Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky,
Director of Reconstructive Urology, Upstate Medical University, New York, USA.

Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky is a Professor of Urology, a Director of Reconstructive Urology and Transgender Care GURS Fellowship at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Oakland Community College with Associate Degree in Science, and subsequently earned Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Nikolavsky has earned his medical degree from Wayne State University and completed his Residency in Urology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He completed Fellowship in Reconstructive Urology at the University of Colorado.
Dr. Nikolavsky is a surgeon-scientist who runs a busy practice on Reconstructive Urology and Transgender Care, and leads translational research in a laboratory focusing on development of novel platforms for genitourinary reconstruction. His clinical interests include urethral reconstruction, fistula, male incontinence and urological care for transgender patients. He holds a wide array of research interests, encompassing both clinical and translational outcomes of urologic reconstruction, and development of novel techniques and technologies for urethral and ureteral reconstruction. Dr. Nikolavsky was awarded a Young Investigator Award grant from Northeastern Section AUA to research a novel concept of liquid buccal mucosa graft for endoscopic urethroplasty in an animal stricture model. After a successful development of this technique and publication of the pilot and validation studies in animal model, Dr. Nikolavsky is currently conducting in a prospective Phase I human trial.
Dr. Nikolavsky has also performed and described several novel surgeries that include transurethral reconstruction of fossa navicularis strictures, urethroplasty for radiation-induced strictures, reconstructive technique for devastated bulbar urethra, subcoronal penile resurfacing for patients with recurrent adhesions, and several operations for correction of complications of gender-affirming surgeries. He has performed live surgeries in numerous countries, led many educational courses nationally in internationally, produced various educational videos and published dozens of peer-reviewed publications. He has edited a book on urological care for transgender patients, and is collaborating with several centers in the US and worldwide on projects ranging from bench research to clinical outcomes studies.
Dr. Nikolavsky is a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU), World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), International Society of Reconstructive Urology (ISORU), and Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS), where he was elected to the Board of Directors in May 2019. Since 2017 Dr. Nikolavsky is serving as a Course Director at the annual AUA meeting for the course titled “What a General Urologist Needs to Know about Care for Transgender Patients”. In 2019 Dr. Nikolavsky was elected to the Board of Directors a Young Urologist Member of the Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association

Dr. Akio Horiguchi
Consultant Urologist & Reconstructive surgery, National Defence Medical College Hospital, Saitama, Japan

Dr. Akio Horiguchi graduated from Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan in 1994. He underwent residency training in general surgery and urology in Keio University Hospital and further developed expertise of reconstructive urologic surgeries. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Urology at Japan’s National Defense Medical College. His principal area of clinical work is urethral reconstruction and he had experienced more than 1000 urethroplasties. He has more than 100 publications on genitourinary reconstructive surgery in local and international journals. He is a board member of the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS).

Dr. Vaddi Surya Prakash
Senior Consultant Urologist and Transplant Surgeon, Yashoda Hospitals, Somajiguda, Hyderabad, Telangana , India.

I. Qualification:
1. MBBS(Gold medalist)- 1993 - Kurnool medical College Kurnool, A.P
2. M.S( General Surgery)- 1998 - Post Graduate Institute of Medical education and Research( PGIMER), Chandigarh
3. FRCSED - 2000 - The Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh.
4. M.Ch(urology) - 2004 - Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad.
5. DNB( urology) - 2005 - National Board of Examinations, New Delhi.
6. Dip. Laparoscopy - 2016 - University of Strasbourg, France
II. Present Position:
1.Senior Consultant Urologist, Transplant and Robotic surgeon at Yashoda Hospitals, Somajiguda Hyderabad since December 2017.
2.Visiting faculty member at Muljhibai Patel Urology Hospital, Nadiad, Gujarat .
III. Past work experience in Urology:
1. Senior Consultant and Head of the Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation, VIRINCHI Hospitals, Hyderabad from September 2016 to November 2017
2. Professor and Head, Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation in Narayana Medical College Hospital, Nellore since 22nd June 2006 to September 2016
3. Assistant professor in the Department of Urology and Renal Transplantation, Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences(NIMS) , Hyderabad from 1st Feb 2005 to 20th June 2006.
4. Senior Resident in Urology in Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Puttaparthi, Anantapur , A.P, from July 2000 to January 2002.
Performed more than 400 kidney transplants. Started kidney Transplant program in Narayana Medical College Hospital and in Manipal hospital Vijayawada.
I have significant expertise in endourology, advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery and reconstructive urology. I had conducted PCNL and RIRS workshops in Narayana Medical College Nellore, Virinchi hospital and Yashoda hospitals, Hyderabad
IV. Membership in Urology associations:
* Life Member of Urological Society of India (USI)( membership No- S362)
*International member European Urology Association
* Member of International Continence Society (10753)
*Hon. Secretary elect of Association of southern Urologists
* Life Member of South Zone Urological Society (SZ-USI)( S 213)
* Life Member of Society of Genitourinary Surgeons of TS and AP (SOGUS)
* Life member Hyderabad Urological Society. (HUS)
* Past Council member of SOGUS (AP& TS) (2011-2013)
* Ex. Hon. Secretary of APSOGUS (2013-2015)
* Past Council member for Association of Southern urologists (ASU)(2016-2018)
V. Academic achievements:
50 publications in pubmed indexed journals .

Prof. Schuichi Koizumi
Dept of Neuropharmacology and Glia centre, Yamanashi University, Chuo, Japan.

