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Welcome Message

   Dear Friends and Colleagues,

   On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we warmly welcome you to the 4th Congress of Asian-Australasian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (AASPN) 2023 in the beautiful city of Yokohama. While we regret that the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from holding the Congress in 2021 and 2022, we are excited about the opportunity of holding the Congress face to face with you here in Yokohama in 2023.

   The theme, Controversies in Pediatric Neurosurgery, has been carefully chosen to mark our reunion. From basic to top-notch, our vision is to reflect upon our past accomplishments, discuss important issues, share ideas and information, accelerate innovation, and jointly explore current and future research directions through discussions and lectures. More importantly, we will renew friendships and extend our networks around the world.

   The Organizing Committee has made a tremendous effort in planning the Congress which covers a wide range of critically important sessions, including the following symposiums:
  • Congenital Anomalies
  • Brain Tumors
  • Functional Diseases
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Trauma and Hydrocephalus
   Another focus of the Congress is to introduce the Japanese Guideline of the Pediatric Brain Tumor published in 2022. The Guideline covered major pediatric brain tumors and aimed to provide guidance for neurosurgeons and neurooncologists to perform standardized practice anywhere in Japan. We hope that this Guideline will promote rich discussion during the Congress and bring additional insights for AASPN members in daily practice worldwide following the Congress.

   Additionally, we will have a special session regarding female pediatric neurosurgeons under the name of Mami Yamasaki Memorial Session for young female neurosurgeons in Asia-Australasia, as well as a special session entitled the AASPN in the Global Pediatric Neurosurgery. These topics cover the current status of the AASPN, the role of the AASPN in the ISPN, and the use of modern technologies such as AI, metaverse, and robotics in pediatric neurosurgery.

   We believe that it is extremely important for the AASPN and its members to collaborate with the global pediatric neurosurgery community and wish the AASPN members all continued success in the future. Through our interactive format, we would be delighted if these programs could offer all attendees an excellent opportunity to review fundamental to updated information and discuss clinical management with the AASPN’s experienced faculties as well as our guest experts from across the world.

    When Japan's Edo-Samurai Government abandoned its closed-door policy to open the border more than 150 years ago, the Port of Yokohama, formerly a small rural fishing village, rose to the historical stage as one of the five open ports. Western culture and technology landed in Yokohama, were introduced in Tokyo, and spread throughout Japan. It was the beginning of Japan’s modernization. As such, Yokohama provides a more cosmopolitan environment than Tokyo. Yokohama and the surrounding areas are home to numerous historical structures, monuments, and tourist attractions. A half-day tour will take you to Kamakura, the first capital of the Samurai government, which is home to many ancient temples, including the Great Buddha of Kamakura. A renowned hot spring region named Hakone is located at the base of the Tanzawa mountain range. In addition to the Hakone hot spring spa, Mt. Fuji is also accessible via day trip. “Omotenashi” shows the Japanese attitude to appreciate tourists. We are pleased that you may experience the flavor of "Omotenashi" here in Yokohama along with the scientific excitement from the Congress.

    We sincerely hope you will benefit from the Congress of AASPN 2023 in Yokohama at or beyond your expectations. It offers all AASPN members fantastic opportunities to grow and develop friendships. It will be important for the future of the AASPN to expand and advance pediatric neurosurgery globally. We look forward to seeing you face to face in Yokohama this coming December.

Reizo Shirane, Miyagi Children’s Hospital
Nobuhito Morota, Kitasato University Hospital
Co-Presidents of the 4th Congress of Asian-Australasian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery


Title 4th Congress of Asian-Australasian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (AASPN 2023)
Theme Controversies in Pediatric Neurosurgery
Date December 13 (Wed.) - 15 (Fri.) , 2023
Venue TKP Gardencity Premium Yokohamaekishintakashima
       Official website
5-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama Grand Gate 2F
Hosted by
Japanese Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (JSPN)
       Official website
Organized by
Asian-Australasian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (AASPN)
       Official website
Miyagi Children's Hospital/Tohoku University Neurosurgery
       Official website

