Greetings from the President
I have been appointed as the 18th president of the Japanese Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (JSMRM), and my name is Osamu Abe, from the Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo. This society was established in 1986 based on the Society of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Medicine, which was established at the dawn of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 1981. The society has been an authentic academic society, moving along with the progress of MRI not only in the clinical practice but in the research field, and has made a considerable contribution to MRI advancement in both areas. The impact factor of the society official journal, “Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences” has been rising year by year, reaching 2.760 in 2021, and has received high international acclaim.
Since I employed a 7-tesla MRI for animal experiments in my graduate school research, I have become very interested in medical research using MRI and been a board-certified diagnostic radiologist over a few decades, especially dedicated in neuroimaging using MRI. In this context, since I joined this society in 1996, I have made many presentations as the first target congress of my research. Later, I had been involved in the management of the society, as the Secretary General when Prof. Harada from Tokushima University was the 15th president, and as the Vice President when Prof. Kuroda from Tokai University was the 17th president. I am not quite confident that I will be able to succeed or surpass many of the past presidents who have made outstanding achievements, but my passion to this society as well as MRI in medicine could be invincible.
During my tenure as a society president, I will try my best not only to strengthen research environments, propose attractive career designs, promote diversity and inclusion, educate young people, and collaborate with international academic societies for the more than 3,800 clinicians, researchers, engineers, and business people who belong to this society, but also contribute to the development and popularization of MRI in medical health care and insurance treatment. My term is as short as two years, and I would like to ask for your active participation and proposals in society activities, frank opinions on society management, cooperation in increasing the number of members through the guidance for younger generations in MRI medical research.