The Society for Promotion of International Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

Message from the President

It was one of the important issues for the SPIO to become a Public Interest Corporation. We received the approval from the Prime Minister of Japan on March 19, 2012 and the SPIO was registered as a public interest corporation on April 1, 2012. As a result, we can continually support international researches and medical researchers in the Oto-Rhino-Laryngology field.

I, Yasuya Nomura, M.D. was appointed to serve as the President of the Society for Promotion of International Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (SPIO) again on June 29, 2012. I would like to make efforts for our projects with Vise-President Ginichiro Ichikawa, M.D. and other board members during the next two years. I appreciate your very generous understanding and cooperation to the SPIO in future.

Yasuya Nomura, M.D.
Society for Promotion of International Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (SPIO)

Project 2018

  • Institution of a scholarship for international researchers
  • Subsidy for international academic exchange
  • Subsidy for organization of international congress
  • Subsidy for international collaborative research
  • SPIO Award (for Auris Nasus Larynx)
  • Support for academic seminar or session by foreign visitor
  • Publication of the SPIO Newsletter

The SPIO Scholarship 2018 for International Researcher

2 doctors were awarded the SPIO scholarship in 2018. Details of awardees are as follows. (in random order)

1. Pham Thanh Hai, Kanazawa University

2. Han Bing, University of Tokyo

The Announcement for Applying for the SPIO Scholarship 2019

Guideline application form

Young medical professionals or medical trainees from abroad who intend to conduct and/or participate in research in Otolaryngology at any Japanese University may apply for this scholarship. They must contact the SPIO secretariat by the end of August so that we can send them an application form. The SPIO committee will select and decide the awardees and the amount of scholarship. Past awardees are also eligible to re-apply. A recommendation letter from any member of the SPIO is a pre-requisite.

The SPIO Award 2018

In 2018, 145 original papers were published by the journal Auris Nasus Larynx (ANL), Vol.45 (No.1 to No.6), and the selection was made by the Editorial Board members of ANL and the SPIO Award Selection Committee.

The recipient of SPIO Award for the year 2018 that was selected is as follows:

Yoshiko Maseda:Mucosal and systemic immune response to sublingual or intranasal immunization with phosphorylcholine,
ANL Vol.45, No.2, 273-280, 2018

Application for the SPIO Award 2019

The SPIO will select the most outstanding paper among the original papers in the journal ANL-Auris Nasus Larynx, Vol. 46 (No.1 to No.6), and will award the certificate and a cash prize (\500,000). The first author of the paper should be younger than 45 years of age at the time of manuscript submission.

Subsidy for organization of international congress

The year 2018, the SPIO subsidized 10 organizations. Details are as follows;

  • The 9th Federation of the Asian and Oceanian Physiological Societies Congress (FAOPS2019) President; Prof. Junichi Nabekura, National Institute for Physiological Sciences.
  • 12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implants and Related Sciences (APSCI2019) President; Prof. Tatsuya Yamasoba,
    The University of Tokyo.
  • The 18th JAPAN-KOREA Joint Meeting of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
  • The 13th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Pediatric ORL: President; Prof. Hiroyuki Mochizuki, Tokai University.
  • The 6th Annual Meeting of The Japan Society for Infection and Aerosol in Otorhinolaryngology.
  • The 63rd Congress of Japan Audiological Society: President; Prof. Yasushi Naito, Kobe City Med. Hosp.
  • The 28th Annual Meeting of the Japan Otological Society: President; Prof. Katsumi Doi, Kindai University.
  • The 63rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Logopedics Phoniatrics: President; Prof. Hirohito Umeno, Kurume University.
  • The 77th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Equilibrium Research: President; Prof. Hiroshi, Yamashita,
    Yamaguchi University.
  • The 31st Annual Meeting of The Japan Laryngological Association: President; Prof. Hirohito Umeno, Kurume University.

About the SPIO

Mission Statement:

To promote international scientific/academic exchange in the field of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and its related field
To contribute forward the advancement of scientific issues in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
To enhance international friendship, mutual understanding and cultural exchange


November 28, 1969

Shift to Public Interest Corporation:

April 1, 2012

Chartering Agency:

Cabinet Office - Public Interest Corporation Commission (PICC)

BOARD MEMBERS (As of April 1, 2019)

Position Name Institution
President Yasuya Nomura Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Vice-President Ginichiro Ichikawa Professor Emeritus, Juntendo University
Executive Director Toshiaki Yagi Professor Emeritus, Nippon Medical School
Executive Director Atsushi Komatsuzaki Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Executive Director Jin Kanzaki Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Director Yasushi Murakami Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine
Director Kimitaka Kaga Director Emeritus, National Hospital Organization Medical Center
Director Yu Kanehara Chairman, IGAKU-SHOIN Ltd.
Director Kaoru Ogawa Professor, Keio University
Auditor Hiroshi Moriyama Professor Emeritus, The Jikei University School of Medicine
Auditor Yoshiomi Takada Ex-Secretary-General, Honjo International Scholarship Foundation
Council Member Harumi Suzaki Professor Emeritus, Showa University School of Medicine
Council Member Ken Kitamura ORL Director, Chigasaki Central Hospital
Council Member Yukiko Iino ORL Director, Tokyo Kita-Medical Center
Council Member Makito Okamoto Professor Emeritus, Kitasato University
Council Member Shigeru Kikuchi Professor, Saitama Medical University, General Medical Center
Council Member Toshio Yoshihara ORL Director, Tohto Bunkyo Hospital
Council Member Koichi Omori Professor, Kyoto University
Council Member Taeko Okuno ORL Director, Mitsui Memorial Hospital
Council Member Masaaki Hayashi President, Daiichi Medical Co. Ltd.
Council Member Hidenori Inohara Professor, Osaka University
Council Member Hitome Kobayashi Professor, Showa University

Contact: SPIO Secretariat

Address: 1F Oyaide Bldg. 1-9-5 Yushima Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-0034 JAPAN
TEL:+81-3-5684-3707 | FAX:+81-3-5684-3708
Email:3387@spio.or.jp | Web site:https://www.spio.or.jp