Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction, AWAJI, JAPAN


Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, JAPAN

April 24 - April 28, 2023

Abstract Deadline: March 17, 2023

Registration remains open until before the meeting starts

Meeting program is now available: Final_Program.pdf


Organized by:

Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University
Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine & Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology
Schuichi Koizumi, University of Yamanashi
Bruce Ransom, University of Washington & Chinese University of Hong Kong
Mami Noda, Xi'an Jiaotong University

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on “Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction will be held in Awaji, Japan, located approximately 60 km west of Osaka city. 

Please note that entry of foreign nationals into Japan is subject to the latest border measures. From Oct 11, 2022, Japan resumed visa-free entry for international travellers from 68-countriesYou are required to read and follow the official information about entry into Japan on the website of Ministry of Foreign carefully and strictly. 

The conference will begin in the evening of Monday April 24, 2023, and will tentatively conclude after the banquet in the evening of April 27, 2023. There will be seven oral sessions and one poster session covering recent findings in research related to biology and physiology of glia. About twenty oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. Posters will be up for viewing and discussion throughout the conference. Social events will be organized to promote informal interactions among conference participants.


Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in JAPAN are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. Meeting participants are strongly recommended to stay at the conference hotel, Grand Nikko Awaji ( during the meeting with the rest of the participants if possible. The accommondation booking URL will be sent to you after completion of meeting registration.

Access to the venue

Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center is located at the northeast coast of Awaji Island. There is one international airport nearby, which is Kansai International Airport (KIX), and two domestic airports, namely Osaka International (Itami) Airport and Kobe Airport (UKB), respectively. The conference center is connected by various ground transportations, such as express buses and trains (JR trains), from the airports. To get to the Awaji Yumebutai international conference center and Grand Nikko Awaji hotel, one has to take an highway express bus for Awaji Yumebutai mae (Bus stop #4 to Higashiura Bus Terminal) from Sannomiya Bus terminus located near the Sannomiya JR station on the ground floor of Mint Kobe building at Kobe City. The bus ride will take about 45 minutes.

There are multiple ways to get to the venue from different airports. A summary of all possible ways to get to the venue from the 3 airports can be found below:

For international participants travelling from Kansai international airport (KIX) at Osaka, you can opt to take an airport Limousine Bus for Kobe Sannomiya (Bus stop #6 located near south exit on the 1st floor of arrival hall) directly and then change to the highway express bus at Sannomiya bus terminus for Awaji Yumebutai mae.The express bus will stop right at the entrance of the Grand Nikko Awaji hotel. Other transportations such as taxi or self-arranged airport pickup is also available. However, it is not an economical transportation option in Japan.

A detailed information of how to get to the bus stop at Kansai international airport and the bus schedules for both airport limousine bus for Sannomiya as well as highway express bus for Awaji Yumebutai Mae can be found as follows: 

Please note that, however, express bus services after 19:00 local time will stop at Kokudo Yumebutai Mae instead of Awaji Yumebutai mae, which will require a 3-minute walk to the hotel as shown in the map below

Please visit for more transportation information

Major Topics:
1. Development of glia
2. Glia-Neuron interaction, metabolism
3. Microglia
4. Astrocyte
5. Oligodendrocyte, NG2
6. Glia & Neurological Disease
7. Glia and peripheral talk

Keynote Speakers:
L. Felipe BarrosCentro de Estudios Científicos CECs & Universidad San Sebastián

Invited Speakers:

Won-Suk ChungKorea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University

Yong-jing Gao, Nantong University

Babette Fuss, Virginia Commonwealth University

Elly Hol, University Medical Center Utrecht

Claire Jacob, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine & Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology

Schuichi Koizumi, University of Yamanashi

Ko Matusi, Tohoku University

Paula Monje, University of Kentucky Colleage of Medicine

Mami Noda, Xi'an Jiaotong University

Shigeo Okabe, The University of Tokyo

Bo Peng, Fudan University

Mengsheng Qiu, Hangzhou Normal University

Marco Prinz, University of Freiburg

Bruce Ransom, University of Washington & Chinese University of Hong Kong

William Richardson, University College London

Xiaoping Tong, Shanghai Jiaotong University

Makoto Tsuda, Kyushu University

Hiroaki Wake, Nagoya University

Jonathan Weinstein, University of Washington   

Toshihide Yamashita, Osaka University

Jiawei Zhou, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible to attend our international meetings since they are likely to benefit most from meeting other international colleagues in the same field. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards after the meeting to off set the registration fee. Announcements of the awardees will be made during the Banquet of the meeting

We look forward to seeing you in Awaji in April, 2023.

Sponsored by:

This meeting is kindly sponsored by JSPS program Gliadecode