Satellite Symposia

Japan Society of Gene Therapy - Japan Neuroscience Society Joint Symposium ‘Frontier derived from ultimate Neuroscience and Gene Therapy’ on the 21st Annual Meeting of Japan Society of Gene Therapy

Date July 26, 2015 8:30-10:00
Venue Osaka International Convention Center
Chairs Hideki Mochizuki (Osaka University)
Hirokazu Hirai (Gunma University)
Speakers Masahiko Takada (Kyoto University)
Takanori Yokota (Tokyo Med.& Dent.Univ.)
Hideyuki Okano (Keio University)
Conference Aid Office CONET Co.,LTD. 
Terasaki Dai2Bldg., 1-8-29 Nishi-miyahara, Yodogawa, Osaka, 532-0004, Japan
Purpose of the symposium

The recent development of gene therapy including virus vector has contributed to the significant advances of neuroscience. Therefore, in the 21st Annual Meeting of The Japan Society of Gene Therapy, we will hold a symposium with the specific aim to build relationships between The Japan Neuroscience Society and The Japan Society of Gene Therapy for the mutual benefits of further future developments. In this symposium, we will introduce the latest advances of the combined studies of neuroscience and gene therapy such as animal models and antisense therapy for neuroscience.
After this symposium, there will be a technical seminar focusing on ‘basic skills of gene delivery vector’ for neuroscientists.

Neural circuits, development and plasticity of the early visual system

Date July 27, 2015 13:30-18:30
Chairs Hiromichi Sato (Osaka Univ.)
Takahisa Furukawa (Osaka Univ.)
Yoshio Hata (Tottori Univ.)
Speakers Michael P. Stryker (Univ. California, San Francisco)
Carla J. Shatz (Stanford Univ.)
Takao K. Hensch (Harvard Univ.)
Tadaharu Tsumoto (RIKEN, Brain Science Inst.)
Tetsuo Yamamori (RIKEN, Brain Science Inst.)
Katsuro Kameyama (Tottori Univ.)
Ayako Ishikawa (National Inst. for Physiological Sciences)
Asuka Matsui (RIKEN, Brain Science Inst.)
Contact information Yoshio Hata 
Tel: 0859-38-6252
Purpose of the symposium

Research of the early visual system has provided basic concepts of sensory function and neural circuits. In addition, experience-dependent mechanisms of developmental plasticity have been explored extensively in this system. In concert with the annual meeting symposium "Information processing and circuit formation by neural activity" (1S01p) that mainly focuses on the information processing and formation of visual neural circuits, this satellite symposium introduces recent advance in the field of experience-dependent maturation of visual system uncovered using cutting edge technology.

6th International Regional Stress and Behavior Conference-Approach from Neuroscience and Biological Psychiatry

Date July 26-27, 2015
Venue University of Kobe
Sponsor 6th International Regional (Asia) ISBS Neuroscience and Biological Psychiatry "Stress and Behavior" conference
Chairs Allan Kalueff (ZENERI (New Orleans, USA))
Shun Nakamura (CorLab Inc.)
Speakers Allan Kalueff (ZENERI (New Orleans, USA))
Eliot Beaton (New Orleans University (New Orleans, USA))
Victor Klimenko (State Research Institute of Experimental Medicine (St. Petersburg, Russia))
Ichiro Sora (Kobe University)
Mitsuhiro Yoshioka (Hokkaido University)
Masaharu Tsubokura (The University of Tokyo)
Yamanouchi Hideo (Saitama Medical School)
Mamiko Koshiba (Saitama Medical School)
Contact information Shun Nakamura 
Tel: 042-388-7251

Neuroimaging and its impact on our lives

Date July 28, 2015 18:30-21:30
Venue Kobe International Conference Center5F 501 & Lounge
Chairs Manabu Tashiro (Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Tohoku University)
Speakers Manabu Tashiro (Cyclotron and Radioisotope Center, Tohoku University)
Nobuyuki Okamura (Department of Pharmacology, Graduate School of Medicine, Tohoku University)
Steven Laureys (Coma Science Group, GIGA-Research, University and University Hospital of Liège, Belgium)
Contact information Manabu Tashiro 
Tel: 022-795-7797
Purpose of the symposium In this satellite symposium, methodological information will be presented regarding functional neuroimaging in humans and its clinical impact. Functional neuroimaging has been applied to a wide range of research themes such as drug effects and the diagnosis of various disorders. In this symposium, cutting-edge lectures will be given, with an emphasis on the clinical research of dementia, coma and the “vegetative” state. These studies have a great impact on our daily lives, and may even lead us to reconsider our understanding of humanity. Participants are welcome to continue discussions over drinks and a light meal.

6th BRI Symposium in Niigata: Neural mechanisms of brain functions that require awareness

Date July 25-27, 2015
Venue Brain Research Institute, Niigata University
Chairs Katsuei Shibuki (BRI, Niigata Univ, Japan)
Speakers Biyu He (NIH, USA)
Jakob Hohwy (Monash Univ, Australia)
Andrew Haun (Wisconcin Univ, USA)
Ryota Kanai (ATR, Japan)
Shinji Nishimoto (CiNet, Japan)
Makiko Yamada (NIRS, Japan)
Jun Miyata (Kyoto Univ, Japan)
Toshiyuki Hirabayashi (Tokyo Univ, Japan)
Yutaka Komura (AIST, Japan)
Atsushi Iriki (RIKEN, Japan)
Katsuei Shibuki (Niigata Univ, Japan)
Takahiro Furuta (Kyoto Univ, Japan)
Takeshi Yagi (Osaka Univ, Japan)
Haruo Hosoya (ATR, Japan)
Masafumi Ohizumi (RIKEN, Japan)
Contact information Katsuei Shibuki 
Tel: 025-227-0625
Purpose of the symposium The understanding of the mechanisms underlying the mind (consciousness or awareness) is a great challenge in neuroscience. We focused on the fact that awareness is required for many higher brain functions such as learning, memory, cognition, imagination, judgment and thinking. It means that these brain functions can be elucidated only after the roles of awareness are understood. In reverse, we may understand the mechanisms of awareness through the investigation of higher brain functions that are closely related to awareness. We planned this international symposium to discuss this strategy for understanding of the mechanisms of the mind.

Japan-China Joint Symposium for Understanding Cortical Cognitive Functions

Date August 1, 2015
Venue Kyoto University
Chairs Shintaro Funahashi (Kyoto University)
Bao-Ming Li (Nanchang University)
Speakers Satoshi Tsujimoto (Kyoto University)
Ken’ichiro Tsutsui (Tohoku University)
Akira Murata (Kinki University)
Jacqueline Gottlieb (Columbia University)
Cheng-Yu Li (Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, CAS)
Tao Zhang (Institute of Psychology, CAS)
Yong-Di Zhou (East China Normal University)
Li-Ping Wang (East China Normal University)
Contact information Shintaro Funahashi 
Tel: 075-753-9674
Purpose of the symposium The cerebral cortex participates in a variety of higher cognitive functions, including thinking, reasoning, judgment, and decision-making. Neural mechanisms of these functions have been investigated neurophysiologically using monkeys. In this symposium, Japanese and Chinese active neurophysiologists who are investigating functions of the prefrontal or the parietal cortex using monkeys will present their original results. In addition, as a guest speaker, Dr. Jacqueline Gottlieb will present her own study about functional correlations between prefrontal and parietal cortices. We hope that this symposium has an opportunity to facilitate communications between Japanese and Chinese neuroscientists.