Asian Pacific Society of Prion Research (APSPR)

History of the Asian Pacific Society of Prion Research

The Society originated from the International Symposium of Prion Disease for Food and Drug Safety held in Sendai in 2004 by Prof. Tetsuyuki Kitamoto of Tohoku Univ. and the Prion Symposium, which since then has been held annually in Japan. At the Prion Symposium, Japanese researchers of prions and prion diseases have assembled to study and exchange information in the symposium style. In 2010, Prof. Motohiro Horiuchi of Hokkaido Univ. held the Asia-Oceania Symposium on Prion Disease in Sapporo with a wider range of participants from Asia and Oceania. In 2011, Prof. Hidehiro Mizusawa of Tokyo Medical and Dental Univ. held a symposium in Karuizawa under the new name of gAsian Pacific Prion Symposium (abbreviated as APPS),h at which he proposed the policy of the symposium to be an academic meeting of an organization comprising researchers and other concerned persons. Then, the gAsian Pacific Society of Prion Research (APSPR)h was established with the unanimous approval of the APPS participants.

The first president of the APSPR was Director Shirou Mohri of the Prion Disease Research Center, NIAH, NAFRO, who developed the basic structure of the Society. The APPS as the academic meeting was held in 2012 in Yokohama by Director Shirou Mohri, and in 2013 in Sasebo by Prof. Susumu Shirabe of Nagasaki Univ. Prof. Suehiro Sakaguchi of Tokushima Univ. took up an appointment as the president of APSPR in 2013, and the APPS in 2014 was held in Jeju Island by Prof. Yong-Sun Kim of Hallym Univ., Korea, and the APPS in 2015 was held in Kanazawa by Prof. Masahito Yamada of Kanazawa Univ. Prof. Katsumi Doh-ura of Tohoku Univ. took up an appointment as the president of APSPR in 2015. The APPS in 2016 was held in Tokyo by Prof. Kazuo Kuwata of Gifu Univ. as a joint symposium with Prion2016 (chairman: Director Hidehiro Mizusawa of National Center Hospital, NCNP), where the Tokyo Declaration was adopted to promote further international academic collaboration. The APPS in 2017 was held in Melbourne by Prof. Steven John Collins of the Univ. of Melbourne, Australia. Prof. Motohiro Horiuchi of Hokkaido Univ. has taken up an appointment as the president of APSPR in 2017.

Academic meeting is scheduled to be held as follows.
The APPS in 2018 will be held in Tokyo on October 4th and 5th by Dr. Naomi Hachiya of Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute, Japan.
The APPS in 2019 will be held in Saitama by Dr. Motomasa Tanaka of RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan.
The APPS in 2020 will be held in Beijing by Dr. Xiao-Ping Dong of National Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention, China CDC, China.