ISAC E-News June 2008
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XXIV International Congress, Budapest, Hungary
- Meeting Highlights and statistics
News from ISAC Leadership
- Bob Murphy on “Looking Ahead”
- ISAC Name Change
- Executive Director Resigns
- Paul Robinson and his plans
- Paul Robinson on “State of the Society”
- Future Meeting Sites
Cytometry A report
2009 Joint Meeting with CCS and ESCCA
Volunteers Solicited for Committee Assignments
Membership Services Committee
- News from the Budapest Congress
Associated Society News - our Newest Associated Society
- Turkish Society of Immunology
- Flow Cytometry in Turkey
- 2008 NW Regional Cytometry Meeting
- The Fourth National Congress of the Romanian Association of Cytometry
Upcoming Meetings/Conferences/User Groups/Courses
- 31 st Annual Course in Flow Cytometry, Bowdoin College
- Hands-on Flow Cytometry Course, University of York
- Research Triangle Cytometry Association Meeting, Duke University
- Metroflow Meeting, Princeton University
- Annual Meeting of the Western NY Flow Users Group (WNYFUG), University of Rochester
- 9 th Indo-US Cytometry Workshop
- Joint Meeting with Microscopy Society of America, Albuquerque NM
- 20 th Annual Course in Clinical Flow Cytometry, University of
- RMS Annual Flow cytometry Course, University of York
- European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis, Bremen, Germany
- GLIIFCA 17, Milwaukee, WI
- FloCyte Courses
XXIV International Congress, Budapest, Hungary
Meeting Highlights and Statistics
Bob Murphy, ISAC President, email@example.com
Congratulations are due to the Organizing Committee, Program Committee, Executive Director, and FASEB meeting management. They all did an outstanding job that contributed to an excellent meeting that met and exceeded expectations of the attendees. Corporate meeting sponsorship set a new level of support ($135,500). Attendees commented on the excellence of the program, but there were concerns from attendees and exhibitors about the quality of the meeting facilities and its isolation (especially the absence of nearby lunch places). Council has decided not to book the Congress into an arena again, preferring convention centers with well-established conference procedures.
- The concluding banquet was attended by a capacity crowd and the dance floor was packed from the opening song to when the band finished. A great time was had by all the ISAC family!
- Conference registration reflected the following numbers:
- Members, nonmembers and students 829
- Exhibitors 319
- Guests, comps, and companions 167
- Total 1,315
- Pre-congress courses: 30 registered for flow courses and 22 for imaging courses.
- We had 61 exhibiting companies occupying 101 booths with a total of 319 representatives from those companies.
News From ISAC Leadership
Bob Murphy on “Looking Ahead”
President Bob Murphy has stated that his goal is to continue the approach, initiated by Maria Pallavacini and put in place by Paul Robinson, of professional, service-oriented management of the Society. Council will emphasize achievement of goals described in the ISAC Strategic Plan, with planned monthly reports to Council on strategic initiatives. He expects very active involvement of Council and Committee volunteers, and looks forward to working closely with President-Elect Paul Smith to continue evolution of the Society, especially towards providing high quality training, certification and standards services. He also wants ISAC to work closely with sister societies, such as the Clinical Cytometry Society and the European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis, to advance the state of cytometry and continue to define and implement standards to ensure that cytometry is utilized to its full potential in basic, translational and clinical research and practice. Bob especially thanks departing Council and Committee members, and especially Past-President Paul Robinson, for their outstanding service to the Society.
ISAC Name Change
At the General Business Meeting, Paul Robinson, President; Bob Murphy, 2006 President-Elect; Paul Smith, 2008 President-Elect and Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz, Past President unveiled the new name of the now “International Society for Advancement of Cytometry” by dropping a large banner.
