As a result of recent rapid progress in neuroscience and immunology, an extremely close interrelationship between the nervous and immune systems has been discovered, and a new field of study, neuroimmunology, has been formed to integrate the two.
The development of neuroimmunology has opened up the prospect of multifaceted research and treatment of intractable neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, HTLV-I associated myelopathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and paraneoplastic syndromes.
This field is naturally highly interdisciplinary in nature, and cooperation and free exchange of opinions among specialists from various fields are extremely important. In Japan, many brilliant international achievements had been published mainly by the Research Group on Specific Diseases and Immunological Neurological Diseases of the Ministry of Health and Welfare. However, the group had to hold larger conferences to create an appropriate venue for further interdisciplinary and free presentation and discussion of research.
In light of the above, after discussion among the initiators, we hereby founded an organization, the "Japanese Society for Neuroimmunology," and applicate the participation and cooperation of all those involved.
(From the Prospectus, August 6, 1988)
The purpose of the Society is to advance and develop basic and clinical research on neuroimmune diseases and to contribute to the health of the public.
In order to achieve the above objectives, the Society shall carry out the following activities.
- Holding scientific meetings.
- Publication of the online journal Clinical and Experimental Neuroimmunology and other books.
- Investigation, research, and joint clinical trials related to neuroimmunological diseases.
- Liaison and cooperation with related domestic and foreign institutions and academic organizations.
- Other activities necessary to achieve the objectives of the Society.