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.