APFSRM2020 The 47th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery / The 5th Congress of Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Welcome Message

Ryosuke Kakinoki, MD, Ph.D

Welcome to the 5th congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Societies for Reconstructive Microsurgery (5th APFSRM) in 2020. It is with great honor and pleasure that we invite you to attend the 5th APFSRM, which will be held at Kitakyushu International Conference Center in Kitakyushu city in Fukuoka from Nov 18th to 20th in 2020. The congress will be held in conjunction with the 47th annual meeting of Japanese Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (47th JSRM) (Congress Chairman: Dr. Yasunori Hattori). The congress will be held under the theme“Pioneering the Future of Microsurgery”.My personal interpretation of this theme is that we have to continue to search for something new in microsurgery and devote ourselves to develop microsurgery. We hope this congress will give you some new ideas or hints for your clinical practice and research.

It gives us great pleasure to host this congress in Japan where many famous microsurgeons have emerged, such as Prof. Susumu Tamai, who performed the first successful replantation of the thumb in 1965, Prof. Kiyonori Harii, who performed the first successful free flap in 1972, Prof, Yasuo Ueba, who performed the first free fibula bone graft in 1978, Prof, Yoshikazu Ikuta who treated Volkmann contracture using free functioning muscle transfer, Prof. Kazuteru Doi, well known as the creator of the double free muscle transfer technique for total brachial plexus injury and Prof. Isao Koshima, who established the concept of perforator flaps and well known for lymphatic surgery.

On behalf of all the members of JSRM, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all who are related to the APFSRM organization for giving us an opportunity to host the congress in Japan. Organizing committee members for 5th APFSRM are now making great efforts to prepare for the congress to make it attractive and fruitful. On the first day of the congress (Nov.18th 2020), we are planning to have the pre-congress workshop of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. In this workshop, we would like several microsurgery giants to give us a few presentations that we hope would give some important messages to young microsurgeons following the footsteps of the experts.

Kitakyushu is located in the north of Kyushu island. The access to Kitakyushu is very convenient. Kitakyushu airport is linked with several domestic as well as Asian cities with direct flights. Kitakyushu is also connected to many big cities in Japan by the bullet train railroad system (Shin-kansen). You can enjoy tours to Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe with a 2-3 hour ride on the bullet train from Kitakyushu. In addition, Japan is very safe even after dark. Many people including young ladies enjoy drinking, eating and various entertainments until midnight in Kitakyushu. Let’s enjoy Japanese cuisine and culture in Japan.

It would be our honor to have a great number of microsurgeons from all over the world participating in this congress to achieve fruitful and successful outcomes. See you in Kitakyushu.

Ryosuke Kakinoki, M.D.
President of APFSRM
Kindai University

Yuzuru Kamei, M.D., Ph.D.

On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to invite you to the 5th Congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Societies for Reconstructive Microsurgery (5th APFSRM) which will be held at Kitakyushu International Conference Center in Kokura, Kitakyushu, Japan.

It is a great honor for me to host the meeting as vice president. 5th APFSRM Congress will take place from November 18-20, 2020 in conjunction with the 47th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (JSRM).

Since its establishment in 2012, the APFSRM has made some valuable contributions to the advancement of microsurgery around Asia, with Japan at the forefront of its development.

It has been 11 years since we last hosted an international meeting for reconstructive microsurgery, the 5th Congress of World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery which took place in Okinawa.

Under the theme of “Pioneering the Future of Microsurgery”, I hope that this meeting will indicate the future image of microsurgery not only to Asia but to the whole world.

Yuzuru Kamei, M.D.
Vice President of APFSRM
Nagoya University

Yasunori Hattori, M.D., Ph.D.

It is my great pleasure to invite you to Kitakyushu, Japan for the 5th Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Reconstructive Microsurgery Congress (5th APFSRM) combined with the 47th Japanese Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting (47th JSRM) which will be held from November 18 to 21, 2020.

I am so proud to participate in this conjoint meeting as the congress chairman of the 47th JSRM which will take place in Japan. APFSRM was founded in 2012 with the aim of advancing the specialty of Reconstructive Microsurgery in the Asia Pacific region, promoting communication and free exchange of knowledge among various societies, enhancing the opportunity of Reconstructive Microsurgery training through friendly exchange programs. The Congress was convened in Singapore in 2012, Korea in 2014, China in 2016, and Turkey in 2018.

The theme for the congress is “Pioneering the Future of Microsurgery”. JSRM has produced many leaders in the field of microsurgery. It is time for us to look back on the great achievements of our respected mentors and discuss the future prospects of our profession by sharing global perspectives.

Kitakyushu is located in the northernmost city of Kyushu where you can find both historical landmarks and advanced robot technology.

I hope you will enjoy the meeting during the beautiful autumn season and I am looking forward to seeing you in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Yasunori Hattori, M.D.
Organizing Committee
Chair/Secretary of 5thAPFSRM
Congress Chairman of 47thJSRM
Ogori Daiichi General Hospital

Kensuke Kiyokawa, M.D., Ph.D.

I am happy and honored to host the 5th Congress of the Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Reconstructive Microsurgery (5th APFSRM) at Kitakyushu, Japan in November 2020 which will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (47th JSRM).

Thirty years ago, I can still remember how impressed I was witnessing the amazing techniques of our microsurgeons during the proliferative growth of this specialty. When I got to see the outcome of Dr. Kiyonori Harii’s Surgery, which was dynamic reconstruction for facial nerve paralysis using LD flap, it amazed and moved me so much that I said to myself “Wow, the muscle from the back enables the face to move ?!” Not only myself but other excellent young doctors have proceeded to become microsurgeons with the same passion just like what our respected mentors have done. Now, that passion has led to the development of new fields in Microsurgery such as perforator flap and lymphedema. The techniques learned from these new fields have started to gain popularity and have helped a lot of patients world-wide.

JSRM will mark its 50th Anniversary in 2023. I hope the 5th APFSRM will be a big stepping stone for the next half- century of JSRM, just as it has played a key role in Asia-Pacific countries. Our organizing committee is working hard to bring you an unforgettable experience in Kitakyushu, Japan. I am really excited to welcome you at Kitakyushu, where the new era of Microsurgery will begin, and to spend valuable time with wonderful friends from different countries. I look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

Kensuke Kiyokawa, M.D.
Organizing Committee Co-Chair of 5thAPFSRM
Kurume University

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