Haruhiko Bito
President of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society

(Professor and Chair, Department of Neurochemistry, Division of Neuroscience, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo)

Welcome to the 44th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Neuroscience Society!

Neuroscience has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past 20 years, and has rapidly advanced beyond the boundaries of the humanities and sciences to become cross-disciplinary. Advances in brain science and brain medicine are uncovering the mysteries of dementia and neurological and mental disorders. For this reason, a Meeting is becoming even more important, as a place where researchers can exchange the latest research results, disseminate information about new technologies, and pursue the challenge of new discoveries and breakthroughs. The theme of the 44th Annual Meeting is "Towards global neuroscience," and we here aim to create a Platform that will bring together, in Kobe, neuroscientists from around the world, and especially from China, Japan and Korea, and foster a new collaboration in neuroscience.

Though all of us may maintain a safe physical distance from each other due to COVID-19, let us create a gathering of enthusiastic researchers in search of new findings and ideas, and let’s communicate with each other. Let's take neuroscience to the next level and create new values through lively discussions among participants!

How is neural information transfer determined through synaptic connections between neurons and glia in a neural circuit? How are behaviors generated by an integrated system governed by brain information dynamics? How does bi-directional communication between individuals lead to mental interaction, empathy with others, consciousness and self-realization? We are entering an exciting era in which we can academically challenge and address these multifaceted mysteries of the brain and the mind. We hope that researchers and members from all over the world who are contributing to the frontiers of neuroscience will gather in Kobe, Japan, and will create an opportunity to break barriers and make a better future in neuroscience research.

Let's enjoy neuroscience in Kobe!