ISAC Lecture Report - La Plata, Argentina

April 2, 2018

Thanks to the Award provided by the ISAC Lecture Program, Dr. Andy Filby was able to deliver a special presentation at the "Advance Course of Flow Cytometry for Study of Different Biological Systems" in La Plata, Argentina, which took place on March 5-8.

Based on his huge experience not only from the academic side if not also from the technical point of view, Dr. Filby gave excellent talks about principles of flow cytometry and description of very complex systems as mass cytometry and imaging cytometry. Dr. Filby was also able to explain the fundamentals of these techniques and highlight relevant concepts of the application of these technologies to assess cell biology, and how mass data can be organised and analysed to understand how cells and tissues work.
Importantly, at the end of the final lecture, Dr. Filby showed several slides provided by ISAC to promote the society and the ways in which membership can be beneficial. These included the ISAC scholars and Emerging Leader programmes, access to the Cyto University e-learning portal and the Cytometrist certification programme. Dr. Filby also highlighted the fact  that ISAC membership was low in Latin America and invited those who attended the course to join up. He also highlighted the journal of the society, Cytometry part a, as a great place to publish work.

Faculty Members (Invited speakers)
  • Andrew Filby. International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) SRL Emerging Leader. Director of Flow Cytometry Core Facility. Faculty of  Medical Sciences.  Newcastle University. United Kingdom
  • Gustavo A. Folle. Department of Genetics. Unit of Flow Cytometry. Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Fernando Unrein. Instituto de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas. Instituto Tecnológico de Chascomús (IIB-INTECH), UNSAM-CONICET. Chascomús. Argentina
  • Mariela Bollati-Fogolín. Cell Biology Unit. Institut Pasteur de Montevideo. Uruguay
  • Gabriel Morón. Centro de Investigaciones en Bioquímica Clínica e Inmunología (CIBICI- CONICET). Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina.
  • Guillermo Blanco. Instituto de Estudios de la Inmunidad Humoral (IDEHU)(UBA-CONICET)
  • Florencia Quiroga. INBIRS (UBA-CONICET)
  • Monica Balzarini. Estadística y Biometría. CONICET. Facultad de Agronomía. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina.
  • Rodrigo Pestana. Research Platform Leader for Latin America. BD Life Sciences
  • Augusto Sorrequieta (Life Technologies). Argentina


General Organization (Students)

The postgraduate course included three days of talks and half day of a workshop on data processing. The venue for talks was the Auditorium of the National Council of Scientific Research (CONICET), La Plata. The data processing workshop was hold at the computer room in the Exact Science Faculty that allowed simultaneous work on 20 PCs.

At the beginning of the course, Prof. Dr. Sergio Matheos, (Secretary of Institutional Coordination of the National Ministry of Science and Technology), gave the welcome message. Prof. Matheos also highlighted the relevance of this course for the National System of Flow Cytometry (SNCF) because 81 attendees (mostly PhD students and young postdocs) from all over Argentine took part in the course. In addition, four students came from Uruguay.

This was the first on its kind course for the SNCF. The knowledge obtained on advanced techniques on flow cytometry will be extraordinarily relevant for local young scientists who will disseminate it at their own research institutes, some of which are far from the main research centres in Buenos Aires.

Our vision is to advance the impact of cytometry in meeting current and emerging challenges in the life, biomedical, and physical sciences.

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