Japan Endocrine Society
The Japan Endocrine Society was founded in June 1925, and is the second oldest society in the field of endocrinology next to The Endocrine Society of the United States founded in 1922. Since its establishment, the Japan Endocrine Society has undergone steady and continued growth, and is currently composed of about 6,500 active members in basic and clinical fields of endocrinology and metabolism. The Society is directed under the leadership of the Board of Directors chaired by Professor Kazuwa Nakao. The Board of Directors is composed of 14 members elected from all the fields including internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, endocrine surgery, urology, neurosurgery and basic sciences. The official journal of the Japan Endocrine Society is the Endocrine Journal. The Endocrine Journal is published in English every other month, collects papers from all over the world, and is growing as an international journal. The largest event of the society is the Annual Congress of the JES held every year, with more than 3000 participants and over 1000 abstracts in all the fields of endocrinology and metabolism. The Japan Endocrine Society also hosts two other nationwide assemblies each year. One of them is the JES Summer Seminar on Endocrinology & Metabolism, which features hot topics on basic research related to endocrinology and metabolism. The other is the JES Clinical Updates on Endocrinology and Metabolism, which summarizes and discusses progress in clinical endocrinology and metabolism each year. The Japan Endocrine Society has its local divisions in 9 portions of Japan; Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto-Koshinetsu, Tokai, Hokuriku, Kinki, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu divisions. Each of these divisions holds their local meetings every year. In order to develop specialists and to provide continued medical education in endocrinology and metabolism, the Japan Endocrine Society issues qualifications for Board Certified Endocrinologists. This certificate is issued by nationwide examination, and is renewed every 5 years. There are close to 1,800 Board Certified Endocrinologists in Japan as of the end of 2007. After clearing terms and other requirements, the accreditation council of the Society issues qualification for Certified Endocrine Educator to Board Certified Endocrinologists. In order to become a Board Certified Endocrinologists, one must undergo trainings under the supervision of a Certified Endocrine Educator for more than 3 years. The Japan Endocrine Society is committed to the growth of basic and clinical sciences related to endocrinology and metabolism. The Japan Endocrine Society also welcomes to enhance international exchange with any of the societies worldwide. It is our great pleasure that we will be hosting the coming ICE2010 in Kyoto.