On behalf of the Japanese Pharmacological Society (JPS) and the Japanese Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (JSCPT), I cordially invite you to the 18th World Congress of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (WCP2018) to be held from July 1 to 6, 2018, in Kyoto, Japan. The main theme of WCP2018 is “Pharmacology for the Future ~Science, Drug Development and Therapeutics~.” We are now witnessing huge waves of revolutionary changes in biomedical sciences such as individual genome sequencing, stem cell biology including iPS cells, structural biology, nanotechnology and systems biology. It is the tradition of pharmacology to take all the elements in other disciplines of science to carry out our science as in the old saying, “a pharmacologist is a jack of all trades.” We intend to organize, in collaboration with our neighboring national societies, a variety of scientific programs that allow exposure of participating pharmacologists to these new waves of science. We believe such scientific interactions will facilitate interdisciplinary studies among life sciences and medicine that will serve human health. Emphasis will also be given to the scientific programs related to drug development and therapeutics, where researchers from academia interact with those from industry so that we together fulfill our time’s needs for innovation. Besides science, WCP2018 will provide you a rare chance to experience old Japanese culture. Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years and still remains the heart of culture in Japan. Shrines, temples and historical sites in Kyoto have remained the same for centuries. Visit one of these spots and meditate there; you will feel the breath of many hundred-years of culture.
Getting off the beaten path and exploring some of the hidden areas of Kyoto will surely yield further rewards to you. July in Kyoto is the summer festive season. The Gion Festival goes on for the entire month of July and is one of the most famous festivals in Japan. It dates back to the year 869, when the people were suffering from plague and pestilence and started this festival to get rid of these maladies. It is therefore a good time to have the Pharmacology Congress and we sincerely look forward to seeing you at WCP2018 in Kyoto.