Keiji Moriyama, D.D.S., Ph.D.
President, The Japanese Orthodontic Society
I am honored to serve as President of the Japanese Orthodontic Society (JOS) upon the approval in the JOS general assembly meeting held on March 4, 2018. In the meantime, I have been feeling the weight of responsibility to lead this organization to further development in the era of dynamic changes in orthodontics.
The JOS has contributed to progress in basic and clinical orthodontics in Japan for more than 90 years since it was established in 1926. To achieve our goal, the JOS engages in the following: (1) holding an annual scientific meeting, (2) publishing Orthodontic Waves and Orthodontic Waves-Japanese Edition, (3) promoting education and research in orthodontics, (4) investigating issues related to orthodontic care and the national health insurance system, (5) granting and awarding excellent research, (6) conducting accreditation and board certification in orthodontics, (7) communicating and collaborating with other academic organizations, and (8) promoting international collaboration.
In 2020, the joint meeting of the 9th International Orthodontic Congress (IOC), the 12th Asian Pacific Orthodontic Congress (APOC) and the 79th Annual Meeting of the JOS will be held in Yokohama, Japan. The IOC is the official academic meeting of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) held in every 5 years, and it will come to Asia for the first time. I believe that holding this world event will be a great opportunity for Japanese and international orthodontists to share the fruits and findings of the basic research and treatment practice that the Japanese orthodontic community has accumulated over the years, while deepening ties between orthodontists and other related domains so that our area of specialization can further develop as an important pillar of health science. I also believe that a Japan-based gathering of orthodontists and dental care professionals from around the world, who will bring with them their expertise, experiences and wisdom, will be of particular significance in expanding and supporting the need for orthodontic care that is rapidly growing worldwide, and especially in Asia.
For the 9th IOC / the 12th APOC / the 79th JOS annual meeting, I would like to propose to our colleagues in Japan as well as the world over and those who support our profession to deeply reflect on the role of orthodontists, whose importance is expected to grow further in the future, as the starting point for health science, so that we may be able to continue fulfilling this role most optimally.
Finally, I would like to ask most humbly for your warm support and cooperation for realizing our mission to “make people happy with better smiles”.
JOS Members of Committee
Board of Trustees of The Japanese Orthodontic Society (2018-2019)
President: Keiji Moriyama
Executive Committee Members: