Call for papers: themed issue dedicated to ion-mobility mass spectrometry

You are invited to contribute to the upcoming Analyst themed issue showcasing the latest discoveries and developments in ion-mobility mass spectrometry.

For your article to be considered for the IM-MS themed issue we must receive your manuscript by April 28th 2015.

Guest Edited by Professor Perdita Barran, The University of Manchester and Professor Brandon Ruotolo, University of Michigan, this upcoming themed issue will showcase the latest technology, method and application-based science among the top researchers working in both academia and industry.

Unconfined by traditional discipline boundaries the issue will highlight key advances in ion mobility-mass spectrometry-themed science in the areas of: chemical threat detection, new instrumentation, gas-phase ion mobility analysis/ theory, biomolecular structure, complex mixture analysis, proteomics, bioinformatics, supramolecular chemistry, polymer analysis, new ionization sources, and drug discovery/development.

Communications, full papers and review articles are welcomed, if you are interested in submitting a paper for the IMMS themed issue please contact us to let us know

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SPEC 2014

The International conference, SPEC 2014: Shedding New Light on Disease, was held on the 17th – 22nd August in Krakow, Poland. The conference was Co-chaired by Prof. Malgorzata Baranska, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Prof. Hugh J. Byrne, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, and Prof. Anna Sulkowska, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.

The event was the 8th in the series of biennial conferences, the aim of which is to bring together clinicians and scientists who have joined forces in the quest for novel biomedical applications of Infrared and Raman spectroscopy to improve patient care. Recent advances in the biological sciences and medicine have led to an increasing demand for real time and minimally invasive chemical and structural informa¬tion on biological materials. Due to its unique fingerprinting capability, vibrational spectroscopy plays a significant role in histopathology, cytology, biopsy targeting, surgical targets, treatment monitoring and drug studies.

The conference aimed to highlight further advances in state of the art and emerging biomedical applications of Vibrational Spectroscopy framed under the themes of:

Translational research into in vivo clinical applications

Ex vivo tissue biopsies, body fluids and cytological samples for diagnostics and disease studies

In vitro cell culture and 3D models for Research and Medical applications

while reviewing the challenges in the context of other emerging technologies. The programme was constructed in an attempt to prioritise real world applications from the outset, systematically progressing from research towards in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro applications, as well as emerging technologies and data processing, and featured Plenary, Invited and Contributed presentations in each session. The Flash Presentation session provided an opportunity for Early Stage Researchers to orally summarise their poster presentations to the audience in a one minute pitch on the Monday evening (18th), in advance of the formal poster session, on the Tuesday (19th). The Renishaw prize for Best Flash presentation was awarded to Helena Ukkonen, for her presentation entitled “FTIR Imaging Identifies the Changes in the Tumor Microenvironment Caused by Different Cancer Cells”.

Prof. Hugh J. Byrne presents the Analyst prize for best poster presentation to Niels Kröger, Heidelberg University, Germany

Niels Kröger, Heidelberg University, Germany, was awarded the Analyst Poster Prize for his presentation on “Rapid Hyperspectral Imaging of Biological Tissue Using Quantum Cascade Lasers”, while best poster prizes were also awarded to Elisa Barroso and Roeland Smits, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, for the presentation “High-Wavenumber Raman Spectroscopy to Discriminate Squamous Cell Carcinoma From Healthy Tissue Based on Water Content” sponsored by WITec, and Mohamed Abu Ayoobul Ansary, Jagiellonian University, Poland, for the presentation “Optimization of conjugation of Au/Ag-core/shell nanoparticles with antibodies for SERS studies on endothelial cells” sponsored by Bruker.

A feature of the conference was the daily discussion sessions which were aimed at a critical assessment of the routes towards the further development of clinical applications, under the heading “Quo Vadis? Spectropathology for the next generation” and were moderated by members of the SPEC International Advisory Board. The discussions, based around the three themes above, were loosely based on the agreed framework of:

(i)       What are the most achievable, strategic target applications
(ii)      What are the technical challenges, and how can they be addressed
(iii)     What are the challenges to implementation (legislative, clinical trials etc.), and how can they be addressed

The deliberations of the discussion groups will contribute to a “Roadmap” paper in the special edition of international peer reviewed journal, Analyst, co-authored by the IAB moderators. The discussion sessions also enabled outline presentations of the UK EPSRC CLIRSPEC (Clinical Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy for Medical Diagnosis) and the EU COST network Raman4clinics (European Network on Raman-based applications for clinical diagnostics) and their respective workprogrammes to promote and progress the translation of vibrational spectroscopic technologies into the clinical environment.

