Japan had a series of earthquakes in Kumamoto on April 16. The Kumamoto earthquakes, including a magnitude 7.0 main shock earthquake (April 16) and a magnitude 6.2 foreshock earthquake (April 14), injured more than 3,000 peoples and caused numerous structures collapsing in Kumamoto and the neighboring prefectures. The IMARS office in Kumamoto campus of Tokai University also had severe damages. Therefore, publication of this issue was delayed one month. I appreciate your understanding and wish that things in Kumamoto and the IMARS office will go back to normal as soon as possible.
In this issue, a president of IMARS Prof. Varoujan Yaylayan at McGill University, Quebec, Canada, selected one interesting paper regarding the Maillard reaction in human hair. This paper may open a new avenue for novel application of the Maillard reaction in cosmetics.
This issue also includes two special articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award (poster presentation) of the 12th ISMR last year, Dr. Alaa Shafie and Dr. Stefan Rakete as continued from the last issue.
Dr. Alaa Shafie at Clinical Sciences Research Laboratories, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK, received the award on “GLO1 copy number increase in the lexicon glyoxalase 1 mutant mouse preserved the wild type phenotype”. Dr. Stefan Rakete at Department of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA, got the award on “Kynoxazine: a novel fluorescent compound in human lens derived from the maillard reaction of 3-hydroxykynurenine and erythrulose”.
I deeply thank their great contributions to the IMARS Highlights. The IMARS Highlights editors always look forward to submission of your articles, comments to any kinds of issues published in IMARS Highlights and other glycation-related issues in the field of food and medical sciences.
Reiko Inagi, PhD
Division of Chronic Kidney Disease Pathophysiology,
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine
email: [email protected]