Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control
The Japanese Society for Environmental Infection (JSEI) was founded in 1986, at the time when the isolation rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) increased. The first annual meeting of JSEI was attended by about 230 participants. Over the past 30 years, however, the number of annual meeting participants has notably increased to over 7,000 with membership exceeding 9,500. During this period, since the outbreak of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter infection in 2010, JSEI has been working on infection control focusing on nosocomial infection through endeavors including establishing the Multidrug-resistant Infection Control Committee and releasing the "Position Paper on the Control of Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative Infections." Becoming a general incorporated association and changing its English name to the current "Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control (JSIPC)" in January 2014, JSIPC has become one of the largest academic societies in the infection control field. In addition to that, its society journals have been published in online since Vol.32 No.5 in 2017.
JSEI was founded to address not only its primary issue of nosocomial infection but also all other infectious diseases caused by environmental changes. In this context, following the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, JSEI released "Infection Control Manual for Community Evacuation Centers." In accordance with its philosophy, JSEI has been successfully coping not only with infectious diseases following natural disasters including earthquake, tsunami, and heavy rain, but also those occurring in groups of people living at evacuation centers. JSIPC has also been carrying out a wide range of academic activities and greatly contributing to infection prevention and control in clinical settings as well as prevention of spread of infectious diseases in communities. Going forward, JSIPC further endeavors to support activities carried out by a network of institutions in local communities.
What is required of JSIPC is, as a team of experts, to advance research on healthcare- and environment-associated infections as well as to improve the quality of infection control by promoting its education and practice. To this end, JSIPC aims to foster young researchers who will play major roles in the future.ツイート