Prof. Peter Gardner (Uni. Of Manchester), addresses the Gala Dinner on behalf of the SPEC International Advisory Board, outlining proposals for the establishment of the International Clinical Spectroscopy Society.

The programme and discussions clearly demonstrated that there has been much progress in the understanding of the complexity of spectroscopic characterisation of biological materials, and data preprocessing and postprocessing methods can be applied with confidence to give true biochemical representations of tissue, cells and bodily fluids. Spectroscopic techniques remain a powerful tool for basic research and may find applications in vitro for toxicology and drug screening. Emerging technologies continue to push the performances in terms of acquisition speed, spatial resolution and multimodality. In terms of translation to a clinical environment, there remains a lack of standardisation of measurement and data analysis protocols ex vivo, while cost implications need also to be considered. The increased development of fibre probes shows great promise for in vivo intra-operative applications. However, the need to engage the medical community remains an imperative.

A significant outcome of the satellite meeting of the SPEC IAB was the agreement in principle to the establishment of an International Clinical Spectroscopy Society, as a not-for profit Private Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status. The Society will primarily promote the translational of spectroscopy into the clinical environment to improve patient diagnosis and prognosis. The SPEC Conference Series will be the primary vehicle of the Society towards this goal. The IAB also accepted the proposal that the next in the series, SPEC 2016, will be held in Montreal, Canada.

The conference attracted 282 participants from 32 countries around the globe. The programme included 62 oral and 191 poster contributions. It was sponsored by a number of commercial enterprises and other organisations, including: Witec, Renishaw, Agilent Technologies, Bruker, NT-MDT, Art Photonics, Thermo-Scientific, Comef, Horiba Scientific, Bio-Tools, Photon Etc., London Spectroscopy, Analyst, CLIRSPEC, PAN, PAU, ABE, KNOW im. Smoluchowskiego, LOT Quantum Design.

The conference was held against the backdrop of the 650th anniversary celebrations of the Jagiellonian University, and enjoyed honorary patronage of the Jagiellonian University, the Mayor of the City of Krakow, the Malopolska Voivodeship and the Marshal of the Małopolska Voivodeship.

And remember, attendees of the SPEC 2014 conference are all invited to submit to the upcoming themed issue in Analyst: deadline 17th October, 2014
Contact us here for more information

Take a look at our previous SPEC themed issue; Optical Diagnosis

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4th Symposium on Structural Proteomics 2014

The Symposium on Structural Proteomics will take place this year
Antwerp, Belgium
November 27th-28th 2014

This meeting started off in Canada in 2011 on a small scale, but has already grown into a major forum for scientists working at the nexus of native MS, HDX, crosslinking and computational methods.

We invite you to attend and contribute to this meeting, and are keen to cover the spectrum of emerging methods in this dynamic field.

Please note that places are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We tried to keep the registration costs as low as possible, but hope to have a great time scientifically and socially, if last year’s meeting is anything to go by…!” Registration closes Nov 1st, 2014

Elzenveld Conference Centre

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The Chemical Analysis Metadata Platform

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The ChAMP project is focused on making it easy for the community to identify the important aspects of methods of chemical analysis. The project will develop a set of fields (metadata) that can be used to characterize methods such that groups and individuals in the area of chemical analysis can build standards applicable for their needs. In this way, we hope ChAMP will accelerate the semantic annotation and linking of analytical method data while making the underlying metadata uniform across applications.

This project needs lots of input from the community so it can truly cover all potential use cases, so we encourage you to get involved. Follow the progress of this project on the ChAMP website (http://champ-project.org) and tell us what you think/need for your application.

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Urine test could catch lung cancer early

Graphical Abstract

Lung cancer could be identified earlier, thanks to a new test that uses surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to detect a cancer biomarker in urine

Detecting lung cancer is difficult as it is hidden in the body, and current clinical methods are not effective at an early stage; the one-year survival rate after diagnosis in the UK is just 29–33%. Acetyl amantadine (AcAm) is recognised as an exogeneous cancer biomarker because it is the product of a metabolic process known to be significantly up-regulated in cancerous cells. After ingestion, the antiparkinson and antiviral drug amantadine is acetylated in the body by the enzyme spermidine/spermine N1 acetyltransferase to give AcAm, which can be detected in patient urine. However, techniques previously used to quantify AcAm in urine, such as liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), are undesirable for clinical adoption due to high costs and long run times.

