2019 Fall Meeting @LUMC

The 2019 Fall Meeting was held on October 17th at the LUMC, with the exciting topic “Young Talents in Mass Spectrometry”. With more than 90 attendees, the symposium was a great success. For the first time, PhD students also had the opportunity to present a poster during the coffee/lunch breaks. More than 15 PhD students took this opportunity, which triggered many scientific discussions during the breaks, especially among young scientists.
The Keynote speaker Jos Oomens from the FELIX Laboratory at Radboud University opened the program with his talk entitled “Molecular identification in MS by Infrared Ion Spectroscopy”, which highlighted the power of infrared ion spectroscopy in compound identification. Emilie Usureau, Associate Scientist at DSM Biotechnology Center, then presented the application of flow injection analysis – ion mobility mass spectrometry to automated kinetic measurements of lipases. The morning session closed with Carlos Martin Alberca, who discussed the development of an ion chromatography – mass spectrometry method for the chemical profiling of fireworks.
During the lunch break, the participants had the chance to discover the new lab of the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics within the LUMC, which opened very recently.
Besides poster presentations, this Fall Meeting introduced a second novelty: a Tutorial talk, which this time focused on multivariate data analysis. The aim of these tutorials is to provide additional relevant scientific background to young scientists, given by an expert in the field. Jasper Engel from Wageningen University took on the challenge brilliantly, highlighting the most important aspects when dealing when MS-related big data. The two NVMS conference fund winners Bram Heijs (University of Münster and LUMC) and Darya Hadavi (M4I) had the chance to show their latest results using MS imaging and flow reactor coupled to ion mobility – mass spectrometry, respectively. The session closed with the last speaker, Kelly Stecker from Utrecht University, who showed how mass spectrometry-based proteomics can be used to probe the mechanisms of tumor sensitivity to T cell killing.
Last but not least, a borrel concluded a great day filled with excellent talks and multiple opportunities to network.
The NVMS Board would like to thank LUMC for hosting us and is looking forward to seeing you all during the next meeting, which will be held at the FELIX Laboratory in Nijmegen!