Message from the Chairman

Message from the New Chairman of the Japan Cornea Society

Dr. Jun Shimazaki, Chairman (Tokyo Dental College) 

The Japan Cornea Society has a history of over 30 years and over 1,200 members. Among others, the subspecialty of corneas has a good balance between medical and surgical elements. In recent years, interaction with basic research in ophthalmological optics and imaging, and other clinical subspecialties such as refraction, contact lens and lacrimal passage has been intensified and the number of members is still growing. Beside numbers, various qualities of our research activities are globally recognized. There is no doubt that it is the successive councilors and directors of the society who have supported the remarkable advancement. It is not only my great honor but also a weighty responsibility to take my place among those great doctors as the new chairman. However, it is truly fortunate for me that there are several ex-chairmen among the directors elected this time and I will count on their wisdom to fulfill my responsibilities.

As for the future direction of the Japan Cornea Society, I would like to propose the following focus areas. One is to expand the membership base. Doctors of other specialties sometimes describe the Japan Cornea Society as being “active and well-oriented with highly competent researchers but this makes the entry level high.” This can be a compliment, but I believe we should be more open to younger doctors who have not decided their specialties and those of other specialties but interested in corneas. Needless to say, I also would like to promote the advancement of keratoplasty and eye bank technologies in cooperation with the Keratoplasty Society of Japan, with which we co-host the Japan Cornea Conference.

Another important area is international exchanges. As the former chairman Dr. Koji Nishida highlighted, research activities on corneas have been very active, especially in Asia. With this in mind, I believe internationalization is one of the important missions for the Japan Cornea Society having the world’s largest membership. During the last two years, I have seen several signs of internationalization in the Japan Cornea Conference meetings, such as presentations using English slides for the convenience of participants from across the world. The question of which country is superior is not the issue; I would like to create an international exchange system that benefits all parties involved.

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