Greeting from the president 2024
It is a great pleasure and honor to greet you for the Slender Club Japan annual meeting and live demonstration 2024. It is especially honor to be welcoming you here in Kobe, because this is where this organization met for the first time in Kobe after SARS-CoV-2 pndemic.
The Aim of Slender Club, as we all recognize, is to convey the idea of minimally invasive treatment in the field of coronary intervention, where the patients were originally treated with catheters with large bore size through the groins. Back in 2007, the first general assembly of the Slender Club Japan was held at a humble small room in an old buiding at Nishi-Shinjuku in Tokyo. After this histrical meeting, along with growing trend of the transradial and intervention, the idea of "slender" was rapidly spread for many interventionists in Japan, and achieved eminent success. By now, slender club Japan has conducted several multicenter trials to illustrate the advantage of the slender device and procedure. Further, with the tremendous effort of Dr. Kiemeneij and Dr. Saito, the Slender Club Europe was established. Now, the idea of "slender" is spread throughout the world with the Japan-made slender devices.
This time, following the general assembly in Shinagawa 2023, we are planning a series of live demonstration with slender approach and a variety of cutting edge lectures regarding slender PCI and recently developed devices. We are also planning a civic forum that aims to deepen the understanding of the treatment of heart disease for the general public.
We hope the upcoming meeting will provide a great experience for your carrier as an interventionist or medical staff.
We are looking forward seeing you in Kobe, where beautiful cherry blossoms in the port of Kobe will welcome you all.
Akihiko Takahashi MD, PhD
Sakurakai Takahashi Hospital Kobe Women's Univesity Graduate School