The year 2019 saw big personnel changes in our various departments. Assistant Professor Yoshiyuki Satake, who had been working with us for the last 17 years, left his position to open his own clinic near Ichikawa Station. He had been a central figure in all aspects of our activities here, so his embarkation on a new path had a great impact on all of us. Assistant Professor Manabu Hirasawa also left us early in 2020,
which again had a great influence on the clinical and research activities being carried out at our Suidobashi hospital. However, we wish all of them the very best for the future in their various new career paths. Indeed, we are now working on a new collaboration between the Satake Clinic and our Ichikawa hospital. On the other hand, we now have a number of new colleagues at the Ichikawa hospital, including Drs. Hirayama, Fukui, and Matsumura, who have joined as full faculty members. This fresh blood already boasts considerable clinical research experience, so this has meant the development of new trends in the clinical and research work being carried out at our department. We are in exciting new times, and can look forward to the progress that will inevitably result from the chemistry that these new minds will bring to our work here in 2020.
Progress in scientific technology, such as artificial intelligence and comprehensive analysis, have already brought about big changes in our research projects. Therefore, 2020 promises to be a great year as we move forward together, forging new paths, but never forgetting our central mission, that of giving our patients the very best of care.