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, Kimitaka Kaga, M.D. was appointed to serve as the President of the Society for Promotion of International Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (SPIO) on June 8, 2022. I would like to make efforts for our projects with Vise-President Kaoru Ogawa, M.D. and other board members during the next two years. I appreciate your very generous understanding and cooperation to the SPIO in future.

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

Project 2023

  • 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 2023 for International Researcher

There were no recipients for the 2023 SPIO Scholarship.

The Announcement for Applying for the SPIO Scholarship 2024

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 2023

In 2023, 90 original papers were published by the journal Auris Nasus Larynx (ANL), Vol.50 (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 2023 that was selected is as follows:

Aiko Tanaka:Association between tracheostomy and survival in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 who require prolonged mechanical ventilation for more than 14 days: A multicenter cohort study. ANL Vol.50, No.2,276-284, 2023

Application for the SPIO Award 2024

The SPIO will select the most outstanding paper among the original papers submitted in the journal Auris Nasus Larynx, Vol.51 (No.1 to No.6), and will award a certificate and a cash prize (Japanese 500,000 yen). 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 2023, the SPIO subsidized 11 organizations. Details are as follows;

  • The 18th Annual Meeting of Japan Society for Pediatric ORL: Medica l Director.
    Noriko Morimoto, National Center for Child Health and Development.
  • The 68th Congress of Japan Audiological Society: President; Prof.
    Mitsuya Suzuki, Toho University Sakura Medical Center.
  • The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Otological Society: President; Prof.
    Tetsuo Ikezono, Saitama Medical University Hospital.
  • The Japanese Rhinologic Society; Shinichi Haruna, MD,DMSc Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Japan Otological Society; Seiji Kakehata, MD, PhD Chairman, Board of Directors
  • Japanese Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Inc;
    Shingo Murakami, MD, PhD Chairman, Board of Directors
  • The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Equilibrium Research : President; Prof.
    Arata Horii, Niigata University. Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences
  • The 41st Philosophy of Cranio Maxillofacial Surgery Cogito, ergo sum : President;
    Masao Kakibuchi, Hyogo Medical University
  • 42nd International Society of Inflammation and Allergy of the Nose (ISIAN)& 24th International Rhin ologic Society (IRS) : President; Prof. Nobuyosi Otori, The Jikei University School of Medicine.
  • 4th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Immunology Allergology and Infection in Otorhinolaryngology: President; Prof. Hiroshi Iwai, Kansai Medical University
  • 2nd Joint Meeting of Tri Head and Neck Society 2024: Shigeru Hirano, the President of Japan Society for Head and Neck Surgery, Hidenori Inohara, the Vice President and former President of Japan Society for Head and Neck Surgery.

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 June 8, 2022)

Position Name Institution
President Kimitaka Kaga Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Director Emeritus, National Hospital Organization Medical Cent
Vice-Presidenr Kaoru Ogawa Professor Emeritus, Keio University
Director of OTO Cllnic Tokyo
Executive Director Yukiko Iino ORL Director, Tokyo Kita-Medical Center
Professor Emeritus, Jichi Medical University
Executive Director Harumi Suzaki Professor Emeritus, Showa University School of Medicine
Executive Director Ken Kitamura Vice-President, Shonan University of Medical Sciences
Director Makito Okamoto Professor Emeritus, Kitasato University
Director Syun Kanehara President, IGAKU-SHOIN Ltd.
Director Shigeru Kikuchi Professor, Saitama Medical University, General Medical Center
Director Taeko Okuno Special Advisor, Mitsui Memorial Hospital
Auditor Hiroshi Moriyama Professor Emeritus, The Jikei University School of Medicine
Auditor Yoshiomi Takada Ex-Secretary-General, Honjo International Scholarship Foundation
Council Member Toshio Yoshihara Professor School of Health Sciences Tokyo University of Technology
Visiting Professor Tokyo Medical University
Council Member Koichi Omori Professor, Kyoto University
Council Member Masaaki Hayashi President, Daiichi Medical Co. Ltd.
Council Member Hidenori Inohara Professor, Osaka University
Council Member Hitome Kobayashi Professor, Showa University
Council Member Shin-ichi Usami Professor Emeritus , Shinshu University
Council Member Hiromi Kojima Professor ,Jikei University School of Medicine
Council Member Toshimitsu Kobayashi Director, Senenrifu Hospital
Council Member Masashi Sugasawa Directer of Head and Neck Surgery, Kameda General Hospital
Professor Emeritus, Saitama Medical University
Council Member Nirou Tayama ORL Director, National Center for Global Health and Medicine
Council Member Tatsuo Matsunaga ORL Director, Tokyo Medical Center
Advisor Yasuya Nomura Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

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