The International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience (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 ISAN, scientists, clinicians and trainees have 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.