The rapid development of neuroscience and immunology in recent years has revealed the nervous system and the immune system to be closely connected, resulting in the birth of neuroimmunology, a new academic discipline merging these two previously distinct fields together.
The progression of neuroimmunology has opened up possibilities in multidisciplinary research and promising new treatments for intractable neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis, HTLV-I associated myelopathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and paraneoplastic syndrome.
This discipline is naturally highly interdisciplinary in its approach; collaboration and open exchange with experts from diverse camps is extremely important to the further development of neuroimmunology. Japan has produced some internationally outstanding findings in this field, primarily from the study group working on investigative research on immune diseases as part of research on specific diseases as designated by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Funding circumstances, however, will prevent the study group from holding workshops from this year onwards. It is a matter of urgency, then, that appropriate opportunities are created for the presentation and debate of interdisciplinary and open research in this field.
In view of this, the founders of the Society agreed to establish a new organization, the Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology, and now look to parties related to the field to participate and collaborate in Society activities.
August 6, 1988. From the Charter of the Japanese Society of Neuroimmunology.