APSN 2012

Joint Conference of the 11th Biennial Meeting of the Asia – Pacific Society for Neurochemistry and 55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry (APSN/JSN 2012)

Kobe, Japan
Sep 29 – Oct 2, 2012
In conjunction with 34th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry
Conference Theme

Development, Neurodegeneration, Neural regeneration, Neural plasticity, Ion channels & Transporters, Neuroprotection, Neurotransmission / cell signaling / signal transduction, Brain metabolism, Ischemia, Neuroendocrinology, Cognition & behaviour, Psychiatry, Pain, Substance abuse, Glia function / Neuron-Glia interaction, Glia in disease.

Deadline for Symposia Submission:

July 31, 2011

Deadline for Abstract Submission:

March 1, 2012
for more information:

Chair of the Program Committee

Professor Woong Sun
Department of Anatomy
Korea University College of Medicine
136-705 Seoul Korea
E-mail: [email protected][email protected]

International Program Committee

Woong Sun (Korea)
Akio Wanaka (Japan)
Peter Wong (Singapore)
Kazuhiro Ikenaka (Japan)
Yukio Yoneda (Japan)
Andrew Lawrence (Australia)
Xiaobing Yuan (China)
Mitradas Panicker (India)
Tomoko Tashiro (Japan)
Katsuhiko Yanagisawa (Japan)
Kazunori Nakajima (Japan)
Tohru Nishikawa (Japan)
Hiroshi Yoneda (Japan)

Local Program Committee

Kazuhiro Ikenaka (Chair: National Institute for Physiological Sciences)
Shoichi Shimada (Osaka University)
Akio Wanaka (Nara Medical College)
Yukio Yoneda (Kanazawa University)


Welcome Address from Program Chair

Dear All,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the APSN/JSN 2012, I would like to invite you to participate in the Joint Conference of 11th Biennial Meeting of APSN and 55th Meeting of JSN, which will be held in Kobe, Japan. Especially, this meeting will partially overlap with the 34th Annual Meeting of Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry. You will have an access to all the programs of the Biological Psychiatry meeting upon registration for the APSN/JSN joint meeting, which will offer an exceptional and international platform for neurochemists all over the world, especially those from the Asia-Pacific region.

The meeting will address major topics of latest developments in basic and clinical neuroscience research with an emphasis on ‘Brain chemistry: Integrating the Mind’. The purpose of the meeting is to offer an international forum of scientific exchange for researchers and clinician neuroscientists by a series of sessions on distinguished scientific developments.

We will have three distinguished Plenary Lectures during the meeting. We also have 12 symposia and 8 young investigator colloquia that focus on the cutting edge researche in the field of basic as well as disease-oriented neurochemistry. I am sure that there will be a plenty of opportunity for discussion and communication among researchers, and for young investigators to present their work in and outside the lecture hall.

We hope that many neuroscientists around the world will join us to help make this meeting more educational, exciting and successful.

We look forward to welcoming you in Kobe!


Woong Sun., Ph.D.
The Chair of Program Committee
11th biennial meeting of APSN/55th Meeting of JSN
Department of Anatomy
Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Welcome Address from President

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our annual meeting for the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry (JSN) jointly held with biannual meeting for the Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN). This meeting is the 55th JSN meeting and we are the oldest Neurochemistry society in the world with 1500 members. We are always willing to form a close relationship with other Asian neurochemistry/science societies and thus to hold annual meeting with APSN is our great opportunity to meet and to make friends with Asian/Pacific researchers. Fortunately, this meeting will be held in conjunction with the 34th annual meeting of Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry, which will further widens the scientific scope of the meeting. I hope all the participants gain a lot of new information, exchange ideas and find new collaborators in this meeting, and enjoy wonderful atmosphere in Kobe. Kobe is famous for its beautiful sea port. Especially the view of Kobe city/port from the top of Mt. Rokko at night is worth trying. Importantly, it is very far away from the Fukushima power plant and no contamination has been reported.
So, please feel safe to visit Kobe.

