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Cancer themed issues across the Royal Society of Chemistry

Cancer themed issues across the Royal Society of Chemistry publications portfolio

Cancer remains a devastating disease with 580,350 deaths and 1.66 million new cases reported in the US alone in 2013. With 7.5 million deaths worldwide, cancer is the number 1 killer globally. Although 5-year survival rates have risen from 50% in 1975-77 to 68% in 2003-2008, major challenges remain toward further improving survival rates. The keys to realizing increased 5-year survival rates depend on significant improvements in early detection strategies as well as personalized treatment selection and effectively monitoring for disease recurrence. All of these focus areas can be enhanced through the development of new technological tools.

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Thus, the following themed issues will serve as a timely dissemination of new technologies that hold promise for the management of a variety of cancer-related diseases.

ANALYST: Innovative tools for cancer screening, detection and diagnostics
Guest Editors Steve Soper, University of North Carolina, USA. Avraham Rasooly National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA. Will be published as issue 1 2016, with the whole issue permanently free to access.
This themed issue will be devoted to new technologies focused on the management of cancer-related diseases and will cover a broad spectrum of new innovations including optical sensors (SERS, fluorescence, plasmon resonance, etc.), drug delivery vehicles, affinity agents, imaging contrast agents, microfluidics/nanofluidics and cell-based assays to name a few.

BIOMATERIALS SCIENCE: Polymeric biomaterials for cancer nanotechnology
Published in July 2015. Guest Editors: Jianjun Cheng, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and Suzie Pun, University of Washington, USA. The themed issue can be viewed here.

INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY: Stems cells and cancer
Guest Editors Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff and Pamela Cowin, New York University Langone School of Medicine. To be published in summer, 2016, articles will be temporarily free to access for duration of promotion period.
The precise focus of this issue is to be confirmed, but it will be restricted to invited authors only.

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NANOSCALE: Nanoscale approaches for cancer diagnosis and treatment
Guest Editors: Zhuang Liu, Soochow University and Samuel Achilefu, Washington University in St. Louis. This themed issue will be published in 2016 and articles will be temporarily free to access for the duration of the promotion period. Articles will showcase recent developments in nanoscience and nanotechnology for cancer research, from diagnosis, to imaging and treatment. The themed issue is for invited authors only.

POLYMER CHEMISTRY: Polymeric materials for anti-cancer drug delivery
Coordinated by the Editorial Office, articles in this subject area will be organised together to form a web-only collection. These articles will be temporarily free to access for the duration of the promotion period.

MEDCHEMCOMM: Small molecules in Cancer Immunotherapy
Planning is in the early stages, with articles likely to come through in summer/autumn 2016.

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Submissions due for Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship- Sept 1st, 2015

How to submit your essay
To be considered for the lectureship candidates must send to the Editorial Office:

• A copy of your CV
• A list of published papers
• An original essay of no more than 1000 words highlighting how advances in analytical science underpin developments in this year’s theme.

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2015

Submit your application for the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship

The Science
Analytical science is central to tackling the global challenges which face society and the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship has been developed to showcase the essential contribution of the analytical sciences in overcoming these challenges. Developments in areas such as climate change, energy, food, water and health are crucial for societies around the world to thrive. The science underpinning these advances cannot be achieved without the pioneering research being carried out by analytical scientists worldwide.

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The Lectureship
The Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship will be a platform for an early career analytical scientist to raise the profile of the analytical sciences to the wider scientific community and general public. The recipient will receive up to £2000 contribution towards travel and accommodation costs to attend and present a lecture based on their research at a leading international meeting to be decided by the Chair of the Analyst Editorial Board. The recipients essay will also be published as a Perspective article in the journal.

The Essay
To be considered for the Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship, candidates must submit an original essay of no more than 1000 words which calls attention to the significant and wide-reaching impact on scientific and societal issues related to this year’s theme in the analytical sciences.

