I am very honored to be hosting the 15th Annual Meeting of the Pan-Pacific Continence Society (PPCS2020).
The meeting of the PPCS will be held from the afternoon of 17th (Sat.) to the evening of 18th (Sun.). The meeting venue is TKP Garden City Shinagawa (1F Shinagawa Goos), which is located a 3-minute walk away from Shinagawa Station's Takanawa Exit. Shinagawa Station is convenient from Haneda Airport International Terminal Station and Narita International Airport, within 30 and 90 mins respectively.
The two main themes of the PPCS this year are "Female Urology" and "Underactive Bladder". The advances in medicine go hand in hand with the development of treatment. The perception of overactive bladder (OAB) rapidly evolved after the new anticholinergic drug release in 2006 and further advanced after the launch of β3- adrenoceptor agonist in 2011. Additionally, intravesical botulinum toxin injection and sacral nerve modulation are also beneficial for treating refractory OAB.
Firstly, in Female Urology, mesh complication rate of midurethral sling surgery and transvaginal mesh surgery is not zero and they are exposed to headwind after the FDA alert of 2011, but female urology of the last 20 years has certainly been greatly enhanced by those mesh operations. In recent years, the number of laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy has rapidly increased, but that too is not perfect.
Secondly, the biggest challenge is UAB. UAB patients, unlike OAB patients, have few subjective symptoms, so, how to diagnose and prevent at an early stage?
I love the phrase "God is in the details". I think that the results may change following detailed observations and accumulated attention to patient consultations and operations. The combination of inspiration from detailed observations and excellent basic research will give birth to state of the art discovery in treatment and we shall send them from the Pan-Pacific to the world.
It is free for foreign participants of the PPCS to join the meeting of the JCS, although many of the presentations are in Japanese.
2020 in Japan is an Olympic year and, through our shared enthusiasm, let's would make the PPCS held in our memorial year an exciting one.
Please save the dates and I'm looking forward to welcoming you all to Tokyo in October, 2020.
Hikaru Tomoe , MD. PhD.
Local President of The 15th Pan-Pacific Continence Society Meeting（PPCS2020）
Professor, Department of Urology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery,
Tokyo Women's Medical University Medical Center East, Tokyo, Japan