Further Development of the Japanese Society of Gerodontology

Yuji Sato


Membership of the Japanese Society of Gerodontology has increased from 2,000 to 3,700 over the past decade. This is solely the result of a more attractive Society, achieved through tremendous efforts by executive committee members including the President, which I respect greatly. It is indeed an honor for me to be elected as President this time, and I would like to focus on the following six points to develop the Society further.

Improving the Attractiveness of Scientific Meetings and Cooperating with Society

Scientific meetings are the core of the Society. These meetings have been rapidly expanding in scale, which we have been organizing to give participants a deeper education. More than half of members actively participate. We will also provide detailed education in the scientific meeting to commemorate our 30th anniversary in 2020. Moreover, we will enrich civic forums to respond to public expectations for the Society, thereby contributing to society at large.

Enriching Specialist Doctor Authorization Systems

One of our efforts to communicate our high level and expertise is the establishment of specialist doctor authorization systems. In addition to the specialist doctor authorization system for dentists, we have established an authorization system for specialist dentists on eating dysfunction treatments, as well as that for authorized dental hygienists, aiming to increase the rate of specialist doctors to 10% of the members. Toward that end, we will heighten the "appeal of specialist doctors" further, by allowing for publicizing the specialist doctor authorization and other measures, while increasing opportunities to qualify as a specialist doctor regionally.

Energizing Branch Organizations

We will further energize branch organizations at the prefectural level, as these are the foundation of the Society. More specifically, we will actively support the establishment of training facilities at branches having a small number of members or representatives, enrich seminars and scientific meetings for multiple prefectures, and thus disseminate gerodontology throughout the nation.

Establishment of Oral Hypofunction

The Society has proposed inspection and diagnosis standards for oral hypofunction, which has now become an official disease name and is covered by insurance since April. We will revise these standards by accumulating more data. Furthermore, the Society will establish "Management methods including lifestyles, nutrition, and exercise instructions" based on evidence, thereby strongly supporting dentistry.

Internationalization of the Society

We will actively exchange with foreign scientific organizations including the European College of Gerodontology (ECG) and the Taiwan Academy of Geriatric Dentistry (TAGD), promote collaboration in scientific meetings, and jointly hold scientific meetings.

Toward an Active, Beneficial Society

With experts in various fields increasingly joining the Society throughout the nation, we will facilitate participation in the management of the Society by universities, colleges, and regions, thereby broadening and enlivening our activities. We will also strengthen collaboration between committees, as well as with other societies and organizations to make the Society more beneficial for members.

Leveraging my experience in the overall management of the Society as an executive director for 15 years and as a director of general affairs for 6 years, I will make utmost effort to incorporate opinions from all of you to achieve our objectives.