History

History of Japanese Society for Laser Dentistry (JSLD)

The first Laser application in dentistry dates back to 1964 when Stern and Sognnaes applied
Ruby laser for ablation of enamel and dentin. Four decades after this historic event, Japanese
Society for Laser Dentistry (JSLD) was launched in 1989 in Osaka. Initially, it was started as a Dental Laser Research Society, which was officially upgraded to JSLD in 1992.

The first meeting of Japanese Dental Laser Research Society was held on 1989/12/9 in
Osaka under the patronage of Professor Benji Fuji of Osaka University. There were 195
general members and 3 supporting laser companies. Since then, 21 annual laser sessions have been held across Japan and during this period membership have been remarkably increased,
from 195 in 1989 to 900 as of 2009. The present President, Professor Watanabe assumed
duties in April 2013.

Incidentally, the first meeting of ISLD, presently called World Federation of Laser Dentistry
(WFLD), was held in 1989 in Tokyo before the first meeting of JSLD, under the chairmanship
our distinguished past president, Professor Yamamoto. Since then, WFLD sessions have been
held once in every two years. The next meeting will be held in Paris in 2014 followed by
Nagoya in 2016.

Successive past presidents are listed below

Period

Past President

Affiliation

From 1989/12/9 to 1990/3/31

Professor Yamamoto

Tokyo Medical & Dental University

From 1990/4/1 to 1993/3/31

Professor Morioka

Kyushu University

From 1993/4/1 to 1996/3/31

Professor Kamiyama

Tohoku University

From 1996/4/1 to 1999/3/31

Professor Kumazaki

Osaka Dental University

From 1999/4/1 to 2000/3/31

Professor Kusakari

Niigata University

From 2000/4/1 to 2002/3/31

Professor Kumazaki

Osaka Dental University

From 2002/4/1 to 2005/3/31

Professor Ishikawa

Tokyo Medical & Dental University

From 2005/4/1 to 2007/3/31

Professor Hashimoto

Hamamatsu University School

of Medicine

From 2007/4/1 to 2009/3/31

Professor Hirai

Tokyo Dental College

From 2009/4/1 to 2013/3/31

Professor Yoshida

Aichi Gakuin University

From 2013/4/1 to date

Dr Watanabe

Tokyo Medical & Dental University

 

Successive past chairmen of the annual general sessions of JSLD, from 1989 to 2013, are as
follows:

 

Past chairman

Affiliation

1st

Professor Fuji

Osaka Dental University

2nd

Professor Yamamoto

Tokyo Medical & Dental University

3rd

Professor Morioka

Kyushu University

4th

Professor Kamiyama

Tohoku University

5th

Professor Matsumoto

Showa University

6th

Professor Fukaya

Aichi Gakuin University

7th

Professor Shimizu

Oita University

8th

Professor Kusakari

Niigata University

9th

Professor Kumazaki

Osaka Dental University

10th

Professor Saito

Nihon University

11th

Professor Tagami

Tokyo Medical & Dental University

12th

Professor Hashimoto

Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

13th

Professor Shimakura

Ohu University

14th

Professor Ishikawa

Tokyo Medical & Dental University

15th

Professor Yoshida

Aichi Gakuin University

16th

Professor Hirai

Tokyo Dental College

17th

Professor Kato

The Nippon Dental University School of Life

Dentistry at Niigata

18th

Professor Abiko

Nihon University ( Matsudo )

19th

Professor Arai

Tsurumi University

20th

Professor Awazu

Osaka University

21st

Dr Minamizato

Minamizato Dental office

22nd

Professor Senda

Aichi Gakuin University

23rd

Professor Kanbara

Osaka Dental University

24th

Professor Komori

Kobe University

25th

Dr Tsuda

Tsuda Dental office, Tokyo