The Japanese Society for Neuroimmunology


Greeting from the President

Jun-ichi Kira
Professor of Neurology, Neurological Institute
Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University

 I am Jun-ichi Kira, the new President of the Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology. I hope to develop a good relationship with our society members and also with non-members around the world.

 The Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology was founded in 1988. The memorandum of intent dated August 6, 1988, states the aim of the society as follows (translated from the original Japanese):
“Rapid progress in the fields of neuroscience and immunology has revealed a close relationship between the nervous system and the immune system. Accordingly, the two fields have become integrated, and a new research area, neuroimmunology, has arisen. Prospects for multifaceted research into and treatments for intractable neuroimmunological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), HTLV-1-associated myelopathy (HAM), Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), myasthenia gravis (MG), polymyositis, and paraneoplastic neurologic syndrome, have thus improved. Obviously, this discipline has a strong interdisciplinary nature, and cooperation and free exchange of opinions among experts in various positions are critically important. Creating the proper occasion for discussions and presentations of interdisciplinary research has been our urgent task. In view of these circumstances, we propose to set up the Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology as a new organization.”

 In other words, this society was created to provide an occasion for interdisciplinary research presentations and free exchange of ideas on immune-mediated neurological diseases; that is, in the new academic field of neuroimmunology. We aim to succeed those great minds that established this society, and take a leap forward into a new age.

 First, this society is populated by physicians who are interested in brain, nerve and muscle immunology. The true identity of the society lies in breakthroughs in the study of various brain, nerve and muscle immunological diseases. Thus, from the clinical point of view, this is a sub-specialty society of The Japanese Society of Neurology, Japan’s largest society for clinical neurology, having a role in clinical immunology and immunotherapy for brain, nerve and muscle diseases.

 Second, regarding basic science, the society handles basic research that integrates nervous and immune systems. Also at this interface lies immunological science of brain, nerve and muscle, in other words, basic neuroimmunological science leading to the development of breakthroughs for neuroimmunological diseases.

 This society was originally founded based on the activities of the Research Committees of Neuroimmunological Diseases, sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Thus, this society has a key role in communicating research findings back to patients with neuroimmunological diseases. In the midst of all of this, I would like to aim toward the future development of this society.

 A quarter of a century has passed since the Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology was established. Metaphorically speaking, this society is twenty-five years old, just graduated from university and about to start work in society. With our young vigor, I am most anxious to begin dispatching new information on neuroimmunology to the world.