The Neuroscience Society of Nepal (NSN), with logistical support from the Kathmandu Center for Genomics and Research Laboratory (KCGRL), organized the 2nd Annual Meeting of NSN and the 2nd Annual NSN Conference - Neuroscience: A Synapse for Sharing Knowledge - between 3-4 May 2017 at the Conference Hall of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), in Lalitpur, Nepal. The Conference featured the Nepal-Japan Neuroscience Symposium whose aim was to bring together scientists and researchers from Asian countries, especially Japan, to share and discuss the recent advances in the field of Neuroscience as well as to explore potential research collaborations.
Speakers and participants were from 3 Asian countries: Japan, Nepal and India. Out of 97 participants, 23 were symposia speakers, including two plenary lectures by Professor Yugo Fukazawa (University of Fukui, Division of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Japan) and Professor Basant Pant (Annapurna Neurological Institute & Allied Sciences, Nepal). The remaining were guest lecturers, oral presenters and 9 were poster presenters. The whole conference was divided into 7 sessions, 4 on the first day and the rest on the second day. The scientific program, which ran for 2 days and contained 3 subjects — Clinical Neuroscience, Basic Neuroscience and a summary of NSN achievements for the past 3 years.
The Vice Chancellor of NAST, Professor Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel, inaugurated the program on the first day by lighting the lamp, and the scientific session was initiated by the President of NSN and Chair of the 2nd Annual meeting of Neuroscience, Dr. Sunil Dhungel, who reported on the goals, objectives and future plans of NSN. A poster session was also conducted on the first day and included 10 posters. The best poster was awarded with a cash prize and a token of appreciation.
On the second and final day, the meeting's General Secretary and Vice President, Dr Ajaya Jung Kunwar, thanked all the participants for coming and formally ended the event with some closing remarks. In addition, the same executive members of NSN were re-elected and will continue in their posts until the next NSN meeting in 2018 when the Society anticipates announcing the NSN Journal, the establishment of an NSN Research Laboratory and a research collaboration with a Japanese team.
Overall, it was a very successful and well-attended 2nd Annual Meeting for the Neuroscience Society of Nepal, and we plan to continue our encouraging development of activities in the future.
Dr. Sunil Dhungel
President, Neuroscience Society of Nepal