The Asian Pacific Society of Respirology was established in 1986. The objectives of the Society are the advancement and promotion of knowledge of the respiratory system in health and disease. It strives to encourage research, improve clinical practice through teaching, increase awareness of health problems in the area and promote the exchange of knowledge among respirologists in the Asia-Pacific region. The specific aims of the Society are:
The APSR is registered1 as a non-profit organisation (NPO), which means any surplus funds are retained for use by the Society, and not distributed as dividends to its members. This corporate status also means that the APSR's accounts are independently audited. However, the NPO status does not exempt the APSR from paying tax, and the Society needs your help to redress this.
The purpose of the donation is twofold: First, to increase our educational opportunities to young researchers and enrich the contents of seminars, making them more beneficial. Second, each donation of US$40 or more will count towards the Society's goal to be exempt from paying tax. This in turn will increase the amount available for activities in promoting healthcare training, research, education and advocacy in the Asia-Pacific region.
1: The APSR is registered in Japan as an NPO in the name of the Asian Pacific Thoracic Association (APTA).
The late Dr Michiyoshi Harasawa conceived the idea of the APSR in 1982 when he presided over the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Respiratory Society. He noted there was no world-wide organization devoted soley to the subject of respirology.
The American Thoracic Society and Societas Europaea Pneumologica (now the European Respiratory Society) were both very active in North America and Europe respectively. Many specialists in the Asia-Pacific region had talked about the formation of a similar organization for their area.
Dr Harasawa subsequently formed an international steering committee to establish the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology and became its Founding President in 1986.
The foundation countries and regions (using the names agreed with local societies at that time) comprised:
See what has happened subsequently in the APSR Timeline.