Interested to know more? Read the full article in Chemistry World here…

Quantification of an exogenous cancer biomarker in urinalysis by Raman Spectroscopy
Guangyi Cao, Ghazal Hajisalem, Wei Li, Fraser Hof and Reuven Gordon
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01309C

Do you fancy submitting an article to Analyst? Why not submit to us here today or alternatively email us with your suggestions!

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Top ten most accessed Analyst articles from April to June 2014

During the months April – June 2014, the most downloaded Analyst articles were:

Single molecule sensing by nanopores and nanopore devices
Li-Qun Gu and Ji Wook Shim  
Analyst, 2010, 135, 441-451
DOI: 10.1039/B907735A

A bioelectronic sensor based on canine olfactory nanovesicle–carbon nanotube hybrid structures for the fast assessment of food quality
Juhun Park, Jong Hyun Lim, Hye Jun Jin, Seon Namgung, Sang Hun Lee, Tai Hyun Park and Seunghun Hong
Analyst, 2012, 137, 3249-3254
DOI: 10.1039/C2AN16274A

Measurement of biomarker proteins for point-of-care early detection and monitoring of cancer
James F. Rusling, Challa V. Kumar, J. Silvio Gutkind and Vyomesh Patel
Analyst, 2010, 135, 2496-2511
DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00204F 

Upconversion nanoparticles in biological labeling, imaging, and therapy 
Feng Wang, Debapriya Banerjee, Yongsheng Liu, Xueyuan Chen and Xiaogang Liu 
Analyst, 2010, 135, 1839-1854 
DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00144A 

Recent advances in sample preparation techniques to overcome difficulties encountered during quantitative analysis of small molecules from biofluids using LC-MS/MS 
Caroline Bylda, Roland Thiele, Uwe Kobold and Dietrich A. Volmer    
Analyst, 2014, 139, 2265-2276 
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00094C 

Aptamer-based biosensors for biomedical diagnostics
Wenhu Zhou, Po-Jung Jimmy Huang, Jinsong Ding and Juewen Liu    
Analyst, 2014, 139, 2627-2640
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00132J 

Illuminating disease and enlightening biomedicine: Raman spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool 
David I. Ellis, David P. Cowcher, Lorna Ashton, Steve O’Hagan and Royston Goodacre    
Analyst, 2013, 138, 3871-3884 
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN00698K 

Recent advances in electrochemical sensing for hydrogen peroxide: a review 
Wei Chen, Shu Cai, Qiong-Qiong Ren, Wei Wen and Yuan-Di Zhao    
Analyst, 2012, 137, 49-58 
DOI: 10.1039/C1AN15738H 

Simultaneous targeted analysis of five active compounds in licorice by ultra-fast liquid chromatography coupled to hybrid linear-ion trap tandem mass spectrometry 
Weijun Kong, Jing Wen, Yinhui Yang, Feng Qiu, Ping Sheng and Meihua Yang    
Analyst, 2014, 139, 1883-1894 
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN02209A 

Quantum dots in diagnostics and detection: principles and paradigms
R. Pisanic II, Y. Zhang and T. H. Wang    
Analyst,2014, 139, 2968-2981 
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00294F 

If you have any comments or thoughts on any of these articles, we welcome you to write these in the comment box below.

Do you fancy submitting an article to Analyst? Why not submit to us here today or alternatively email us with your suggestions!

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Call for Applications: Visiting Researchers Programme to Visit China in 2015

The Royal Society of Chemistry will award up to £1500 to fund researchers from the UK to visit Chinese Universities

An image of a map of China

Image courtesy of © iStock

The State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) is a division of the Chinese Government with which RSC has a cooperation agreement. Under this agreement the RSC and SAFEA will jointly fund researchers from the UK to visit Chinese Universities. The purpose of the visits are to stimulate collaboration between UK and Chinese institutions. They will allow the visitor to contribute their experience towards the development of excellent emerging science and build links with the Chinese Chemistry community.

In addition, the visitor will advise Chinese research groups on all aspects of presenting their research to an international audience. The programme will strengthen links between the UK and Chinese Science and between the RSC and our partners in China.