Executive Director Resigns
Laureen Rowland, our Executive Director at FASEB, has resigned effective June 1, 2008. She will continue to support ISAC for a day or so each week until July 1, 2008. John Lord, Director of Managed Society Services (MSS) at FASEB will be serving as Interim Executive Director while we move forward with the recruitment of a new Executive Director. Laureen made many remarkable contributions to ISAC during her tenure. We will miss her presence and contributions while we wish her all the best in her new job.
Paul Robinson and His Plans
Paul Robinson has shared with me his plans for the coming year. Having committed his heart and soul to ISAC for ten plus years, he has found some new mountains to climb. He has just finished climbing Mt. Rainier in Washington (4392 m, 14,411 ft.) and is headed for Mt. McKinley in Alaska (6,194 m., 20,320 ft.) in mid June. Those two challenging climbs are only the beginning. Don’t expect to find Paul in his office 24/7 like we have come to expect! During the next twelve months he will be spending time in the Himalayas and of course why stop until you reach the top - Everest in 2009. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Paul - just remember it’s one small step at a time and be very, very careful. (Scott C., Editor)
Paul Robinson on “State of the Society”
Report to the General Meeting of the Society, May 19, 2008
ISAC is alive and well on planet earth.
This congress represents the 24th congress of an organization that has weathered four decades of exciting innovations and dedicated individuals designing technologies, applying technologies and making discoveries.
The purpose of the Society is to maintain the science of our field and to ensure that we provide a mechanism for communication by presentation of our science and by networking to develop collaborations, and to learn of the opportunities that exist within our field.
With time comes change. During the time of my Presidency a number of fairly significant events occurred.
I was excited to be able to start my Presidency with a congress in Quebec City that most of you enjoyed and the most profitable meeting in the Society’s history. I personally don’t recall many events at the congress as I felt rather stressed. It gave me great pleasure to be able to travel to Budapest, the congress of my Presidency, with someone else responsible for the many problems to be solved. I think that you will agree with me that Bob Murphy and his dedicated team of organizers have done a great job.
I refer to the Quebec meeting as it was the catalyst for some changes in the way ISAC was run. The first of several major changes was to move ISAC congress management to FASEB. It was a difficult step to take and it generated an additional change for you as members. It broke a longstanding process that we determined was broken. Societies also need management and they need good management to be good societies. The second major change your council made was the decision to move society business management to FASEB. This was a good move and while changing management is always difficult, it was an excellent decision made unanimously by those councilors who you voted in to manage your affairs.
Two big changes occurred in the past four years that were begun by past president Maria Pallavicini and maintained by my administration. One was to hold monthly conference call council meetings. Previously, council members had little say in Society business. They attended 3-5 council meetings over a four year tenure. Four of those meetings were the pre- and post congress council meetings. During the meantime, the executive council made all the decisions. That no longer happens. Now councilors commit to over 50 council meetings! At least 80 hours of virtual face-to-face meetings! That’s a lot of commitment by your elected councilors – but it also means they not only know what is happening, they are making decisions that impact you as members of this Society. This is now a society of the membership for the membership. In fact the Membership Services Committee has been incredibly active – supported by two outstanding members of our Society Laura Teodori and Zofia Maciorowski. This committee worked tirelessly for you. They raised the number of student members significantly to well over 120 from a miserable 10 members. They facilitated bringing to ISAC, members from many countries including an important effort to bring an additional 43 participants to the 2008 congress from Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Russia, Ukraine, and India - ensuring that we create opportunities for participation in our congress and our Society. Janos Szollosi and Jan Gratama, who are responsible for our Associated Societies, have really helped ISAC to be true to its International goals. We now have 28 associated societies. This afternoon we met with leadership representatives of 25 of these societies here at this congress. The creation of a new task force to increase ISAC’s influence in Asia is a current task of Awtar Krishan. Raising our presence in India and China, as well as other Asian countries, is a priority for this task force. The results should be evident at the next congress.
