Welcome Message

Hiroshi Sasaki, MD, PhD
President, ISOT 2014

Dear colleagues,                         

It is with great pleasure that we organize the 13th Congress of the International Society of Ocular Toxicology. We are grateful to the committee members for giving us this wonderful opportunity. Indeed, we are honored to be involved in the preparation. At the same time, we are also concerned if participants from overseas can attend, since this is the first ISOT Congress to be held outside of the Euro-American sphere.

ISOT was founded in 1977 by prominent researchers that included Professor O. Hockwin (1925-2002) of Bonn University and Professor F. Fraunfelder of Oregon Health and Science University. In past congresses, there were successful clinical and basic research presentations on toxic effects of pharmacological and chemical agents, environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation, and more. I would like to operate the 13th Congress based not only on past successes, but also the historical mission of ISOT, both with the sponsorship of the host institution, Kanazawa Medical University. I am also very thankful to have received support from Dr. A. Wegener of Bonn University in his role as the vice president and a longtime friend. Dr. Wegener, together with Professor O. Hockwin, has contributed to the development of ISOT ever since its founding.

As Kyoto, Kanazawa is also an ancient capital of Japan. It is an acclaimed historical city that regularly attracts both foreign and domestic tourists. At this congress, we will also provide special programs for the attendees and their families to experience Kanazawa.

And to encourage participation from outside of Japan, the ISOT Congress will offer, for the first time, a number of Travel Grants. Application form young ophthalmologists and researchers are especially welcome.

On behalf of the ISOT, I welcome your participation.

See you all in Kanazawa.

Yours sincerely,

Department of Ophthalmology, Kanazawa Medical University
Phone number: +81 76-286-2211 (ext. 3415)
FAX: +81 76-286-1010
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