2022 Volume 61 Issue 4 Pages 601-606
The Japanese Rhinologic Society has held a “Hands-on Seminar on Basic Research for Clinicians” led by the Society since 2014. The aims of the seminar are to raise the motivation and skills for basic research among clinical otorhinolaryngologists and to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration through research with universities. The attendees at the seminar are clinicians performing basic research in Japan. The eighth seminar was held at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Rhinologic Society and the 20th Asian Research Symposium in Rhinology (Otsu), and focused on 1) culturing human airway epithelial cells and fibroblasts for experiments using human nasal mucosa, 2) practical evaluation of nasal tissue by fluorescence immunostaining, 3) preparation of fresh-frozen sections with the Kawamoto film method, and 4) RNA extraction and quantitative PCR analysis from nasal tissues. The first two sessions were conducted through practical training, and the others used video training because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. A questionnaire completed by participants indicated a high level of satisfaction and a belief that the research seminar is needed. The seminar provides an excellent opportunity for rhinologists to obtain ideas for expanding basic understanding of sinonasal disorders, and we believe that it should be continued for as long as possible.