In October 2017, ISAC, the Australasian Cytometry Society (ACS) and the Singaporean Society for Immunology (SgSI) co-hosted the first ever CYTO Asia meeting in Singapore. The conference engaged the cytometry communities of all three societies, offering new horizons for scientific collaboration in Asia and around the world.
CYTO Asia was the second scientific meeting in 2017 for ISAC. CYTO 2017, ISAC's 32nd annual congress, was held from June 10-14 in Boston, Massachusetts. CYTO Asia was the 2017 annual meeting of the ACS, and was the first time the ACS meeting was held outside of Australia and New Zealand.
CYTO Asia 2017 was the first major cytometry meeting in Southeast Asia. Held from October 25-27 in Singapore, this conference served as a showcase of new cytometry-related technologies and applications for scientists and clinicians using flow cytometry in Asia and Australasia. CYTO Asia 2017 was an ideal meeting for professionals using flow cytometry to present their latest work, and provided a unique opportunity to network with their regional peers.
As a three-day scientific conference covering both clinical and research based cytometry, it featured plenary, parallel, and poster sessions preceded by a three-day flow cytometry workshop on October 22-24. The plenary sessions included invited speakers presenting the latest advances and techniques, while parallel and poster sessions were chosen from abstract submissions.
CYTO Asia’s keynote speaker, Professor Irene Ng Oi-Lin of the University of Hong Kong, has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and has received numerous awards, including The World Academy of Science 2014 Prize for Medical Science. She was featured among an impressive list of guest speakers that included some of the most distinguished international thought leaders in the field.
The 6th ASEAN Flow Cytometry Workshop consisted of lectures and laboratory-based modules on specific research and clinical topics, presented by renowned scientists and clinicians in the field of flow cytometry. Travel fellowships were once again available to help cover costs for scientists and students from ASEAN countries who wanted to attend the meeting.
ISAC is currently investigating locations for future CYTO Asia conferences, which may be incorporated into the Society as official ISAC meetings.