For the Future of Children

Disseminating a philosophy of “Medicine is Jinjustsu” (a benevolent art) from Japan to the world

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July 26 (Fri)~29 (Mon) 2019

The 59th Annual Meeting of The Japanese Teratology Society

The 13th World Congress of The International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation

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Abstracts must be submitted by May 31, 2019

Message from the President

Nagoto Natsume


Nagato Natsume

Director, Cleft Lip and Palate Center,
Aichi Gakuin University Hospital

Professor, Division of Research and Treatment for Oral and Maxillofacial Congenital Anomalies, School of Dentistry, Aichi Gakuin University

Akihisa Mizuno

Emeritus President

Akihisa Mizuno

Japanese Cleft Palate Foundation

Chairman of the Board of Directors,
Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc

The International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (ICPF) was established in Kyoto in 1997 following three years of preparation. We have organized international scientific meetings since 2000.

Our international scientific meetings are out of the ordinary. They focus not only on presenting study results, but also on issues of patients and their caregivers, charitable missions and transfer of knowledge and skills to local doctors in developing countries. More than 5,200 individuals in 86 countries receive the ICPF scientific meeting announcements that are regularly circulated from the ICPF head office.

The upcoming ICPF meeting in Aichi, Japan, will be hosting the 59th Japanese Teratology Society Scientific Meeting. The Japanese Teratology Society members are not only medical doctors (obstetricians, gynecologists, and pediatricians), oral-maxillo-facial surgeons, orthodontists, speech pathologists, and para-medicals, who treat and care of the patients with congenital anomalies, but also researchers conducting basic science research focused on various congenital anomalies.

The official journal of the Japanese Teratology Society, Congenital Anomalies, has an impact factor of 1.537 and is published in English. This journal is also open to publications from our specific fields of cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. As one of the founders of the ICPF and as the President of the Japanese Teratology Society Scientific Meeting with a history of 35 years of membership, I am more than happy to be able to integrate these two organizations and co-host both scientific meetings.

All of us will have a good opportunity to learn about the state-of-the-art clinical accomplishments and research studies done by clinical doctors and researchers of the Japanese Teratology Society. At the same time, as this scientific meeting is quite international, you can discuss your clinical and research plans and experience with expert practitioners and researchers. I also strongly encourage you to contribute to the official magazine, Congenital Anomalies, after the conference.

We would like to help you spread your clinical and research results to the world by getting your valuable findings printed and available.

This year the conference will be held in Nagoya, Japan. Japan has four distinct seasons of the year, which beautify our mountains, hills, lakes, and seaside. Japan is famous for the kindness of our people, safety, and cleanliness. The cleanliness of public restrooms with wash-let toilets is considered to be the world standard.

The nearest international airport is Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO). It is built on an artificial island connected to the Chita Peninsula by a bridge. During takeoff and landing, you can enjoy a super view of the beautiful Ise Bay, a scene scattered with small islands shining in the sunlight and with busy maritime traffic.

The NGO airport has many international flights providing easy access for tourists from Europe, USA and other regions of the world. The NGO airport provides excellent and convenient services to its passengers. A train can take you to downtown Nagoya in 27 minutes (the Meitetsu Line rapid service operates every 30 minutes). The NGO airport is open 24/7. It has various entertainment facilities like a natural spa, restaurants (offering distinctive tastes of Chubu area) and a shopping mall. You can take a short rest in the spa and enjoy the seaside landscape as airplanes take off and land.

Japan is the third leading economy in the world. Its cities and towns have been designed to be environmentally friendly providing clean air and a plenty of green areas. Public transportation is efficient and the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) offers convenient and rapid travel between major cities.

In the city, trains, buses and underground metro services are well organized and efficient. They operate very frequently and reliably. The congress city, Nagoya (in Aichi prefecture), is located in the geographical center of Japan. Using the Tokaido-Shinkansen line, it is easy to reach Kyoto in 45 minutes, Osaka in an hour, and the capital, Tokyo, in an hour and a half.

Taking advantage of the Nagoya’s geographical location, more than 60 leading global companies like Toyota Motor Corporation and twenty thousand of midsize companies which are predominately industrial enterprises, operate in Aichi prefecture. They have stayed at the top of industrial production in all of Japan for half a century. They also produce 40% of the total exported industrial products made in Japan.

The economic value reaches to more than 1% of the gross domestic product (GDP). If we look at the area within 100 km radius from the Meijo campus of Aichi-Gakuin University, the economical product of this area reaches to about 2% of the GDP. Local companies have prioritized environmental improvement of this area since the World Environmental Conference that was held in Nagoya in 2010. Now, it seems to be the most environmentally friendly industrial area in the world. The economic progress and development have provided for various city functions, such as huge underground shopping towns, famous department stores, where a wide variety of shops and restaurants supply international goods and high quality food to customers. The majority of shops are open everyday of the year to satisfy their customers.

Japan has had remarkably stable prices in a market that makes it very attractive to tourists, unlike the past when Japan was considered to be one of the most expensive countries to visit or live.

Recently, when a new economic policy, Abe-nomics, was introduced, prices have lowered by 30%. The number of tourists from abroad has been growing every year. They are coming to enjoy Japanese culture, food and habits. Sushi, Tempura, and Yakiniku have been proclaimed world heritage culinary assets.

Nagoya offers a number of corporate museums like the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, Noritake Garden (Ceramics Museum and Shop). The City of Nagoya operates the Science Museum with a large Planetarium, an Aquarium, a Zoo and a Botanical Garden (Higashiyama Park). There is also a private Samurai museum (Tokugawa Museum) exhibiting swords, costumes and artifacts of the daily life once owned by the Tokugawa families during the 17th-19th centuries.

The Main Hall in the new campus of the Aichi-Gakuin University (AGU) in the Nagoya Castle Park is the site of the conference. AGU campus won four awards for its environmentally friendly design and ingenuity in its designs for education and student life. Saving energy was an important concern. The winds and fresh air coming through the Nagoya Castle Garden cool the buildings and the trees and plants in the campus garden are irrigated by stored rain water.

A famous and excellent jogging course encircles the campus. AGU has a 142 year history and was established in 1876 when it was started as a College of Monks. Now, the Aichi-Gakuin School Corporation is one of the biggest private general universities in the area with a junior high school, a senior high school, undergraduate schools and graduate schools.

A Zen sitting meditation room is used for lessons of Zen, which is an important part of our basic cultural philosophy. You can always find numerous opportunities for a special experience in Japan. I myself keep my spirit settled down by spending time sitting in a style of Zen when I need to think about important topics.

The Social Event Committee is planning a wide variety of excursions, so that the attendees will be able to get acquainted with our country as much as possible. For example, a visit to a nuclear power plant (free of charge), viewing of Mt. Fuji, tasting foods during lunch and other events are in preparation. I firmly believe that you will take back a lot of nice experiences, memories and souvenirs. I strongly encourage you to attend the Cleft 2019 conference. I am looking forward to seeing you in Nagoya. We will take care of you wholeheartedly with our “OMOTENASHI” hospitality.

Vice Presidents

Prof. Koichi Ueda

Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Osaka Medical College

Prof. Noriaki Yoshida

Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, School of Dentistry, Nagasaki University

Visiting Prof. Yuri Fujiwara

Osaka Health Science University

Prof. Jun Takebe

Department of Removable Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Aichi Gakuin University