Local organizing committee

  • Reizo SHIRANE
  • Nobuhito MOROTA

  • Secretariat
  • Young-Soo PARK
  • Masahiro NONAKA
  • Kazuaki SHIMOJI

  • Organizing committee members
          (Alphabetical order)
  • Takuya AKAI
    Yasuhiko AKIYAMA
    Ryo ANDO
    Hajime ARAI
    Takashi ARAKI
    Yasuyoshi CHIBA
    Isao DATE
    Yukihiko FUJII
    Akira GOMI
    Atsuko HARADA
    Yasuhiko HAYASHI
    Toshiaki HAYASHI
    Yuichi HIROSE
    Satoshi IHARA
    Koji IIHARA
    Ryuji ISHIZAKI
    Toru IWAMA
    Masahiro KAMEDA
    Mihoko KATO
    Takakazu KAWAMATA
    Atsufumi KAWAMURA
    Haruhiko KISHIMA
    Toshihiro KUMABE
    Satoshi KURODA
    Kazuhiko KUROZUMI
    Keishi MAKINO
    Nobuhiro MIKUNI
    Tomoru MIWA
    Tadashi MIYAGAWA
    Susumu MIYAMOTO
    Ai MUROI
    Motoo NAGANE
    Mitsutoshi NAKADA
    Hideo NAKAMURA
    Hiroyuki NAKASE
    Kenichi NISHIYAMA
    Sadahiro NOMURA
    Naoyuki OHE
    Hideki OGIWARA
    Tatsuki OYOSHI
    Nobuhito SAITO
    Ryuta SAITO
    Hiroaki SAKAMOTO
    Jun SAKUMA
    Masahiro SHIN
    Hidenori SUGANO
    Kazuhiko SUGIYAMA
    Osamu TAKEMOTO
    Teiji TOMINAGA
    Kenichi USAMI
    Takeo UZUKA
    Tetsuya YAMAMOTO
    Takaaki YANAGISAWA
    Kazuhisa YOSHIFUJI

AASPN2023 Faculty (alphabetical country & name order)


Wirginia Maixner (President Elect)
Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Children’s Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Epilepsy, Brain tumours, Hydrocephalus
Melbourne, Australia


Vuthy Kong
Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida
Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Lixin Cai
Xinhua Hospital
Peking University First Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Pediatric epilepsy surgery
Beijng, China

Jian Gong
Beijing Tiantan Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Brain tumor, Hydrocephalus & arachnoid cyst, Craniostenosis
Beijng, China

Songbai Gui
Xinhua Hospital
Capital Medical Universit
≫Specialized Field:Endoscopic surgery
Beijng, China

Jie Ma
Xinhua Hospital
Shanghai Jiaotong University, School of Medicine
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumor, Cerebral Vascular Disease, Spida Bifida
Shanghai, China

Bo Xiao
Shanghai Children's Medical Center
≫Specialized Field:Cerebral Palsy, Craniocynostosis, Tethered Cord Syndrome
Shanghai, China

Suchanda Bhattacharjee

Suchanda Bhattacharjee
Professor & Head of Neurosurgery
Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences
≫Specialized Field:Epilepsy, AAD, AVM
Hyderabad, India

Chandrashekhar Deopujari

Chandrashekhar Deopujari  (Founder, Past President)
Bombay Hospital (Institute of Medical Sciences)
B. J. Wadia Children's Hospital
P. D. Hinduja Gamma Knife Centre
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumors, Neuroendoscopy, Cerebrovascular
Mumbai, India

Suresh Sankhla (Past Chair)
Global Gleneagle Hospitals
≫Specialized Field:Endoscopic Surgery, Hydrocephalus, Skull base surgery
Mumbai, India

Neelam Krishnan Venkataramana
Brains Super Specialty Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumors, Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus
Bangalore, India


Andri Anugerah Kusuma
Gatot Soebroto Central Army Hospital
Presidential Hospital Jakarta
Emergency Lab
≫Specialized Field:Neurosurgery, Infection, Hydricephalus, Congenital
Jakarta, Indonesia

Mirna Sobana
Hasan Sadikin Hospital
Padjadjaran University
≫Specialized Field:Hydrocephalus, Cranial Reconstruction, Endoscopic Intraventricular Procedures
Bandung, Indonesia

Wihasto Suryaningtyas

Wihasto Suryaningtyas (Next Congress Chair)
Universitas Airlangga
Soetomo Academic General Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Craniofacial malformation, Pediatric Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus
Surabaya, Indonesia


Dong-Seok Kim (Ex Congress Chair)
Pediatric neurosurgery, Severance Children’s Hospital
Yonsei University College of Medicine
≫Specialized Field:Brain tumor, Epilepsy, Moyamoya
Seoul, Korea

Seung-Ki Kim
Seoul National University Children’s Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumor, Moyamoya Disease, Endoscopic Surgery
Seoul, Korea

Ji Yeoun Lee
Seoul National University Children's Hospital
Seoul National University College of Medicine
≫Specialized Field:Spinal Dysraphism, Cerebral Palsy
Seoul, Korea

Ji Hoon Phi
Seoul National University Children's Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumor, Hydrocephalus, Moyamoya Disease
Seoul, Korea

Young-Shin Ra
Asan Medical Center Children's Hospital
University of Ulsan
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumors, Craniosynostosis, Chiari Malformation
Seoul, Korea

Kyu Won Shim

Kyu Won Shim
Severance Children’s Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine
≫Specialized Field:Craniosynostosis, Epilepsy, Spinal Dysraphism
Seoul, Korea

