Welcome Message

Dear friends and colleagues,

     It is our great pleasure in cordially welcoming you to the 8th World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones (WCNH2009) to be held in Kitakyushu International Conference Center, Kitakyushu, Japan on the 4th - 8th of September 2009. It is also our pleasure that the 36th annual meeting of the Japan Neuroendocrine Society (JNS) chaired by Professor Yutaka Oiso (Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan) will join the WCNH2009 on the 4th - 5th of September at the same place.

     The first ever WCNH was held in Japan in 1995. Eight years later the 5th WCNH was held in Kyoto. It is our pleasure to welcome you back to Japan to host the 8th WCNH here in Kitakyushu. We have put together an exciting program that will span all aspects of vasopressin and oxytocin research but will also include recent advances with respect to the post-genomic era. Since the maturation of the human genome project, it has become increasingly important to study not only the molecular mechanisms but also applied aspects such as proteomics and translational research from the bench to the patient's bedside. Neurohypophysial hormones have a close relationship between the brain and peripheral system. They impact on all aspects of our physiology from water homeostasis, the cardiovascular system and reproduction right through to behavior.

     We are sure that this meeting will provide a fantastic opportunity to promote our collaborative research, encourage young researchers in the field and strengthen our friendship. In addition, you will be able to enjoy the unique Japanese culture, food, beautiful landscapes and historic sites. We hope that you have an exciting and stimulating experience in the congress and we are very much looking forward to seeing you in Kitakyushu in September 2009.

Sincerely yours,

Yoichi Ueta

University of Occupational and Environmental Health
Kitakyushu, Japan