The Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology


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Greeting from the President of JSID

Greeting from the President of JSID - Akimichi Morita, M.D., Ph.D.

For the success of ISID 2023

I am honored and humbled to have been elected as the president of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (JSID), which has played a leading role in the development of investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology in Japan. My official term is from December 2020 to December 2023. While serving as the Secretary-General during the last term (2017-2020), I worked extensively with the former President Akimichi Morita for the development of JSID in terms of four missions: 1) Inspiring and energizing the next generation, 2) Stabilizing the financial base, 3) Supporting the development of investigative dermatology throughout the world, 4) Bridging Asia/Oceania in investigative dermatology. I believe that these missions were completed successfully, and we still need to carry out these missions during my term.

Regarding as my research background, I was a graduate student at Department of Pharmacology, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University (under the supervision of Professor Shuh Narumiya) and a postdoctoral fellow at Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UCSF in the United States (Professor Jason Cyster). Then I studied basic and clinical medicine at Department of Dermatology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health (Professor Yoshiki Tokura) and Kyoto University (Professor Yoshiki Miyachi). These careers have been always along with JSID. Especially most memorable is the great success of the International Investigative Dermatology (IID) in Kyoto in 2008. I was a 38-year-old junior researcher at that time and felt strong passions for skin research by all attendants from all over the world. Our responsibility is to hand over the baton to the next generation.

The next International Societies for Investigative Dermatology (ISID) will be held in Tokyo in May 2023. As many of you may already be aware of, the ISID is a succession of IID ( Until IID 2018 in Miami, the IID had been a joint meeting of the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID), the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR), and the JSID. Memorably, on the evening of May 9th, 2013, representatives of the SID, ESDR and JSID gathered in historic Edinburgh Castle and signed a memorandum of understanding to form a new organization, the ISID. The ambitious mission of the ISID is to unite all organizations of scientists dedicated to investigative dermatology and cutaneous biology with the purpose of encouraging and facilitating collaboration (please visit Therefore, ISID is the result of the collective long-term vision of the SID, ESDR, and JSID.

ISID will be held, rotating among sites in Asia/Oceania, Europe/Africa, and the Americas every 5 years. The next ISID 2023 will be co-hosted by KSID (Korean Society for Investigative Dermatology) and JSID as representatives of Asia/Oceania. The JSID will make an infinite effort to foster unprecedented levels of scientific collaboration and cooperation by bringing together the ‘Tri-Societies’ with KSID, Taiwanese Society for Investigative Dermatology (TSID), Australasian Society for Dermatological Research (ASDR), Chinese Society of Investigative Dermatology (CSID), Skin Research Society Singapore (SRSS) and other new and emerging societies that share our mission and values. We strongly believe that sharing the honor of hosting an international abstract-driven blinded-peer reviewed scientific meeting will be an important step for all Asia/Oceania countries to unite for future breakthroughs in investigative dermatology and skin biology.

Looking back at JSID, in 2009, English was adopted as the official language of the annual meeting and the JSID-Asia-Oceania forum was held to promote the relationship among Asia and Oceania, leading to an increase in the number of participations from overseas. JSID has also been a society for encouraging young academicians with seminars known as "JSID Kisaragi-Juku" (the JSID Young Academician-Fostering Seminar for graduate students and postdocs) since 2010 and "JSID Aoba (aoba means fresh green leaves in early summer)-Juku" (to target young doctors who have not yet started their research or have just become interested in research) since 2017. These seminars aim to foster promising, enthusiastic young dermatological researchers. Notably in 2020, “Asian Kisaragi-Juku” was first launched. Participants from KSID, TSID, CSID and JSID enjoyed science and international friendship, which has contributed to fostering next generation. JSID try to be an open society for the development of Asia/Oceania regions.

Finally, as of January 2021, it is still influenced by COVID-19, but the situation should be much improved by 2023. I deeply hope that all of you and your family are safe, and that many participants from all over the world will join ISID2023 and enjoy science and international friendship.

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