We would be very grateful if you could please send us the following information as part of your application:

Detailed CV containing your career progress

A letter detailing your objectives and what you hope to achieve in China

Current research interests, especially areas where you wish to collaborate

List of current collaborators in China (If any)

List of your current and past publications

Preferred dates to travel to China

Applications are open until the 31st October 2014 for RSC members based in the UK and Ireland. Visits usually last up to a week. The Royal Society of Chemistry covers up to £1500 for international flights, and visa and local costs are usually covered by the local Chinese host universities. Prior collaboration in China is not necessary because SAFEA and the RSC will work together to find appropriate Chinese University hosts.

Please email to register your interest in participating in the programme.

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Printed sensors kick up a stink

Written by Harriet Brewerton for Chemistry World

Methyl mercaptan is easily detectable by the human nose © Shutterstock

Scientists in Canada have used an inkjet-printer to create sensors that give off a smell when a target biomolecule is present.

Visual outputs, such as fluorescence and colour changes, are what indicate a positive reading in most sensors. Carlos Filipe and his team at McMaster University, however, have come up with a sensor where the output comes in the form of a smell. ‘People use the sense of smell in their everyday-lives but this fact has been largely under-explored for analytical purposes. A very convenient aspect of using smell is that a person or user does not have to be constantly looking at a read-out or a display to get a signal, the signal will come to the user.’

Read the full article in Chemistry World»


Read the original journal article in Analyst – it’s free to access until 3rd October:

An inkjet-printed bioactive paper sensor that reports ATP through odour generation
Zhuyuan Zhang, Jingyun Wang, Robin Ng, Yingfu Li, Zaisheng Wu, Vincent Leung, Spencer Imbrogno, Robert Pelton, John D. Brennan and Carlos D. M. Filipe  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01113A, Communication

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HOT articles in Analyst!

Take a look at our recent HOT Analyst articles, these are now free to access for the next few weeks!

A label-free activatable aptamer probe for colorimetric detection of cancer cells based on binding-triggered in situ catalysis of split DNAzyme
Hui Shi, Duo Li, Fengzhou Xu, Xiaoxiao He, Kemin Wang, Xiaosheng Ye, Jinlu Tang and Chunmei He  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4181-4184
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00561A, Communication

A three-dimensional interpenetrating electrode of reduced graphene oxide for selective detection of dopamine
Xiaowen Yu, Kaixuan Sheng and Gaoquan Shi  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4525-4531
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00604F, Paper

Fine structural features of nanoscale zero-valent iron characterized by spherical aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (Cs-STEM)
Airong Liu and Wei-xian Zhang  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4512-4518
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00679H, Paper

On-chip monitoring of skeletal myoblast transplantation for the treatment of hypoxia-induced myocardial injury
Juan He, Chao Ma, Wenming Liu and Jinyi Wang  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4482-4490
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00697F, Paper

Global in vivo terminal amino acid labeling for exploring differential expressed proteins induced by dialyzed serum cultivation
Li-Qi Xie, Ai-Ying Nie, Shu-Jun Yang, Chao Zhao, Lei Zhang, Peng-Yuan Yang and Hao-Jie Lu  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4497-4504
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00728J, Paper

A novel variable selection approach that iteratively optimizes variable space using weighted binary matrix sampling
Bai-chuan Deng, Yong-huan Yun, Yi-zeng Liang and Lun-zhao Yi  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00730A, Paper

Using electron paramagnetic resonance to map N@C60 during high throughput processing
Simon R. Plant and Kyriakos Porfyrakis  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4519-4524
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00734D, Paper

Affinity-based precipitation via a bivalent peptidic hapten for the purification of monoclonal antibodies
Michael W. Handlogten, Jared F. Stefanick, Peter E. Deak and Basar Bilgicer  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4247-4255
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00780H, Paper

Real-time detection of metal ions using conjugated polymer composite papers
Ji Eun Lee, Hyeon Woo Shim, Oh Seok Kwon, Yang-Il Huh and Hyeonseok Yoon  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4466-4475
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00804A, Paper

Identification and discrimination of binding sites of an organoruthenium anticancer complex to single-stranded oligonucleotides by mass spectrometry
Suyan Liu, Kui Wu, Wei Zheng, Yao Zhao, Qun Luo, Shaoxiang Xiong and Fuyi Wang  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4491-4496
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00807C, Paper

Simultaneous analysis of nanoparticles and small molecules by high-performance liquid chromatography using a silica monolithic column
Naoki Itoh, Akira Sano, Tomofumi Santa and Masaru Kato  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4453-4457
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00819G, Communication

