Address from President of JSNP

On My Appointment as President Hitoshi Takahashi
(Department of Pathology, Brain Research Institute, Niigata university)

高橋均In April 2010, I assumed the position of President of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss what I believe our priorities are.

The Japanese Society of Neuropathology celebrated its 50th year at the annual meeting last year, and this year marks the next step for another 50 years of history. Some say that the 21st century will become “a century of the mind”. If so, then the importance of the study of brain neurology and pathology is obvious. In this new century, our duties in the medical community are significant.

I aim to continue the efforts of Dr. Hashizume (our previous President) and our committees. The focus areas are: 1) The development of the Asian Society of Neuropathology. In 2011, the second meeting of ASN will be held in Beijing, and it is expected that many Japanese members will attend this meeting. 2) The establishment of regional sections of our Society. Some regional sections were already established last year. 3) Further development of the official society journal Neuropathology. Additional efforts are needed to establish its identity as a respectable international journal. 4) The establishment of the Japanese Brain Bank Network. It is crucial that we establish this network as a practical and useful system.

The feature of our society is a unique one in which brain researchers, practitioners in neurological medicine (neurologists, brain surgeons, psychiatrists, etc.) are included, and together study various topics in neuropathology. We are currently 1,200 members, but I sincerely hope that regardless of the diverse focus across basic studies or clinical studies, that more young people join this society as the place to develop our discipline. In the future, the most important task, as I see it, is how we can attract young researchers and develop our society, as well as the study of neuropathology.

For further development of our society, collaboration with other societies is of course important, but I believe the most important thing is how we develop our society as a place for free and diverse academic activities. To this end, I aim for an open and democratic society.

Colleagues, your collaboration is highly appreciated and needed.

April, 2010