Friday, May 25th, 2018


15th Symposium on the Practical Applications of Mass Spectrometry in the Biotechnology Industry (Mass Spec 2018)

CASSS is pleased to provide a limited number of student travel grants for PhD students and post-docs who present applicable posters at the 15th Symposium on the Practical Applications of Mass Spectrometry in the Biotechnology Industry (Mass Spec 2018). PhD students or post-doctoral fellows conducting research at academia throughout the world are eligible.

Why you should apply:
This symposium offers insight to current topics and issues under discussion within the biotech and biopharmaceutical industries and as such provides an opportunity to bridge between industry, academia and regulatory agencies. The presentations and workshops are focused on the application of mass spectrometry to advance drug discovery and development in the biotechnology industry. Topics will include the utility of MS as an alternative to conventional assays such as peptide mapping, ion exchange, capillary electrophoresis, as well as for the analysis of process-related impurities, such as host cell proteins; introduction of MS in the QC laboratory, validation/transfer/compliance strategy, system suitability/assay acceptance criteria; expectations from regulatory agencies for MS based assays for product characterization, release and stability; technical challenges regarding quantitation, ionization, higher order structure analysis, etc.; applications of MS for high throughput screening of cell-lines, raw materials, in-process samples; and benchmarking of new technology.

As a participant, you will have an excellent opportunity to meet, network and participate in exchanging knowledge for mutual education with other MS practitioners.

How do you apply:
Please follow the link to, and fill out the application form in its entirety. Please be prepared to submit a letter requesting consideration for the grant, proof of studentship or post-doc status, a letter of recommendation from your supervisor and your abstract, all in PDF form. If you have any questions, please contact the Symposium Manager, Renee Olson at

Application for a travel grant does not release you from the obligation to register.

Requirements are:
– Present a poster on a MS topic
– Proof of studentship/post-doc status
– Recommendation from your supervisor

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, June 1, 2018.

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May 2018 Meeting

Speaker: Renã Robinson, Vanderbilt University

Topic: Enhanced Multiplexing Proteomics to Study Alzheimer’s Disease

Date: Monday, May 21, 2018

Time: 6:15 pm Dinner, 7:15 pm Presentation

Location: Shimadzu Scientific Instrument, Inc. Training Center 7100 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 (Directions)

Dinner: Please RSVP to Stefani Thomas ( before Friday, May 18th if you will be attending the dinner.

Abstract: Sampling changes across multiple tissues in disease can inform of system wide biology for disease understanding and potential biomarker detection. In Alzheimer’s disease, peripheral tissues are recognized as having significant contributions to this brain disorder and in offering biomarkers of disease. Our laboratory is developing proteomics technology to understand these contributions using a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, in which brain, heart, and liver, amongst other tissues, can be evaluated. Specifically, we have developed a multiplexing assay termed, combined precursor isotopic labeling and isobaric tagging (cPILOT), to sample protein changes across genotype, multiple tissues, and biological replicates in a single experiment. While there are inherent tradeoffs with a dual labeling approach, the benefits gained in cost and time savings and comprehensive quantitative information are extremely valuable for this platform. This presentation will discuss cPILOT and considerations for the utility of cPILOT in enabling studies of Alzheimer’s disease.

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University of Maryland Multi-Omics Seminar

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