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18th Congress of the APSR

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Yokohama, 2013

This congress was held at the Conference Center, Pacifico Yokohama, on 11-14 November 2013.

Congress websites remain online for a limited period after the event. Therefore for posterity, the following links are reproduced from the congress website www.apsr2013.jp at the close of the congress.

Given the size and complexity of such events, it is inevitable that there were last minute changes. Consequently there is no guarantee that all the sessions detailed actually took place in the form advertised.

Information that is unlikely to be of further interest, such as hotel booking, transportation arrangements to the venue, etc., has been omitted.

Creating Harmony
in Asia-Pacific Respiratory Medicine

  • Improving the standard of respiratory clinical care
  • Supporting young researchers and clinicians in the Asia-Pacific region
  • Contributing to the global health and science of pulmonology

Congress video

Missed a session at the 2013 Congress in Yokohama?

Or want to see it again?

With the help and assistance of the Japanese Respiratory Society, members can now see

videos of sessions

at www.medicalvista.jp/...

(Note: From August 2015 this facility ceased to be available)

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11-14 November 2013


The Conference Center, Pacifico Yokohama
1-1-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012 JAPAN


You, plus around 2,500 other professionals specialising in respiratory medicine.

The congress host is the Japanese Respiratory Society and the distinguished organising committee members are introduced below. Their combined experience will ensure the congress is a huge success and they are led by their renowned president, with his following Welcome Message.

What and why?

Welcome Message from the Congress President

Toshihiro Nukiwa

It is my great honour and pleasure as congress president to welcome you to the 18th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR2013), to be held on 11-14 November 2013 at the Conference Center, Pacifico Yokohama, Japan. Following the success of the two previous congresses in Japan, 1988 in Tokyo and 2006 in Kyoto, the Local Congress Committee (LCC) members of the Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS) are very honoured to host the APSR for the third time. The LCC members are also pleased to note that this APSR2013 Congress is the 25th anniversary and a landmark in the history of the APSR.

Under the main theme for the APSR2013, "Creating Harmony in Asia-Pacific Respiratory Medicine", the four-day congress will feature a comprehensive scientific programme, including postgraduate courses, plenary lectures, and major symposia organized by 16 APSR Scientific Assemblies, which will be delivered by distinguished speakers in the field of respirology. In addition, oral and poster presentations will provide a perfect opportunity for researchers and clinicians as a platform for academic and clinical exchange. Young researchers and clinicians in the Asia-Pacific region will be able to improve their knowledge and skills through discussion with many invited researchers from the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Japanese Respiratory Society (JRS). The LCC will also organize a variety of social events for delegates to enjoy.

One year after the tragic Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster, with the medical support from countries of the Asia-Pacific region, Japan has recovered remarkably well from damage to the land and its people. We sincerely appreciate all the support and hope that the congress in Yokohama will be highly productive and exciting in terms of scientific and clinical achievement. Congress participants will have a chance to further understand Japan's historic disaster first hand by visiting cities along the northern Pacific coast.

I look forward to seeing you in Yokohama in the most beautiful autumn season.

Yours Sincerely,

Toshihiro Nukiwa, M.D., Ph.D.
President of Local Congress Committee of APSR2013
Medical Commissioner, South Miyagi Medical Center

Links to details

The congress website was www.apsr2013.jp and included the following PDF files:

Programme overview

The APSR covers all areas of respiratory-related diseases. With heads of APSR scientific assemblies, who plan symposia for their respective fields of expertise, the scientific programme delivers sessions with fresh and timely topics. In view of the differences of medical care in the Asia-Pacific region, the programme covers a wide range of themes from basic educational programmes to global topics of urgency and topicality with excellent specialists in the field of respiratory medicine, not only from the host country but also from other parts of Asia, Europe and the United States.

