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Recent advances in basic neurosciences and brain disease: from synapses to behavior

Guo-Qiang Bi1, Vadim Bolshakov2, Guojun Bu3, Catherine M Cahill4, Zhou-Feng Chen5, Graham L Collingridge6, Robin L Cooper7, Jens R Coorssen8, Alaa El-Husseini9, Vasco Galhardo10, Wen-Biao Gan11, Jianguo Gu12, Kazuhide Inoue13, John Isaac14, Koichi Iwata15, Zhengping Jia16, Bong-Kiun Kaang17, Mikito Kawamata18, Satoshi Kida19, Eric Klann20, Tatsuro Kohno21, Min Li22, Xiao-Jiang Li23, John F MacDonald16, Karim Nader24, Peter V Nguyen25, Uhtaek Oh26, Ke Ren27, John C Roder28, Michael W Salter16, Weihong Song9, Shuzo Sugita16, Shao-Jun Tang29, Yuanxiang Tao30, Yu Tian Wang31, Newton Woo32, Melanie A Woodin33, Zhen Yan34, Megumu Yoshimura35, Ming Xu36, Zao C Xu37, Xia Zhang38, Mei Zhen28 and Min Zhuo16*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA

2 Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University, Boston, USA

3 Department of Pediatrics, and Cell Biology and Physiology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, USA

4 Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Queen's University, Kingston, Canada

5 Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, USA

6 Centre for Synaptic Plasticity, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

7 Department of Biology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA

8 Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

9 Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

10 Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

11 Skirball Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York, USA

12 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

13 Department of Pharmaceutical Health Care and Sciences, Kyushu University, Kyushu, Japan

14 NINDS, NIH, Bethesda, USA

15 Department of Physiology, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

16 Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

17 Department of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

18 Department of Anesthesiology, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan

19 Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan

20 Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

21 Division of Anesthesiology, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan

22 Department of Neuroscience and High Throughput Biology Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

23 Department of Human Genetics, Emory University, Atlanta, USA

24 Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

25 Department of Physiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

26 Sensory Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

27 Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA

28 Department of Medical Genetics and Microbiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

29 Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California, Irvine, USA

30 Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

31 Brain Research Center, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

32 NICHD, NIH, Bethesda, USA

33 Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

34 Department of Physiology and Biophysics, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA

35 Department of Basic Medicine, Kyushu University, Kyushu, Japan

36 Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

37 Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA

38 Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

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Molecular Pain 2006, 2:38  doi:10.1186/1744-8069-2-38

Published: 30 December 2006


Understanding basic neuronal mechanisms hold the hope for future treatment of brain disease. The 1st international conference on synapse, memory, drug addiction and pain was held in beautiful downtown Toronto, Canada on August 21–23, 2006. Unlike other traditional conferences, this new meeting focused on three major aims: (1) to promote new and cutting edge research in neuroscience; (2) to encourage international information exchange and scientific collaborations; and (3) to provide a platform for active scientists to discuss new findings. Up to 64 investigators presented their recent discoveries, from basic synaptic mechanisms to genes related to human brain disease. This meeting was in part sponsored by Molecular Pain, together with University of Toronto (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Physiology as well as Center for the Study of Pain). Our goal for this meeting is to promote future active scientific collaborations and improve human health through fundamental basic neuroscience researches. The second international meeting on Neurons and Brain Disease will be held in Toronto (August 29–31, 2007).