-ISAC E-NEWS - Summer 2004
Report on ISAC XXII Congress
The ISAC XXII Congress set a new standard for scientific excellence. At the same time, the society is moving ahead with renewed enthusiasm and commitment based largely on the strategic planning exercise conducted a couple of years ago.
From featured speakers (Roger Brent talking about predictive biology and John Mattick describing the importance of intronic RNA) to the Frontier Lecture Series, plenary sessions, parallel sessions and poster sessions, new technologies and clinical applications held everyones interest. More than 1,000 registrants attended the congress along with a record number of exhibitors. The quantity and quality of new technology was particularly rewarding to witness.
VAT - What Is It and How Can I Get Back What I Paid?
France charges VAT (value added tax) on certain goods and services. If you work for a business entity located in France, your company may be eligible for a refund from the French tax authorities. Please contact our contracted VAT agent Euro Vat Refund, Inc.,email@example.com or http://www.eurovat.com/ for more information. Note that most academic and governmental institutions are not eligible for VAT refunds.
If you are not located in France you may still be eligible for a refund from the French tax authorities. ISAC has enlisted the expertise of a VAT agent, EuroVat Refund, Inc., that can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.eurovat.com/ to help answer your questions and assess your eligibility for getting a refund of the VAT you paid to attend the ISAC Congress XXII. A letter is being mailed to all congress attendees outlining the amount of VAT they paid to attend the congress in Montpellier. This is the amount that may or may not be refundable to you.
Results of the 2004 ISAC Elections
The following people have been elected to ISAC office. Results of the election were announced at the General Business Meeting at the ISAC Congress XXII in Montpellier, France.
||J. Paul Robinson
Maria Pallavicini now serves as the ISAC president, Harry Crissman is past-president and Frank Traganos continues as ISAC's treasurer. Congratulations and a sincere thank you to all who agreed to serve as candidates for office.
Amending the Constitution
New Name for the Society--International Society for Analytical Cytometry?
A name change for ISAC was discussed at the General Business Meeting held at the ISAC Congress XXII. The ISAC Constitution requires a vote by the membership to make this change. Voting on the name change (substituting cytometry for cytology) will be conducted by ballot of all members.
Another proposed amendment to the constitution would allow changes to be made to the constitution using alternative discussion formats (i.e., electronic) instead of the existing requirement for constitutional changes to be discussed at a general business meeting. The societys ability to make decisions and changes is stymied with its congresses (and business meetings) being held every two years. Voting on this procedural change will also be conducted by ballot.
Business Meeting Highlights
- A taskforce was established to consider ISAC holding smaller, shorter, less costly and more frequent meetings.
- A possible extension of the publishing contract for Cytometry with Wiley is being considered. Fred Waldman and the Scientific Communications Committee are addressing this issue.
- A possible November 2005 Samuel A. Latt meeting in Australia is under consideration
All these items are the subject of ongoing discussion and will be updated in future issues of ISAC E-News.
Congratulations to the 2004 ISAC Award Winners
A complete Roll of Honor is on the ISAC Web site.
- Outstanding Poster Award
- Exceptional Student Award
Ann Van Driessche
- Presidentâ€™s Award for Excellence
- Best Paper in Cytometry: 2003
A. S. Haider, J. Grabarek, B. Eng, P. Pedraza, N. Ferreri, E. Balazs, and Z. Darzynkiewicz. In Vitro Model of Wound Healing Analyzed by Laser Scanning Cytometry: Accelerated Healing of Epithelial Cell Monolayers in the Presence of Hyaluronate, Cytometry 53A: 1-8, 2003.
- Janis Giorgi-Huang Foundation Scientist of the Year Award
- Distinguished Service Award
- Membership Award
Mack J. Fulwyler Fund
by Noel Warner and Joe Gray
Noel_Warner@bd.com and JWGray@lbl.gov
The Mack Fulwyler Fund was established under the ISAC umbrella in 2001 to honor the memory of Mack, who has been acknowledged as the father of flow cytometry. A concerted effort has been initiated to increase the size of the fund to a level where it would have a significant impact for ISAC and its members.
Drs. Noel Warner and Joe Gray have agreed to lead this activity. They met during the Montpellier Congress in May with a group of interested people to decide how best to increase the fund and to decide the purpose for which the funds would be used. Additional information will be available in forthcoming issues of the ISAC E-News.
For those who were not members of the ISAC in its pioneering years, we would like to introduce a portion of Mack's life to you: Mack conceived the idea of the droplet flow sorter for recovering cells at different phases of their life cycle when he was a doctoral graduate student at the University of Colorado and working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He built the first droplet flow sorter for this purpose. This was his thesis material in 1967 at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Mack's work spurred active academic and commercial development. He was very much involved with Coulter Electronics and Becton Dickinson. As the field matured Mack entered academia and helped build the University of California San Francisco's Laboratory for Cell Analysis where he was its first director. He later worked in southern California on the encapsulation of islet cells and the development of an artificial pancreas. In New Jersey he directed research in a start-up company involved in rapid DNA sequencing. Although retired in southwest Florida, he never gave up his interest in new scientific ideas. At the time of his death in June 2001, he was in the initial stage of forming a research group at the University of South Florida.
