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Dr. Masao Ito, Japan’s most respected and leading neuroscientist, is professor emeritus and former dean of the medical faculty at the University of Tokyo, and the founding director of the RIKEN Brain Science Institute. He has served as president of many international scientific organizations, including the International Brain Research Organization, the International Union of Physiological Sciences, the Interscience Congress of Scientific Organizations, the Human Frontier Science Program, the Science Council of Japan, and the Japan Neuroscience Society. Dr. Ito won the 2006 Gruber Neuroscience Prize.