“Yo-koso” and a warm welcome to all participants of the 7th Asian Congress of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Radiology, to be held in the ancient city of Nara, Japan.
Nara is located almost at the center of the Japanese archipelago, east of Osaka and south of Kyoto. It was the capital of Japan from 710 to 784. The city's historic monuments － Buddhist temples and the excavated remains of the Imperial Palace － provide vivid pictures of life in the Japanese capital in the 8th century.
In 1998 UNESCO's World Heritage Committee added “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara” to its World Heritage list of cultural and natural sites. Tourist spots such as Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, Kasuga Shrine, and Nara National Museum are within walking distance from the site of the Congress. The Congress venue itself is in the center of Nara National Park, which is famous for its exceptional beauty and 1,200 tame deer. The main hall has an impressive Noh theater, which has been converted into a multipurpose auditorium. You may be one of those lucky ones who will present a paper at this theater. The theme for the Congress is “OMF Radiology : Innovations and Effective Contributions to the People.” You can attend the special/educational lectures concerning the contemporary state-of-the-art radiology and clinico-radiology conference, as well as both oral and poster scientific sessions. We will have more hands-on workshops for special interest groups. The topics of the symposia are “recent advances in head and neck imaging” and “cone-beam volumetric imaging in the clinical setting”. We invite you to register for Nara ACOMFR 2008, which will prove to be an unforgettable learning experience. Come and enjoy the beauty and culture of Nara at the best season of the year.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Tomohiro Okano, DDS, PhD
President, The 7th ACOMFR
Professor of Radiology, Showa University School of Dentistry, Tokyo, Japan
outline of the society
Outline of the Society
The Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology was established on January 1, 1960, as the eighth sectional committee (chairman: Nobuyuki Hanamura) of the Japanese Association for Dental Science, which was established afresh on the same day on the basis of autonomy and universality. The history of the society dates back to a certain day before it was established, July 20, 1951, when Shoichi Ando, Eiichi Akamatsu, Chiyo Ninomiya, Toshiro Misaki, Takeo Murai, Fumio Manome, Noboru Sonoyama and Yoshio Watanabe got together at the request of Dr. Nobuyuki Hanamura who was the head of the Department of Dentistry at Sanraku Hospital, and those 9 members established a workshop on dental radiology. With additional members joining afterward, on September 21 of the same year, this workshop became the Dental Radiology Assembly, consisting of 23 members. At the beginning, the Dental Radiology Assembly was held every other month; later, it was held every month except July and August. A total of 55 assemblies was held for about 8 years until it was dissolved in favor of the Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. On January 22, 1960, the Kanto Block of the Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (chairman: Nobuyuki Hanamura) was established, and on November 20 of the same year, the Kinki Block, which later became the Kansai Block, was established (chairman: Chikara Matsushima).
The first general assembly of the society was held on October 16, 1960 at Nihon University School of Dentistry with a membership of 167. The first issue (vol. 1, no. 1) of Shika-Housyasen, the official journal of the society, was published in 1960. The first achievement in dental radiology in Japan is believed to be the case report published in Shikaigaku-Sodan in 1897, long before the establishment of the Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and since then presentations at academic meetings, academic papers, and books have been well documented by 1945. (Masaru Suzuki: A history of dental roentgenology in Japan, Shika-Housyasen (8:53-72, 1967))