Dear colleagues,

I am very sorry to inform you that our former president, a long-time APSN member, a great mentor, and a good friend of us, Dr. Kazuhiro Ikenaka has passed away on 27th, October after a long fight with cancer.

He has been nurturing our Society and the researchers of the AP regions like a father. I hereby thank him for his great contribution.

With deepest sorrow,
Akio Wanaka
APSN president

In this October, I lost two intimate people. My mentor Professor Kinya Kuriyama passed away on Oct. 13 at the age of 86. Two weeks later, Oct. 27, Professor Kazuhiro Ikenaka died at the age of 65. October in 2018 thus became one of the saddest months in my life. I now regret a lot my bad custom not to take pictures with intimate people. Professor Kuriyama enthusiastically led me to the neurochemistry field as a scholar. He taught me how to write a scientific manuscript and how to present the data obtained. He used to work usually for more than 12 hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day in weekdays during his 25 consecutive active years. On the other hand, Kazu was always one step ahead of me in the science even though he was younger than I. We graduated from the same junior high school in Sakai and entered the same university in Osaka. He came to my poster to ask the technological details of NMDA receptor binding in his PhD student days during an annual meeting of the Japanese Neurochemistry Society years ago. That is the first time I met him. I never thought of his death earlier than me. I would pray for their souls with the deepest sympathy. RIP

Emeritus Prof. Yukio Yoneda
Kanazawa University, Japan

Kaz in the APSN School at Osaka University in 2012. He was supervising electrophysiology experiments.
At the banquet of 2012 APSN meeting in Kobe. From left, Kaz, his wife Yumiko, APSN president Andrew Lawrence, and APSN school committee chair Woong Sun.

I cannot believe Kaz is no longer with us. He was a true friend and a great mentor. He will be sorely missed & always in my thoughts.

Please pass on my sympathy to his family

Kind regards
Prof. Andy Lawrence
Past APSN President
Floreys Institute, Melbourne, Australia

That is very sad news… Ikenaka I knew through APSN having met him at the first meeting in Hyderabad and followed his progression through APSN President and later ISN President. I shall miss him. RIP

Emeritus Prof. Graham Johnston
University of Sydney, Australia

I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with Dr. Kazuhiro Ikenaka during severel APSN or APSN/ISN meetings. I hope that his legacy will live on forever. Please accept my condolences.

Prof. Orly Reiner
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

I felt sad to hear about the sad demise of Prof. Ikenaka, a giant in the field of Neurochemistry. I remember meeting him in the APSN meeting in Kobe, Japan, in 2012. He will be missed by all those who have known him.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences. May the almighty give strength to the near and dear of the departed soul, during this difficult time.

Prof. Bharath

It is very sad to know that Prof. Kazuhiro Ikenaka is no more with us. I fondly remember him for our association in APSN. I had closely worked with him as Secretary, APSN, while he was the president. We worked together in APSN for 4 years. Moreover, he was like a mentor to me. He was a very hard worker, systematic, and a good scientist. He attended several conferences held in India by Indian Neurochemistry Society (SNCI). My last memory with him would be in his last visit to Hyderabad, India, where my family and I had dinner with him and his wife Yumiko. May his soul rest in peace.

Prof. Prakash Babu
University of Hyderabad, India

I was not able to make any words to express my emotion for a while. Dr. Ikenaka is my role model, a true friend, a trustable mentor, and a great colleague. I was very lucky to meet him about 15 years ago, and at that time I did not realize our relationship would last long to forever. I would express my sincere condolence to his family and everyone who miss him.


Woong Sun
APSN Treasurer
Korea University College of Medicine
Seoul, Korea

These are very sad and terrible news. We have been worried about Kaz for quite a while. It is shocking to learn now that he has finally lost his fight against the cancer. With Kaz we all have lost a very good friend and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts are with Yumiko and his entire family.

As we are not familiar with the custom in Japan on such a situation, we would very much appreciate if you could kindly give us some advice what we as ISN could and should do now immediately before or for the memorial service to honour Kaz as our President and to pay tribute to a good friend and to a committed ISN member, councilor and officer.

Best wishes

Prof. Ralf Dringen
ISN secretary
University of Bremen
Bremen, Germany

Kaz had been a good Friend and I had learnt so much from him working together for APSN since 2004.

