Message from the President
The Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry was founded in 1979 in order to support efforts to establish biological methods to identify the causes and pathological conditions of schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorder, and other psychiatric disorders, so as to develop innovative methods for their diagnosis and treatment as well as methods to prevent their onset and recurrence. Psychiatric disorders are common diseases affecting a high number of patients. They are regarded as urgent issues that require particular attention both in and outside of Japan. In Japan, they are considered by the government as one of the five major diseases along with cancer, stroke, cardiac infarction, and diabetes. Government support has been actively provided to promote various types of research on psychiatric disorders. Thus, our society plays an important role.
On the other hand, due to the recent progress in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, psychology, and behavioral science, as well as brain imaging analysis, optics, and instrumental analysis, the fields in which to apply analysis of mental functions and pathological conditions have markedly expanded, resulting in increased opportunities for many scientists involved in the basic research in various fields of neuroscience to pursue investigations on psychiatric disorders. Thus, expectations are rising for our society to serve as a bridge between clinical perspectives and basic research. Such a situation suggests that research on psychiatric disorders has reached a new stage. Namely, it has become necessary not only to apply the findings in neuroscience to the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders but also to further facilitate the collaboration between research in psychiatry and other fields of neuroscience in order to tackle many challenges, such as those of intractable symptoms and biological diagnosis. To continuously develop in such a direction, it is necessary to attract more young researchers to join us.
Therefore, to sufficiently meet the demands of society and medical and basic research, we will maintain our efforts to facilitate biological research on psychiatric disorders and, furthermore, enhance our organic ties with other basic and clinical research societies in Japan and commence new activities to provide information that can directly support clinical psychiatric practices as well as various clues for supporting pioneering research in neuroscience. Through these activities, we will also cooperate with overseas societies of biological psychiatry and other related fields. We thank you for your understanding, participation, and support for our society.
Toru Nishikawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry
Welcome to the website of the Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry.
Biological psychiatry is an academic discipline that views psychiatric illness as a functional disorder of the brain and therefore strives to understand the causes and treatments of illness in terms of brain function.
This society is a representative research organization of biological psychiatry in Japan, which was established in 1979, with a membership of approximately 1,700 that consists mainly of clinicians but also includes brain scientists and others involved in basic research.
One of our main projects is the society’s annual academic conference, where some 800 participants engage in lively discussions. The conference has been commended by Japan’s psychiatric community for its high level of scholarship. Another central effort of the society is publishing our official journal, the Japanese Journal of Biological Psychiatry. In volumes comprising some 400 pages each year, the journal provides a broad range of information on topics from clinical practice to basic research, with a focus on review articles.
In addition, the society grants awards to encourage young investigators to present their research at international conferences and prizes for outstanding academic articles, and it conducts an exchange program that sends young investigators to Asian countries on a reciprocal basis. Consequently, it is recognized as being an organization that is particularly rich in internationalism.
That internationalism will again be in evidence when the society hosts the 11th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, which is the international conference of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry, in June 2013 in Kyoto.
The Japanese Society of Biological Psychiatry is expected to continue to maintain and strengthen its presence as a pivotal research organization in the field of biological psychiatry in Asia and to further expand its international activities in the future.