Mack Fulwyler was awarded many patents for his inventions in flow cytometry and sorting. He was one of the early (1994) recipients of the ISAC Distinguished Service Award. In 1976 he received the Von Humboldt award for studies at the Max-Planck Institute and in 1999 he was named a prestigious Fulbright Scholar. Mack was a charter member of ISAC, a councilor on the first ISAC council and a member of the first ISAC Editorial Policy Committee.
To make a donation to the Mack J. Fulwyler Fund, send a check made payable to the International Society for Analytical Cytology with Mack Fulwyler Memorial Fund noted in the memo field or in an accompanying note. Mail your donation to the International Society for Analytical Cytology, P.O. Box 71495, Chicago, IL 60694-1495 U.S.A.
Special Fulwyler Commemorative Issue of Cytometry
by Janos Szollosi and Tom Jovin
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
A commemorative issue of Cytometry devoted to Mack Fulwyler is being planned. First-class research articles, in fields and from laboratories in which or with which Mack was active, are being solicited. The deadline for manuscripts is set for October 2004 with the special issue to appear in February-March 2005. Ideas and suggestions should be sent to Janos Szollosi or Tom Jovin as soon as possible.
by Chuck Goolsby, Editor in Chief
In May 2002 there was significant concern over sluggish manuscript flow and thin issues of Cytometry. I am happy to report that manuscript flow has steadily grown since that time.
I would like to first call attention to the March issue of Cytometry, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the founding of ISAC. This is a spectacular landmark for the society and this issue highlights both the scientific achievements of society members over that quarter century and points to the exciting future for ISAC and cytometry in the rapidly evolving era of cytomics and the cytome. It is worth noting that this will be the first issue of the journal at or above page budget in some years.
This was followed by a regular issue in April that again was at or above page budget and a May issue devoted to the May 2004 ISAC Congress containing meeting information and abstracts. June will be a very exciting journal month with a thematic issue devoted to cytomics technologies, guest edited by Attila Tarnok and Günter Valet.
Lastly, we are already ensured of full issues for July and August as well. With growing issues, it is worth noting that Wiley has fully launched the Early View system, which provides rapid online publication of articles as soon as they are ready and in advance of the printed copy. To ensure that the journal has the impact and reputation it can and should have we recognize that substantial building and improvement efforts remain over the next several years. However, it is important to take a moment in the 25th anniversary year of ISAC to note that things are building in the right direction. As always, I invite comments or suggestions at any time from all members of ISAC.
News from ISAC Associated Societies
Chesapeake Cytometry Consortium
by Mehrnoosh Abshari
The next Chesapeake Cytometry Consortium meeting will be on Monday, 20 September, at the Pookshill Marriott, Bethesda, Maryland. This will be an all-day meeting with excellent speakers focusing on research, clinical and image cytometry. The program is almost complete and the details will soon be posted on our Web site: http://www.ccc-flow.org/. This meeting is open to all. Please, plan to join us and don't forget to mark your calendar!
IV Hungarian Cell Analysis Conference, 6-8 May 2004, Budapest, Hungary
by Janos Szollosi
We can now consider this biannual conference a traditionally highly attended meeting. We had more than 180 participants from all over Hungary. Most of them were Ph.D. students and the presence of so many young researchers created a youthful atmosphere at the conference. According to the responses received from the participants, the conference was a great success.
Out of the 27 invited speakers, 11 were from abroad; among them that we were able to welcome were the representatives of ISAC (Maria Pallavicini, Paul Robinson and Frank Mandy) and the German Cytometric Society (Attila Tarnok). The conference was very stimulating and lectures gave a broad yet contemporary overview of analytical cytology.
Presentations and demonstrations focused on new developments and how to meet the challenges and limitations of the rapidly evolving field of cytomics . The lectures delivered by the foreign guests significantly raised the scientific level of the conference and their presence greatly contributed to the pleasant atmosphere of the meeting. During the meeting participants were able to meet old friends and also to make new friendships.
The young researchers demonstrated exceptional scientific activity, more than 40 posters were presented at the conference. The poster committee, headed by Attila Tarnok, selected four posters to be awarded (one first prize, one second prize and two third prizes).
Iberian Society of Cytometry
by Filipe Sansonetty
International Workshop: The Cell Within Cytomics, co-organized by the society in Caceres, Spain, 4-8 October 2004, Monasterio de San Francisco, C aceres, Spain. More information is available at http://cnic.es/citometria.
Contacts are: Alberto Alvarez, email@example.com; Jose Enrique O'Connor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacts are: Alberto Alvarez, email@example.com; Jose Enrique O'Connor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The meeting of the Iberian Society of Cytometry will be held from 19-21 May 2005 in Porto, Portugal. More information will soon be available at: http://www.skyros-congressos.com/.
