ISAC E-News -- December 2005
The new student membership price (without the Cytometry journal) is $5 U.S. ISAC now has an entirely new dues structure, which is based on World Bank economies and allows residents of lower income countries to receive a rate reduction. Rates for regular members with both print and online Cytometry we nt from $125 to $126. There were other changes in the student rates along with the choice of taking Clinical Cytometry in online only form for a reduced rate. See the Membership Services Committee report below.
by Harry Crissman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Nominating Committee has selected the list of candidates to run for the various offices on the ISAC Executive Committee and Council, which will be vacated in May 2006. The committee followed the guidelines as stated in the ISAC By-laws. It’s worth noting that the policy requires that the candidate must be a current ISAC member.
Here is the slate of candidates selected by the Nominating Committee and who have agreed to run for the designated office in ISAC. President-elect: Bob Murphy and Janos Szollosi; Treasurer: Dave Coder and Alex Nakeff; Analytical Councilor: Dirk van Bockstaele and Elaine Kunze; Clinical Councilor: Mike Keeney and Phil Marder; Technical Councilor: (two positions) Gary Durack, Robb Habbersett, Jeff Price and Attila Tarnok. The membership will be notified at a later date as to when and how the voting process will proceed. The Nominating Committee consisted of Harry Crissman, Scott Cram, Rachael Errington and Jan Gratama.
by Harry Crissman (email@example.com)
The Distinguished Service Award was established to honor those individuals who have served the Society in a major role, provided major support to the Society and its members, or made a significant contribution to the success of the Society. To receive this award a candidate must have been a member for at least 10 years. Before each congress, the Awards Committee will consider potential awardees and make recommendations to the Council. In general, no more than two of these awards will be made in any term. Recipients of the award receive lifetime membership in ISAC and a plaque.
The Awards Committee requests that members recommend ISAC members who would be eligible for the Distinguished Service Award. Send the names of award-worthy candidates to one of the members of the Awards Committee, Harry Crissman, chair firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa Staiano-Coico, email@example.com, Jim Watson, phone 44-1223-843-217 Cambridge, U.K., Joe Gray, JWGray@lbl.gov or Francesco Mauro, firstname.lastname@example.org The names of previous award recipients can be found on the ISAC Web site by clicking first on “About ISAC” and then on “Awards.”
Reminder: ISAC Membership Award – Call for Nominations.
See the September 2005 ISAC E-News.
by Bob Zucker (email@example.com)
The International Society of Analytical Cytology (ISAC) 2006 meeting will be held in Quebec City, Canada 20-24 May 2006. The meeting will address various aspects of fluorescence technology, including high throughput screening, confocal microscopy, live-cell imaging and flow cytometry. There will be a number of lectures by the leading experts in the field of fluorescence image technology including the keynote address by Roger Tsien. For the confocal community, there will be a 1 ½-day pre-congress course (19-20 May 2006) addressing the basics of cell imaging. For the flow cytometry community, there will be a one and half day pre-congress course (19-20 May 2006) addressing the basics of flow cytometry. During the congress there will be tutorials on live-cell imaging, automated pattern analysis, tracking subcellular components, fluorescence technology, confocal microscopy QA and flow cytometry. There will also be workshops dealing with many relevant issues to all aspects of fluorescence technology including confocal microscopy, spectroscopy and flow cytometry. In addition to these planned activities there will be parallel sessions derived from the abstracts submitted. The oral presentation abstract submission deadline was 12 December 2005. Poster presentation deadline is 1 February 2006. Additional information on the meeting can be found at www.ISAC2006.com
by Scott Cram, editor, ISAC E-News (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recent events have caused concern about ISAC membership, or the lack thereof. As part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study section that reviews grant applications in the field of flow cytometry, I see many outstanding applications that describe cutting-edge instrumentation developments. Many (most?) of these investigators are not ISAC members. As a member of this year’s ISAC Nominating Committee (Harry Crissman, chair) I was alarmed by the number of suggestions we received for outstanding council candidates who were not ISAC members. While it was tempting to place some of these names on the ballot to “encourage” membership this is not the way to strengthen the Society. If each of us would encourage just one colleague to join or renew their membership we could significantly strengthen the society. I encourage all you good cytometry folks to actively encourage our colleagues to join or renew their membership in ISAC! How about it, who will you enroll?
by Harry Crissman (email@example.com)
In an effort to encourage new scientists and graduate/postdoctoral students to actively participate in ISAC business and scientific presentations, the Society has allocated funding for student travel to the ISAC Congress. In addition, three new investigator awards, are to be presented to young investigators who have made outstanding scientific achievements in analytical cytology.