The theme for the first lectureship is health. This broad topic will be open to all disciplines from across the analytical sciences and in line with the wider aims of the lectureship highlight how advances in analytical science underpin developments in issues of global concern. Essays must effectively and concisely convey the importance of analytical science in health related research, for example new innovations in optical sensors, imaging agents, microfluidic technologies, diagnostic tools, bioimaging techniques, affinity agents, body fluid, tissue and cell based assays and disease monitoring and management systems to name just a few. The emphasis of the essay will need to be on the importance of analytical science in relation to advances in any health related subject.

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Particulars and selection criteria

• To be eligible for the lectureship candidates must be at an early stage of their independent career. Typically this will be within 10 years of completing their PhD, but appropriate consideration will be given to those who have taken a career break or followed a different study path.
• The essay must be no more than 1000 words and succinctly express the importance of the fundamental developments in analytical science which relate to this year’s theme. The aim of the lectureship is to raise the profile and wider awareness of the analytical sciences, candidates should keep this in mind when writing their essay.
• The essays will be judged by the Analyst Editorial Board and the recipient will be selected based on the originality and quality of their essay. The recipients essay will be published as a Perspective article in Analyst; as such the work should not look out of place in the journal. Please see the website for more details on the usual scope and standards of Analyst as well as further details of the Editorial Board who will be selecting the lectureship winner www.rsc.org/analyst.

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EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium

EPIC logoEPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe.

Our members encompass the entire value chain from LED lighting, Photovoltaic solar energy, Photonics Integrated Circuits, Optical components, Lasers, Sensors, Imaging, Displays, Projectors, Optic fiber, and other photonic related technologies.

EPIC NETWORK
EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC is the industry association with the largest network and maintaints the European photonics database. EPIC manages several focused LinkedIn Groups, and exhibits at leading events.

EPIC MEMBERSHIP
EPIC puts its extensive network and experience to the benefit of its membership to support companies accelerate their growth and technological advancements, and reaching out to emerging photonics markets. To join EPIC, please follow the link.

EPIC ORGANIZATION
EPIC is owned and operated by its members. The annual budget is supported by membership fees ranging from 500 EUR – 6000 EUR, scaled to encourage participation of start-ups, SMEs, large companies, as well as research organizations and other stakeholders of the photonics ecosystem.

You can also find out about events related to the photonics research area, and those connected with the International Year of Light 2015.

Find information about Photonics West 2016, San Francisco, CA, USA, 13-18 February 2016.

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Analyst 2014 Impact Factor

We are delighted to announce the latest Impact Factor for Analyst has increased to 4.107 according to the 2014 Journal Citation Reports ®.

We would like to thank all of our authors, referees, Editorial and Advisory Board members for their contributions to the success of Analyst.

Submit your best work to Analyst today.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2014 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2015).

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Congratulations to Analyst award winners at CTAC-2015, Mumbai, India

Congratulations to S. Dasgupta and Neha Thakur who won oral presentation awards from Analyst at the recent Current Trends in Analytical Chemistry (CTAC-2015) meeting, held by the Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry of India (AEACI) in Mumbai, May 26-29. Each were given book vouchers to use in the Royal Society of Chemistry books catalogue.
•    First Prize:
S. Dasgupta, ACD, BARC, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata. Talk title: Compositional characterization of Cu-Cr-Zr alloy and Lithium Titanate by CPAA using proton beam from VEC accelerator.
•    Second prize:
Neha Thakur, ACD, BARC, Mumbai. Talk title: Development of an Optode Film for Instant Detection of Zinc (II) Ions in Aqueous Solutions

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Pittcon 2015 – Will you be there?

Pittcon 2015Will you be at the Pittcon conference on 8-12 March in New Orleans?

If so, we’d love to invite you to join us for coffee at RSC booth #4301 and help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of JAAS!

Browse our books and journals and find out why RSC Publishing is the best home for your research. And enjoy a 30% conference discount on all books on display (or 35% if you are an RSC member).

You could also win an iPad mini – simply sign up for one of our email alerts at booth #4301 to be in with a chance of winning.

