A JOINT session of the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research at the annual meeting in Philadelphia provided the setting for a Rubella Symposium on May 6, 1965. At this Symposium, 18 speakers, representing the major rubella research groups throughout the United States, presented a summary of their recent studies following the extensive epidemic of rubella which swept the country in 1964. The need for a detailed published report of these proceedings was obvious. Dr. A. Ashley Weech, editor of the American Journal of Diseases of Children recognized this need and proposed that an entire issue of the Journal be devoted to this symposium.
The reports in Philadelphia were concerned chiefly with congenital rubella infection in newborn infants. The scope of the Symposium in this issue has been expanded to include recent studies on the natural history of the disease, transmission of rubella to monkeys, studies