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08 Sep 2005 Cognition and Action 

Date: 8-9/09/2005
Co-organizer: University of College London

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Cognition and Action

Cognition and Action

On 8-9 September, the JSPS London Office and University College London (UCL) cosponsored a large-scale symposium on the theme "Cognition and Action," which was held in UCL's Kennedy Lecture Theatre. This eleventh symposium in the series focused on neuroscience. Co-chaired by on Prof. Atsushi Iriki, RIKEN and Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and Prof. Roger Lemon, Institute of Movement Neuroscience, UCL, the symposium featured presentations given by six leading researchers on the Japanese side and nine on the UK side.

Many advances have been sparked in the life sciences, particularly in the field of brain science, by mutual stimulation between Japanese and British researchers. This, nevertheless, was the first time for the symposium to take up this subject as its theme. Hearing that lectures would be given by leading neuroscience experts, some 150 researchers came from not only London but Oxford, Cambridge and other places around the UK to participate in the event. Following the presentations, they actively engaged the lecturers in questions and discussions on neuro-research methods, results and future prospects.

UCL's Institute of Movement Neuroscience is one of the UK's top centers of excellence, having a brilliant record of achievements in the fields of brain and neurological investigation. On the other hand, frontline researchers in Japan boast milestone advances in the field of primate neurology (precursors of human intelligence). By enriching the already active exchange enjoyed between UCL researchers and their counterparts in leading Japanese universities, the symposium promises to have set the stage for an even more powerful collaborative research environment in this field.

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