Originating from a jaw deformity study group that existed for 9 years from 1982, the Japanese Society for Jaw Deformities was established on January 1, 1991 with Prof. Tadahiko Iizuka (currently professor emeritus at Kyoto University) as President of the Society. The second President was Prof. Chikara Saito (currently professor emeritus at Niigata University) and the third President was Prof. Junichiro Iida (professor at Hokkaido University), and I was appointed as the fourth President on June 24, 2016. The Society became a specified nonprofit corporation, the Japanese Society for Jaw Deformities, on July 1, 2005 and now has more than 2,000 members.
As defined in its Articles of Incorporation, the aims of the Society are to raise the level of medical care and develop the next generation of human resources through activities including scientific research on jaw deformities and education and public awareness programs, thereby contributing to the health and welfare of the nation. To achieve these goals, our activities include: (i) research presentation programs for studies on jaw deformities by hosting scientific conferences, (ii) publication programs including issuing journals on jaw deformities, (iii) education and public awareness programs on jaw deformities through the Society’s website, (iv) collaborative programs with both domestic and overseas organizations involved in jaw deformities, and (v) other programs required to meet our objectives.
For the benefit of patients suffering from jaw deformities, the Japanese Society for Jaw Deformities gathers various experts in related specific disciplines to exchange opinions, identify the pathology and causes of the disease, as well as improve treatments. There have been enthusiastic discussions spanning diverse disciplines at the annual meetings and in our quarterly journal, the Japanese Journal of Jaw Deformities, by experts and other professionals in oral surgery, orthodontics, prosthodontics, and dental anesthesia as well as in psychology and basic medicine. Internationally, we have also formed partnerships, including with the Korean Association of Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in 2001, which has made the Society a platform in East Asia for exchanging information on the treatment of jaw deformities. Additionally, the Society has been accredited by the Japanese Association for Dental Science as one of their Authorized Organizations. Thus, the Japanese Society for Jaw Deformities is recognized domestically and internationally as an authoritative academic body focusing on the disease of jaw deformities.
We believe that the crucial challenge for the future in the treatment of jaw deformities is not only to establish safe, certain and effective treatment methods, but also to devise efficient treatment regimens that impose less burden on patients. To address this challenge, it is important to facilitate basic studies on the treatment of jaw deformities, such as research on the craniomaxillofacial functions associated with jaw deformities, research on craniomaxillofacial morphology including aesthetic aspects, and research on patient psychology as well as identification of the causes of jaw deformities.
The treatment of jaw deformities requires interdisciplinary team care integrating the expertise of diverse professionals. Therefore, although enhancing medical technology and treatment regimens in each area of expertise is essential to establish safe, certain, effective and efficient treatment methods, it is also crucial to acquire a broad knowledge of other disciplines so as to strengthen interdisciplinary team care.
On the basis of the endeavors made by each fellow member, the Japanese Society for Jaw Deformities is committed to its responsibilities as a special scientific body for improving the treatment of jaw deformities, for the benefit of patients.
In working toward this goal, we would greatly appreciate your advice and support.