Official Journal of the Society:

 Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical

International Society for Autonomic Neuorscience 

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The purposes of the association are to facilitate communication between those working in, and to raise the profile of, Autonomic Neuroscience.


ISAN Executive Committee (2017-19)

President: Bruno Bonaz
Past-President: Kevin Shoemaker
Vice-President: Kalyanam Shivkumar
Treasurer:Simon McMullan
Secretary: Song Yao
International Secretary: Keith Brain


Welcome to the home page of the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience (ISAN) where you will find links to future meetings, past meetings, opportunities to work or study in autonomic neuroscience, other societies, as well as members and membership application and renewal.

ISAN promotes dialogue and research dissemination on various topics related to the autonomic nervous system, both basic and clinical. The autonomic nervous system is represented by the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems which are in equilibrium and coordinated in normal conditions. This system is the link between the central nervous system and viscera. Affecting every physiologic system, and highly complex in its anatomy, control and physiological influence, the autonomic nervous system features importantly in homeostatic responses to a wide range of physical, emotional, cognitive, and immunological stressors. This system keeps us alive. In turn, impairment of the autonomic nervous system leads to, or contributes to, a variety of clinical problems that can be highly debilitating and it appears a real challenging target to study. Early and chronic recording of autonomic dysfunction could be a predictive marker of disease state. Targeting the autonomic nervous system through nerve stimulation (Bioelectronic Medicine), drugs, complementary and alternative medicines, physical exercise, to alleviate symptoms is of major interest.

Through this international association of scientists, clinicians and trainees, we aim to provide a platform for enhanced understanding of this neural system in its diversity and in its impact on physiologic and clinical outcomes, as well as its therapeutic manipulation.

Best regards,

Bruno Bonaz

Regional Representatives

Africa: Miran Rakha
Asia: Harumi Hotta
Australasia: Pascal Carrive
Europe: Christina Nassenstein
North America: Mark Stewart
South America: Ana C. Takakura

Representatives at large

Bill Farquhar
Vaughan Macefield
Julian Paton
Valentin Pavlov
Javier Stern  

Co-opted members

JNS representative: Nobuo Araki

Honorary Vice Presidents

Geoff Burnstock
Chet de Groat
John Furness
Gunnar Wallin
Wilfred Jänig

Here is a random sample of images submitted by our members:


ISAN 2019: The ISAN 2019 website is now live and accepting registrations.

ISAN 2018 AGM: This will be held on the 30th October, 2018 in Melbourne (in association with the "Central Cardiorespiratory Control: Future Directions" conference). Addendum: AGM will be held at 2 pm in the AMREP Lecture Theatre adjacent to the Baker Institute (75 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Vic 3004).

ISAN 2021: ISAN is pleased to announce that ISAN 2021 will return to Cairns, the site of the society's first meeting in 1997! The winning proposal was from the experienced team of Macefield, Goodchild, McAllen, Keast, Carrive and McMullan.

ISAN 2019: The meeting date has now been set for 25th-27th July 2019.

ISAN 2021: The call for proposals for ISAN 2021, with a deadline for submission of 31st May 2018, is now open.

Policy statement: At ISAN2017 a debate was held to consider a proposal to redefine the sacral outflow of the sacral cord. The key conclusion was "That the autonomic outflow of the sacral cord should remain classified as parasympathetic".

2017 Geoffrey Burnstock Awards; kindly funded by Elsevier, these were awarded to:
Best Oral Presentation in basic research: David Farmer (Australia)
Best Oral Presentation in clinical research: Takayaki Fujii (Japan)
Best Poster Presentation in basic research: Yoshiko Nakamura (Japan)
Best Poster Presentation in clinical research: Peter Burke (Australia)

ISAN AGM: The 2017 AGM  will be held at the ISAN AGM will be at 15:00-16:00 on Friday 1st September 2017 during the ISAN 2017 congress.

ISAN 2019: We are pleased to announce that the 2019 meeting will be held in Los Angeles, run by a team led by Professors Shivkumar, Ardell and Tache. For more details, see the ISAN 2019 page.

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Regional societies

ISAN collaborates with key regional Autonomic Neuroscience societies:

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