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会長 森山啓司

Keiji Moriyama, DDS, PhD.
The Japanese Association for Dental Research (JADR)
Professor and Chair
Department of Maxillofacial Orthognathics
Division of Maxillofacial and Neck Reconstruction
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)

My name is Keiji Moriyama, and I am honored to extend my cordial greetings to you all as President of the Japanese Association for Dental Research (JADR).

Under the direction of the first president, Professor Shinjiro Takahashi (Professor of the Department of Orthodontics, Tokyo Medical and Dental University), the JADR was founded on November 6, 1954. At that time, the JADR only had 16 members, but since then many researchers with noble aspirations have crossed the boundaries of their affiliations and fields of expertise to build a global network of dental researchers. In 1980, the JADR proudly hosted the 58th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) General Session (Yojiro Kawamura was the local organizing chair) in Osaka followed by the 79th IADR General Session (Takayuki Kuroda was the local organizing chair) in Chiba in 2001. Not only are these two important milestones carved into our history, but also many other tangible and intangible assets that were built up by our predecessors are still major pillars of the JADR.

Since 2008, the JADR has been geographically part of the Asia/Pacific region (APR) of the IADR together with the Australian/New Zealand Division, Chinese Division, Indian Division, Korean Division, Mongolian Section, Pakistani Section, and the Southeast Asian Division. Besides the IADR APR meeting held every 3 years, the IADR APR Young Researcher Symposium (2021) and the IADR APR-Pan European Region Leadership in Dental Research Forum (2022) have been conducted to date as part of a new initiative to revitalize dental research while cooperating in research within regions and between other regions.

We are entering a difficult era in which global disasters strike one after another, such as epidemics, wars, and climate change. If dentistry is a scientific field that aims to improve our health and well-being, then perhaps it is precisely in this complex and uncertain world that its true value can be demonstrated.

Although my capacity is limited, I would like to do my humble best to support the development of the JADR through my presidential term from 2023 to 2024. I am delighted to take on this heavy responsibility with the cooperation of Vice-President Professor Mikako Hayashi (Osaka University) and Treasurer Professor Hiroshi Egusa (Tohoku University). I appreciate your continuous support and cooperation toward supporting our bright future in dental research.

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