Invited lecturers

Ronald G Crystal
Department of Genetic Medicine, Weill Medical College
Augustine M K Choi
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Ignacio I Wistuba
Department of Translational Molecular Pathology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Meet the team

Honorary President Yoshinosuke Fukuchi
Juntendo University
President Toshihiro Nukiwa
South Miyagi Medical Center
Vice Presidents Shoji Kudoh
Fukujuji Hospital
Atsushi Nagai
Tokyo Women's Medical University
Keishi Kubo
Shinshu University
Chair of Central Scientific Committee Takahide Nagase
The University of Tokyo
Chair of Local Scientific Committee Kazuhisa Takahashi
Juntendo University
Chairs of Local Congress Committee Masaharu Nishimura
Hokkaido University
Michiaki Mishima
Kyoto University
Secretary General Shu Hashimoto
Nihon University
Assistant Secretaries Kuniaki Seyama
Juntendo University
Yasuhiro Gon
Nihon University
Treasurer Nobuoki Kohno
Hiroshima University
Assistant Treasurer Mitsuru Munakata
Fukushima Medical University
Protocol Officer Yoichi Nakanishi
Kyushu University
APSR Central Congress Committee Takahide Nagase (Chair)
Arth Nana
Teresita de Guia
Toshihiro Nukiwa
Michiaki Mishima
David C L Lam
Peter Eastwood
Chunxue Bai
David S C Hui
Heads of Assemblies
APSR Scientific & Clinical Assemblies V K Vijayan
Clinical Respiratory Medicine
Takahide Nagase
Cell and Molecular Biology
Shu Hashimoto
Clinical Allergy & Immunology
Takashi Nakano
Environmental & Occupational Health and Epidemiology
Jun-Hee Woo
Respiratory Infections
Charles Yu
Masaharu Nishimura
Yoichi Nakanishi
Lung Cancer
Christopher Lai
Kazuo Chin
Respiratory Neurobiology and Sleep
Hiroshi Kubo
Critical Care Medicine
Takashi Ishida
Bronchoscopy and Interventional Techniques
Anne Chang
Paediatric Lung Disease
Yasutaka Nakano
Respiratory Structure and Function
Keishi Kubo
Pulmonary Circulation
Yoshikazu Inoue
Interstitial Lung Disease

Congress secretariat

Inquiry Counter of APSR 2013
Convention Academia Inc.
4F Hongo UC Building
3-35-3 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, Japan, 113-0033
Tel: +81 3 5805 5261
Fax: +81 3 3815 2028
Email: info@apsr2013.jp
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Annual General Meeting
16:30–17:00, 11 November 2013
Congress Room 8 (rooms 511 & 512) 5F Pacifico Yokohama, Japan

2013 APSR Medal

Dr Mary Sau-Man Ip was an outstanding president of the APSR and worked extremely hard in changing our constitution, improving our modus operandi and dealing with many challenges during her term of office.

However, the Medal should not be viewed as an acknowledgement only of a contribution to the APSR but also a contribution to respiratory medicine in the region. Again, her work in sleep medicine has been outstanding. She has given many lectures and participated in many meetings both regionally and globally and is viewed as a role model for physician investigators internationally.

The award will be formally presented at the APSR Congress in Yokohama.

2013 Fukuchi Award

We are pleased to announce that the paper entitled "Effects of nutritional supplementation combined with conventional pulmonary rehabilitation in muscle-wasted chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A prospective, randomized and controlled study" by Dr Alev Gurgun has been awarded the 2013 'Fukuchi Award' for the best original research paper published in Respirology over the last 12 months.

The paper was selected by an international expert panel consisting of Dr Antonio Anzueto (University of Texas, San Antonio, USA), Dr John Mastronarde (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA), Dr Chunxue Bai (APSR Research Committee, Shanghai, China), Dr Albert Li (Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong) and Dr Christina Spengler (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), and chaired by Dr Michael Niederman (Stony Brook University, New York, USA). The panel ranked the papers published from Respirology Vol 17 Iss 5 through to Vol 18 Iss 4 for novelty, importance, methodology, clarity and overall quality. A consensus about the best original research paper was then obtained through a rigorous judging system.

The award will be formally presented at the APSR Congress in Yokohama.

Ann Woolcock Research Award

Dr Shu Hashimoto (Nihon University School of Medicine, Japan) has been granted an award named in honour of the prominent scientist, Dr Ann Woolcock. This is in recognition of his work, which enshrines excellence in respiratory research and research translation.

He will present "Epithelial cell in asthma pathogenesis" at the Ann Woolcock Memorial Lecture during the APSR Congress in Yokohama.

Michiyoshi Harasawa Research Award

Dr Peter Sly (Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute, University of Queensland, Australia) has been granted an award named in honour of the prominent scientist, Dr Michiyoshi Harasawa. This is in recognition of his work, which enshrines excellence in respiratory research and research translation.

He will present "Early life origins of chronic lung disease" at the Michiyoshi Harasawa Memorial Lecture during the APSR Congress in Yokohama.