It is my great honor to be appointed President of the Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry (JSCC), succeeding Dr. Masato Maekawa. JSCC has a long history, with its first meeting at the Medical Chemistry Symposium held in Osaka in 1961. I feel a deep sense of responsibility serving this prestigious society, and I am determined to contribute to its development.
Members of the JSCC have been building an outstanding tradition, with numerous achievements in clinical chemistry, including experimental and clinical studies of the pathophysiology of disease, the development of novel analytical methods for chemical and biological substances, and the standardization and harmonization of clinical laboratory tests. Though these activities, many JSCC reference methods have been published, ultimately benefiting doctors and patients. As of March 2021, JSCC had more than 1,800 members and 42 member companies. In recent years, many students have attended the annual JSCC meeting. Our mission is to provide leadership that advances the practice and profession of clinical laboratory science and medicine.
During my term of office, I am committed to fostering and securing the next generation, promoting equality and diversity in our activities, promoting the standardization and harmonization of clinical laboratory tests, developing new technologies and reagents in laboratory medicine, implementing an academia–industry partnership, and educating students, research workers, medical scientists, and doctors.
Because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s annual meeting was held online for the first time in the history of the JSCC. We hope to improve our environment so that our members can once again come together to achieve our goals of fulfilling our responsibilities in the JSCC. I plan to work diligently with the aid of our members, so comments and opinions from members are greatly appreciated. If you are interested in JSCC activities, you are always welcome to contact us. We look forward to working with you!
▌Profile of Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry
Clinical chemistry is an academic discipline that sees practical application in the clinical setting. In addition to forming the basis of services providing chemical analysis results for medical care in the daily clinical setting, it aids the elucidation of disease etiologies and pathologies and contributes to treatment and prevention. Thus, having various academic and practical aspects and including both analytical chemistry and clinical medicine, clinical chemistry is very wide ranging, and there is much interaction with other academic disciplines. Therefore, it does not only involve researchers in university and other research institutions but also those in various research laboratories such as those in hospitals and individual clinical departments, and industry research institutions.
The Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry was established for the purpose of promoting advances in clinical chemistry and related areas. Giving full consideration to research in the various specialized areas that constitute clinical chemistry, we aim to achieve information sharing that will bring about further organic integration so that, together, we can make an even greater contribution to medical care and medical science. In this regard, we established the company membership system in fiscal 2006 to strengthen cooperation with industry.
The members of the Japanese Society of Clinical Chemistry engage in close cooperation in order to achieve an understanding of each other’s specialist areas and exchange ideas covering a wide range of clinical chemistry aspects. We are also active in holding events such as annual scientific meetings, and issue an academic journal titled Clinical Chemistry. The Society also has various technical committees and project teams that are involved in multidisciplinary and specialized research. In addition, we have nine branches nationwide to promote activities at the local level.
The Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry is a member of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and the Asia Pacific Federation of Clinical Biochemistry (APFCB). In addition, we continually engage in activities on an international level together with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry - Clinical Chemistry Div (IUPAC - CCD) and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). In 2002, the 18th International Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (ICCC) was held in Kyoto.
The Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry has a history of over 50 years, which began with the holding of the first "Medicinal Chemistry Symposium" in 1961. However, our history actually goes back a little further to the holding of the first "Clinical Chemistry Analysis Discourse Meeting" a voluntary meeting of a study group in Tokyo in 1957. This was expanded to become a nationwide activity through the holding of summer and winter seminars. The name of the academic meeting was changed from “Medical Chemistry Symposium” to “Clinical Chemistry Symposium” in 1971. This organization later joined forces with the “Japan Clinical Chemistry Study Group, which was established for the publication of our journal, titled "Clinical Chemistry". The Japan Society of Clinical Chemistry was formed though the merging of the “Clinical Chemistry Analysis Discourse Meeting”, “Clinical Chemistry Symposium” and “Japan Clinical Chemistry Study Group”, in 1981.