Distinguished members of the Korean Diabetes Association,
I am Hyoung-woo Lee from Yeungnam University College of Medicine, and it is a great honor to serve as the 36th President of the Korean Diabetes Association.
After the 50th anniversary of its foundation last year, the Korean Diabetes Association has stepped into a new year. Diabetes was a rare disease that could not be easily found in hospitals in Korea, but it is currently afflicting one in seven adults aged 30 and over, and it is known that one in four people are suffering from impaired fasting glucose, the pre-diabetes stage. Since the establishment of the Korean Diabetes Association 50 years ago despite a difficult environment, our members have been working hard for the health and well-being of diabetic patients and have tried their utmost in the fields of research, medical treatment, and education. Thanks to all these efforts, the Korean Diabetes Association has become one of the world's leading diabetes associations with internationally recognized academic journals listed in the Science Citation Index, and has accomplished the splendid feat of being chosen to host the IDF World Diabetes Congress in Busan in December this year.
Over 3,500 members and 20 affiliated special committees working in diverse fields, such as medical care, basic and clinical research, nursing, nutrition, and social welfare, are actively engaged in diabetes research and treatment even at this moment. In addition, diabetic patients and their families who have joined the general membership gain diabetes information and participate in various activities through more close communication with the association.
The Korean Diabetes Association will continue to pursue its great goal of establishing its status as an international academic society and freeing Korea from diabetes, coinciding with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the development of AI. For the achievement of this goal, I would like to ask for your continued interest and active participation in the activities of the association in the years to come. All our executives and members will spare no effort in supporting activities that match the status of the association. I wish you all the best for your health and the fulfillment of your wishes in the New Year.
Greetings to the members of the Korean Diabetes Association. Founded in 1968, the Korean Diabetes Association has grown tremendously with the dedication of its members, including former and current executives, and this year marks the 50th
anniversary of our association. I am honored to become the 10th
th Chairman of the Board of Directors (2018-2019) at the time of the c anniversary of our association, but I also feel a great responsibility.
In 2018, we are planning to have various events celebrating our great achievement for 50 years and also thinking about the future direction of the association. As you may know, the medical paradigm that has undergone rapid and extensive changes during last decades is anticipated to change significantly once again in the era of the so-called the Fourth Industrial Revolution and diabetes research and patient care will also undergo significant changes. The association needs a forward-looking transformation to cope with these changes, and we will start getting prepared.
We will also strive to become a global leader in diabetes research and patient care. To be a global leader, we must have at least two things: scientific conference held on an international scale and internationally recognized journal. International Congress of Diabetes and Metabolism (ICDM) which started in 2011, has become international conference during last seven years. Last year, the number of abstracts presented by foreign participants exceeded the number of domestic abstracts for the first time. We will make greater endeavors to earn the recognition of the ICDM as an international conference representing Asia. Besides, IDF Congress will be held in December 2019, in Busan. We will do our best to the success of the IDF Congress 2019. By this activity, we will enhance the international recognition of our association. Last year, our official journal-Diabetes and Metabolism Journal (DMJ) was listed on Science Citation Index-expanded(SCIE) which is another great achievement of our association. We will not spare our support to make DMJ the world's best diabetes journal.
Diabetic patients in Korea account for 13% of the adult population. The prevalence of diabetes is high as one in three patients aged 65 and over is a diabetic patient. Diabetes is still a major cause of death in Korea, and it imposes a high medical and socioeconomic burden due to severe complications. However, the social and individual awareness of the importance of diabetes prevention and management is still insufficient, and there are many issues we have to solve to improve the prevention of diabetes and the management of diabetic patients. The Korean Diabetes Association will make every efforts to become a global leader in diabetes research and patient care and will take the lead in continuously and more actively fulfilling its role and social responsibility as an expert group needed for the prevention and management of diabetes.
I would like to ask for your continued interest and active participation in the activities of the association in the years to come. I hope that all your wishes are fulfilled.