Message from the Chair

Takuo Ogihara, Ph.D
Meeting Organizing Committee Chair
36th annual meeting of JSSX

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce that the 36th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society the Study of Xenobiotics (JSSX) will be held online from November 17 (Wed) to 19 (Fri), 2021, broadcast from G-Messe Gunma in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture. Initially, we had planned to hold the Annual Meeting in person at the venue but, in view of the recent expansion of COVID-19, and in consideration for the safety of all participants (including chairpersons, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and other staff involved in organizing the meeting), we regret to inform you that we have decided to hold the event entirely online.

Even after the effects of the novel corona virus have subsided, there is a possibility that web-based or hybrid conferences will become the norm for events such as JSSX, which are of interest not only to academics but also to companies, mainly those in the pharmaceutical realm. With this in mind, the main theme of the JSSX Annual Meeting will be "A New Challenge for JSSX in the Post-COVID Era", and we will hold the meeting online, again using G-Messe Gunma as our base, and incorporating a number of innovations that are in tune with the modern era and "new normal". This Annual Meeting will set a criterion for the JSSX to reach a new standard, and we are determined to tackle it.

JSSX is committed to further developing pharmacokinetic research as a science, but at the same time, as an incorporated association, it is also important to contribute to the surrounding fields and society. Pharmacokinetics has established a strong position as a core discipline in pharmacology. The importance of pharmacokinetics is also increasing in peripheral fields such as food and medical devices, where issues related to pharmacokinetics are becoming increasingly apparent. In view of these trends, we have planned special lectures and symposia from a wide range of perspectives to attract many people to the Annual Meeting. As usual, the Short Course will be held the day before the Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, 16 November. The morning of 17 November will also be open to participants of the Short Course.

We will continue to do our utmost to ensure the success of this year's Conference and Short Course, and we hope that you will consider joining us. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

With best regards,