Address at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society
for Temporomandibular Joint (Second Report)

Masashi Sugisaki
President of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society
for Temporomandibular Joint
Faculty of Dentistry, The Jikei University

Masashi Sugisaki

The Faculty of Dentistry of Jikei University will take charge of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Temporomandibular Joint, which is to be held at Tower Hall Funabori in Edogawa-ku, Tokyo (the same place as last year) on July 24 and 25, 2010. Holding the first seminar in 1980, our society celebrated its 30th anniversary and changed the organization into a general incorporated association on December 1, 2008. As an interdisciplinary society, we hold meetings to allow clinicians in various fields, as well as professors of basic research, to get together for a lively exchange of opinions. The meetings have been drawing international attention, and the 1st Asian Academic Congress for TMJ was held in Korea in September 2009. The Japanese Association for Dental Science was appointed as a main association for the 1st project study in 2007 and 2008 for “preparation of medical guidelines for temporomandibular disorders,” and we drew up the guidelines.

The purpose of the meeting is the “pursuit of the truth and essence to deepen our knowledge so as to make improvements every day,” and there will be special lectures, educational lectures, refreshing seminars, hands-on seminars, and a open class for citizens during the annual meeting. We are planning to ask Professor Richard Ohrbach, a professor of oral diagnostic sciences at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, to give a lecture on behavior therapy of temporomandibular disorders. In the refreshing seminars and hands-on seminars, we are planning to conduct various projects to impart new knowledge, which will be helpful not only for researchers but also for general practitioners, and to confirm fundamental knowledge. Furthermore, we are planning to hold symposiums to allow the medical treatment guideline committee to make a report on the study of the initial medical treatment guidelines for temporomandibular disorders, and the project study team of the Japanese Association for Dental Science to make a report on the study of the medical treatment guidelines for temporomandibular disorders.

As in the past, lectures and poster presentations are planned for the general lectures. Unlike what we did in the past for posters, we will provide a session time in the evening to make it more active and enjoyable. We are planning to introduce some useful topics for the citizens during the open class for citizens.

The Tower Hall Funabori, where the meeting is to be held, is at Funabori, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo. The area that borders Chiba Prefecture is not the center of the capital. Funabori, the birthplace of goldfish, is famous for Edo wind chimes and other traditional handicrafts, as well as a subway museum. The meeting is to be held at the same place as last year, and I think you can reach there without losing your way. The “Cool Biz” style will be adopted this year again, and you will not be required to wear ties and jackets. The Sumida River Fireworks Festival is scheduled on the day of our meeting. Tokyo Disneyland, Asakusa, and Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine that is famous for its antique market are not far from the venue of our meeting. Your attendance and cooperation in making the meeting fruitful would be highly appreciated. Thank you for your kind attention.

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