The second of the big changes begun by Past President Maria Pallavicini was the strategic planning effort. This began with a four day meeting of the entire council plus some senior members. This meeting was from 3-6 May 2005 and was really a very hard working meeting. We focused on our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and we defined a pathway that has led our Society to carefully focus on the changes we needed to make; the decisions necessary to ensure we meet the challenges of the future and most importantly, make sure that the Society is relevant and valuable for you, the membership.
An initiative I am very proud of was driving an emphasis on education. Any society that fails to place education at the top of its goals will struggle to survive. Education has never been that important to our leadership as was evidenced by the lack of participation and results. When I ran for president of ISAC, one of my primary election promises was to make education a standing committee. Standing committees are operations fundamental to the core of any organization. Education is now a standing committee –You the members, passed that constitutional change by a resounding majority. Lori Krueger, our education chair has done an outstanding job of promoting education as well as following up on another strategic goal by creating a part time paid position of Education Director. This has elevated Education to the front of the list and it is there to stay. The work is never done, but it is now in a position to thrive and I know it will.
Another initiative I am proud of driving was re-invigorating the ISAC communication portal. It was not an effective tool and did not enhance the Society’s public image. The ISAC website was quite appalling and did not represent a good image of the Society. I am indebted to Bartek Rajwa, our web editor, who has transformed this operation into a high quality, highly accessed tool for communication with our members. The daily updates, RSS feeds, links to current events, manuscripts published and other crucial information has made this a highly successful portal for you the members. This is a healthy position for a society to be in.
It cannot have escaped your attention that we now have a very, very active full time Executive Director for ISAC. This was a change suggested by the strategic planning back in May 2005. I must admit that I was not strongly supportive of this idea at all. I felt that it would be costly and that it would not be a good thing for our Society. I actually voted against this idea. Well, you will be glad to know that even the president can’t overrule the wishes of its council!
In late 2006 our managing agent FASEB initiated a search for an executive director and in early 2007 we hired Laureen Rowland. I have to say, it was the smartest decision we made. Hiring a full time executive director has been transformational for ISAC. With stable management under the umbrella of FASEB, we are assured of good business and executive leadership. My job as president was tremendously enhanced by having a dedicated individual to support the Society and make sure we did our job.
Laureen Rowland raised our standards considerably and created constant reminders for those of us tasked with responsibilities after every meeting. I did a quick calculation of the number of emails I received from Laureen over the past 15 months or so. Over 2000 emails averaging almost 5 per day – on some deadline days, 20 or 30 emails! I found it far easier to answer the email, as I knew the phone would ring if I didn’t answer! Laureen worked tirelessly to produce the first ISAC membership handbook in over 10 years. When you return to your labs, it will be there waiting for you. Copies were sent to a number of agencies, including NIH and other institutions, to ensure that the ISAC name was clearly evident. I would like to present Laureen Rowland with a small gift of these flowers as a reflection of her outstanding work.
Talking about the ISAC – some might ask, what’s in a name? You don’t change the name of a society unless there is both a good reason, and it is overwhelmingly supported by the members. The decision to change our name to the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry was a unanimous vote in council and supported by 85% of the members. It is a name that has a long future and one that will probably last for another 30 years. In 2038 when I will be 85 years of age, if you decide to change it again, I hope I will support that decision.
Being president of ISAC has been a tremendous privilege for me. When I joined the society in 1984, I was a postdoc whose only real interests were in giving a talk or presenting a poster at the congress. I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve you very much. Over the past two years, your next president Bob Murphy has been beside me participating in every decision we have made. We have been a strong team and we have worked hard to keep the Society strong. I have absolute faith that you have an outstanding person to lead you for the next two years. He will create his own initiatives, drive new ideas and create new opportunities. At his side, will be Paul Smith the president-elect. This is an outstanding team of almost frenetic individuals who are competition even for the “energizer bunny” – they never slow down.
Members of ISAC - the state of the Society is in good hands. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as President for the past 2 years.