ISAC has established a fund for students whose abstracts have been approved for either oral or poster presentation at the Congress and who require financial aid to attend. Interested students should submit an application online as part of the abstract submission process. The deadline for application submission is the poster abstract submission deadline (1 February 2006).
The Society established two additional awards in 1994. The council felt that to assure the long-term growth and prosperity of the Society there must be a steady infusion of new scientists into the field of analytical cytology. To provide encouragement for younger scientists to enter the field and to recognize excellence in their activities, beginning in 1994 at the Lake Placid Congress (New York) and at each successive Congress, the Society has presented a Presidential Award for Excellence to one or more of its outstanding younger members. To be eligible for this award, a candidate must: Be a member of the Society, out of postdoctoral training for no more than five years, have made presentations at national and international meetings, have published in refereed journals, attend the Society's congress, submit a brief paper on a poster presented at the congress. This is a competitive award, which includes a significant monetary prize.
At the 1994 Congress, an Outstanding Student Award was established to recognize continuing outstanding performance by a student with service to the field and to the Society. To be eligible for this award, a candidate must: be a member of the Society, be a predoctoral student following a field of study in any physical or natural science with a goal of working in analytical cytology and submit a brief paper on a poster presented at the congress. This is also a competitive award that includes a significant monetary prize.
Eligible ISAC members are encouraged to compete for these awards. The Outstanding Student Award will be presented to one or more ISAC student members in recognition of their outstanding performance in the field of analytical cytology. The President’s Award for Excellence will be presented to one or more ISAC outstanding new investigators.
More information about the awards and eligibility requirements is available on the ISAC Web site (http://www.isac-net.org/). Interested ISAC members should submit an application online as part of the abstract submission process. The deadline for award applications is the abstract submission deadline of 1 February, 2006.
by Laura Teodori (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Zofia Maciorowski (email@example.com)
ISAC council has been busy this year setting into motion a number of new projects intended to improve benefits for our current membership and to attract new members. ISAC has initiated two new programs dedicated to young scientists:
- The ISAC Scholars program, based on competitive application, will fund ISAC membership for young scientists. ISAC Scholars will receive all rights and privileges of full ISAC members, but will be eligible for student Congress rates, travel scholarships and student awards. We will provide an opportunity for all these young members to be mentored in leadership skills. You will find more information and the application form here.
- The “Adopt a Young Scientist” solicits corporate support for ISAC membership on a national level. In this regard, the Membership Committee would like to thank the Life Science Business Manager of Dako Spa Italy: Dr. Antonella Perotti for being the first to join the “Adopt a Young Scientist” campaign. Dako Italy is now supporting the full membership of two worthy young fellows:
- Francesco Gervasi, Ematologia A.R.N.A.S Palermo, Italy
- Francesco Fabbri, Oncologia Medica, Ospedale Pierantoni, Forli, Italy
As part of our drive to attract young scientists, we have greatly reduced ISAC fees for student members: $5 (U.S.) without Cytometry or $30 (U.S.) for membership including an electronic subscription to Cytometry.
In order to facilitate ISAC membership for our colleagues in less advantaged countries, a sliding scale fee system based on the World Bank country categories has been initiated and membership dues are now reduced for low- and middle-income countries. In addition, we have 50 complimentary e-subscriptions to Cytometry that we can offer to scientists who cannot afford to buy their own subscriptions. An application form for these subscriptions will be available on the ISAC Web site.
You will find more information regarding these programs on the ISAC Web site. Take a moment to look at it. We will also be asking for volunteers in the future to help implement a number of these projects. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. As co-chairs of your membership services committee, we will be happy to receive your comments and suggestions. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
By John Nolan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Committee members: John Nolan (Chair), Andrea Cossarizza, Attila Tarnok, Bartek Rajwa, Gabriela Baerlocher, Gary Durack, Marie Iannone, Natasha Barteneva, and Yuval Garini
The ISAC Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is responsible for providing advice to ISAC leadership on the scientific and educational activities of the Society, including the International Congress and interim meetings. ISAC members who have thoughts, concerns, or comments on these subjects are encouraged to communicate these to a SAC member.
In the March 2005 ISAC E-News, we summarized your evaluations from the 2004 Congress in Montpellier, and made several recommendations for the 2006 Congress in Quebec City. These have been communicated to the 2006 Congress Committee and are being implemented for the Quebec City meeting. Among these recommendations are plans for a shorter Congress, for fewer numbers of parallel sessions with less repetition, and for more introductory material. Of course the most important component of a successful Congress is members submitting their best work as abstracts and coming to participate. The abstract deadlines was 12 December (for consideration for oral presentations) and 1 February (for posters). Find out the details on how to submit at the Congress Web site (www.ISAC2006.com) and check back often for more program details as they are finalized.