The following Editorial staff will be attending Pittcon and would be pleased to meet you and answer your questions:

Rebecca Brodie Rebecca Brodie

Deputy Editor, Analyst, Analytical Methods, JAAS.

Janet Freshwater

Janet Freshwater

Senior Commissioning Editor, Books

We’re delighted to be presenting the Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science to Professor Eric Bakker at Pittcon. Join us for his award symposium on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:30 PM, Room 244.

Please feel free to get in touch with us before the conference to arrange a meeting.

We look forward to meeting you in New Orleans!

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Analyst Impact Factor announced: 3.906!

Analyst, 2014, Issue 1We are delighted to announce that our latest Impact Factor* is 3.906!

Analyst remains the home of premier fundamental discoveries, inventions and applications in the analytical and bioanalytical sciences. It publishes leading edge interdisciplinary research that presents a significant advance in fundamental theory or practice of the chemical, physical and biological sciences from an analytical perspective and remains in the top 3 general analytical journals publishing primary research.

The Editorial office thanks all of our Board members, authors, readers and reviewers for their continued support.

We invite you to submit your latest piece of high impact work with us here.

Click through to see how the other Royal Society of Chemistry journals did.

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2013 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2014).

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Analytical Sciences in Brazil – web themed issue

Analyst and Analytical Methods recently joined forces to produce a web themed issue on Analytical Sciences in Brazil, highlighting the growth of the field of analytical science in Brazil with the aim to provide a showcase for some of the best researchers in this area.

As an extra special feature of this issue, please read below the introductory Editorial from Guest Editors, Professor Ivo M. Raimundo Jr and Professor Boris Mizaikoff, translated into Portuguese.

Analytical Sciences in Brazil – Editorial

 The use of EEM fluorescence data and OPLS/UPLS-DA algorithm to discriminate between normal and cancer cell lines: a feasibility studyÉ uma honra apresentar este número temático virtual dos periódicos Analyst e Analytical Methods dedicado à Ciências Analíticas no Brasil. Esta iniciativa oportuna da Royal Society of Chemistry acontece em um período particularmente especial e importante para os pesquisadores brasileiros, visto que recentemente as agências de financiamento nacionais e estaduais têm feito esforços excepcionais objetivando uma melhora consistente na qualidade das pesquisas, desenvolvimentos e inovações desenvolvidas no Brasil, que são expressos de forma significativa nos programas “Institutos Nacionais de Ciência e Tecnologia” e “Ciência sem Fronteiras”. O programa “Institutos Nacionais de Ciência e Tecnologia” tem a finalidade de agregar grupos de pesquisa de todo o Brasil em Centros Virtuais para realizar pesquisas colaborativas nas fronteiras da ciência em áreas estratégicas nacionais, para dar suporte ao desenvolvimento sustentável do país e estimular a inovação em ciência. “Ciência sem Fronteiras” é um programa de mobilidade e intercâmbio internacional com o objetivo de expandir e consolidar ainda mais a ciência, tecnologia e inovação, encorajando e apoiando os processos de internacionalização das universidades e centros de pesquisa. Além disso, são criadas oportunidades para a implementação de projetos de colaboração de longa duração entre pesquisadores brasileiros e pesquisadores internacionais com elevada experiência, promovendo também o intercâmbio de estudantes de graduação e pós-graduação, além de pós-doutorandos, com instituições internacionais de alto nível. Enquanto estes programas certamente melhorarão a competitividade da pesquisa brasileira, é a ciência conduzida pelos pesquisadores envolvidos que darão vida a estes programas.
Trace analysis of pesticides and an assessment of their occurrence in surface and drinking waters from the State of São Paulo (Brazil)

