This book comprises the proceedings of the first meeting of the Internatio- nal Society for Corneal Research, held in Kyoto on May 12 and 13, 1978, on the occasion of the International Congress of Ophthalmology. The Society was founded by Dr. Stuart I. Brown (USA), who has to be congratulated very sincerely for this idea. The cornea, window of the eye, becomes, indeed, more and more important and its diseases more and more frequent. Consequently, cornea research is of the greatest necessity not only to cure but also to prevent the various disorders of the membrane. The scientific program of the meeting, established by Dr. Brown, was outstanding. The limiting membranes, the epithelium as well as the endo- thelium, the stroma, the corneal transplantation, as well as the graft rejec- tion, the inflammations as well as the immunological aspects, were discussed by experts in the field. The meeting, which was conducted by Professor Motokazu Itoi, honorary Chairman, and successfully organized by his Japanese colleagues, Professor Nakajima, Professor Mishima and their staff, was as interesting as fruitful and left in our mind the best memory.
I am convinced that the ophthalmologists will take a great interest in reading the various papers, which bring the latest advances in corneal patho- logy. Prof. Jules Franyois President of the International Council of Ophthalmology.