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logo 40th Congress of ISMH

BRAZIL WILL HOST THE 40th ISMH WORLD CONGRESS IN 2015

It will be held in conjunction with the 24th Annual Congress of ABINAM from 26 to 28 August in Rio de Janeiro. General Assembly with elections has taken place on 13th of May 2014 during the 39th Congress of ISMH in Kyoto Japan. Dr. Pedro Cantista was candidate for the position of President Elect who will become President in 2016.



The Hydrotherapy World Summit for the first time was held in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, was attended by over 450 participants including nearly 100 foreigners. All of them recognized scientists and experts in Hydroclimatology and Balneology, medical professionals and representatives of organizations and institutions on five continents.

Dr. Shigeko Inokuma, President of the 39th World Congress of ISMH, and on behalf of the Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine, welcomed the participation of a total of 26 countries and regions (Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada , China, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, UK and USA). "We really apreciate, she said, that you took the time and effort to attend the conference and share ideas and experiences from around the world."

The relevance and success of the 39th Congress of the International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology (ISMH) was evident in its careful organization under the chairmanship of Dr. Shigeko Inokuma, Director, Department of Allergy and Rheumatic Diseases of the Medical Center of Japanese Red Cross, and the high scientific level of the more tham 200 papers presented in this issue.

It should be noted the participation of the Chair of Medical Hydrology at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid furnished important research 6 scientific papers: a guest lecture, four oral communications and poster.

The guest lecture on "Current Status of Balneotherapy in Spain" was presented by Prof. F. Maraver Eyzaguirre, Director of the Professional School of Medical Hydrology and Hydrotherapy and Dpt. Of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, UCM and Carla Morer ofThalasso Center. San Pedro de Pinatar - Murcia.

On the right, Prof. M. Zeki Karagülle, President ISMH and  Dr. Shigeko Inokuma, President  39th WC ISMH in  Kyoto with Prof. F. Maraver, President 38th WC ISMH Lanjaron. Spain
On the right, Prof. M. Zeki Karagülle, President ISMH and Dr. Shigeko Inokuma,
President 39th WC ISMH in Kyoto with Prof. F. Maraver, President 38th WC ISMH Lanjaron. Spain

 

What's new in the Balneology
As new developments and current events in Balneology, Prof. Zeki Karagülle stressed that Balneology / ISMH is becoming global, moving from Japan to Brazil and Asia to Africa and the interest in balneology and hydro-climatology has intensified worldwide.
"We have published an increasing number of articles from various countries and from balneology centers of different places. Japan is the country of" onsen "and hosted the 39th World Congress ISMH together with its National Congress of Balneology. Brazil is preparing for the 40th Congress of ISMH in Rio de Janeiro and ABINAM / Brazilian Association of Mineral Waters) support the Congress. Among the balneology organizations North America, Russia, India and China associations are on the way ".

He also considers the complexity in the Balneology protocols, a need for a most effective combinations for certain conditions.

"In many countries balneology interventions are applied in a complex way. Depending on local natural remedies and experience in Balneology (Thermal Baths of mineral water) is mainly combined with Pelotherapy (mud application). Also cures through drink, Inhalations and other interventions Balneotherapy being combined to treat a variety of conditions in different countries. However the most effective treatments for certain diseases complexes remain untested. "

In his view, beyond the treatment of rheumatic diseases, dermatology and other indications are being investigated. "Hydrotherapy and SPA Therapy are increasingly being considered in the guidelines of evidence-based treatments for rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, spondylitis, early arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and pain in the lower back area . Among other indications of Balneotherapy, dermatological diseases are first. "

The 39th international meeting of the ISMH with the theme "The human body's response to stimuli of nature", was held in conjunction with the 79th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Balneology, Climatology and Physical Medicine (BCPM).) In the Kyoto International Conference Center.

"In Memoriam"
During the Congress a special session was held "in memoriam" of Prof. Shaul Sukenik chaired by Prof.M.Zeki Karagülle and represented by Prof. Dr. Marcos Harari, disciple and successor of his work. A ceremony GRUPO TERMAS also acceded.

General Assembly with elections has taken place on 13th of May 2014. Chaired by Professor M. Z.Karagulle
General Assembly with elections has taken place on 13th of May 2014. Chaired by Professor M. Z.Karagulle

Prof. Shaul Sukenik, hydrologist and rheumatologist, as well as chairing the Scientific Committee of ISMH, was the first researcher who began publishing systematically clinical trials of thermal medicine, being considered by the scientific community as the true pioneer of current research in Medical Hydrology. (www.researchgate.net/researcher/39196251_Shaul_Sukenik)

Played a major role in the 38th World Congress ISMH held in Lanjaron in 2012.

General Assembly
General Assembly with elections has taken place on 13th of May during the 39th Congress of ISMH in Kyoto Japan. Dr. Pedro Cantista was candidate for the position of President Elect who will become President in 2016 and Dr. Antonella Fioravanti was candidate as Chairman of Scientific Committee which was vacant after Dr. Shaul Sukenik decease, they both have been unanimously elected. For other positions as Secretary General and Treasurer Dr. Christian-François Roques and Dr. Alain Françon were reelected.

Delegates of the Assembly considering the globally increasing scientific activity in Balneology decided that ISMH Congresses could be held annually. The candidate countries for the upcoming two annual ISMH congresses of 40th (2015) and 41th (2016) were Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and in Romania (Bucharest) and have been accepted unanimously. Delegates from Russia and Poland declared also their candidacies for the following congresses in 2017 and 2018 with the great appreciation and acceptation by the delegates of the assembly.

Furthermore at the assembly following ISMH members have been collectively appointed as ISMH Representatives; Dr. Irene Ponikowska for Europe, Dr. Yoshinori Ohtsuka for Japan/Australia, Dr. Nazim Badalov for Asia, Dr. Bruce Baker for America, Dr. Marcos Untura Filho for South America, Dr. Marcus Coplin for North America, Dr. K'tso Nghargbu for Africa. | Photos courtesy: Prof. M.Z. Karagülle y el Prof. F. Maraver | Recommended Web: www.ismh-direct.net |

Portuguese and Spanish Delegation (Dr. Cantista, Univ Porto,. Dr. Fernandez-Toran, MedicalDirector Hervideros  Cofrentes, Dr. Pilar Diestro,  Medical Directorof Balneario Baños de Montemayor, Drs. Armijo, Carbajo and Maraver, Chair ofMedical Hydrology UCM  and accompanying)
Portuguese and Spanish Delegation (Dr. Cantista, Univ Porto,. Dr. Fernandez-Toran, Medical Director
Hervideros Cofrentes, Dr. Pilar Diestro, Medical Directorof Balneario Baños de Montemayor,
Drs. Armijo, Carbajo and Maraver, Chair ofMedical Hydrology UCM and accompanying)

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