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IMSS II & OurCon VI Joint Meeting

November 11-14, 2018
Gaillard Center
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Preliminary Program

Sunday, November 11, 2018

1:00 - 5:00 PM


The following complimentary workshops will be held concurrently.  Registration is required for attending workshops.  Space is limited.  To register for the workshop, click here.

Workshop 1: MSiReader

MSiReader is an open-source vendor-neutral software to view and perform data analysis of Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) Data. This workshop will inform users on basic functions within the software, time savers when processing data, and advanced functions. MSiReader is community grown software so bring your needs to the Workshop as we will take that input in the final part of the Workshop.

Workshop 2: METASPACE

In the METASPACE workshop, we will explain the challenge and pitfalls of searching for metabolites in imaging mass spectrometry data. We will present how it can be done using METASPACE, an open-source cloud software. We will walk you through the bioinformatics methods behind METASPACE, give a step-by-step tutorial and a demo on how it can be used. We will show how the METASPACE community knowledge base of over 3000 datasets contributed by users can be searched, browsed, and used in your research.

Workshop 3: Imaging Mass Spectrometry of Glycan and Matrix Pathology

This lecture-focused workshop will include discussion on histological stains and imaging mass spectrometry approaches for N-glycans and extracellular matrix proteins. Hosted by the Medical University of South Carolina Proteomics Center.

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Opening Gala

Location: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Keynote Lecture:

Dr. Richard M. Caprioli
Professor of Biochemistry
Director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, TN

A reception will be held in the Exhibition Hall after the Keynote Lecture.

Exhibitions will be open for viewing. Hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Welcome and Co-Plenary Session

Steve Castellino, Ph.D., President IMSS, Director Imaging MS and DMPK, GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, PA, USA

Ron Heeren, Ph.D., President Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society, Professor and Division Head Imaging Mass Spectrometry, Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging Institute, Maastricht, Netherlands

AM Session

IMS Pharmacology

Session chairs: 

Reid Groseclose, Ph.D., Fellow, Senior Investigator, GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, PA, USA

Michael Becker, Ph.D., Head of MALDI Imaging MS, Development NCE DMPK, Boehringer Ingelheim , Pharma GmbH & Co. KG

FDA Perspective

Ellen Jones, Ph.D., Research Biologist, National Center for Toxicological Research, FDA Pine Bluff, AR USA


PM Session

Poster Session


Session Chairs:

Chris Anderton, Ph.D., Scientist, Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA

Shane Ellis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging Institute, Maastricht, Netherlands

Young Guns

Session Chairs:

Bram Heijs, Ph.D., Head Mass Spectrometry Imaging Group, Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics, Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum, Leiden, Netherlands

Heath Patterson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Welcome and Co-Plenary Session

Nathalie Agar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA USA

Per Andren, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences, Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala, Sweden

Clinical IMS

Session Chairs:

Kristina Schwamborn, M.D., Ph.D., Consultant, Institute of Pathology, TU Munich, Germany

 Alison Scott, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, School of Dentistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD USA


Session Chairs:

Raf Van der Plas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands & Vanderbilt University Mass Spectrometry Research Center, Nashville, TN, USA

Kylie Bemis, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Future Faculty Fellow, College of Computer and Information, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Rapidfire Oral Poster Session

Vendor Showcase

Free Afternoon—

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Welcome and Co-Plenary Session

MS Imaging of Proteins from ex-vivo to in-vivo: Beyond Next Generation Immunohistochemistry, Professor Isabelle Fournier, Ph.D., University of Lille, France.

Kevin Schey, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN USA.

AM Session

Method Development

Session Chairs:

Pierre Chaurand M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Chemistry, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Martina Marchetti-Deschmann, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics, Vienna, Austria

IMS Applications

Session Chairs: 

Lisa Cazares, Ph.D., Principal Investigator for the Geneva Foundation, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease, Fort Detrick, MD, USA

Andreas R»ćempp, Ph.D., Professor, Chair of Bioanalytical Sciences and Food Analysis, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Rapidfire Oral Poster Session

12:30 - 2:00 PM

IMSS Buffet Lunch

PM Session

Future IMS 


Liam McDonnell, Ph.D., Professor, Proteomics Group Leader, Fondazione Pisana per la Scienza, Pisa, Italy

Richard R. Drake, Ph.D., Professor, Director Medical University of South Carolina Proteomics Center, Charleston, SC USA

Closing Remarks

Steve Castellino, Ph.D., President IMSS, Director Imaging MS and DMPK, GlaxoSmithKline, King of Prussia, PA, USA








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