The massive Convention Hall in Saga Japan was the venue for the 5th Symposium on Japanese Foot Care. Chaired by renowned reconstructive surgeons Profs. Tetsuji Uemura and Takehiko Ohura , the meeting featured a keynote by David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the University of Arizona. Armstrong began his keynote discussing the disturbing demographic trends, worldwide. “As Professor Steve Jones once put it, we are entering an era not of disease, but of decay.” He went on to discuss works at SALSA and other teams that are trying to counter these trends, particularly in Diabetes and amputation prevention. He noted “This is such an exciting time, because we are truly starting to make a difference in countering this most silent and sinister disease. ”
Armstrong's keynote was followed by a special seminar for key medical leaders throughout Japan hosted by Saga University.
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Profs. Uemura, Armstrong and Ohura prior to Armstrong's Keynote