The 12th International Symposium on the Maillard Reaction (ISMR) was held in Ito International Research Center, the University of Tokyo, Japan, on September 1-4, 2015. The 12th ISMR meeting made us to update the scientific knowledge regarding food/medical glycation and to stimulate the international relationship in the Maillard reaction society. Thus, it was a very beneficial and constructive meeting. We will publish the meeting reports in the New Year issue of 2016.
This issue specially includes two articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award of the 12th ISMR, Drs. Ossanna Nashalian (food science) and Kensei Taguchi (medical science).
Dr. Ossanna Nashalian at Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University, Quebec, Canada, received the award for her food science research on “the role of amino acid metal complexes in the Maillard and Akabori reactions”.
Dr. Kensei Taguchi at Kurume University School of Medicine, Kurume, Japan, got this award for his medical science research on “RAGE-DNA aptamer improves aldosteron-induced renal injury in mice with hypertensive nephropathy”
These young and active researchers will open a new avenue to advance the science for Maillard reaction.
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]