I am very honored to be elected as a president of the Korean Society for Clinical Electrophysiologyof Vision (KSCEV) at the regular general meeting held on December 3, 2019. I will be in service for the next two years.
First of all, I would like to thank our former President, Professor Ohn, and the board members for their efforts over the past two years. I am particularly thankful for our hosting of the 57th International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vison (ISCEV) which was held on October 5, 2019 in Seoul, as it was essential for the growth of the KSCEV. In addition, as a result of the committed efforts of many authors and editors over the past year, we successfully published a revised edition of the ClinicalElectrophysiologyof Vision textbook, ten years after its first publication. I would like to express my gratitude to all the authors who dedicated to producing valuable manuscripts and sharing valuable experiences and knowledge for future learners. All of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the passion and devotion of our members and executives.
Electrophysiological test is essential to understanding the basics and pathophysiology of visual electrophysiology, but unfortunately it has been neglected in comparison to other fast-developing imaging fields because it is rather difficult to operate and time consuming. However, it is imperative to objectively and quantitatively evaluate the retinal function in order to confirm a diagnosis of various retinal diseases, especially hereditary retinal diseases.
Established in 2005, the KSCEV has steadily grown, overcoming various difficulties in its early years.This year marks the 15th anniversary. Recently, the KSCEV has become a formal research society of the Korean Ophthalmological Society. We should prepare for another powerful leap forward.
The following plans are proposed to help us move forward into a new era of the KSCEV.
First, we will create a new website for the society that has been put on hold due to some reasons. Through this website, we will publish our upcoming academic activities and plans so that they’re not only readily available to our own members but also to experts in other fields.
Second, we believe that one of the important aspects of the society is the academic pursuit. We plan to further engage experts in the other fields, including glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology, by expanding the topics of academic interest. We will continue to cover a variety of interesting and useful topics to allow specialists from different fields and residents to participate in the academic activities.
Third, with the successful hosting of the ISCEV, we will continue to cooperate and exchange with societies from other various countries.
Lastly, we will do our best to deal with unexpected challenges that may come in light of the COVID-19 pandemic where all academic activities are being suspended or postponed.
Your continued encouragement and support is extremely valuable to the growth of our society.
Please stay safe during these challenging times.
May your family be blessed with good health and happiness!
President of the KSCEV
Hyung Chan Kim, MD, PhD