I wish to thank Professor Woong Sun, the program chair, Professor Kazuhiro Ikenaka, chair of local organizing committee and their colleagues for organizing this excellent meeting. I look forward to seeing you all in Kobe!



Kazuhide Inoue, Ph.D
Japanese Society for Neurochemistry

Call for Invited Session Proposals

The Scientific Program Committee is inviting proposals for symposia and young investigator colloquia.

invited Symposia

We anticipate twelve (12) invited symposia with 3-4 speakers in each symposium. The Scientific Program Committee will select the symposia from submitted proposals mainly from the Asia-Pacific Regions (open invitation).
Although it is not a requirement, it is encouraged to include speakers from different countries. Each selected symposium will receive a waiver of his/her registration fees plus financial support towards his/her travel and accommodation expenses (approximately US$500). Japanese speakers cannot receive registration fee waiver or travel support. Members and non-members are invited to submit proposals for symposia detailing:

  • The topic of the symposium
  • A one-page abstract
  • The reason(s) why the topic of the symposium is important
  • The names of the Chairperson and four speakers, confirming their willingness to participate and their lecture titlres
  • Short CVs of the four speakers with a selection of up to 5 publications for each speaker
Invited Young Investigator Colloquia

We anticipate eight (8) “Young Investigators’ Colloquia” with four speakers in each colloquium. These colloquia would feature young investigators mainly form the APSN regions and will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee from submitted proposals (open invitation). Thirty minutes will be available for each contribution, preference will be given to independent young investigators. The candidates should be either below 40 years of age or less than 10 years after Ph.D. Each selected speaker will receive a waiver of his/her registration fees plus financial support towards his/her travel and accommodation expenses. To apply, the candidates should submit the following:

  • The title of their contribution
  • A one-page abstract
  • A short one-page CV
  • List of publications during the last three years

The deadline for the above proposals to be submitted is
July 31, 2011
All proposals for invited sessions should be submitted via email to the Chair of the Program Committee

Chair of the Program Committee

Professor Woong Sun
Department of Anatomy
Korea University College of Medicine
136-705 Seoul Korea
E-mail: [email protected] [email protected]

Call for Free Communications

Abstract Submission

The Scientific Program Committee invites all participants who wish to present a poster or an oral presentation to submit an abstract. When submitting abstract, registrants would like to be considered for oral or poster presentations. In addition, workshop and satellite symposia topics are also invited.

Oral Presentation

The Scientific Program Committee will select submitted abstracts for oral presentation. Each oral presentation is 15 min with a 5 min discussion. Applicants not selected for an oral presentation will automatically be given a poster presentation slot.

Poster Presentation

There will be posters presentation daily throughout the meeting.
The deadline for free communications to be submitted is March 1, 2012

About Kobe

Kobe is known as a city having a unique style with the exotic atmosphere in Japan, which has been affected by the foreign cultures and flourished as the international port since old days.
Also it boasts the Rokko Mountains richly endowed with nature and has flourished as the hot spring street such as Arima since old days. Arima has plenty places of see which convey good old days in Japan and Kobe is positioned as one of the most popular sightseeing cities.

Kobe blessed with nature beauty such as Mt. Rokko and Seto Inland Sea is known as the gourmet street (Kobe beef, Nada Japanese sake, wine and sweets) , as well as the fashion street with the sophisticated image. This city is located almost in the center in Japan. The average yearly temperature is 16.8? (max. 34.5?/min. -3.5? in 2003) . Annual rainfall amount is 1,538.0 mm in 2003. It means that it is very comfortable namely, warm in winter and cool in summer relatively in Japan where the four seasons are very distinct.
Its population is about 1,520,000, which is the 6th-largest in Japan. Over 44,500 foreigners and over 1,800 students from 117 countries including South Korea, North Korea, China , U.S.A., and Vietnam live here. It has been flourished as a representative trading port of Japan with the internationality.It is conveniently located, for example it takes about three hours from Tokyo. The Kobe Airport has opened in Feb. 2006 to fly to various cities in Japan.


Venue: Kobe International Conference Centre

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