On July 26–29, 2010 the 13th International Myopia Conference was held in Tübingen, Germany and included 17 separate symposia, each with 3–5 presentations. Here, in a single paper, the chairs of those Symposia describe the scientific advances noted at the conference and include the full abstracts of the individual myopia papers presented in each symposium along with the authors and their institutions. The 17 Symposia covered 7 topics: Why Study the Mechanisms of Myopia?; Novel Approaches to Risk Factors; Signaling Eye Growth- How Could Basic Biology Be Translated into Clinical Insights?; Where Are Genetic and Proteomic Approaches Leading?; How Does Visual Function Contribute to and Interact with Ametropia?; Does Eye Shape Matter?; Why Ametropia at All?
Moscow Helmholtz Research Institute of Eye Diseases, Moscow, Russian Federation (ET), DSO National Laboratories, Singapore (W-hC), Duke University Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology, Durham, North Carolina (TY), Danish Institute for Myopia Research, Vedbaek, Denmark (EG), Department of Community, Occupational Health and Family Medicine, National University of Singapore, and Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore (S-MS), Discipline of Orthoptics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (KAR), University of Houston College of Optometry, Houston, Texas (ES), College of Optometry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (DOM), Australian National University, ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science, Canberra, ACT, Australia (RA), University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (RAS), School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley, California (CFW), Cornell University, Neurobiology and Behavior, Ithaca, New York (HH), College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (AJF), Cell Biology & Anatomy, Surgery/Division of Ophthalmology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (WKS), Paul Flechsig Institute for Brain Research, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (AR), Vision Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama (MF), Optometry and Vision Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia (AG), Department of Biology, The City College of CUNY, New York, New York (XZ, JW), Department of Cell Biology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (JS-R), Ocular Disease Model Research Laboratory, Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore (VB), Wenzhou Medical College Eye Hospital, Wenzhou Zhejiang, China (LJ), Faculty of Science and IT, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia (SM), Cardiff University, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom (JAG), St. Thomas' Hospital, Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology Unit, London, United Kingdom (CH), Department of Biology, City College of New York, New York, New York (RS), School of Optometry, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (CHT), The New England College of Optometry, Boston, Massachusetts (JG), CSIC, Instituto de Optica, Madrid, Spain (SM), School of Optometry, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (MJC, DAA), UMIST, Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Manchester, United Kingdom (WNC), Universidad de Murcia, Laboratorio de Optica (Dept. Fisica), Universidad de Murcia, Campus de Espinardo (Edif. C), Murcia, Spain (PA, JT), Rodenstock GmbH, Corporate Research & Development/Research Optics, Munich, Germany (AS, DU), SUNY State College of Optometry, State University of New York, New York, New York (DT), Department of Physiological Optics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama (TTN).