Greetings from the president
I joined the Japan Society of Equilibrium Research in 1976, and I was
given the formal qualification of an active member in 1986. Having served
in various capacities, I was given the privilege to be appointed as president
of our society in November 2013. During all those years, I have had the
chance to witness the various achievements and remarkable progress and
changes in our society. In the practice of vestibular medicine, some drawbacks
are inevitable. For example, making a definitive diagnosis is very challenging
and medication is almost the same regardless of the pathology or characteristics
of the individual. Basically, I agree with this point of view. However,
it is also true that significant progress has been made both in clinical
and basic research over the past decades. Innovations have been implemented
in the areas of otolithic organ tests, nystagmus analysis using infrared
camera, genetic studies, new treatments and imaging techniques for Meniere’s
disease, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) therapy. Novel
concepts such as migrainous vertigo and BPPV have also been formulated.
We have come to realize that a series of these tests and treatments have
resolved vertigo in many patients. We therefore look forward to further
innovations in diagnosis and treatment. Also worth noting is the rapid
progress in computer science and transportation, which has allowed easy
and quick communication with other countries. Exchange of information with
international societies, such as the Bárány Society, will strongly be encouraged.
A major change in our society structure was the establishment of the corporate
structure and a consultant system for patients with dizziness in 2012.
The introduction of various systems has also increased our social responsibility.
It is our principal role to provide relevant information regarding the
condition of dizziness to the general public. The establishment of the
consultant system for patients with dizziness has made the Japan Society
of Equilibrium Research a very unique society in terms of providing the
double qualifications of active membership and consultant. The direction
of the Japan Society of Equilibrium Research should always be towards providing
benefits to our society members. Our ultimate goal lies in the development
of equilibrium research within the mainstay of delivering benefits to our
patients. With your continued support, I am optimistic that we will be
able to fulfill our goals.