Please convey my and Ai Lin’s condolences to Yumiko and family.

With deep sorrow,
Prof. Peter Wong
National University of Singapore

He was a wonderful man. He had a a great positive energy inside him. I became motivated with the words he suggested first time during ISN meeting 2009 at South Korea. Onbehalf of Myself and our Indian Community express deep condolences. Science will always remember him for his contributions in neuroscience.

Dr Neeraj Tiwari , India

On behalf of APSN, we would like to invite you to participate in the 15th Meeting of APSN to be held in Macau, China from August 27 to 29, 2018.

Please click here to visit official website for more details.

For details to IS-APSN Neuroscience School 2018 application, please click below to obtain the documents:
ISN-APSN Neuroscience School 2018 – Newsletter (pdf)
ISN-APSN Neuroscience School 2018 – Application Form (Word doc)
ISN-APSN Neuroscience School 2018 – How to apply (pdf)

We are delighted to invite you to the joint meeting of the International Society of Neurochemistry (ISN) and the European Society for Neurochemistry (ESN), in Paris, France from 20 – 24 August 2017. Experience exciting and up to date research in cellular and molecular neuroscience in an inspiring and engaging environment through our Plenary Lectures, symposia, workshops, and Young Investigator Colloquia.

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August 23-26, 2014
Kaohsiung (Ta-Kao), Taiwan

The Organizing Committee cordially invites the international neuroscience community to
participate in the 12th Meeting of the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN), which
will take place on August 23-26, 2014 in Kaohsiung (Ta-Kao), Taiwan.
The scientific program will include plenary lectures, symposia, young investigator colloquia,
oral and poster presentations, and a workshop on professional development. In addition to
sightseeing tours, a variety of social activities, including golf, is planned.
We look forward to welcoming you to a scientific and social feast in Kaohsiung!

Kaohsiung (Ta-Kao) is the second largest city in Taiwan, and is located in the southern part of
the island. It is a modern city that blends nature with generous southern hospitality, with
easy access from/to the Asian-Pacific regions, and is connected to the capital city, Taipei by
high speed train (96 minutes).

The conference will be held in Howard Plaza Hotel Kaohsiung, which is located in the heart of the business district of Kaohsiung.

The APSN 2014 website is now available at


This 4-day APSN Advanced Neuroscience School (Singapore 2013) aims to share various model systems used in neuroscience research, namely C. elegans, D. melanogaster, X. laevis and D. rerio (Zebrafish). These are valuable models to neuroscientist which are not usually accessible to enthusiastic senior graduate students and junior postdoctoral fellows within a single workshop/School. Singapore biomedical research community is unique yet strategic to house scientists who are experts in these various models and applying them in neuroscience research. We aim to accept 20 participants from regions around Asia-Pacific. Close interactions between participants and lecturers (and their assistants) are incorporated at demonstrations/hands-on sessions (half a day per model system) after being grounded basic principles with lectures in the morning sessions. We will provide world-renowned researchers (based in Singapore from the National University of Singapore ( and Research Institutes) to teach the updated knowledge of advanced molecular and neurochemical techniques using each model system, and how they are relevant to addressing neurological phenomena (neuroplasticity underlying learning and memory) and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, sensory responses (eg. innate response to aversion due to specific ordors), so as to enable participants to acquire new ideas and to learn new techniques and methods that may be beneficial to their and host institutions future research.

Final Report for APSN School_24-28June2013_website


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September 25 – 28,2012
Osaka, Japan
Application is now open.
  1. Submit the completed form by email to Professor Akio Wanaka ([email protected]) for application
  2. Attach an official letter from your institution certifying your position.
  3. Attach also your CV and full publication list (ALL authors and page numbers).
  4. Applicants are required to present their own posters at the 11th Biennial Meeting of the Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry/the 55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry ( The registration fee for the meeting will be waived.