Future Meeting Sites
- 2010 Seattle, Washington, May 7-12
- 2011 Baltimore, Maryland
- 2012 Europe*
- 2013 San Diego, California
- 2014 East Coast, USA*
- 2015 Europe*
You will notice that after the Seattle meeting ISAC will have yearly meetings. Some sites have not been confirmed and input is sought for these locations. For details see the ISAC web site: www.isac-net.org
The new Officers and Councilors assumed their duties at the May 19th ISAC Business Meeting in Budapest, Hungary.
- President-Elect: Paul Smith
- Secretary: Lori Krueger
- Biological Councilors: Timothy Bushnell, James Freyer & Andreas Radbruch
- Clinical Councilors: Zofia Maciorowski & Vincent Shankey
- Technical Councilor: Ger van den Engh
- Those with continuing terms in office:
- Treasurer: Alex Nakeff
- Analytical Councilor: Elaine Kunze
- Clinical Councilor: Mike Keeney
- Technical Councilor: Gary Durack & Attila Tarnok
- Those completing their terms in office:
- Past President: Maria Pallavicini
- Secretary: Robert Zucker
- Biological Councilors: Laura Teodori, Janos Szollosi, & Julie Auger
- Clinical Councilors: Paul Smith & Lori Krueger
- Technical Councilor: David Parks
Council wishes to thank all those who have served on Council as they have all completed remarkable terms highlighted with innumerable contributions and hundreds of hours of service.
Cytometry A Report
Attila Tarnok, editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Attila reports that he has received 95 new submissions as of April 17 2008, as compared with 69 in 2007 and 48 in 2006. There is a trend towards more imaging papers being submitted and published. This good news results in a work overload for associate editors, new associate editors and editorial members being sought. Suggestions are welcome. Options for how to deal with this work load is being discussed with Wiley Blackwell. Even so, the manuscript transit time from first submission to first decision could be kept low with 30 days in the mean and rejection rate climbed to 38%. The projected impact factor for 2008 is 2.8 which is a remarkable improvement! Susan Vice has been appointed as managing editor for 2008. It has been announced that Wiley Blackwell will adopt the Blackwell internet format in 2009. This means that starting January 2009 the Journal webpage will be massively changed and improved.
2009 Joint Meeting with CCS and ESCCA
Mike Keeney, Mike.Keeney@LHSC.ON.CA
Triple Society Meeting – A First! We are very excited to announce that next year ISAC, the Clinical Cytometry Society (CCS) and the European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis (ESCCA) will hold a joint meeting the day before the regularly scheduled CCS meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. The date of the joint day will be October 15, 2009. The topics being presented range from educational initiatives, standardization, image analysis, phosphoproteins and recent advances in instrumentation and software. The translational aspects of these areas will be emphasized. We encourage you to join us for this session and take advantage of the opportunity to interact with colleagues from all three societies. Save the date!
Alex Nakeff, Chairman, email@example.com
Alex presented a complete finance report at the ISAC Congress, May 19, 2008 that is summarized here. Committee members are: David Coder, Jan Gratama, Betsy Ohlsson-Wilhelm, and Nicholas Terry. Our society is in sound financial health. We started 2006 with an operating budget balance of $1.3 million and presently have an operating budget of over $1.45 million, following a very successful Quebec City Congress in 2006.
The 2008 Congress is projected to generate a slight income or break-even based on current projections as not all bills will be posted for several months. From our past experience in holding European Congresses, this is encouraging news. The revenue generated is the result of a lot of hard work by the Congress
organizing committee under Bob Murphy’s leadership, as well as our Executive Director, and the cost-cutting efforts of the FASEB Office of Scientific Meetings & Conference Management. A critical person in all this was Janos Szollosi, with out whom we would not have balanced our meeting budget.