Parameters affecting ion intensities in transmission-mode direct analysis in real-time mass spectrometry
Lindsay P. Harding, Gareth M. B. Parkes and James D. Townend  
Analyst, 2014,139, 4176-4180
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00859F, Communication

Simultaneous multiplexed quantification of nicotine and its metabolites using surface enhanced Raman scattering
Omar Alharbi, Yun Xu and Royston Goodacre  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00879K, Paper

A graphene oxide-based enzyme-free signal amplification platform for homogeneous DNA detection
Zhen Zhang, Yufei Liu, Xinghu Ji, Xia Xiang and Zhike He  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00933A, Paper

A spatiotemporally defined in vitro microenvironment for controllable signal delivery and drug screening
Ching-Te Kuo, Hao-Kai Liu, Guan-Syuan Huang, Chi-Hao Chang, Chen-Lin Chen, Ken-Chao Chen, Ruby Yun-Ju Huang, Ching-Hung Lin, Hsinyu Lee, Chiun-Sheng Huang and Andrew M. Wo  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00936C, Paper

Detection of strep throat causing bacterium directly from medical swabs by touch spray-mass spectrometry
Alan K. Jarmusch, Valentina Pirro, Kevin S. Kerian and R. Graham Cooks  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00959B, Communication

A rapid method to estimate the concentration of citrate capped silver nanoparticles from UV-visible light spectra
D. Paramelle, A. Sadovoy, S. Gorelik, P. Free, J. Hobley and D. G. Fernig  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00978A, Paper

Diagnosing malaria infected cells at the single cell level using focal plane array Fourier transform infrared imaging spectroscopy
Bayden R. Wood, Keith. R. Bambery, Matthew W. A. Dixon, Leann Tilley, Michael J. Nasse, Eric Mattson and Carol J. Hirschmugl  
Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00989D, Communication

A napthelene–pyrazol conjugate: Al(III) ion-selective blue shifting chemosensor applicable as biomarker in aqueous solution
Manjira Mukherjee, Siddhartha Pal, Somenath Lohar, Buddhadeb Sen, Supriti Sen, Samya Banerjee, Snehasis Banerjee and Pabitra Chattopadhyay  
 Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01039F, Paper

Microfluidic device with tunable post arrays and integrated electrodes for studying cellular release
Asmira Selimovic, Jayda L. Erkal, Dana M. Spence and R. Scott Martin  
 Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01062K, Paper

High efficiency tandem mass spectrometry analysis using dual linear ion traps
Linfan Li, Xiaoyu Zhou, James W. Hager and Zheng Ouyang  
 Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01070A, Communication

Detection of counterfeit electronic components through ambient mass spectrometry and chemometrics
Kevin P. Pfeuffer, Jack Caldwell, Jake T. Shelley, Steven J. Ray and Gary M. Hieftje  
 Analyst, 2014,139, 4505-4511
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01071J, Paper

Hydroxylated near-infrared BODIPY fluorophores as intracellular pH sensors
Mohamed M. Salim, Eric A. Owens, Tielong Gao, Jeong Heon Lee, Hoon Hyun, Hak Soo Choi and Maged Henary  
 Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01104J, Paper

An inkjet-printed bioactive paper sensor that reports ATP through odour generation
Zhuyuan Zhang, Jingyun Wang, Robin Ng, Yingfu Li, Zaisheng Wu, Vincent Leung, Spencer Imbrogno, Robert Pelton, John D. Brennan and Carlos D. M. Filipe  
 Analyst, 2014, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01113A, Communication

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Call for papers: themed issue dedicated to sensing using biological and synthetic nanopores and nanopipettes.

biological and synthetic nanopores and nanopipettes

You are invited to contribute to the upcoming Analyst themed issue showcasing fundamental discoveries, progress and developments in sensing using biological and synthetic nanopores and nanopipettes.

For your article to be considered for the themed issue we must receive your manuscript by December 1st 2014.

Guest Edited by Dr Joshua Edel and Professor Sang-Hyun Oh, this upcoming themed issue will highlight the significant progress in developments related to single molecule biosensing using nanopores and nanopipettes. The issue will feature review articles, original research papers and communications across the breadth of the subject area.

If you would like to contribute a review article or original research paper to the biological and synthetic nanopores and nanopipettes themed issue, please contact us.

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