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Welcome to the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo. We are honored to be given the chance to organize and host the IFPA 2018 Conference. Our university is located in the center of Tokyo, a city ripe with a rich academic atmosphere, Japanese tradition, and the liveliness of an economic and cultural mecca.

Although I am a gynecologic oncologist, I was charmed by the fascinating work being done in placenta research. It is my hope that the basic research on the placenta shared at this conference will soon be translated into clinical practice. That is why I designated the theme for IFPA 2018 to be "Clinical Growth via Placenta".

We think we have been able to design a program in which you will be very satisfied. A Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Professor Dennis Lo. He will present on "Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)". We have also arranged for a Keynote Lecture to be given by Dr. Akihiro Umezawa, and he will present on his ground-breaking work in stem cell research.

We have organized multiple symposiums covering topics ranging from genomic sequencing of placental tissue to tissue engineering. We have also set up 9 workshops.

Additionally, we have arranged a "Trophoblast Research Award Lecture", "NIH Award Lecture", "IFPA Andree Gruslin Award Lecture", "IFPA Senior Award Lecture", "Gabor Than Award Lecture", "New Investigator Presentations", "Early Career Session", and a newly designed "Mid Career session".

In addition to scientific content, we have prepared a fantastic Japanese style Welcome Reception, Early Career Researcher's (ECR) Social Meeting, and Gala Dinner. We hope you will make a lot of discoveries, learn valuable knowledge, and exchange interesting opinions among many researchers from many countries. We hope that the IFPA 2018 Tokyo conference will be one you will never forget.

Chair, IFPA 2018
Chief Professor, Chairman
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
The Jikei University School of Medicine

(2018/09/19 2:22 PM)

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