Welcome Message from President
Dear colleagues and friends!Dear colleagues and friends!

This is a welcome message to all colleagues and friends, not only in Asia and Oceania, but also throughout the world. The Fifth Asian and Oceanian Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology (5th AOCCN) was held in Bali, Indonesia from August 28 - 31, 2013. During the business meeting of the Asia-Oceania chapter (AO chapter) of IFCN, I was selected to be the new President from 2013 until the next AOCCN. I am the first Japanese to take on this important role.

Since the first AOCCN was held in Beijing, China, back in 1996, The AO chapter has made sure and steady progress by increasing the number of constituent countries and members. The next AOCCN is scheduled to be held in Bangalore, India in 2016 or 2017. I hope that many members of the AO chapter will participate in the upcoming congress and also continue to promote active mutual relationships between the societies of the AO chapter.

The AO chapter is composed of eleven countries at present, and we agree that the AO chapter will facilitate effective communication among our members and societies. To be frank with you, the activities of the AO chapter in the past were not so noteworthy compared with other chapters such as the European chapter, since the number of members and societies is much smaller than other chapters.  However, with a recent up-turn in economic and academic conditions in this region, I am sure that the AO chapter will become one of the most important chapters of IFCN in the near future.

As every clinician and researcher knows, clinical neurophysiology is very important not only in clinical medicine but also as a basic research field. In addition, neuroscience, particularly neuroimaging studies, is one of the hottest topics among all the scientific fields.  Therefore, many young clinicians and researchers have recently become interested in this academic field. We have to teach and collaborate with them for future fruitful results. To achieve this objective, I would like to present the following targets and goals by collaboration with all the members of the AC chapter. 
  1. Increasing the number of countries (societies) participating in the AO chapter
  2. Holding regional symposiums or congresses in addition to AOCCN, mainly focusing on education and increasing activities in those regions.
  3. Doing our best to promote the next AOCCN in Bangalore, India.

For these objectives, we need support from IFCN in terms of funding and sending experts to our meetings.

Finally, the AO chapter is a very friendly society based on traditional cultures and hospitality in this region. I will do my best to manage the AO chapter with such warmth and hospitality for the next 4 years.

With best regards,

Ryusuke Kakigi, MD., PhD.
President, Asia-Oceania Chapter of IFCN
Department of Integrative Medicine,
National Institute for Physiological Sciences,
Okazaki, Japan