Registration Form

16 Jan 2012

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:

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February 13 – 17, 2012
Xi’an China
Theme of School: Pain:

Neurochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral correlates


Institute for Biomedical Sciences of Pain & Institute for Functional Brain Disorders, Tangdu Hospital, The Fourth Military Medical University, #1 Xinsi Road, Xi’an 710038, PR China


To provide a platform enabling junior researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from fields of both neurochemical research and pain research to meet and exchange ideas and experiences

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16 Feb 2010

APSN 2010

10th Biennial Meeting of the Asia – Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN 2010)

October 17 – 20, 2010
Phuket Island, Thailand
venue: Phuket Graceland resort and Spa

apsn2010 call for abstract[1]_tn10

Local Organizing Committee:

Thai Neuroscience Society
Mahidol University

in conjunction with

15th Thai Neuroscience Society Conference
Mar 30, 2010    Start for Abstraction Submission
Start for Early Registration
Start for Hotel Registration
May 30, 2010    Deadline for Abstract Submission
July 15, 2010    Deadline for Registration
Download Second Announcement
for more information:

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December 7 – 11, 2009
About the ISN – APSN – IBRO School

The main objective of the School is to enable graduate students and junior postdoctoral fellows from the Asia-Pacific region to meet in an environment where they can acquire knowledge on recent advances in neurochemistry research and for them to have a platform from which to gain practical experience on neurochemical techniques.

The School will cover lectures, practical seminars and a variety of laboratory projects. These will focus on several technique-oriented areas in neurochemistry. Each student will be involved in one of the areas and attend hands-on lab sessions in participating university departments and research institutes.

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Society for Neurochemistry (India) (SNCI)
SNCI – ISN – IBRO – GNDU Sponsored

Workshop on,”Basic Neurochemical Techniques for Young Neuroscientists”
17th – 27th November, 2008
Workshop on “Basic Neurochemical Techniques for Young Neuroscientists”

A maximum of 20 participants will be selected for the workshop. Students and junior faculty working in the area of Neuroscience are encouraged to apply. The selected participants will receive partial travel allowance within india and free local hospitality. The faculty of this workshop will comprise several national as well as international researchers in this field.


Department of Biotechnology, GNDU Amritsar


Prof. Gurcharan Kaur,
Organizing Secretary,
Professor and Head,
Department of Biotechnology, Guru Nanak Dev University,
Amritsar-143005, INDIA.
Phone: 0183-2258431; Fax: 0183-2258272; Email: [email protected]
Conference email: [email protected]

Proposed hands-on techniques for the workshop:

  • Mitochondrial isolation, electrophoresis and western blotting for molecular chaperon protein Mortalin expression in brain tissue.
  • Immunohistofluorescent localization for molecular marker of brain plasticity, Neural Cell Adhesion Molecule (NCAM) and Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein (GFAP) expression in the discrete regions of the rat brain.
  • Establishing primary neuronal-glial cultures from rat cortex.
  • Fluorescent In Situ Hybridisation (FISH) for mRNA expression studies of plasticity marker proteins.
  • Extraction of total RNA from brain tissue and Northern Blotting.
  • Determination of specific RNA transcripts using RT-PCR.

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16 Jan 2009

2008 – GNDU

Myelin Development, Function and Related Diseases
Ninth Biennial Satellite Meeting of the ISN on Myelin Biology

Dedicated to the Memory of Steven Pfeiffer
August 19 to 23, 2009
Gyeongju, S.Korea

This satellite meeting of the International Society for Neurochemistry will focus on recent advancement of CNS and PNS myelin biology, including the development of myelin-forming cells, myelin formation and function, and glia-axon interaction in normal as well as disease conditions. The research area of myelin biology has exploded in the past ten years. In particular, studies on glia-axon signaling have shown the importance of this intercellular communication in normal development and in neurological as well as psychiatric diseases. Many of these issues will be discussed at this meeting.

This myelin meeting has been holding as a satellite for all ISN meetings since 1991, and has always contributed to advance the research in this field. At this time, the meeting will be held in Gyeongju, Korea (, which is an old Capital near Busan, and this historic area is selected as one of the World Heritages. The program will be developed from the submitted abstracts, and will incorporate a combination of oral and poster sessions, with substantial time for informal discussions.

Confirmed Speakers:

Rashmi Bansal (USA), Tony Campagnoni (USA), Vittorio Gallo (USA), Jean de Vellis (USA), Laura Feltri (Italy), Marie Filbin (USA), Wendy Macklin (USA), Klaus Nave (Germany), Erior Peles (Israel), Lawrence Wrabetz (Italy), Boris Zalc (France)

Meeting Venue:

Gyeongju TEMF Hotel (


Including the accommodation fee (4 nights), meals, welcome reception, farewell banquet, excursion and transportation to Busan on Aug. 23.

