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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Taiwan journal of ophthalmology is dedicated to our colleagues

Department of Ophthalmology, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital; College of Medicine, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City, Taiwan

Date of Web Publication1-Mar-2012

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tjo.2012.01.002

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Cheng CK. Taiwan journal of ophthalmology is dedicated to our colleagues. Taiwan J Ophthalmol 2012;2:1

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Cheng CK. Taiwan journal of ophthalmology is dedicated to our colleagues. Taiwan J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Sep 21];2:1. Available from: https://www.e-tjo.org/text.asp?2012/2/1/1/203098

With the untiring efforts and dedication of so many members of our ophthalmological society, Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology has now entered its second year and volume of publication. This issue continues to reflect our effort to publish articles on various interesting topics to cover as many subspecialties as possible in our profession.

Recent laboratory explorations have linked many ocular diseases involving angiogenesis and degeneration to the inflammatory processes. The molecular nitrous oxide (NO) has long been revealed as a proinflammatory mediator which can be produced in vitro by retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells and can be up-regulated by several cytokines including tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). However, the specific mechanism linking NO and TNF-α in RPE cells is not fully understood. In a laboratory report published in this issue, Fang et al elucidate that TNF-α induces the expression of inducible NO synthase and the release of NO via the activation of nuclear factor kappa B in RPE cells. This important finding may lead to a therapeutic way of developing a strategy for the treatment of these troublesome diseases.

In the surgical treatment of glaucoma, filtering operation with adjunctive antimetabolic application remains a major procedure for the management of medically uncontrollable intraocular pressure. As a result, bleb-related infection is still a much-feared complication in our daily practice. We thank Professor Yamamoto for giving us an extensive review on this topic, in which the clinical features, risk factors, classification, and strategies of treatment according to the classification are discussed in detail.

As trends in the surgical field continue to move toward techniques for small wounds, easier procedures, more rapid recovery, and less discomfort for patients, our vitreoretinal colleagues have proceeded to adopt a transconjunctival sutureless vitrectomy procedure using various microincision vitrectomy systems. We thank Dr Nagpal for his elaborative review on the principles, techniques, mechanics, and the latest developments in small-gauge vitrectomy.

In this modern “online” world, web accessibility has become a most essential way for a scientific journal to facilitate its availability. More and more journals have been moving toward an “Open Access” environment—that is, anyone who is interested in reading our articles can easily reach our journal via the Internet freely, and any article that has been accepted by the journal should be made accessible to the public immediately. This principle has been employed by our journal ever since the beginning of its preparatory stages. Our journal was established and will be maintained as a free online-accessible journal. All accepted manuscripts will also be launched on the web in a most rapid manner.

Taiwan Journal of Ophthalmology is dedicated to providing not only a high-quality journal but also a reader/author/reviewer-friendly platform for scientific communication among ophthalmologists all over the world. This commitment can only be fulfilled with the full support of and feedback from our dear colleagues.


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