Shigeru Kitazawa, M.D., Ph.D.
The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society
（Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences, Osaka University）
Welcome to the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society!
This meeting happens to be the first virtual Meeting held by using streaming delivery. It is a great pity that we cannot welcome you in Kobe, but we have been very much encouraged by your warmest support to the new challenge. We thank you for your support and participation.
We raised “Theories of the brain” as the theme of the meeting. We chose “theories”, instead of “the theory”, because neuroscience is multidisciplinary. The scope of neuroscience ranges from molecular, cellular, local circuits, to the whole brain network. Functions of interest range from sensation, movement, to higher cognitive functions like consciousness. Methodologies involve those of molecular biology, psychology, physiology, mathematical sciences, and clinical medicine. Neuroscience is an ever-developing field that absorbs any methodologies of use. No other field of science compares to neuroscience in its breadths, widths, and diversities. Even the pandemic cannot withhold the momentum of its development.
The day will come when we acknowledge “the theory” of the brain. However, at present, let’s enjoy and energize the diversities that the “theories” of the brain bring about. The emblem of the meeting, which incorporated a traditional Japanese checker pattern, symbolizes the process of the multi-disciplinary “theories” revealing multi-dimensional shapes of the brain.
As neuroscience is open to any methodologies of science, this meeting is open to anybody who is involved in neuroscience. We are dedicated to providing a comfortable and harassment-free meeting experience for everyone, regardless of gender, disability, race, age, nationality, or whatever. As athletes from the five continents get together in the Olympic Games, I do hope that neuroscientists around the world come and join the meeting site.
Let’s access the meeting site and enjoy neuroscience to our hearts’ content!