I am pleased to have the honor of announcing that the 19th International Congress of Cytology (ICC2016) will take place in Yokohama, Japan, from 28 May to 1 June, 2016.
I cordially invite you to participate in what promises to be a memorable conference.
The history of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) goes back to 1957.
Dr. Kazumasa Masubuchi was one of the contributors to the establishment of this international body. The Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology (JSCC) was then set up and officially established in 1962.
Now, the JSCC comprises over 11,000 members including 5,000 cytopathologists and 6,000 cytotechnologists. Some 5,000 participants attend its biannual domestic conferences.
At ICC2016, we intend to focus on two subjects. The first is the potential of new developments in cytodiagnosis made possible through the merge of various new technologies derived from diverse fields of medical science, along with the usefulness of cytology as a screening or diagnostic modality. The second is to explore the innovative steps we are compelled to take in the future, through sharing the experiences and research achievements of all the participants.
Yokohama is a vibrant port city, only 30 minutes from central Tokyo and Haneda International Airport. Since its opening as an international shipping port in 1859, the city has been Japan’s window on the world and has played a leading role in the country’s modernization. Thus, attendees of the ICC2016 will be able to enjoy its blend of tradition and an international outlook along with the hospitality of its citizens in a safe, comfortable environment, all of which make it a very appealing destination. A variety of social events and optional tours have been planned to make your stay an enjoyable one.
I look forward to welcoming many of my fellow professionals in the field of Cytology from Japan and abroad in May 2016.
First of all, I would like to congratulate Dr. Philippe Vielh, Congress President and all members of the Organizing Committee and Scientific Committee on the well-organized and very successful International Congress of Cytology (ICC) in Paris 2013.
As Vice President of the International Academy of Cytology (IAC) and Past-Chair of the Japanese Society of Clinical Cytology (JSCC), I would like to invite you all to attend the 19th ICC in Yokohama, which will be held from 28 May to 01 June, 2016 at Pacifico Yokohama, the Congress venue, in Japan. This meeting will be organized in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the JSCC and will be the third ICC held in Japan. It follows the two previous events in Tokyo in 1977 and 1998, both of which were very well attended and successful. The organization for the 19th ICC has just started with Dr. Daisuke Aoki, Congress President and the Organizing Committee. I am sure the Scientific Program will attract as many international participants as previous and current ICC meetings, while the success of the Congress will be totally dependent upon your attendance and contribution. The JSCC and organizing members welcome all of you from all global continents. Traditional educational materials and updated new information alongside recent technical developments will be discussed in detail. HPV vaccination, molecular cytopathology, automation, digital and remote cytopathology are among the areas on which new information will be discussed during ICC Yokohama. I am sure there will be friendly and updated discussion among attendees from all over the world.
Yokohama is the traditional port of entry to Japan and Japanese people love its international flavor. As part of the Social Program, you will visit various spots there, such as Sankeien Park and Chinatown. You may also visit Mt. Fuji and various temples in the old Japanese capital, Kamakura, easily in a day, or make a round trip to Kyoto and Nara in a day or two, as well as many other places. May to early June is the best time to visit Japan. I hope you will enjoy your time here.
Thus, many of you will visit Yokohama in 2016 to attend the ICC Scientific Program and enjoy Japanese scenery and culture. We are all looking forward to seeing you in 2016 in Yokohama.