Dear Colleagues and Members of Society for Free Radical Research Asia (SFRR Asia),
It is of my great honor to be appointed as President of SFRR Asia. First of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude and respect to our Past President, Prof. Yuji Naito for his outstanding leadership for the past 3 years, despite all the difficulties we confronted during the COVID-10 pandemic. My appreciation is also extended to Prof. Osamu Handa, Secretary General, and the other Executive Committee members and staffs of the SFRR Asia Headquarter Office for continuous support and contributions to the progress of our society.
Founded in 1995, the SFRR Asia comprises plays a key role in providing a platform for scientific interactions among members in the field of redox biology and chemistry and related disciplines. SFRR currently comprises 7 member societies located in China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand.
Our biennial conference has 20 years history with the first meeting held in 2003 in Seoul and subsequently in Shanghai (2005), Lonavala (2007), Langkawi (2009), Kagoshima (2011), Tao-Yuan (1013), Chiang Mai (2015), Xi’an (2017), and Kyoto (2019). Due to the pandemic, the 10th Biennial Meeting was postponed, but finally held in Seoul again in November 4 to 6, 2022 in a hybrid format (http://www.sfrr2022.co.kr) with more than 300 participants, most of whom attended on site.
The 11th SFRR Asia Biennial Meeting in 2024, which will be organized by Prof. Chang Chen (Chinese Academy of Sciences), President Elect. Meanwhile, the Biennial Meeting of SFRR International will be held in Punta del Este, Uruguay on November 16-19, 2023. I would like many members of SFRR Asia to attend this global event, interacting actively with participants from all over the world.
During my period of Presidency, I’ll do all my best to expand our society, not only in terms of the number of members, but also quality of activities and events. Further, I’ll try to maintain and preserve the spirit and philosophy that our past Presidents established and developed together with regional members.
Our society is always open. Please feel free to visit often the SFRR Asia website to monitor, update, and join its activities, In order for SFRR Asia to be a globally recognizable academic society, I would like to request cooperation and support from all of you. With all best wishes.
Young-Joon Surh, PhD, Professor
College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University