ISAC, ACS and SgSI to Co-host CYTO Asia 2017 in Singapore October 24-27
Bethesda – October 19, 2016 – The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), The Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS) and the Singaporean Society for Immunology (SgSI) recently announced they have agreed to co-host CYTO Asia 2017: A Joint Meeting of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC), The Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS), and the Singaporean Society for Immunology (SgSI) in Singapore from October 24 to 27, 2017, in the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The aim of this conference is to engage the cytometry communities of all three societies, offer increased breadth and scope of scientific presentations at CYTO Asia 2017 and increase scientific collaboration in Asia and around the world.
CYTO Asia will be the second scientific meeting in 2017 for ISAC. CYTO Boston 2017 is the 32nd Congress of ISAC and will be June 10 – 14 at the Hynes Convention Center. CYTO Asia will be the 2017 annual meeting of the ACS, and it’s the first time the ACS meeting will be held outside of Australia and New Zealand.
“The cytometry market in some of these emerging regions such as China and India is being driven primarily by strong economic growth and development, but also by a growing amount of government support and research initiatives. If we remain isolated as a community, we are missing opportunities to connect with one of the fastest growing scientific and medical research markets in the world,” said Kylie Price, president of ACS.
“ISAC is international and must increase the society’s presence and impact around the world,” said Paul Wallace, president of ISAC. “CYTO Asia is an important experiment for us, and some day we may hold our international congress in Asia or start participating in joint meetings in different regions of the world regularly.”
“Flow cytometry has long been an invaluable tool for immunologists and our society has organized several flow cytometry workshops the past few years to train and update the local scientific community. We believe that CYTO Asia 2017 will offer a great opportunity for not just immunologists, but also for all researchers and clinicians using this technology,” said Dr Siew Cheng Wong, President of the SgSI. “At this meeting, they will be able to find out about the latest advances in the field, present their own work, and also have the opportunity to network with their regional peers. We look forward to working with ACS and ISAC to make CYTO Asia a successful conference here in Singapore.”
Held from October 25-27, 2017, CYTO Asia will consist of a three-day scientific conference covering both clinical and research based cytometry, featuring plenary, parallel and poster sessions preceded by a three-day flow cytometry workshop October 22-24, 2017. The plenary sessions will feature invited speakers, and the parallel and poster sessions will be chosen from abstract submissions. The target audience for this meeting would be expected to consist of, but not limited to, those that normally attend the ACS Annual Meeting (from Australia and New Zealand) plus those in the South East Asian region (Brunei, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), and, with the involvement of ISAC, participants from China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, Turkey and possibly Europe. It will be a mix of beginning, intermediate and advanced cytometrists and scientists, and total attendance is capped at 450 due to the space available at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. A web site for CYTO Asia 2017 is located online at cytoasia.org and will be updated regularly with speaker, registration, hotel, exhibit/sponsorship, and abstract information.
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The International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC) is a global scientific society with more than 1700 members in 52 countries. Its mission is to serve a multidisciplinary community by leading technological innovation, scholarship, and the exchange of knowledge in the quantitative cell sciences, and its vision is to advance the impact of cytometry in meeting current and emerging challenges in the life, biomedical, and physical sciences.
The Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS) represents cytometrists from a region of Oceania that comprises of Australia, New Zealand and the island of New Guinea. The ACS is a scientific and educational association whose purpose is to promote research, development and applications in, and to disseminate knowledge of, cytometry.
Singaporean Society for Immunology (SgSI) was set up as the platform to link up Singapore based Immunologists from different organizations, to aid in research collaborations and in the advancement of immunology. SgSI currently has 400 members and hopes to expand its network with other immunological societies around the world.