From the President

 Founded in 1967, the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology (JSPE) has been leading the field of pediatric endocrinology and pediatric diabetes in Japan. JSPE has over 1,300 clinicians and researchers, who have specialized in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes.

 There are two large disease categories in the field of pediatric endocrinology. One disease-category focuses on classical endocrinological disorders including growth disturbance, thyroid disorders, adrenal disorders, disorders of sexual development, calcium and bone mineral problems, water-and electrolytes imbalance, and type 1 diabetes. The other focuses on weighing topics derived from recent environmental changes surrounding today’s children. This group includes type 2 diabetes, obesity due to over-nutrition, vitamin D deficiency due to decrease in sun exposure, and underdevelopment of boy’s external genitalia due to environmental hormones, namely endocrine disruptors.

 JSPE has established clinical practice guidelines for the most of endocrinological disorders mentioned above. Moreover, JSPE members have achieved substantial contributions to elucidate the mechanisms of a variety of endocrinological disorders utilizing cutting-edge techniques for molecular analyses such as next generation sequencing.

 JSPE will keep on promoting the scientific research regarding children’s growth, development and maturation, in order to broaden our knowledge for pediatrics. At the same time, JSPE hopes to contribute to the public health through our research activities.

 Accordingly, we have decided our missions as follows.
 1) To clarify the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of pediatric endocrinopathies, including diabetes, in
  order to innovate novel therapeutic approaches
 2) To train pediatricians who specialize in pediatric endocrinology and/or diabetes
 3) To share clinical knowledge in the field of pediatric endocrinology and diabetes with general
   pediatricians via the clinical practice guidelines
 4) Publicity activity about pediatric endocrinopathies and diabetes to facilitate early diagnosis and
 5) Close communications with other domestic and international scientific societies

Tsutomu Ogata
Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology
Professor of Pediatrics, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

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