Introductory Remarks

Introductory Remarks J Membrane Biol (2007) 217:3 DOI 10.1007/s00232-007-9069-1 Hiroshi Yamasaki Received: 20 August 2007 / Accepted: 20 August 2007 / Published online: 20 September 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007 This special issue is dedicated to the pioneering of gap junctions by Prof Loewenstein was continuously achievement of Professor Werner Loewenstein in the dis- realized in the conference, since we are still expanding our covery and advancement of our understanding of gap findings on their physiological and pathological junctions. Contributions to this issue are selected from importance. those presented at the International Conference on ‘‘Phys- I would like to thank Dr Tom Woolf, the Editor-in-Chief iological and Pathological Importance of Gap Junctions’’ of the Journal of Membrane Biology, for providing us this which was held in Tokyo, 20–22 November, 2006. It is my excellent opportunity to publish some of the contributions great pleasure, as Chairman of the Organizing and Program of the meeting on this important topic. I would also like to Committees of this conference, to oversee the preparation thank members of the Organizing and Program Commit- of the conference proceedings as a special issue to honor tees and the sponsors of the conference, especially Amway Prof Loewenstein. Indeed, the significance of the discovery Japan Co., for making the meeting successful. H. Yamasaki (&) Professor, Department of Bioscience, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Sanda 669-1337, Japan e-mail: The Journal of Membrane Biology Springer Journals

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