Message from the CINP Vice-President Professor Toshikazu Saito

Toshikazu SaitoAsian activity in neuropsychopharmacology

In Asia, a huge number of people are suffering from psychiatric disorders that lead to serious individual, familial and social difficulties.

Provisions against the disorders, including development of pharmacotherapy, are required in many Asian countries. Under these circumstances,  research of neuropsychopharmacology is becoming more active year by year, which has led to the establishment of neuropsychopharmacological  societies in Asian countries, for example:

  • Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology (KCNP)
  • Japanese Society of Neuropsychopharmacology (JSNP)
  • Japanese Society of Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology (JSCNP)
  • Taiwanese Society of Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology (TSBPN)
  • The Branch of Neuropsychopharmacology in Chinese Society of Psychiatry.

As scientific and human communications between members of these societies was increasing, there was a desire to establish an Asian College from neuropsychopharmacologists in this field.

The Asian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (AsCNP) was therefore founded on October 1st, 2008 in Tokyo following many enthusiastic discussions in several preparatory meetings. The mission of AsCNP is to encourage research, to facilitate communication of ideas in the convergent disciplines of neuropsychopharmacology in Asia, to develop innovation and development of pharmacotherapy in the treatment for psychiatric disorders, to provide education and training opportunities and to empower the patients and their families with professional knowledge.

Previous AsCNP meetings to date are:

  • Under Professor Shigeto Yamawaki, Founding President, the first AsCNP Congress was held in Kyoto, Japan on November 13th -14th, 2009.
  • Under Professor Young Hoon Kim, the 2nd AsCNP President, the 2nd AsCNP Congress was held in Seoul, Korea on September 23rd -24th, 2011.
  • Under Professor Xin Yu, the 3rd AsCNP President, the 3rd AsCNP Congress was held in Beijing, China on September 12th -14th, 2013.

All of these congresses were very successful with fruitful discussion and communication. The forthcoming AsCNP meetings are:

  • The 4th AsCNP Congress will be held jointly with World Psychiatry Association in Taipei, Taiwan on November 20th – 22nd, 2015 under Professor Tung-Ping Tom Su, AsCNP President.
  • The 5th AsCNP Congress will be held in Bali, Indonesia on September 28th – 30th, 2017 under Professor Andi J Tanra.

Membership of AsCNP can be granted to both societies and to individuals. Currently, Members of AsCNP consist of members of the four societies and one branch, which have been described above, and several individuals from Indonesia, India, Thailand, The Philippines and Singapore.
JSNP and KCNP are pleased to announce that they will hold their annual meeting at the same period and site of the 30th CINP Biennial Congress in Seoul in 2016.
Prof. Yamawaki, CINP President, and other CINP members have visited neuropsychopharmacologists in Asian countries and invited them to participate in the Seoul Congress. We warmly welcome all Asian neuropsychopharmacologists to join in and be a part of the CINP World Congress in Seoul from the 3rd – 5th July 2016. More information on this Congress can be found at www.cinp2016.com.

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