IMARS committees would like to celebrate a happy and successful 2016 to all the members of IMARS. Our society will keep moving forward and we expect your continuous contribution to the IMARS. I, as an editor of the IMARS Highlights, promise that this on-line journal will provide you useful and exciting information about glycation research in different fields, from food science to medicine, to enjoy international and different-field exchange, and enhance collaboration.
The first issue of this year includes the meeting report of the 12th ISMR written by myself and two special articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award of the 12th ISMR, Dr. Jürgen Löbner (food science) and Dr. Katrien H.J. Gaens (medical science) as continued from the last issue.
Dr. Jürgen Löbner at Institute of Food Chemistry, Technical University Dresden, Germany, received the award for his food science research on “Creatine is a scavenger for methylglyoxal in vivo and in food”. Dr. Katrien H.J. Gaens at Department of Internal Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Center, the Netherlands, got this award for the medical science research on “Plasma Levels of Ne-(carboxymethyl)lysine are inversely associated with central obesity and inflammation, and significantly explain a part of the central obesity-related increased in inflammation: the Hoorn and CODAM Studies” These young and active researchers will open a new avenue to advance science on the Maillard reaction and its biological significance.
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]