The Japanese Society of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
On a day in 1960 when a conference on orthostatic dysregulation was being held, topics on circulatory pathology attracted many of attendees there. Among them there were 4 pediatricians including Dr Okuni, a former chair of the board of directors of this society, who strongly felt the importance of understanding of normal and abnormal physiology of the cardiovascular system in children. They finally got together on April 2nd, 1963 and decided to organize a group of people who were interested in this new field and announced it to pediatricians in our country. The first scientific meeting was then held at Nagoya International Hotel on May 17th, 1965 under the chairmanship of Drs Tokuro Nagayama and Yukio Izumi. This is the first step of our Society. This was coincidentally the year when Helen B. Taussig, the mother of pediatric cardiology, served as a president of the American Heart Association. Since then, scientific meetings have been consistently held once a year. In 1977, the Society was named as Japanese Research Group of Pediatric Cardiology and it was again renamed to the current name in 1982 when we became an affiliated scientific society to The Japan Pediatric Society. As an international contribution, we provided a strong background to the 2nd World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, which was organized by Drs Yasuharu Imai and Kazuo Momma and held in Hawaii in 1997.
Currently, the Society has more than 2800 members, of whom 3/4 are pediatricians, pediatric cardiologists, cardiologists or other medical physicians, and 1/4 are cardiovascular surgeons. In addition, at the time of annual meetings there are nursing sessions, which are attended by more than 200 nurses each year. To become a member of the Society, please contact the administrative office.
Annual Scientific Meeting
Annual scientific meeting is being held usually in early July. Call for papers is announced in the official journal and on this Webb site during the autumn of the preceding year and dead line for submission is usually middle of January of the meeting year. Only members are eligible, but non-members who wish to submit papers from abroad may contact the office. English presentation at the meeting is acceptable.
The Society is publishing an official journal named Japanese Journal of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (JJPCCS) 6 issues each year. The journal accepts original papers, case reports, review papers, and other scientific materials from members of the Society after reviews of referees. Official language of the journal is Japanese in principle but English papers are also acceptable.