Welcome to the website of the Society for Skin Structure Research

On April 1, 2019, I was appointed the 8th president of the Society for Skin Structure Research (SSSR). I have participate in this society for 30 years, so I am very honored, and full of gratitude. The Society was established in 1974 as an Electron Microscope Research Group of Dermatology, and in 1990 was renamed the Japanese Society for Cutaneous Ultrastructure Research to become a formal society under the Japanese Dermatological Association, with Professor Yasumasa Ishibashi being the first president. At that time, research using an electron microscope was at the center of dermatology research, but since then, its role has been changed as part of morphological analysis according to the development of other research fields such as molecular genetics and immunohistochemistry. In other words, genes, molecules, electron microscopy, light microscopy, dermoscopy, and macroscopic findings are all related, and the importance of comprehensive analysis of different levels of "shapes" is increasing. Under such circumstances, the name of the academic conference was changed to "Society for Skin Structure Research (SSSR)" in 2007, when professor Hiroshi Shimizu was the fifth president, emphasizing not only electron microscopy but all kinds of morphology of the skin. In addition to our annual scientific meeting, we are organizing a “skin shape workshop” at the annual meeting of the Japanese Dermatological Association for young dermatologists.  We also produce electron microscope glossaries. Society for Cutaneous Ultrastructure Research Skin (SCUR) is a sister society in Europe, and we have one joint meeting every five years. The seventh joint meeting was held last year in Asahikawa by professor Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto, who was the seventh president of our society.
Well, the diagnosis of dermatology begins with observing a skin lesion by visual inspection. Dermoscopy is now an essential item and it is very useful in tumors as well as in inflammatory diseases. Dermatopathology is an important specialty that can be a division of an institute. There are so many skin diseases and many of them are not easy to diagnose. It is no exaggeration to say that the diagnostic ability of a dermatologist is defined by the intelligence that interprets the inspection, dermoscopy, and dermatopathology together. We hope that young dermatologists who want to be experts will join to develop their diagnostic capabilities. Image analysis of the skin, such as ultrasound tomography and in situ confocal laser microscopy is also an area of our interest. We hope that we can deepen the discussion with the keyword “morphology” and contribute to the development of dermatology.

Akira Ishiko MD, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Department of Dermatology,
School of Medicine Toho University


Copyright© 2006 SSSR@All rights reserved.