I. Present position and job address:
Professor and Chairman,
Department of Neuropharmacology, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine, University of Yamanashi
Yamanashi GLIA centre,
University of Yamanashi
1110 Shimokato, Chuo, Yamanashi, 409-3898, JAPAN
II. Education:
1. Posdoc, Univ Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. 1996-1999 (Prof. Sir. Mike Berridge)
2. Posdoc, NIHS, Tokyo (1992-1995)
3. Ph.D., Kyushu Univ, Fukuoka, Japan. 1992 (Neuropharmacology)
4. M.A., Kyushu Univ, Fukuoka, Japan. 1989 (Neuroscience)
5. B.S., Kyushu Univ, Fukuoka, Japan. 1987 (Pharmaceutical science)
III. Professional experience:
1. Director, Yamanashi GLIA Center, University of Yamanashi (2021-present)
2. Vice Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Yamanashi (2017-2021)
3. Professor, Dept Neuropharmacol, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine, University of Yamanashi, Japan (2007-present)
4. Senior Researcher, NIHS, Tokyo (2003-2006)
5. Researcher, National Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) (1999-2003)
IV. Recent representative publications: (*Correspondence author)
1. Danjo Y, Shigetomi E, Hirayama YJ, Kobayashi K, Ishikawa T, Fukazawa Y, Shibata K, Takanashi K, Parajuli B, Shinozaki Y, Kim SK, Nabekura J and *Koizumi S. (2022) Transient astrocytic mGluR5 expression drives synaptic plasticity and subsequent chronic pain in mice. J Exp Med, in press.
2. Hirayama Y, Anzai N and *Koizumi S. (2021) Mechanisms underlying sensitization of P2X7 receptor in astrocytes for induction of ischemic tolerance. GLIA, 69 (9), 2100-2110. doi: 10.1002/glia.23998
3. #Parajuli B, #Saito H, Shinozaki Y, Shigetomi E, Miwa H, Yoneda S, Omachi S, Asaki T, Takahashi K, Fujita M, Nakashima, K and *Koizumi S. (2021) Transnasal transplantation of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived microglia to the brain of immunocompetent mice. GLIA, 69(10), 2332-2348. #equal contribution. doi:10.1002/glia.23985
4. Morizawa, Y.M., #Hirayama, Y., #Ohno, N., Shibata, S., Shigetomi, E., Sui, Y., Nabekura, J., Sato, K., Okajima, F., Takebayashi, H., K., Okano, H. and *Koizumi, S. (2017) Reactive astrocytes function as a phagocyte after brain ischemia via ABCA1-mediated pathway. Nat Commun, 8, 28. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00037-1
5. Kim, S.K., Hayashi, H., Ishikawa, T., Shibata, K., Shigetomi, E., Shinozaki, Y., Shinozaki, Y., Inada, H., Roh, S.E., Kim, S.J., Lee, G., Bae, H., Moorhouse, A.J., Mikoshiba, K., *Koizumi, S. and *Nabekura, J. (2016) Cortical astrocytes rewire somatosensory cortical circuits for peripheral neuropathic pain. J Clin Invest, *Co-correspondence. 126, 1983-1997.
6. Koizumi, S., Shigemoto-Mogami, Y., Nasu-Tada, K., Shinozaki, Y., Ohsawa, K., Tsuda, M., Joshi, B.V., Jacobson, K.A., Kohsaka, S. and Inoue, K. (2007) UDP acting at P2Y6 receptors is a novel mediator of microglial phagocytosis. Nature, 446, 1091-1095.
VI. Honours:
1. The best paper award in 2017 (The Japanese Society for Lumber Spine disorders)
2. The President’s Award by Univ Yamanashi(2009)
3. JSPS Prize by the JSPS (2009)
4. Japan Academy Medal by the Japan Academy(2009)
5. Award for the best Young Investigator of Japanese Society for Neurochemistry (2003)
VIII. Membership in Scientific Societies:
1. International Society for Neurochemistry (Council member;2017-2021)
2. Japanese Society for Neurochemistry (President; 2019-2021)
3. Society of Neuroscience in USA
4. Japanese Society for Neuroscience
5. Japanese Society for Pharmacology (Council member; 2020-; Editor in Chief of JPS 2021-)
6. Japanese Society for Anatomy
7. Japanese Pharmaceutical Sciences
8. Japan Purine Club (President)
9. Japanese Society for Applied Pharmacology (Council member)

Dr. K. Raghavan
JAICARE, Madurai, India.

Dr. Raghavan is a developmental paediatrician who established the Kenmax Integrated Special Needs School along with Neurology Clinic with special interest in rare neurological diseases and developmental and behavioral issues. After his under graduation in medicine, Dr. Raghavan completed his MD Paediatrics. Dr. Raghavan has taken up several clinical fellowship position in Neonatology and Paediatrics at several centres in Australia and the UK. He was also the Clinical Director at Bedford General Hospital NHS, England U.K. Dr. Raghavan recently administered the first exon skipping genetic therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in India. He is also in the process of formation and leading a specialized centre for Muscular Dystrophy in Madurai. Dr. Raghavan has authored and co-authored various scientific research works in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and in Behavioural issues in children.

Prof. Dr. Jurgen Hescheler - (Moderator)
Head, Neurophysiology, University of Cologne, Germany.

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Jürgen Hescheler is Chairman and Director of the Institute of Neurophysiology at the University of Cologne. Prof. Hescheler is one of the most eminent and the most productive stem cell researchers worldwide averaging more than 1000 citations of his publications per year. Hescheler has been working with embryonic stem cells since the late 80’s. He became the first researcher to accomplish an electrophysiological characterisation of stem cells and was also among the first scientists in Germany obtaining permission to do research on human embryonic stem cells. Furthermore, he is founder and chairman to the German Society for Stem Cell Research (GSZ).