Kyu-Chang Wang (Founder, President)
National Cancer Center
≫Specialized Field:Embryology and disorders of secondary neurulation, congenital anomaly, Arachnoid Cyst, Intracranial Germinoma
Goyang, Korea


Azmi Bin Alias
Tunku Abdul Rahman Neuroscience Institute (IKTAR)
Hospital Kuala Lumpur
Hospital Tunku Azizah (Women & Children Hospital)
≫Specialized Field:Neuroendoscopy, Craniosynostosis, Epilepsy Surgery
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dharmendra Ganesan
University of Malaya
≫Specialized Field:Neuro-oncology - Cranial and Spinal, Spinal Dysraphism, CSF Disorders
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Giat Seng Kho
University Sains Malaysia
≫Specialized Field:Traumatic Brain Injury
Penang, Malaysia


Byambatsend Dorjsuren
National center for Maternal and Child Health
≫Specialized Field:Pediatric Neurosurgery
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Orkhontuul Shirmen
Shastin Central Clinical Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Neurosurgery
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia


Myat Thu
University of Medicine
Yangon General Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Neuro-oncology, Congenital Anomalies, Hydrocephalus
Yangon, Myanmar

Hein Htet Zaw
University of Medicine
Yangon General Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Neuro-oncology, Congenital Anmalies, Hydrocephalus
Yangon, Myanmar


Basant Pant
Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences
≫Specialized Field:Epilpsy, Functional, Spinal Code Tumor
Kathmandu, Nepal

Sudan Dhakal

Sudan Dhakal
Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences
≫Specialized Field:Pediatric neuro-oncology, Epilepsy, Childhood spasticity
Kathmandu, Nepal

●New Zealand

Peter Heppner
Starship Children's Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Epilepsy Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, Tumour Surgery
Auckland, New Zealand


Mian Awais
University of Child Health Sciences
The Children Hospital and institute of child Health Sciences Lahore
≫Specialized Field:Neuro endoscopy, Spina Bifida, Pediatric Brain Tumours
Lahore, Pakistan


Ronnie E. Baticulon
Philippine General Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Global Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spina Bifida and Congenital Hydrocephalus, Neurosurgical Oncology/CNS Tumors
Manila, Philippines


Wan Tew Seow
KK Women's & Children's Hospital and National Neuroscience Institute
≫Specialized Field:Spinal Dysraphism, Brain Tumours, Neuroendoscopy
Bukit Timah, Singapore


Meng-Fai Kuo (Past Chair)
National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University Children's Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Spinal Dysraphism, Cerebral Vascular Disease (moyamoya disease), Hydrocephalus
Taipei, Taiwan

Muh-Lii Liang
MacKay Memorial Hospital
MacKay Medical College
≫Specialized Field:Brain Tumors, Cerebrovascular Disease, Craniosynostosis
Taipei, Taiwan

Tai-Tong Wong

Tai-Tong Wong (Founder, Past President)
Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei Medical University
≫Specialized Field:Neuroendscopic Surgery, Brain Tumor
Taipei, Taiwan


Kriengsak Limpastan
Chiang Mai University Hospital
≫Specialized Field:Neurosurgery
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Nunthasiri Wittayanakorn
Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health
≫Specialized Field:Epilepsy Surgery, Intraventricular Neuroendoscope
Bangkok, Thailand


Dang Do Thanh Can
University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital 2
≫Specialized Field:Craniosynostosis, Brain Tumors, AVM Surgery
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

About Venue

AASPN2023 Venue


TKP Gardencity Premium Yokohamaekishintakashima
5-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama Grand Gate 2F
         Official website


Conference room image

  • TKP Garden City PREMIUM Yokohama Station Shin-Takashima is one of the largest rental conference rooms in the Minatomirai area.
  • 1 minute walk from Shin-Takashima Station on the Minatomirai Line, and 7 minutes walk from the East Exit of Yokohama Station.
  • The large hall, which can accommodate 603 people in a school style, is used not only for meetings but also as an event venue.

Venue access (From public transport station)

  1. Minatomirai Line Shin-Takashima Station 4 Rinko Park Exit 1 minute walk

  2. JR Tokaido Main Line Yokohama Station East Exit 7 minutes on foot

  3. JR Keihin Tohoku Line Yokohama Station East Exit 7 minutes on foot

  4. JR Yokosuka Line Yokohama Station East Exit 7 minutes on foot

  5. Tokyu Toyoko Line Yokohama Station East Exit 7 minutes on foot

  6. Keikyu Main Line Yokohama Station East Exit 7 minutes on foot

  7. 15-minute walk from Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line Yokohama Station

  8. 15-minute walk from Yokohama Station on the Sotetsu Main Line
         Venue Access Map (PNG)

         Venue Access Map (Google Map)

Access from Narita Airport, Haneda Airport to Yokohama Station

        Please see the "Transportation & Travel" page.

Venue Floor Plan

2nd floor full map
         Venue 360° view (in Japanese language)

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