Our balance sheet for 2007 and projected finances for 2008 (in US $):
|Investment Income (6.6% in 2007)
|Ending Unrestricted Fund Balance
The ending fund balance projected for 2008 represents a 7.3% decrease from the 2007 figure. It mainly reflects the projected full implementation of all six Strategic Priorities that was originally estimated to cost $200,000 for this year plus support for the Eastern European initiative ($30,000.) On the positive side, it still represents an increase of over $140,000 from that in 2006. There is a good chance that the projected deficit may be decreased by a better-than-projected financial outcome from the Congress, year-end (2007) journal royalties and diligent cost-control measures being monitored quarterly by the Finance Committee.
Volunteers Solicited for Committee Assignments
All ISAC members interested in serving on one of the ISAC Standing Committees or Task Forces beginning in June 2008 are encouraged to contact Bob Murphy ( firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately. The Committees and Task Forces and their current memberships are listed on the ISAC website: http://www.isac-net.org/content/view/572/42
It has been announced that Frank Mandy has resigned as Education Program Director effective June 30, 2008. Options for how to proceed are being discussed by Council. One option is to assign the new Executive Director some of the goals of the Education Program Director, such as identify a contractor who can identify competencies, deliver education programs, and perform delineation studies. The Executive Director will assume responsibility for the delivery of education programs and exploring the resources required. He/she will also coordinate pre-congress course information with education committees.
The Education Committee has assembled the basic curriculum for flow cytometry and is working on image cytometry. Isotype Controls is a remaining topic that needs renewed interest.
Membership Services Committee - 2008 (MSC)
News from the Budapest Congress
Laura Teodori and Zofia Maciorowski, co-chairs, Membership Services Committee, email@example.com, Zofia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop on Professional Skills at the Budapest Congress. We are thrilled with how well the workshop went and would like to thank all the speakers and chairs for their hard work http://www.isac-net.org/congress2008/ScientificProfessionalSkillsWorkshop.php. Despite the evening slot, we had 120 participants (vs.75 registered). Discussions were lively and continued so long that we had to push everyone out because the congress center was closing up for the night. This was the first time ISAC organized an educational workshop on this kind of topic devoted to our young members. We want to thank FARMINDUSTRIA ( www.farmindustria.it) who generously supported this educational event and in particular the President of FARMINDUSTRIA, Dr Sergio Dompè. This support bears witness to the dedication of FARMINDUSTRIA to young scientists.
- Student Participation. ISAC travel funds helped 92 students from all over the world attended the congress in Budapest, compared to 83 for the Quebec City Congress. A total of $53,000 was disbursed in order to help students attend the congress.
- Central and Eastern Countries Attendees. The Membership Service Committee initiated an ISAC fund to support participation of members from Central and Eastern European countries at the Budapest Congress. We thank the council for their approval and support of this initiative. This fund enabled 43 of our colleagues, particularly young scientists and students, from Poland, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Turkey to participate in this Congress in their part of the world.
- ISAC Scholar Program. Nine of our ISAC scholars attended the meeting thanks to the ISAC Scholar funds. A meeting of these ISAC Scholars took place at the Congress, allowing them to get to know each other and to plan projects they can work on as a group.
- Awards. Traditionally the MSC has the honor of selecting the PAE and ESA finalists. Our illustrious judging commission consisted of: Howard Shapiro, Attila Tarnok, Loris Zamai, Patrice Petit and Andrea Cossarizza.
- The finalists for the President’s Award for Excellence (PAE) competition were Sanneke Brinkers, Jennifer Houston, Meggie Grafton and Ewa Zuma-Surma The winner was Ewa Zuma-Surma, from the University of Louisville, Kentucky and the Pomeranian University in Poland.
- The finalists for the Exceptional Student Award (ESA) were Jason Baik, Evgenia Konsta, Xiao Li and Gabor Moscar. The winner was Gabor Moscar from the University of Debrecen in Hungary.
