About Us - Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry

About Us

Ying-Shing Chan

PresidentYing-Shing Chan

  • Hong Kong SAR, ChinaThe University of Hong Kong
  • Term of Office 2022-2024 (-2026 as council)

Council Members

President’s Message

Dear colleagues, dear friends,

 

 As we start this new year, I would like to begin by giving my best wishes for you all for 2021.

 The past year has been a year of challenges when the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around the world. Many Universities, Institutes and laboratories were closed down as part of quarantine measures, and many of us were personally and professionally affected. In particular, face-to-face interaction for scientific exchange and liaison amongst the neurochemistry community have become exceedingly challenging.

 In the interests of the health of fellow scientists and taking into consideration the international travel restrictions, the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN) Council has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Singapore Meeting to December 13-15, 2021 as we consider having in-person meeting an essential part of the APSN Meeting (http://www.apsn2021.org/). The Pre-conference School (entitled Behavioral animal models for neurochemical research) associated with this Meeting was also postponed to December 8-12, 2021.

 As vaccines against COV-19 become widely adopted, we will hopefully return to a normal situation towards the 4Q of 2021, such that our Meeting can be held under safe and resilient conditions. Similarly, the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) also re-scheduled the 2021 ISN-APSN Meeting in Kyoto to August 28 – September 1, 2022.

 In the meantime, the APSN will focus on organizing local workshops, with focus on state-of-the-art technology, and virtual meetings. The participation of early-career neuroscientists, students or post-docs, is strongly encouraged. Given restrictions for international travel, we will strive to continue promoting and supporting neurochemistry by organizing local hybrid meetings and/or Schools where possible. We look forward to your proposals and abstracts.

 I am confident that the neurochemistry community is resilient and resourceful. The challenges in 2020 have only ascertained our passion in doing science, and that hiccups in the latter part of 2020 have only been an opportunity to recuperate and generate new research ideas to be tackled in this coming year. Irrespective of the times and the means, exchanges and collaborations have been a part of doing science. I therefore invite you participate in local society meetings, together with workshops and Schools, virtual or hybrid.

 I wish you all a healthy and fruitful 2021, and look forward to seeing you all in Singapore.

 

Ying-Shing Chan, PhD
President, APSN

Officers

Secretary; Woong Sun (Korea, Korea University College of Medicine) Term of Office 2022-2024 (-2026 as council)

Treasurer; Jee Hyun Kim (Australia, Deakin University) Term of Office 2022-2024 (-2026 as council)

Councils

Kensuke Ikenaka (Japan, Osaka University) Term of Office 2022-2026

Judy Chia Ghee Sng (Singapore, National University of Singapore) Term of Office 2022-2026

Mitchell Lai (Singapore, National University of Singapore) Term of Office 2022-2026

Itsuki Ajioka (Japan, Tokyo Medical and Dental University) Term of Office 2020-2024

Kwok On Lai (Hong Kong SAR, China City University of Hong Kong) Term of Office 2020-2024

King Hwa Michael Ling (Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia) Term of Office 2020-2024

Pankaj Seth (India, National Brain Research Centre) Term of Office 2020-2024

Dan Ohtan Wang (Japan, RIKEN) Term of Office 2020-2024

 

Objectives

The purpose of APSN shall be to promote research in neurochemistry in particular by dissemination of information, by arrangement of meetings and in other ways to encourage contact between its members. The society also intends to work closely with other bodies having similar objectives, especially with the International Society for Neurochemistry, the American Society for Neurochemistry and the European Society for Neurochemistry. Membership of the APSN is open to individual scientists, scientific societies with a significant interest in neurochemistry and to corporations based in the Asian Pacific region. APSN aims to promote research in neurochemistry in particular by dissemination of information, by arrangement of meetings and to encourage contact between its members. Individuals, societies and corporations interested in joining APSN are encouraged to contact us directly.

NEW! When you sign up as an APSN member, you will also automatically enjoy FREE ISN membership. The Asian Pacific region holds special challenges given the extreme breadth of cultural, economic and scientific diversity in the region. Countries already involved with the APSN include Australia, China / Beijing, China / Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. APSN hopes to include other countries in the Asian Pacific region, such as Fiji, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea, in the future.

The emphasis on different aspects of neurochemistry, including biochemical, clinical, chemical, molecular biological and pharmaceutical aspects, in the different countries promises to be one of the strengths of APSN.

History

The Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry was formed at the Sydney meeting of the International Society for Neurochemistry in 1991 in order to promote neurochemistry in the Asian Pacific region. The first elected president was Emeritus Professor Graham Johnston, Professor of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry, University of Sydney, Australia. It is modeled on the American and European regional neurochemistry societies, holding meetings every two years in the years when an ISN meeting is not held.

Membership of the APSN is open to individual scientists, scientific societies with a significant interest in neurochemistry and to corporations based in the Asian Pacific region. APSN aims to promote research in neurochemistry in particular by dissemination of information, by arrangement of meetings and to encourage contact between its members.

 

Individuals, societies and corporations interested in joining APSN are encouraged to contact us directly. The Asian Pacific region holds special challenges given the extreme breadth of cultural, economic and scientific diversity in the region. Countries already involved with the APSN include Australia, China / Beijing, China / Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. APSN hopes to include other countries in the Asian Pacific region, such as Fiji, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea, in the future.

The emphasis on different aspects of neurochemistry, including biochemical, clinical, chemical, molecular biological and pharmaceutical aspects, in the different countries promises to be one of the strengths of APSN.

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