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History of the society

History of the Cervical Spine Research Society, Asia Pacific Section

On April 24 and 25, 2010, the first annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS-AP) was held in Kobe, Japan, under the endorsement of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and its European Section (CSRS-ES).

The idea for establishing the CSRS-AP germinated during the early development of the CSRS. The CSRS, founded in 1973 in the United States, is a unique scientific society focusing on clinical and research problems of the cervical spine. The CSRS membership is comprised of various specialties dealing with the cervical spine, and has been opened to professionals world-wide as corresponding members. Asian and European spine specialists have been involved over the years in the society as corresponding members and as such had the opportunity to present papers at the annual meetings.

Dr. Keiro Ono (Professor emeritus, Osaka University, Japan) and his colleagues presented a paper at the fourth annual meeting held in 1976, and since then, the number of abstracts submitted by Asian spine specialists increased gradually. Many of their abstracts were accepted for presentation because of the originality and excellent quality of their researches. Subsequently, the number of corresponding members from the Asia Pacific countries increased as shown in the list below, and reached over 60 in 2010. There has been ever increasing and closer communication between the growing European Section of the CSRS and the Asia Pacific spine specialists since the beginning of the 1990s. In addition, there has been closer communication between corresponding members within the Asia Pacific region, creating an atmosphere such that the Asia Pacific section of the CSRS could be established to promote researches on diseases and injuries of the cervical spine in this region, and would contribute to the development in this field together with the CSRS and the CSRS-ES societies, as we forge ahead towards the new millennium. Several Japanese and Korean corresponding members asked the CSRS to endorse the foundation of the CSRS-AP, and in 2008, the Executive and Membership Committees of the CSRS met in Austin, Texas, to discuss their request. All committee members voted unanimously to endorse the decision to establish the CSRS-AP.

A group of key Japanese and Korean corresponding members summoned all corresponding members within the Asia Pacific region to become founding members of the CSRS-AP. Fifty-four corresponding members expressed their interest in becoming founding members of the CSRS-AP. The first business meeting of the CSRS-AP was held on April 24, 2010, and the bylaws were unanimously approved. The Cervical Spine Research Society Asia Pacific section has begun.

Outriders of the CSRS-AP

  • 1976 Ono, Keiro (Osaka, Japan)
  • 1977 Ohwada, Takashi (Sagamihara, Japan)
  • 1978 Hattori, Susumu (Ube, Japan)
  • 1978 Nakano, Noboru (Sapporo, Japan)
  • 1979 Ikata, Takaaki (Tokushima, Japan)
  • 1980 Hirabayashi, Kiyoshi (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1981 Itoh, Tatsuo (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1982 Terayama, Kazuo (Matsumoto, Japan)
  • 1988 Yonenobu, Kazuo (Osaka, Japan)
  • 1992 Shinomiya, Kenichi (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1992 Toyama, Yoshiaki (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1994 Shimizu, Takachika (Maebashi, Japan)
  • 1995 Chang, Han (Kyunggi Do, Korea)
  • 1995 Goto, Sumio (Chiba, Japan)
  • 1995 Kitagawa, Hideki (Toyama, Japan)
  • 1995 Satomi, Kazuhiko (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1996 Yone, Kazunori (Kagoshima, Japan)
  • 1999 Abumi, Kuniyoshi (Sapporo, Japan)
  • 1999 Matsunaga, Shunji (Kagoshima, Japan)
  • 1999 Shin, Won-Han (Seoul, Korea)
  • 2000 Kawakami, Mamoru (Wakayama, Japan)
(by K. Yonenobu)
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