The choice for all the competitions was very difficult due to the high scientific level of the finalists and we want to congratulate all of the participants in these awards. We want to thank the judging commissions for their time and hard work, and especially Howard Shapiro and Zbisiek Darzynkiewicz who are always ready with help and support whenever we ask them.
Associated Society News
Turkish Society of Immunology
The official application of the Turkish Society of Immunology for the status of ISAC Associated Society has been unanimously approved by ISAC Council. Council welcomes this organization and looks forward to working with them in the future.
Flow Cytometry in Turkey (reprint from ISAC E-News, December, 2007)
Gülderen Yan?kkaya Demirel MD, PhD, email@example.com
Turkey, land of many civilizations and natural heritage, has a rather young flow cytometry community. The first flow cytometry in Turkey was an EPICS V (Coulter Electronics, Ltd) which was installed to Dr. Emin Kansu Laboratory in Hacettepe University , Ankara in 1988. The following year, two EPICS Profiles were installed in Istanbul (DETAM, Istanbul University and Dr. Pakize I. Tarzi Laboratories). The number of flow cytometers increased to almost 80 systems in 2007 from 18 systems in 1993. There are two flow cytometry companies in Turkey ; Beckman Coulter and Becton Dickinson, both with branch offices.
Most of the systems used are bench top flow cytometers, the majority being either FACS Caliburs or FC500s while the number of sorting systems is limited to 6 – 7 systems throughout Turkey . Most of the Turkish flow cytometry laboratories are analyzing clinical and research samples in the same laboratory. Leukemia/lymphoma immunophenotyping, stem cell analysis, DNA analysis, platelet surface immunophenotyping are the main applications in clinical settings. There are only two private flow cytometry laboratories with internationally recognized accreditation (ISO 15189).
2008 NW Regional Cytometry Meeting - Report
Allan Kachelmeier, 2008 NWRCM coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2008 NW Regional Cytometry Meeting, “Flow and Imaging for an ~omics era”, was held at OHSU in Portland, March 13 – 15. The meeting presented a wide collection of talks, topics including new tools for cytometry and cytomics, new reagents, techniques for better integration between platforms, and automation. The umbrella covered as well an ISAC working meeting on the recommended Analytical Cytometry Standard, ACS, and a FloCyte course on intracellular cytometry. The aim was ‘ecumenical’, cytometry in the broad sense, and the program cut a wide swath, with discussion ranging from a primarily flow related one on the second day to a focus on imaging and high content analysis on the third. The implicit systems biology tenor of the 2008 NWRCM engaged 235 registrants, including 19 plenary speakers and 38 parallel session speakers, with support from 32 firms, ISAC, and one academic department. A report on the meeting is available at http://www.ohsu.edu/ohrc/conferences/2008NWRCM/2008NWRCM.html
The Fourth National Congress of the Romanian Association of Cytometry
Laura Teodori and Zofia Maciorowski, co-chairs, Membership Services Committee, email@example.com, Zofia.firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to report the success of the fourth meeting of the Romanian Association of Cytometry (RAC) held in Predeal, Romania (7-10 May 2008).
The Romanian Association of Cytometry is a young national society founded in 2004 thanks to the joint effort of a group of very motivated and enthusiastic Romanian colleagues and the strong support of French experts in this field. We would like to mention Adriana Dumitrescu, the president of the association and her deputy president, Mihaela Zlei. From the French side we would like to mention first of all Lydia Campos Guyotat, Denis Guyotat and Claude Lambert. Alberto Orfao ( Spain ) is also a constant presence to the RAC’s meetings.
They all contributed with their presence and their lectures to the success of this meeting. The Association just joined ISAC as an associated society and its members are very keen to collaborate for any ISAC-related and common issues/interests. At the meeting we were able to present ISAC to the participants and to diffuse ISAC brochures. We are grateful to Adriana, Milena and all our wonderful Romanian colleagues for including us in their meeting and we look forward to many future interactions.
