Dear colleagues and friends,

It is truly a great pleasure and privilege to have all of you participate in the Joint Symposium of International Neural Regeneration Symposium (INRS), the 12th Asia Pacific Symposium on Neural Regeneration (APSNR), to be held in Nantong, China.

We greatly appreciate the meeting organizers, including Neural Regeneration Research (Press) and the Affiliated Hospital of Nantong University for their strong support. The goal of this Joint Symposium is to provide a platform for presenting new discoveries, to exchange new ideas, to stimulate new collaborations, to promote translation from basic science to the clinic, and to educate trainees in the field of neural regeneration.

Since 2011, INRS and APSNR has been held for successive eight years. We had over 5,000 participants from all over the world attended the symposium. Over 150 distinguished international speakers were invited to present their cutting-edge research at the joint symposium, including the Editor-in-Chief of Science, 2012 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, Sir John Bertrand Gurdon, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Prof. Thomas C. Südhof.   

INRS2021 will be a meeting in hybrid mode, with many Chinese participants attending in person. International participants will attend via zoom. This year, the preliminary program will include 10 plenary sessions, 15 mini-symposiums, 3 workshops and 1 highly interactive mid-day poster session. The sessions will include but not limited to areas of hot topics in keynote speech, brain injury, neural plasticity and regeneration, neural immune interaction, neural modulation, urinary bladder function recovery, autonomic dysfunction, gut microbiota and neural regeneration, raising star in neural regeneration; young scientists; support by foundations. The conference will also organize special parallel sessions on research project matching and round table discussion to facilitate the possibility of establishing collaborations among participating scientists. The symposium will provide more time for face-to-face communications with invited speakers, and time for participants to ask questions at speakers’ talks.

We sincerely hope that you will join us in making the Joint Symposium a true success.


INRS Co-Chairs:

Prof. Kwok-Fai So, Prof. Xiao-Ming Xu, Prof. Xiaosong Gu

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APSNR Chair:

Prof. Wei Shi

April, 2021