Every 2 years the best of myopia research is presented at an International Myopia Conference. In July 2008, the 12th International Myopia Conference was held in Queensland, Australia.
In this January 2009 Optometry & Vision Science issue we present four outstanding invited papers by leading researchers who presented key papers, along with the proceedings of the entire meeting. In one paper (McBrien et al.) you will find each of the 11 symposia summarized along with the abstracts of each paper presented within the particular symposium. In a second paper (McBrien and Morgan) the program of all scientific events points to the on-line abstracts of all free paper presentations and to 43 (i.e., most) of the full color posters that attendees saw at the meeting.
Our three Guest Editors, lead by Neville McBrien, introduce you to the highlights of the meeting and provide a perspective on the status of myopia research worldwide in their Guest Editorial. They each have made significant discoveries in myopia research and their perspective provides our readers with interesting insights.
Neville McBrien, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO, is head of School at the Department Optometry and Vision Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia and has been active in myopia research on two different continents. Ian Morgan, PhD, at the Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia has active world-wide collaborations in myopia research. Donald Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO, the EF Wildermuth Foundation Professor at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in the U.S., is probably best known for his role in the Orinda Longitudinal Study of Myopia in children and the Berkeley Infant Biometry Study.
They are outstanding research colleagues and they have done a fine job with this Feature Issue. Many aspects of the dedicated Myopia issue are firsts for Optometry & Vision Science. We are proud to bring readers this quite special publication dedicated to the latest in myopia research.
Anthony J. Adams
Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley, California