Registration fee:

US$450 (single use), US$350 (twin room), US$250 (twin room for student)
Deadline for the registration and abstract submission:April 30, 2009

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The third ISN Special Neurochemistry Conference, Beijing 2008
8th International Meeting for Brain Energy Metabolism
“Neurodegeneration and Regeneration”



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School of Pharmacy, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, P.R. of China 16 – 21 June 2008

About the School

The main objective of the School is to enable graduate students and junior postdoctoral fellows from the Asia-Pacific region to meet in an environment where they can acquire knowledge on recent advances in neurochemistry research and for them to have a platform from which to gain practical experience on neurochemical techniques. The School will cover lectures, practical seminars and a variety of laboratory projects. These will focus on several technique-oriented areas in neurochemistry. Each student will be involved in 2-3 hands-on lab sessions in the participating university department. Interaction between the students and teachers will be emphasized and encouraged throughout the School. Prospective participants are expected to attend the APSN symposium.

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8th Biennial Meeting of the Asia – Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN 2008)

Shanghai, PR China
June 24 – 26th, 2008

New Strategies for Neuroprotection;
Mitochondria & Neuronal Injury;
Astrocyte-Neuron Interactions;
Synaptic Plasticity in Development & Learning; Organization of Dendritic Spines


Mar 31, 2008
Urgent Announcement:
In order to meet our deadline for submission to the publisher, only abstracts submitted before
March 21 can be published in the special JNC supplement issue. We will continue to accept abstracts until Mar 31.

Local Organizers

Chinese Society of Neurosciences
Chinese Association of Neurology
Capital University of Medical Sciences

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15 Jan 2008

APSN 2008

8th Biennial Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN 2008)

Shanghai, PR China
June 24-26th, 2008

New Strategies for Neuroprotection;
Mitochondria & Neuronal Injury;
Astrocyte – Neuron Interactions;
Synaptic Plasticity in Development & Learning;
Organization of Dendritic Spines

Deadlines for Abstract Submissions:

Mar 31, 2008

Urgent Announcement:

In order to meet our deadline for submission to the publisher, only abstracts submitted before
March 21 can be published in the special JNC supplement issue. We will continue to accept abstracts until Mar 31.

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Society for Neurochemistry(India)(SNCI)


International Symposium on Regenerative Neuroscience and Annual Meeting of Society for Neurochemistry (India)

17-18th January 2008
Venue: Convention Center, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

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15 Jul 2007

APSN 2007

APSN Symposium on “Glial Activation and Function”

Dalian,P.R. of China 2007

The APSN symposium on “Glial Activation and Function” will be held from October 18th to 20th following the above mentioned ISN/APSN school. The program will be chaired by Prof. Akio Wanaka (APSN council member) and an international program committee. Scientific sessions will be “Glial development”, “Glia in development and regeneration”, “Neuron-glia interaction”, “Astrocyte and synaptic transmission”, “Microglia in pathogenesis”, “Physiological significance of Gliosis”. All the ISN/APSN school students are invited to attend the symposium. To facilitate their understanding on the most forefront research on glial functions, a introductory and educational lecture will be given by Prof. Douglas Fields at the beginning of the symposium. We will have world leading researchers as speakers on each session.

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17 May 2007

APSN School

Dalian, P.R. of China 2007
Registration & Abstract Submission is now opened

Registration Form
Abstract Guideline
ISN – APSN School Application Form
ISN – APSN School: 10 August 2007

The registration form and the abstract should be sent to Symposium Secretariat
(e-mail: [email protected]) in MSWord format by e-mail.
The ISN/APSN School will be held from October 15th to 18th. We will have one lecture attended by all the students on “In Situ hybridization, and RNA extraction and quantative PCR” on 15th . Two workshops (1. In situ Hybridization 2.RNA extraction and quantative PCR using latest Takara Kits ) from 16th to 18th. Students will participate one of the two courses. 12 students limited for each course.

It will be organized by APSN School committee (Chair: Dr. Alfreda Stadlin).

More information will be available soon on the website.

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