Report: BRI International Symposium 2018

The 8th annual international symposium was held at Brain Research Institute, Niigata University on February 10 -11, 2018. This year's theme was "The innovative progress of neuroscientific research through the use of advanced animal models". The symposium included podium talks by experts from the area, four from overseas institutions and 14 from across Japan and one BRI researcher. There were 37 poster presentations during the course of the event. In total of 250 people attended the two-day symposium, the venue was filled with full of energy despite the typical heavy winter weather of Niigata outside.

The event celebrated the career and achievements of Dr Kenji Sakimura (Professor of Cellular Neurobiology) for his retirement by inviting the researchers from Japan and elsewhere who have been collaborating with him. Prof Sakimura has pioneered specialized methods of producing genetically modified mice for brain function analysis and been distributing many to the research community. Notably, his engagement on animal model production support ranges from Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas project "Platform of Advanced Animal Model Support", to nationwide Joint Usage-Research Centers that BRI promotes. Starting with the study using animal models, the scientific program presented by speakers covered diverse and dynamic topics. Audience were able to listen to state of the art presentations of neuroscience that focus on decipher the function and disease of brain at molecular level, which brought great impact to the attendees. Welcome banquet that took place in the first day and evening discussion in the neighboring hot spring inn in the second day were great opportunity for networking and discussing potential collaborative research projects.

We would like to thank all the speakers and poster presenters along with attendees for their contributions to the symposium. Our thanks also go to the organizing members for making the event function smoothly.

By Prof Toshikuni Sasaoka (Dept. of Comparative & Experimental Medicine)

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