Upcoming Meetings/Conferences/User Groups/Courses
31st Annual Course in Flow Cytometry, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine
June 14-20, 2008 . The annual research course will provide you with state-of-the-art information on important cutting-edge topics in cytometry. Nationally recognized instructors organize hands-on laboratories and present related lectures. If you're interested in learning about cytometry or just seeing what's new, come and experience an intense week of hard work and good times in the great state of Maine. To obtain the latest information on the course and/or register, visit our web site, http://www.vsh.com/bowdoin.
Contact: Mark Munson, Verity Software House, Inc., E-mail: email@example.com.
Hands-on Flow Cytometry Course, University of York
June 18-21, 2008 . Peter O'Toole will be running another Hands-On Flow Cytometry course at the Technology Facility at the University of York. Details are at: http://www.york.ac.uk/depts/biol/tf/ic_flowcourse.htm
Research Triangle Cytometry Association meeting, Duke University
June 24, 2008. William Telford and Matthew Alexander will present; “Closing the gaps in the visible spectrum: New lasers for flow and image cytometry”, and “MoFlo-XDP: Updating the Gold Standard”, respectively. 9 AM in the Jones Building, room 143, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Contact: Sam Witherspoon, firstname.lastname@example.org (919) 483-3078.
Metroflow Meeting, Princeton University
July 1, 2008 . The 2008 Metroflow Spring meeting will be held at Princeton University, NJ. This meeting will have a focus on cell life and death, with clinical and basic research related talks on apoptosis, the cell cycle, cell proliferation and autophagy. The technical tools, software, and reagents to study and understand these life and death processes will be discussed. A complete speaker list and talk titles as well as registration information posted soon on the Metroflow web site: http://www.metroflow.org/favicon.ico. Confirmed speakers include: Frank Traganos, Zbigneiw Darzynkiewicz, Kathy Muirhead, and Jennifer Wilshire. Contact: Peter Lopez ( email@example.com)
Annual meeting of the Western NY Flow Users Groups (WNYFUG)
July 16, 2008 . The 5th meeting of the WNYFUG will be held at the University of Rochester on Wednesday July 16th, 2008. Come meet vendors; hear exciting talks in the fields of clinical, scientific and technical cytometry. Additionally, we will be awarding the 2nd annual Leon Wheeless Innovations in Cytometry Award. Contact: Tim Bushnell, Timothy_Bushnell@URMC.Rochester.edu. Updates can be found at http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/wnyfug/
The 9th Indo-US Cytometry Workshop -- The Application of Flow Cytometry in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
July 21-25, 2008 . Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Manipal University, National Center for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Bangalore, Pathology Department, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida USA. The Indo-US Cytometry Workshops have been held since 2001 with the express purpose of interfacing Indian researchers with experts in cytometry from India and abroad. This five day workshop will present lectures, panel discussions, tutorials and wet labs to review and demonstrate the various flow cytometric methods for stem cell analysis. Applications are invited from students and researchers who wish to acquire expertise in the use of flow cytometry for stem cell analysis. Registration: Interested persons may send their bio-datas along with an application which can be downloaded at our website: http://www.cytometryworkshops.com/.
Contacts: Satish.firstname.lastname@example.org and RHamelik@med.miami.edu
Joint Meeting with The Microscopy Society of America, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 2-3, 2008 . The first joint session with the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) at “Microscopy and Microanalysis 2008” will occur this coming summer at the regular MSA meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ISAC members have participated in this meeting in the past, but this coming year there will be a Pre-Meeting Congress devoted to “Cellular Analysis: Linking Quantitation to Structure And Function” under joint sponsorship of the two societies. The Pre-Meeting Congress is scheduled for August 2-3, and the regular MSA meeting continues August 3-7. Please find current information at the MSA website, http://www.microscopy.org. You can also register through the MSA site. The Pre-Meeting session is organized by J. Paul Robinson, Robert M. Zucker and Randall W. Smith, and will include a superb group of speakers on several aspects of cellular analysis including confocal, multiphoton, HTS, single molecule, fluorescence and other supporting and correlative methods.
