About the Japanese Society of Allergology

Official Name
Japanese Society of Allergology (JSA)

Contact Information
4th Floor, MY Bldg, 1-13-3 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005, Japan
Tel: +81-3-5807-1701
Fax: +81-3-5807-1702
E-mail: info@jsaweb.jp
URL: http://www.jsaweb.jp

President, Japanese Society of Allergology
Hirohisa Saito, MD, PhD, National Research Institute for Child Health & Development

Founded
October, 1952

Mission
To promote advances in the field of allergology and related academic disciplines

Activities

  1. Sponsoring academic meetings
  2. Publishing journals (in Japanese and English)
  3. Promoting communication among affiliates
  4. Promoting communication with related organs and academic societies in Japan
  5. Corresponding and working with overseas allergology associations and similar groups internationally on behalf of allergy specialists in Japan
  6. Certification of doctors, allergists, teaching doctors, and teaching facilities specializing in treatment of allergies
  7. Other activities necessary to achieving the Society's mission

Number of officers (as of June 17, 2016)
President, Japanese Society of Allergology 1
Directors 20
Auditors 3
Board of Representatives 348

Number of affiliates (as of March 31, 2016)
10,953

Society journals
-  Japanese Journal of Allergology (Japanese)
   Published 9 times annually (including abstracts  of the General Meeting)
-  Allergology International (English)
   Published quarterly

History of JSA

1949
An allergy and anaphylaxis research team is established, supported by the grant-in-aid for scientific research (general research) from the Ministry of Education. Under the leadership of Dr. Keizo Nakamura of the National Institute of Health (now the Infectious Disease Surveillance Center), researchers in the field gather from around the country to pursue comprehensive basic and clinical research over a period of three years. During this time, a consensus emerges in favor of launching an allergology society.

1951
The International Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (today the World Allergy Organization) is formed and its first congress held in Zurich. Spurred by this development, preparations for the establishment of a Japanese allergology society move forward rapidly.

1952
In April, an organizing committee is formed, and the Society charter is drawn up. The first general meeting is held on October 17 and 18 in Tokyo, attended by several hundred participants.
Since then, in addition to publishing a monthly journal, the Society has held annual meetings once a year, bringing researchers in basic medicine and clinical medicine in a variety of specialties together to present and discuss their research.

1989
The first Spring Meeting is held with the aim of advancing clinical allergology.

1996
Quarterly English-language journal is launched as part of effort to make society more international.

The World Allergy Congress (formerly the International Congress of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) has been held twice in Japan, once in Tokyo (1973) and once in Kyoto (1991).

  Uniqueness
The Japanese Society of Allergology is made up of medical researchers and clinical physicians who share an involvement in the study of allergies and clinical immunology. Clinical subspecialties include such allergies and immune-response disorders as bronchial asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, collagen disease, allergic rhinitis, pollenosis, hives, atopic dermatitis, and immunodeficiency. However, there are many patients afflicted by other allergies as well. The Society considers all such patients and disorders within its purview.

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