Fifth ICNA Congress (November 5–9, 1990, Tokyo)

  • Event: Fifth ICNA Congress
  • Dates: November 5–9, 1990
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan

Opening Ceremonies

  • Royalty Present: Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko
    Those who had the privilege of speaking to the imperial couple before the opening learned that the utterly charming Princess spoke excellent English and had a special interest in handicapped children

Joint Meeting

  • 3rd Asian and Oceanian Congress of Child Neurology
  • Presidency: Dr. Yukio Fukuyama
  • Chairman of the Program Committee: Dr. Shigehiko Kamoshita


  • First John Stobo Prichard Award for a Child Neurologist under age 45
    • Awardee (1990): Dr. Michael V. Johnston (Baltimore)
    • Topic: ‘Psychological and physiological roles for excitatory amino acids in central nervous system development’

Key Lectures

  • Frank Ford Memorial LectureDr Isabelle Rapin - ‘Autism as a neurological disorder’
  • Plenary Lectures:
    • Dr. Yoshiyuki Suzuki (Tokyo): ‘Molecular genetics in child neurology’
    • Dr. Hugo Moser (Baltimore): ‘Peroxisomes and pediatric neurological disorders’
    • Dr. Fusahiro Ikuta (Niigata): ‘Fetal neuropathology’
    • Dr. Leon Epstein (Newark, NJ, USA): ‘AIDS and the CNS in children’
    • Dr. Harvey Sarnat (Calgary, Canada): ‘Plasticity and response of the immature brain to injury’
    • Dr. Robert Ouvrier (Sydney): ‘Peripheral neuropathy in childhood’ (Future ICNA monograph topic)

Congress Details

  • Attendance: 800 delegates
  • Symposia: Sixteen symposia, presented simultaneously in groups of three
  • Posters: 329 posters
  • Free Papers: 129 free papers
  • Audiovisual Presentations: 29 presentations
  • Luncheon Seminars: Eight seminars

Translation and Publications

  • Simultaneous Japanese/English Translation: Flawless
  • Proceedings Published:
    • Fukuyama Y, Kamoshita S, Ohtsuka C, Suzuki Y, editors. Modern Perspectives in Child Neurology. Tokyo, The Japanese Society of Child Neurology.

(1990) Program and abstracts of the Joint Convention of the 5th International Child Neurology Congress and the 3rd Asian and Oceanian Congress of Child Neurology. Tokyo, November 4-9, 1990. Abstracts. Brain Dev 12 (5):550-744. DOI: 10.1016/s0387-7604(12)80229-4 PMID: 1981129