It is my great pleasure to announce that the 48th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Toxicology (JSOT) will be held at the Kobe International Conference Center and online on July 7-9, 2021.
The main theme for the 48th Annual Meeting has been set as “Beyond the crisis: Toxicology contributing to the survival of life”. The state of emergency over COVID-19 in Japan was declared in April 2020 and was lifted in May 2020. However, the second wave of COVID-19 is still a concern. The numbers of infections and deaths due to COVID-19 keep increasing in many countries except Japan. Against the global emergency, gathering data on a global scale could have helped to solve these issues earlier. Therapeutic medications and/or vaccines could be created as soon as possible from sufficient discussion about risk/benefit among the toxicologists from all over the world. This is one of the main missions that is expected of the toxicologist. In addition, the theme includes “Toxicology contributing to healthy life extension”. In our daily life, people are exposed to the potential toxicity from many kinds of chemicals such as in medicines, foods, beverages, pesticides, cosmetics, or heavy metals as well as from electromagnetic waves and radioactivity. Detailed discussions about the effects of combinations of these items from a global perspective is important to extend healthy lives. However, insufficient numbers of new toxicologists who will develop the future direction of toxicology according to a global standard is another concern. The search for how to foster the next generation of toxicologists continues in the JSOT.
Under such a background, globalization is accelerated in the 48th annual meeting. The 1st joint session with the American College of Toxicology (ACT) in cooperation with the past, present and future ACT presidents is being planned, in addition to the traditional joint session with the Society of Toxicology (SOT). Some toxicology reviewers from the regulatory agencies including the US FDA will join. Some toxicologists/consultants with various relevant expertise from the USA, EU and Asian countries will give special or educational lectures. The latest, correct, and useful information from many countries will be provided in this Annual Meeting. These should create fruitful discussions at the most advanced level in the world. As domestic guest speakers, some professors who drive science in Japan will join. The relationship between toxicology and leading-edge study results in science will be discussed. Particularly, young toxicologists are expected to increase their global perspectives through positive discussions with domestic and overseas experts.
The future situations of the COVID-19 infections in Japan and abroad are unclear. However, it is important to meet and interact directly with colleagues. The 2021 JSOT staff and I are doing our best to have a successful meeting locally and, in parallel, we are preparing a web style meeting.
July 7 is the day of Tanabata. It is a special day where God allows comrades to reunite with each other once a year. Kobe is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan surrounded by mountains and the sea. I look forward to seeing you in Kobe on July 7-9, 2021.
President, The 48th Annual Meeting of the JSOT