Microfluidics Congress 2016

Global Engage’s 2nd Microfluidics Congress is due to take place on 20th and 21st October 2016 in London, UK.

For more information about the conference, please visit their website and see here to register.

‘Attracting experts working in all areas of microfluidics, the conference will examine the latest developments in the technologies and techniques being used for progressing medical research, as well as the challenges and future of microfluidics. Should you be an expert in developing microfluidics technologies, or a scientist using microfluidics to further medical research, the conference will be an excellent opportunity to learn, share, discuss and engage with the most current microfluidics research and technology.’

Topics to be discussed at the conference are as follows:

•Point-of-care diagnostics
•Organ-on-a-chip
•Paper-based microfluidics
•Isolation and analysis for CTCs
•Tissue engineering
•Microfabrication

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Congratulations to the ICORS poster prize winners!

Congratulations to our Analyst Poster Prize winners at the recent ICORS conference in Fortaleza, Brazil. This international conference brings together experts from different fields to discuss the frontiers of Raman spectroscopy. The conference aims provide an environment for in-depth scientific discussions of Raman-based techniques, as well as for scientific exchange that ideally will seed new collaborations.

The winners were as follows:

Ziyi Cheng from Hanyang University, Republic of South Korea, with their poster SERS-based wash-free immunoassay of prostate specific antigen using microdroplet sensor.

Faris Sinjab from University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with their poster AFM-Raman of single cells: decoupling biomolecule concentration from sampling volume for quantitative Raman measurements.

Katarzyna M. Marzec from Jagiellonian University, Poland, with their poster Imaging of the biomarkers of atherosclerotic alternations in murine brain – IR and Raman studies.

Well done to our three winners!

Left to right, Ziyi Cheng, Katarzyna M. Marzec, Faris Sinjab

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What we do in the shadows…

Written by Professor Boris Mizaikoff (University of Ulm, Germany), Associate Editor of Analyst and passionate trail runner

What goes up, must come down...

We are all passionate scientists, but we all have a “dark” side. I know for example that Professor Pat Unwin at Warwick University is an accomplished musician, likewise, Professor Dermot Diamond at Dublin City University. And myself? I run. I run trail races. I run ultra trail races.

What’s the meaning of “ultra”? Well, anything beyond a marathon: 45k… 50k… 70k… 100k… 160k… and beyond! I just ran across the beautiful island of Corsica – 5 days, a whopping 185k, 12,000m of altitude up and all the way down again. Tough? Yes… but doable! Admittedly, you go through 10 “runners highs” and 25+ “runners lows”. But in the end – doable! And after that adventure, I asked myself, how different are profession and passion actually? Maybe we should explore this a little further…

Let’s consider an example – writing an EU proposal or an ERC grant? Tough? Yes… but doable! And honestly, there are at least 10 “proposal highs” and 25+ “proposal lows” you go through. So, how different are profession and passion? Let’s see by comparing writing a major proposal versus preparing for an ultra trail race!

1. It’s all about preparation - A clear “yes” for both!

2. You need to focusTrue, relevant in both cases!

3. Preliminary results are important -  It’s all about knowing what you are up to… tick the box for both!

4. Step outside your comfort zone -  No new achievements without breaking new ground. Ticked!

5. Physical and mental fitness -  A prerequisite, right?

6. You never know whether you will be successful, unless you try -  Guess we agree! Ticked!

7. If you fail, try again, fail better -  Ticked for both!

8. Never give up -  Who would ever do that?

After all, not so different right? Seems there is a lot of analogy between preparing a proposal and preparing for an ultra trail race! Whether you are a musician, an ultra trail runner, a scientist or an interdisciplinary combination, if you do it with passion, it may be tough, but it is doable!


See you on the next (ultra) trail! And don’t forget 9. Any step is a step closer to the finish line ;-) Cheers, Boris



More stories on Europe’s toughest trek: Corsica GR20 can be found here


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Themed issue dedicated to surface-enhanced Raman scattering now published

The new themed issue for Analyst dedicated to showcasing the latest high impact research in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is now published.

SERS has become a mature vibrational spectroscopic technique in the chemical, material, and life sciences. This themed issue, Guest Edited by Professors Duncan Graham, Bin Ren and Richard Van Duyne, highlights the recent discoveries and advances in the field of SERS.

Read their introductory editorial here.

There is also a special editorial by Pat Hendra describing the history behind the discovery of SERS. You can read the full issue here- Enjoy!

Make sure you also check out out the Chemistry World article on a paper published in this themed issue by Colin Campbell et al. on SERS nanoprobes to guide cancer radiotherapy dosing.

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ASASS 2

ASASS (ACROSS International Symposium on Advances in Separation Science) is an International Symposium dedicated to showcasing the latest and greatest achievements in the field of separation science and related techniques, bringing together the leading scientists and practitioners within Australia, with invited international experts of world renown.

ASASS will be taking place from November 30 to December 2 in Hobart, Tasmania.

To find out more details about ASASS 2016, please click here. You can also see here for registration information.

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Congratulations to the SPEC 2016 poster prize winner

Congratulations to our Analyst Poster Prize winner at the recent SPEC meeting in Montreal, Canada.  This international conference series brings together clinicians and scientists who are developing and improving innovative pre-clinical and clinical applications of vibrational spectroscopy that can lead to health care delivery improvements.

The winner was Anna Balbekova of the Technische University Wien with her poster Multimodal (FTIR and LA-ICP-MS) Imaging of a Tumor Treated With Sunitinib and Cisplatin.

Well done Anna!

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Editorial Board member Boris Mizaikoff wins RSC Emerging Technologies Competition prize

Congratulations to Editorial Board member Boris Mizaikoff and researchers at Ulm University for winning a second prize in the RSC Emerging Technologies Competition 2016.

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual innovation initiative, turning promising ideas into commercial reality. Now in its fourth year, the competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society.

Entrants were required to pitch their ideas to a panel of expert judges, in front of a live audience, at Chemistry Means Business on 15 June 2016.

Professor Mizaikoff and researchers at Ulm University, were awarded second prize in the Health & Wellbeing category for their advanced infrared breath diagnostic devices.

Ulm University is using substrate-integrated hollow waveguides to facilitate the development of label-free miniaturised breath diagnostic devices, based on mid-infrared sensing technology. This allows quantitative determination of volatile organic biomarkers in exhaled breath within minute sample volumes, with high time resolution, and with inherent molecular selectivity at trace levels.”

You can read more about the winners of the competition here and also register your interest for next years competition.

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SciX 2016


SciX is due to take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, MN between September 18 – 23 2016.

‘Leading researchers will convene to present their cutting edge developments in analytical sciences, instrumentation and unique applications.  The meeting hosts a world class exhibition, presentations from leading scientists, educational courses, and many networking opportunities.’

The conference will include bonus sessions devoted to: Nanotechnology, Surface Science, Women & Diversity in Chemical Sciences, Chemistry in Art & Archaeology and Easing World Poverty.

For more information about the conference and to register your interest please see the website here.

Executive Editor, Philippa Hughes, will be attending the conference to answer any questions you have about Analyst, Analytical Methods and JAAS. So pop by booth 108 for a chat.

Please do join us at the joint RSC/ACS symposia and the RSC Awards Symposium sessions at the conference. More details on topics and speakers to follow…

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Nanoprobes to guide cancer radiotherapy dosing

Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) can help optimise radiotherapy treatment regimes for prostate cancer, UK scientists have shown.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide in men, and the fourth most common cancer overall. It is usually treated with radiotherapy, and doctors would like to tailor doses for individual patients. This would help maximise tumour cell destruction, while minimising damage to normal tissue.

To read the full article by Sarah Rogers, please visit Chemistry World.

Measuring the effects of fractionated radiation therapy in a 3D prostate cancer model system using SERS nanosensors

Victoria L. Camus, Grant Stewart, William H. Nailon, Duncan B. McLarend and Colin J. Campbell
Analyst, 2016
DOI:  10.1039/C6AN01032F



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4th Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry BMSS SIG Meeting

The 4th Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry BMSS SIG meeting (IMMS 2016) will be held at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology at Birbeck College London on the 4th July 2016.

Following on from the successful events of the last 3 years, this IM-MS SIG meeting will showcase recent advances in, and applications of, IM-MS research.

Prof. Edwin De Pauw will deliver the plenary lecture.

Registration closes on Friday 1st July – Register now!

For more information please visit the IMMS website here.

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