Editorial Comment to the May 2017 Issue of IMARS Highlights

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Editorial comments

This special issue includes two articles written by the winners of Young Investigator Award of the 26th Japanese Maillard Reaction Society (JMARS) meeting, Drs. Kyoko Noda (Oral) and Ai Harashima (Poster). The JAMRS annual meeting was held on November 11-12, 2016 at International Congress Center Epochal Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki.

Dr. Kyoko Noda at Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, received the best oral presentation award on her food science research on “Novel Maillard Yellowish Pigments Having Pyrrolothiazole or Pyrrolooxazole Skeleton”. She identified three novel yellowish Maillard pigments having pyrrolothiazole or pyrrolooxazole skeleton, which may be specific in the Maillard reaction

Dr. Ai Harashima at Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Vascular Biology, Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kanazawa, got the best poster presentation award on her medical science research on “Perception of pathogenic bacteria by pattern recognition receptor RAGE in the frontline”. She demonstrated that the critical role of RAGE in the early innate immune responses to invading pathogens by sensing microorganism.

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, Ph.D.
Division of Chronic Kidney Disease Pathophysiology,
The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine
email: [email protected]

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