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From President

Dr. Yasuyuki SAKAI
President of the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (JASSE) during 2019-2020
(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo)

President of the Japanese Society for Alternatives to Animal Experiments (JASSE) during 2019-2020
(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo)

I am honored to serve as the president of the JSAAE for 2019-2020 after the last 2017-2018 period.  I would like to develop the activity of JSAAE as well as to establish sustainable management of JSAAE. I would like to have all your supports during two years.

In 2019-2020, my general goals as the president are "Interdisciplinary fusion of science and technology toward widening targets of alternative research", "Dissemination of 3Rs concept in Japanese society", "Continuous contribution to world alternative research community in changing situation" and "Sustainable management".  To realize these goals, I would like to implement various measures as follows.

We would like to pursuit interdisciplinary fusion through cooperation with other related societies in the occasions of annual meetings, recruiting new members both industry and academia.  Since the targets of alternative research, particularly in "Replacement" area, are now shifting from local to systemic effects in a longer term, not only improvement of in vitro methods but also proper integration with various analytical and numerical methodologies.  The feature of JSAAE is objective-oriented integration of various disciplines/technologies for their implementation in the society, while considering the future ideal systems for non-animal evaluation of effects in humans. This point of JSAAE should be improved and developed with intimate cooperation with related industries ranging from cosmetics to chemicals, food and medicine.  

I regret to say that implementation of alternative methods is still under way in Japan.  To solve this first in "Replacement" area, we first continue to have experimental and/or practical seminars. Such events have eagerly expected by domestic industries. We also have to strengthen the efforts to dissemination of the "Refinement" and "Reduction" concepts in Japanese society. This will be enabled by active communication and cooperation with animal experiment communities toward well-balanced realization of 3Rs concept in Japan. On the other side, communication and cooperation with various groups pursuing animal rights and warfare and this also sheds a light on the acceleration of alternative methods research.    

As the international contributions of JSSAE, we would like to keep and develop versatile scientific/technological supports to the activities of JaCVAM.  In addition to that, we would like to strengthen the cooperation with EUSAAT, ESTIV, ASCCT, KSAAE, Chinese and Indian communities. In particular, establishment of Asian Federation of alternatives to animal experiments based on an agreement among Japan, China and Korea is highly expected to ensure continuous holding Asian congress including Korean one in 2021. While purring the basis of these efforts, we need to consider our sustainable strategy for ideally benefitting both Japanese colleagues and world community. One important thing is to enable the registration of JSAAE's official journal, AATEX, to the web-based database, PubMed Central, in 2020. 

Raising young researchers in the next generations is a serious problem even for JSAAE that is focused on actively-growing research areas.  We would like to pursuit intentional recruitment of younger researchers from both academia and industry, so that we can secure the sustainable development of JSAAE.  Alleviation of works for management of JSAAE should be pursued in order to increase the time for younger professionals, who have recently less and less time for research.

In addition to these main four strategies, we just decided to incorporate JSAAE to have better visibility and presence in both scientific and social communities, through which we would like to organize over 500 members in coming two years.

The 32th annual meeting will be held in Tsukuba by Dr. Kanamori and the 33th will be in Okinawa by Dr. Suzuki.  In these meetings, we may set up a new award system that can continuously promote great research by various generations.  In 2019, we have a great chance to recruit new promising researcher to the council members and subsequently in 2020 we will elect next board members for 2021-2022.

As such, 2019-2020 is an important period for future JSAAE's activities and the management system, but it is almost impossible for the executive board members and the committee members alone to realize these goal through versatile measures above, I would like to ask supports from all the members, councilors, industries, associations or groups for 2019-2020. 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude in advance.


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