Etsuo Chosa, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Miyazaki
It is truly an honor for all faculty members of the University of Miyazaki to host, for the first time, the 37th Annual Research Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association at the Seagaia Convention Center in Miyazaki on Thursday, October 13, and Friday, October 14, 2022. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to all members of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association and all related parties for their invaluable support.
Owing to the dedicated efforts of the organizers and participants, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games held during the COVID-19 pandemic were successfully concluded without the feared outbreak of clusters, and the outstanding performance of the Japanese team inspired the entire nation. Physical and mental health were crucial for this success, especially the health of the locomotive system, including for athletes with disabilities. The Annual Research Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association, which started out as a forum to discuss basic research on bones and joints and developed as a society for research, was established with the aim of advancing the study of locomotor organs. It has since been led by senior members of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association together with researchers in related fields to promote translational research from basic research to clinical application in the field of locomotor science. To support the health of the locomotor system and develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic methods for the next generation, innovation in basic research is essential. Based on the belief that it is vital to inherit and advance the research of our predecessors, we have chosen this year’s theme to be “Innovation in Orthopaedic Research: Progression through Tradition.”
The meeting venue is in the very heart of the Seagaia Resort complex, which stretches across the stunning landscape of Miyazaki’s Hitotsuba Coast. The resort complex, whose name is a combination of the English words “Sea” and “Gaia” (“Earth”), is well known for having hosted the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit 2020 Meeting of Foreign Ministers as well as for being the site of the annual Dunlop Phoenix Golf Tournament and a camping ground for many top athletes in baseball, soccer, and rugby. The area is home to several shrines in honor of myths that appear in Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters). In addition to the area surrounding Seagaia, the nearby towns of Saito and Takachiho are sites of Tensonkorin (the descent to earth of the grandson of the sun goddess) and the ancient legend of the opening of the Amanoiwato cave, both of which appear in Kojiki and Nihonshoki (Chronicles of Japan). In the fall, Miyazaki also offers many other fascinating tourist attractions and delicious food, and we invite you to enjoy the sun-filled landscapes and delicious cuisine after engaging in lively discussions at the conference. We sincerely look forward to welcoming you all.