A reminder that the SAC endorses and supports small meetings on focused topics of interest to the ISAC community. We have a small budget to provide seed funding to help. In the past few months endorsement and/or support have been provided to the Advanced Course “Flow Cytometric Approaches to Study Plant Structural and Functional Cytomics” in Aveiro, Portugal, in May; the European Working Group on Clinical Cell Analysis meeting in Athens in September; the Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association meeting in Milwaukee in October; and the Cytometry Development Workshop held in Asilomar, California, also in October. If you are considering holding a meeting on a relevant topic and would like to request ISAC endorsement or support, contact the ISAC Executive Director Rick Koepke for more information (email@example.com).
by Julie Auger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Two Resource Manager’s workshops were held in October on two sides of the Atlantic – one associated with the GLIIFCA annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and one associated with the German Flow Society annual meeting in Leipzig. Members of the ISAC Resource Managers Task Force attended both.
The Pre-GLIIFCA workshop was moderated by Julie Auger (email@example.com) and Jonni Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org) and was expanded to five hours with every minute filled with useful information and discussion. It was attended by 31 individuals. The Leipzig meeting was attended by 20 individuals including Task Force members Derek Davies (email@example.com) and Marie Follo (firstname.lastname@example.org). Both groups discussed the importance of regional meetings for core managers. At the U.S. meeting, a specific desire for ISAC financial support for more regional workshops was expressed. Dave Coder, a member of the ISAC Finance Committee, who was in attendance, and Julie Auger, an ISAC Councilor, agreed to work to get the appropriate request to ISAC for review with the hopes that meetings could be held in additional locations on a regular basis.
The U.S. meeting included presentations by an excellent panel of resource managers who volunteered to share their experience and lead the discussion on the following topics:
- Resource manager’s Web site development update - Greg Veltri
- Negotiation Skills 101: Whether it is a New Instrument or a Salary Increase-Tips on How to Negotiate. - Mary Paniagua
- Service Contracts: How to Analyze the Pros and Cons of Purchasing Contracts - Ryan Duggan
- Cost Analysis: How to Acurately Price Your Services - Hank Pletcher
- Biohazard Awareness 101: What is Really Dangerous? - Joanne Lannigan & Tim Bushnell
Derek reported that the Germany meeting also focused on the need for greater Web-disseminated information for access by core managers. The German flow group will start locally by creating a Web site that lists contacts in core facilities in Germany. Derek suggests that this is something that could be set up in each region/country/continent. Derek indicated that other topics that seemed of immediate interest to all core managers were billing, online booking, QC and maintenance, databases of work produced and service contracts.
The ISAC Resource Managers Task Force is currently working on the structure and content of the workshop to be held at the 2006 ISAC Congress in Quebec City. In addition to the individuals indicated above, Peter Lopez (PLopez@adarc.org) and Wayne Green (email@example.com) are task force members. Please contact any members with suggestions for the ISAC workshop or regional workshops.
The Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London, announce the creation of a new flow cytometry core facility. Two high-powered, high-speed flow cytometers are available in this core facility. Expert support and technical assistance are available to help with the design and development of experiments. For more details see their Web site: www.icms.qmul.ac.uk/flowcytometry/ or contact Prof. Marion Macey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
31 January - 03 February 2006 (and 20-23 June)
by Peter O’Toole (email@example.com)
This intensive, hands-on, four-day training course in the varied techniques using flow cytometry will initially cover basic flow cytometry but then rapidly move on to the more advanced applications. These will include cell cycle, apoptosis, cell proliferation, GFP and other fluorescent proteins, FRET and receptor quantification. The course has been designed to allow the participant to gain experience of what a flow cytometer is capable and to raise awareness of the problems that can be encountered. For more information check the Web site: http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/biol/tf/ic_flowcourse
Instructors will include:
- Peter O'Toole (University of York)
- Ian Brotherick (DakoCytomation)
- Derek Davies (CRUK)
- Adrian Robins (University of Nottingham)
An essential feature of our course is the unique combination of practical, laboratory-based work with both taught and tutorial-style classroom sessions. The Technology Facility labs are extremely well equipped for modern flow cytometry, including the two DakoCytomation CyAn ADP analyzers, with three lasers (405, 488 and 635nm) and nine color detectors. Participants will have the opportunity to analyze their own samples during the free format session or to cover previous work where appropriate. Accommodation (en-suite), breakfast and lunches will be provided for the length of the course. Places are limited to permit full hands-on practice, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
For further information, please visit the course Web site or contact Margaret Newton +44 (0) 1904 328821, firstname.lastname@example.org
5-12 February 2006
by Atwar Krishan (email@example.com)
“Applications of Cytometry for Stem Cell Analysis, Monitoring of Stem Cell Phenotype, Proliferation and Apoptosis,” Biomedical Technology Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Poojapura, Trivandrum 695012, India, 5-12 February 2006 . The workshop will feature lectures and wet labs on applications of cytometry for the study of stem cell biology, proliferation and marker expression. Lectures in the morning will be followed by hands-on lab demonstrations. Dr. Lissy K.Krishnan will serve as Indian host and coordinator. Dr. Awtar Krishan, from the University of Miami is the workshop organizer. Further details may be obtained by contacting Dr Kalyanakrishnan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Krishan at akrishan@med.Miami.edu
17-18 March 2006
by Allan Kachelmeier (email@example.com)
Cascade Cytometry User's Group, in conjunction with Northwest Cytometry User's Group, is hosting the 17-18 March 2006, Northwest Regional Cytometry meeting to be held in the Old Library on the OHSU campus in Portland. Put the date on your calendars. Speakers include:
- Howard Shapiro, "Personal" Cytometry - It Ain't Necessarily Flow
- Bob Hoffman, Standardization Over Time and Across Platforms
- David Galbraith, GFP, Microarrays, and Other Extenders of the Cytometry Platform
- Brent Wood, Validation of multicolor work
- Peter Rabinovitch, DNA Content and Cell Cycle Analysis: How Can Something So Simple Be So Hard?
- Ger van den Engh, Quantitation: The Polarization Wildcard
There will also be vendor and poster displays, as well as vendor and poster talks. In conjunction with the meeting, FloCyte will offer an advanced course at OHSU on 16 March Multicolor Flow Cytometry and Compensation, with a special discount for meeting registrants. While it's still early to register for the meeting, more information about the meeting can be had by contacting Allan Kachelmeier, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-494-2361.
The Royal London Hospital, 26 - 27 April 2006
This course is designed to provide essential background knowledge for any person wishing to use flow cytometry either for research or clinical practice. For more information see their Web site athttp://www.immunology.org/education/basic_course_flow_cytometry.htm Details are also available from Dr. Marion Macey, Department of Haematology, the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London E1 1BB, telephone: 0207 377 7183 or e-mail, email@example.com.
27-29 April 2006
by Attila Tarnok (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The workshop includes one-day practical course and two days of scientific lectures and tutorials. The focus of the 11th Workshop is Cytomics and the Human Cytome Project.
All accepted abstracts that are submitted by 10 March will be published in the journal Cytometry. Following peer review, authors of abstracts of excellence will be invited to submit a brief manuscript that will be peer reviewed and published in Cytometry as fully citable manuscript. Only abstracts that are submitted by 10 March or before and are accompanied by a full registration will be considered. The Web site is now open for registration and abstract submission. You will find a more details on: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/veranst/herzzentrum-workshop/ or contact: Dr. A. Tarnok, Universität Leipzig , Herzzentrum Leipzig GmbH , Strümpellstr. 39 , 04289 Leipzig ( tel.: 03 41 - 8 65 24 30)
by John Nolan (email@example.com)
The 2005 Samuel A. Latt Conference was held 6-9 November at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The conference was co-hosted by the Australian Stem Cell Center and the Australasian Flow Cytometry Group, was attended by approximately 220 people and featured nearly 50 talks and more than 40 poster presentations. A pre-meeting beginners course and several parallel workshops rounded out the program. The keynote Samuel A. Latt Memorial Lecture was given by Ger van den Engh on “The Anomalous Fluorescent Properties of Stem Cells Stained with Hoechst 33342.” There was a stimulating mix of stem cell biologists and cytometrists and, not surprisingly, a good deal of overlap between the two areas. There were many excellent sessions on topics ranging from Directed Differentiation and Hematopoesis to High Throughput Screening and Marine Cytometry. Overall, the meeting was a great success scientifically and in keeping with the spirit of Samuel A. Latt Conferences, which are intended to allow in-depth exploration of themes of emerging interest and to promote interaction with researchers who are outside the regular ISAC circle. The final program is available at the conference Web site (www.stemcells2005.org) and abstracts form the conference will be published in an upcoming issue of Cytometry.