On behalf of organizing committee, it is our great pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 International Joint Meeting of the 22nd International Symposium on MDO and the 33rd Annual Meeting of JSSX from October 1st to 5th, 2018 at the Prefectural Concert Hall, Ishikawa Ongakudo, in Kanazawa, an historic Japanese city.

The Japanese Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, JSSX, and Microsomes and Drug Oxidations, MDO, are world-leading scientific societies on xenobiotic metabolism and transport as well as drug-induced toxicity, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics/genetics, analytical chemistry and regulatory sciences. This is the first joint meeting by these two societies, and we hope all of you can be inspired by the innovative science, share your own research, and make new friends. The theme of this joint meeting is “The Societal Impact of ADME/Tox Research on Safety/Toxicity of Drug Products”, with the aim that our scientific research should contribute to society’s health improvement through safe and efficacious pharmacotherapy. For this purpose, the meeting will begin with a JSSX Short Course on DDI followed by the keynote lecture and welcome reception. After that, the core of the meeting will feature plenary lectures and scientific symposia in a broad spectrum of topics important within this field. In addition, there will be oral and poster presentations, and there will be for Best Poster and Oral Presentations awards. Furthermore, there will be award lectures by recipients of JSSX Awards and Young Investigator Awards.

Kanazawa is an old and historic city famous for its traditional handcrafts (gold leaf, painting, pottery), activities (tea ceremony and Noh theater), streets with old houses, and fresh seafood. Kanazawa was an important castle town, escaped damage during the war, and faces to ocean, so it retains much of the ambience of the Japan of old. As part of the program, a special presentation on Chado, the way of Tea, will be given by an Urasenke Tea Master during the meeting. There are also many restaurants nearby. It is easy to get to Kanazawa using the bullet train (Shinkansen), which takes you from Tokyo to Kanazawa directly in around two and a half hours, with the meeting venue right next to Kanazawa train station. We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy both Japanese traditional culture as well as science by attending this unique joint meeting.

With best regards,
Meeting Organizing Committee Co-Chairs
Ikumi Tamai, Ph.D.
Tsuyoshi Yokoi, Ph.D.