Besides the Pre-Meeting Congress, there will be two open sessions during the regular MSA meeting co-organized by ISAC members:
- Imaging, Fluorescence and Flow Cytometry, Session A04 organized by J. Paul Robinson and Randall W. Smith.
- Imaging Cells and Tissues in 3D - Confocal Microscopy, Session A02 organized by Bartek Rajwa
These open session will accept a broad range of both poster and platform presentations. Laboratories, students and postdocs are encouraged to present their research there. The MSA meetings have many interesting and concurrent sessions that you will find useful. There will be several sessions and posters on optics, fluorescence, filters, equipment and instruments that support ISAC objectives and functions.
20th Annual Course in Clinical Flow Cytometry, University of Wisconsin
August 10 – 15, 2008 . University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI. Sponsored by: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center and Office of Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Public Health.
The purpose of this conference is to:
- Describe the basic principles of flow cytometry including specimen preparation, fluidics, electronics, and fluorochrome selection.
- Design and optimize flow cytometry procedures
- Implement routine measures to standardize and ensure quality of flow cytometric procedures.
- Learn special flow cytometric applications for clinical use, including functional assays, bead-based assays, rare event analysis, and others.
Registration at: http://www.ocpd.wisc.edu/, contact: Kathy Schell at email@example.com
RMS Annual Flow Cytometry Course, University of York
September 15 - 19, 2008 . The RMS runs its annual Flow Cytometry course at the University of York ( http://www.rms.org.uk/event_flow.shtml). The course is modular with a two day introduction for newcomers to flow cytometry and then three days on either research or clinical applications. This very successful course, organized by Peter O'Toole, Steven Couzens and Derek Davies, is always fully subscribed so early registration is advisable.
European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis, Bremen, Germany
September 16 - 20, 2008 . Bremen, Germany. The first Joint European Society for Clinical Cell Analysis (ESCCA; formerly known as European Working Group on Clinical Cell Analysis, EWGCCA) and the German Society for Cytometry (DGfZ) will be held at the World Trade Center in Bremen, Germany. in association with, the 4th European Clinical Cytometry Course of ESCCA. Detailed information on the meeting and the course is available from the website: www.cytometry2008.eu. Flyers with the complete program can be downloaded from the 'Course Program' and 'Meeting Program' section of the website. Also, registration is open on the website. Contact: Gregor Rothe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Paniagua and Ryan Duggan, Co-Secretaries, GLIIFCA, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 19-21, 2008. Milwaukee, Wisconsin will host the Great Lakes International Imaging and Flow Cytometry Association GLIIFCA 17 at the Hyatt Regency. The program committee is at work under the guidance of Paul Wallace (President), with Michael Sramkoski and Vera Donnenberg. Please note: the meeting is being held earlier in September this year.
Highlights include: Friday night is the opening mixer with a host of technical talks to showcase the latest developments in flow & image cytometry. Saturday features a jam-packed program, with topics in clinical cytometry, stem cell applications and imaging innovations. The Carleton and Sigrid Stewart Lecture will be given by Bruce Bagwell, MD, PhD. Also featured will be a poster session and the luncheon roundtable discussions. Saturday night relax and celebrate our “Prom Year”. Sunday offers the chance to learn about novel technical innovations in cytometry and imaging. The popular pre-meeting Core Managers Workshop will be held on Friday, September 19th. Travel and poster awards are available to help defray travel costs for all students, technicians and post-docs. Please see the website: http://www.gliifca.org for program information and latest developments.
Applications for all courses can be found at this website: http://www.flocyte.org/index.html, Email: email@example.com
- July 14-18, 2008. FloCyte Short Course at UC Davis, California. Check the web site for more information.
- October 6, 2008. Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. Multiparameter course. Additional information to be forthcoming on the FloCyte web site.