Japan Society for the Study of Obesity was founded in 1984. The members of JASSO consist of the medical researcher, general practitioner, allied health care professional including nurse, public health nurse, registered dietician, clinical laboratory technician, pharmacist, physiotherapist and health fitness programmer as well as agricultural, biochemical, physiological and pharmacological researchers. JASSO held the 6th International Congress on Obesity in Kobe in 1990, which resulted in a great success by collecting 1000 attendants (550 from foreign countries). Subsequently, JASSO has steadily grown to have over 2800 members and to hold the 32nd scientific meeting in 2011. It has shifted from a voluntary association.
JASSO has played a leading role in obesity research internationally, especially in the areas of appetite regulation, role of autonomic nerves in the fat synthesis and decomposition and pathophysiology of obesity. JASSO is now in the forefront of molecular biology research related to obesity, and of clinical application thereof. On the background of increased international academic and practical interests in obesity-related health problems, JASSO has defined the concept of simple obesity and that of morbid obesity, thereby attracting the international attention.
Recent activities of JASSO are focused on the publicity and education of the general practitioner, allied health care professional and general public for understanding of obesity correctly, in addition to consolidating basic and clinical research on obesity-related problems.Read More»