meeting will enable everyone to learn all about the latest technologies.

The venue is Kyoto, Japan, an illustrious city with a rich ancient culture and variety seldom found. Spring in Kyoto, the time of the meeting, is incredibly beautiful, and this beauty together with its wealth of exquisite sights and cultural heritage offers an opportunity that simply should not be missed.

If you have never visited Japan, we wholeheartedly urge you to take advantage of the coming meeting to enjoy a memorable visit that will absolutely not disappoint, and for those of you who have already enjoyed our hospitality, I am confident you will find your next visit even richer and more memorable.

We look forward to seeing you in Kyoto.
Teruomi Miyazawa Teruomi Miyazawa 18th WCBIP President
Teruomi Miyazawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Respiratory and Infectious Disease,
St. Marianna University School of Medicine, Kawasaki, Japan
Teruomi Miyazawa
  Koichi Tomoda Teruomi Miyazawa 18th WCBE President
Koichi Tomoda, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology
Head and Neck Surgery,
Kansai Medical University, Osaka, Japan
Koichi Tomoda
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