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 (2019-21)

President: Kalyanam Shivkumar
Past-President: Bruno Bonaz
Vice-President: Valentin Pavlov
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
Past president

Regional Representatives

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

Representatives at large

Kevin Shoemaker
Vaughan Macefield
Christina Nassenstein

Honorary Vice Presidents

Geoff Burnstock
Chet de Groat
John Furness
Gunnar Wallin
Wilfred Jänig


2003 (Calgary)

2005 (Marseille)

2007 (Kyoto)

2009 (Sydney)

2011 (Buzios)

2013 (Giessen)

2015 (Stresa)

2017 (Nagoya)

2019 (Los Angeles)

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


1 year postponement of congresses: Given the ongoing restrictions on international mobility, particularly to Australia, the executive committee of ISAN and relevant local organising committees have decided that ISAN 2021 will now run one year later than planned, and become ISAN 2022 (Cairns). They are also pleased to announce that ISAN 2024 (rather than 2023) has been awarded to Birmingham-Oxford (UK). Revised dates and plans for these meetings will follow.

Geoffrey Burnstock: ISAN notes with sadness the death of Prof Burnstock on the 2nd June 2020; first president of ISAN and long-time editor-in-chief of its journal. Obituaries will no doubt follow, but in the interim might we recommend a 2008 Australian Academy of Science interview.

ISAN 2023: ISAN has now opened a call for proposals for ISAN2023, with a submission deadline of 31st January 2020.

2019 Geoffrey Burnstock Awards; kindly funded by Elsevier, these were awarded to:

  • Lily Cao (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Sahib Khalsa (University of Tulsa, USA)
  • Stephen Klassen (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
  • Alice McGovern (University of Melbourne, Australia)

ISAN 2019 AGM: The AGM will be held at noon in the Centennial Ballroom A&B at the ISAN Congress on Friday July 26 noon-12:45

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.

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Regional societies

ISAN collaborates with key regional Autonomic Neuroscience societies:

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