Congress Secretariat: Av Dr. Antunes Guimaraes, 4100-074 Porto, Portugal. Phone 351-22-6165450, fax: 351-22-6189539, e-mail: email@example.com
4th Euro Conference and 7th Workshop on Clinical Cell Analysis
by Jan Gratama
The 4th Euro Conference and 7th Workshop on Clinical Cell Analysis jointly organized by the European Working Group on Clinical Cell Analysis (EWGCCA) and the Belgian Society for Cytometry (BVC/ABC) will be held on 23-25 September 2004, in Mol, Belgium. For additional information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or the Web site: http://www.sckcen.be/Flow_and_Beyond
by Julie Auger
The Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association (GLIIFCA) will be held 22-24 October22-24, 2004, at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Check out the Web site at http://www.gliifca.org/.
Start preparing your posters and your party costumes GLIIFCA 13 is only a few months away! The theme of the 13 th annual meeting is Innovation.? This theme will not only be represented in the symposia but is also reflected in a new location and a change in dates. GLIIFCA 13 will be held in Windsor, Ontario (across the river from Detroit) the fourth weekend in October. The change in venue will provide for new explorations? outside of the hotel while providing excellent conference accommodations. Scheduling the fourth weekend of the month rather than the first provides for breathing space after 1 October grant deadlines. We are looking forward to these changes.
The preliminary program (developed by Maurice O'Gorman, chair, Kathy Schell and Bruce Pesch) begins on Friday 22 October with an industry science session followed by our traditional Friday evening reception. Saturday symposia topics include Technological Innovation in Cytometry, New Applications in Cytometry and the meeting favorite luncheon roundtables covering a plethora of topics. The Carleton and Sigrid Stewart Dedication Lecture will be delivered by Robert G. Hawley, Ph.D., executive director of Cell Therapy Research and Development at the American Red Cross Holland Laboratory. His lecture is titled Rainbow Reporters for Multispectral Marking and Genetic Modification of Hematopoietic Stem Cells. The Sunday morning symposium will focus on development and applications in clinical cytometry.
A GLIIFCA tradition includes a Saturday night dinner and costume party including a prize for the best costume. The theme for this years banquet has not been finalized. But considering it is only one week before Halloween, think scary, superstitious (13) or innovative!
Note: If you're interested in having your local or regional society be considered for associate society status, e-mail ISAC Executive Director Rick Koepke at email@example.com for more information.
The next meeting of the Chicago Area Flow Cytometry Users Group (ChUG) will take place on 23 June 2004. The topic for this month's meeting is electronics. We will be discussing how photons radiating from cells are ultimately converted to a numerical coordinate on a graph. Also, we will take a brief look into the recent gravitation of instrument manufacturers towards using "digital" electronics, and how that affects data presentation and quantitative flow cytometry.
Wine and cheese (sponsored by Beckman Coulter) will be served at 6:30 p.m. and our guest speaker will begin at 7 p.m., at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus, 710 N. Fairbanks Court, Olson Building, Room 8260, Chicago, IL 60611. Kit Snow from Beckman Coulter will lead our discussion with a presentation titled "When is Newer Technology Better Technology? Flow Cytometer Electronic Designs and Sources of Error in Quantitative Immunofluorescence." Anyone interested is welcome to attend.
ChUG meets monthly to discuss a variety of topics of interest to flow cytometry users. More information can be found at http://www.chug.bsd.uchicago.edu/.
NIH/CSR Video on How to Prepare a Successful NIH Grant
For those interested in grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), a new video should be of interest. The institute has produced a video of a mock study section meeting: Inside the NIH Grant Review Process. The video provides information on what applicants can do to improve their applications. The video may be viewed in streaming media via the Web. For more information and to download the video, go to http://www.csr.nih.gov/video/video.asp.
Looking for a Qualified Employee?
The ISAC Web site is a great source for institutions looking for employees at any level postdoc, seasoned researcher, lab technician or clinician.
Did you post a job at the ISAC Congress? If so, send your listing to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll post it free on the Web site for six months (or shorter or longer time if you request it).
Where Are You Going?
Are you attending, presenting at or exhibiting at another event? Let your colleagues know about it. http://www.isac-net.org/ publishes a calendar of events of interest to the diverse segments of ISAC's membership. E-mail the details or just a few notes (we'll do the legwork!) of events you know about to email@example.com, at least one month in advance of the event.
Vendors It's Time to Build on Your Success!
A great way to follow up on the success and exposure of the ISAC Congress in Montpellier is by posting a corporate press release and other news events on the ISAC Web site. Go to https://secure-association-payments.net/isac/application/pressRequest.cfm to upload your company's news items to the ISAC Web site. (No advertisements, please.) Your logo accompanies all news releases for $100 for a full year of postings. Details online. You may also e-mail your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The ISAC Web site has advertising and page sponsorship opportunities available. Contact email@example.com if you'd like to sponsor a page on the Web site by posting your banner ad at the top of that page.
The Online Exhibitor Information Center will be posted through the end of 2004. Vendor information and links to congress supporters can be found on the Web site. Congress exhibitors and sponsors who have not submitted materials can do so through 30 June.
The Online Exhibitor Information Center will be posted until May 2005. Look for our congress supporters information there. Congress exhibitors and sponsors who have not submitted materials can do so through 30 June.