Message from the President of the JSPE (To all members)

At The 54th Annual Scientific Meeting held on October 28, 2021, I was appointed to the position of President of The Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE). While receiving this endorsement with a great honor, I am keenly aware of the magnitude of my responsibilities in this position. The Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology was founded in 1967 by Professor Hisashi Yoshida, the first chairperson of the Association for the Study of Pediatric Endocrinology, which later became JSPE in 1984 and a general incorporated association in 2016. It has now been officially decided that we will be hosting the International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology (IMPE) in 2026 or 2027.

JSPE is a group of "medical peers" who are eager to study pediatric endocrinology with a passion. We hope to expand the scope of pediatric endocrinology practice, research, and education in Japan. We would like to promote interaction among its members at annual scientific meetings, hold introductory seminars online, solicit and compile opinions and requests from its members and share information with them by leveraging the society's website, establish a framework to facilitate peer-consultation on case studies, train Board Certified Endocrinologist (Pediatrics) of The Japan Endocrine Society spread across all prefectures, and promote gender mainstreaming and equality. These are just a few of the goals we have in mind. We aim to make the Society more attractive to all members.

On the other hand, JSPE is an organization with a clear mission to “contribute to the welfare of children by promoting the progress and normalization of pediatric endocrinology”. We aim to enhance the standard of medical treatment, research, and education in the field of pediatric endocrinology. Promoting international research, hosting English sessions at annual scientific meetings, granting impact factors to Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology (Official Journal of JSPE), moderating specialized seminars, and collaborating closely with overseas’ pediatric endocrine societies and related academic societies in Japan are only some of the pursuits with which we are engaged. We aim to promote knowledge transfer and information sharing with colleagues, both domestic and world-wide.

On a personal note, I attended my first JSPE academic assembly and gave a presentation as a co-presenter at The 20th Annual Scientific Meeting (October 24-26, 1986, Chairman: Professor Gen Isshiki). Over the past 30 years, I have been nurtured by my seniors, peers, juniors, and the Society itself, and I would like to give back to them in any way I can. Together with each and every one of its members who play a leading role in the Society, I will do my best to further promote the Japanese Society of Pediatric Endocrinology. Thank you very much for your support in advance.

November 1, 2021

Tomonobu Hasegawa
President, The Japanese Society of Pediatric Endocrinology
Department of Pediatrics, Keio University School of Medicine
Clinical and Translational Research Center, Keio University Hospital

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