The 9th Mismatch Negativity conference（MMN2022）
Venue CORASSE in Fukushima
President Professor Hirooki Yabe, Department of Neuropsychiatry,
School of Medicine, Fukushima Medical University
September 21(Wed) - 23(Fri), 2022
The 9th Mismatch Negativity conference（MMN 2022）will be held at the CORASSE in Fukushima for three days, September 21–23, 2022. It will be the first time the MMN meeting will be held in Japan. It is a great honor to be hosting this conference, and I would like to sincerely thank all the members and others involved for their support.
For us to function effectively, our brain must automatically detect relevant and minute changes in the environment. The neural underpinnings are reflected by the mismatch negativity (MMN), activated whenever an event does not match the brain's prediction of environmental regularities, representing the brain's automatic change-detection process. Since its discovery by Prof. Risto Näätänen, the MMN concept has been utilized in thousands of basic, applied, and clinical studies aimed to unravel how the human brain detects regularities. Over the years, MMN studies have shed light on how these mechanisms develop and are relevant in everyday situations that involve language, learning, listening to music etc., and how they are impaired in various disorders. The MMN 2022 conference is the platform for recent and highly influential findings in basic and applied research related to MMN.
Now I would like to introduce Fukushima Medical University（FMU）and Fukushima Prefecture. FMU has its origins in Fukushima Prefectural Women's Medical College, which was established in 1944. FMU Hospital has a much older history; it has its roots in Shirakawa Temporary Hospital, established in 1871. FMU is now a comprehensive medical university with a school of medicine, nursing, and health science（physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, and clinical laboratory study）.
Fukushima Prefecture boasts of being the third-largest area in Japan, and is known for its magnificent display of nature, delicious food, and warm people. Fukushima is roughly divided into three areas: Aizu, Nakadori, and Hamadori.
As is well known, the big earthquake and the nuclear powerplant accident occurred on March 11, 2011. Fukushima was one of the worst-affected prefectures, but over the last few years, has taken bold steps towards prefecture-wide revitalization helped by the resilience and courage of its people.
The 9th MMN conference was originally scheduled for 2021; however, due to COVID-19 and the new coronavirus variants, we postponed the conference to 2022. The fight against COVID-19 is very tough, but I hope the pandemic will end in 2022 as huge efforts are being made to get the entire Japanese population vaccinated.
I am looking forward to meeting many researchers of MMN in Fukushima and wish the success of the MMN conference.
Hirooki Yabe, President
Department of Neuropsychiatry
School of Medicine
Fukushima Medical University