Welcome Message

Welcome to Kyoto!

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is our privilege and great pleasure to invite you to join us for the 22th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology in Kyoto, Japan, June 16 – 19, 2020, which the Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (JPOS) host. The IPOS 2020 congress is strategically scheduled and followed by the 2020 Palliative, Supportive, and Psychosocial Care Joint Domestic Meeting. The 33th Annual meeting of the JPOS, the 25th Annual meeting of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine (JSPM), and the 5th Annual meeting of the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC), all of which are scheduled directly following the IPOS Congress, June 19 – 20, 2020.

“Diversity, Dialogue, and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all” is our congress theme. The congress will focus on specific diverse symptoms, distress, and needs among patients, family, and healthcare professionals to achieve universal psychosocial care for all. Furthermore, the topics include genomic medicine, new drugs, such as immune-checkpoint inhibitors, implementation science, eHealth, aging population, disparity issues, training psychosocial care specialists to meet diverse needs, quality communication problems between patients and medical personnel, suicide after cancer, as well.

We are looking forward to providing exciting workshops on June 16, 2020 as part of the Psychosocial Academy. These are held by leading experts around the globe and offer a unique opportunity to deepen research and clinical skills with psycho-oncology researcher and specialists. Especially, 2020, with palliative and supportive care professionals as well.

It is one of the largest opportunities for an international society in psycho-oncology, providing up-to-date information and enabling scientists, clinicians, NGOs, administrators, and politicians to exchange useful information. Psychologists, doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, pharmacists, etc. are from over 50 countries. In particular, in 2020, palliative care and supportive care professionals who are interested in psycho-oncology also participate.

You can see the hydrangea blooming everywhere in Kyoto in June. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you in the season when you can feel the taste of Kyoto more.

Yours sincerely,

Yosuke Uchitomi, MD, PhD,

Congress Chair


Welcome from the IPOS President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am thrilled to welcome you to Kyoto on behalf of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS). The Japan Psycho-Oncology Society (JPOS) has played a key role in developing this Congress and the liaison with IPOS has resulted in an outstanding Congress program. There are also opportunities for participation in two meetings which follow the IPOS Congress – those of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine, and the Japanese Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.
The theme for the IPOS 2020 Congress is “Diversity, Dialogue, and Altruism to achieve universal psychosocial care for all”. This theme resonates with the IPOS mission to promote global excellence in psychosocial care of people affected by cancer through partnerships, research, public policy, advocacy and education.  We extend a warm welcome to delegates who have come from across the globe to share their knowledge, learn from their colleagues, network, and forge new friendships.
Since the establishment of IPOS as a Society in 1984 we have grown in membership and stature. Through our official relationship with the World Health Organisation we have developed a program of training academies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries and delivered an outstanding research training program for emerging researchers from Low- and Middle-Income Countries. We look forward to collaborating with WHO in their mission to eliminate cervical cancer world-wide through the establishment of relationships with IPOS members with expertise in prevention, in particular vaccines and HPV.
Kyoto is an exceptionally charming and very old city. In addition to the many temples there are extensive gardens of outstanding beauty. Perhaps one of the most-loved places is the Philosopher’s Walk. This walk meanders along a canal and in cherry blossom season the exquisite pink petals drift along the path and into the water. The route is named for a Kyoto University philosophy professor who wandered this path. So it is fitting that we use our time in Kyoto to enjoy the natural environment, to think and reflect, and take our time to focus on our research and clinical endeavours and those of our friends and colleagues and consider how we can further promote the mission of IPOS internationally.

I look forward to joining with you in Kyoto for this meeting
Warm wishes

Jane Turner, MBBS,PhD, FRANZCP

President, International Psycho-Oncology Society

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