The Japan Salivary Gland Society is the only existing interdisciplinary society on salivary gland research in Japan. Its history dates back half a century.
The society was inaugurated in 1956 as “The Society of Salivary Gland Hormone” represented by Tomosaburo Ogata of the Dept. of Pathology of Tokyo University. At the time the Depts. of Pathology, Pharmacology, and Internal Medicine of Tokyo University played leading roles studying mainly the endocrinology of the salivary gland, and in particular basic and clinical studies on the hormone-like substance “Parotin”. Thereafter, the title was changed to “The Japan Salivary Gland Society”. Research now includes all areas of the salivary gland.
There are approximately 300 members at present and an academic meeting is held annually in December.
The papers presented at these meetings include: normal salivary gland structure and function, basic and clinical research on salivary gland disease (tumorous and non-tumorous) and saliva. Basic research include biochemistry of bioactive substance, secretory system and neuronal control of H2O, NaCl and protein of saliva, and membrane structure, adhesive structures and stem cells of the acinar cells. Clinical research include Sjögren’s disease, IgG4-related disease such as Mikulicz’s disease and Küttner’s tumor, salivary gland tumors, xerostomia, drug exclusion by saliva and stress markers in saliva.
The members of this society include researchers from a wide range of fields: the Depts. of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Otolaryngology, Oral and maxillofacial Surgery, Allied Health Science, Domestic Science, Dietetics, Veterinary Medicine, and specialists from universities, medical doctors, dentists, pharmaceutists, veternarians, medical technologists, dental hygienists, nurses, dietitians and researchers at pharmaceutical companies.
In 2005, “Atlas of Salivary Gland Tumors (Kanehara Shuppan Co.)” was published to commemorate the 50th foundation of the society.
A decision was made in 2014 to publish a textbook to commemorate the 60th anniversary. In 2016, “Intensive Lecture― Saliva and Salivary Gland (Kanehara Shuppan Co.)” was published by stuffs of our Society. This textbook includes a variety of fields and comprehensive contents regarding saliva and salivary gland, and is very attractive to many researchers and clinicians.
(Yoshihara T. President of the Japan Salivary Gland Society 2014-2017, Director of the Department of Otolaryngology Tohto Bunkyo Hospital and Visiting Professor of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Tokyo Medical University)