7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku,
Tokyo, 113-0033, Japan
7th International Congress of Multiple System Atrophy
President Shoji Tsuji
On behalf of the local organizing committee of the 7th International Congress of Multiple System Atrophy and Japan Intractable Diseases Research Foundation, we are pleased to invite you to Tokyo, Japan. The 7th International Congress of Multiple System Atrophy is the first to be held in Asia in its history. Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by autonomic failure with various combinations of parkinsonism and cerebellar ataxia. Although the molecular etiologies of MSA have been unknown until recently, discovery of a-synuclein as a major component of glial cytoplasmic inclusions and identification of genes associated with MSA are contributing to our better understanding of the molecular basis of MSA. Furthermore, several clinical trials for MSA have been conducted. It is our hope to establish efficacious therapies for MSA. In the 7th International Congress of Multiple System Atrophy, the main topics will include disease-modifying therapy, natural history, biomarkers, imaging, neurobiology, genomics, and promotion of international collaborative effort to further accelerate researches for MSA.
The 7th International Congress of Multiple System Atrophy was originally planned to be held in Tokyo March 20-22, 2020. Due to the pandemic spread of COVID-19, however, we suspended the Congress. Since then, we have been closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and after careful deliberation we have decided to give top priority to the safety of the participants and prevention any possible spread of new coronavirus infections.
As a result, we have decided to make the congress a virtual congress consisting of live and on-demand streaming sessions. The live session will be held from February 27, 2021 (Friday) to February 28, 2021 (Saturday) and the on-demand sessions will be streamed until March 14, (Sunday). We sincerely hope the 7th International Congress of Multiple System Atrophy will be a fruitful and enjoyable meeting for all the participants.