Prof. Koichiro Kawashima graduated and obtained PhD from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, followed by fellowship at the New York Medical College and Postdoctoral training at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology. He served for many years as Professor of Pharmacology at the Kyoritsu College of Pharmacy in Tokyo. Currently he is a visiting Professor at the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Kitasato University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tokyo.
Prof. Kawashima’s major research interests are the roles of non-neuronal cholinergic system in regulation of immune function, and the physiology and pharmacology of central and peripheral cholinergic nervous systems. His oeuvre covers about 200 scientific original papers, reviews and books in English and about 100 publications of original papers, reviews and books in Japanese. Prof. Kawashima was invited as a Keynote and Plenary Speaker to many International Symposia and Conferences, and served for many years as committee member of the New Drug Examination and Reevaluation of the Central Pharmaceutical Affairs Councils at the Ministry of Health and Welfare in Japan.