O tópico deste número temático é extremamente significativo, uma vez que enfatiza a importância da química analítica em um cenário científico global. Por um bom período, a química analítica foi considerada uma área periférica da química e os químicos analíticos eram vistos apenas como provedores de dispositivos e métodos para análises qualitativas e quantitativas demandadas, por exemplo, pelas indústrias (controle de qualidade e de processos), laboratórios clínicos e monitoramento ambiental. Entretanto, durante as últimas décadas a “química analítica convencional” sofreu uma notável evolução, transformando-se em “ciências analíticas modernas”, que pode ser, não totalmente, mas em parte certamente atribuída aos avanços da microeletrônica, microfabricação, nanomateriais/nanotecnologia e quimiometria. Atualmente, as ciências analíticas modernas amadureceram, tornando-se uma disciplina de pesquisa altamente interdisciplinar, ágil e transformadora, abordando, por exemplo, de tecnologia analítica de processos à análise de uma única célula, de monitoramento ambiental à química verde, de diagnósticos clínicos/médicos ao sensoriamento (bio)químico e de análise de composição de materiais à quantificação de contaminantes em alimentos. Adicionalmente, além de determinar “o que” e “quanto” existe de um constituinte-alvo, a química analítica contemporânea adicionou os domínios espaciais, temporais e de especiação à estes parâmetros, isto é, “onde”, “quando” e “como” um analito está presente dentro de uma determinada matriz. Em outras palavras, a Química Analítica evoluiu para uma disciplina chave da química moderna, movendo-se de sua periferia para o seu núcleo central.

Qual a situação das Ciências Analíticas no Brasil? Esta foi a questão que fizemos quando foi lançada a ideia de um número especial neste tema. O Brasil está ainda focando em “química analítica” ou está contribuindo ativamente com desenvolvimentos inovadores em “ciências analíticas”? Enquanto esta questão pode ser certamente respondida sob diferentes aspectos e considerações, a resposta da comunidade de química analítica brasileira fala por si mesma: dois meses após a data limite para submissão de artigos para este número especial, 38 manuscritos haviam sido aceitos para publicação, os quais documentam de forma notável a relevância, a vitalidade e a inovação das ciências analíticas no Brasil. Mais importante e para particular satisfação dos Editores, em vez de regiões específicas – e provavelmente favorecidas financeiramente – dentro do Brasil, as contribuições têm sido submetidas de norte a sul e de leste a oeste do país. Por exemplo, enquanto as regiões ao norte e à oeste eram certamente consideradas “distantes” dos epicentros da ciência, isto mudou dramaticamente durante os últimos trinta anos, assim como a química analítica. De uns poucos Programas de Pós-Graduação em universidades no sul e sudeste, o cenário científico expandiu-se para proporcionar uma ampla multiplicidade, espalhada por todo o país. Este imenso esforço de pesquisadores de diferentes estados, que foram as sementes destes novos programas, hoje reflete na diversidade e força do ensino de química por todo o Brasil. Portanto, a resposta é claramente “sim”. O Brasil dedica-se e contribui para as ciências analíticas modernas, acima e além das contribuições publicadas neste número especial!
A novel architecture based upon multi-walled carbon nanotubes and ionic liquid to improve the electroanalytical detection of ciprofibrate

Finalmente, os Editores deste número temático – Prof. Ivo M. Raimundo Jr. (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brasil) e Prof. Boris Mizaikoff (Universidade de Ulm, Alemanha) – gostariam de agradecer profundamente May Copsey (Editora) e Rebecca Brodie (vice-editora) por tratar de todos os detalhes referentes à esta edição, a qual não seria possível sem suas generosas assistências. Além disso, gostariam também de agradecer o Instituto Nacional de Ciências e Tecnologias Analíticas Avançadas, que forneceu as bases para esta iniciativa. Por fim, mas não menos importante, gostariam de agradecer todos os pesquisadores brasileiros que contribuíram para este número, possibilitando que o Analyst e o Analytical Methods proporcionem aos seus leitores um sabor especial das Ciências Analíticas atualmente produzidas no Brasil!

To read some of the exciting research being performed in Brazil, please click through and check out the web themed issue.

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International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2014

International Mass Spectrometry Conference 2014The 20th International Mass Spectrometry Conference (IMSC) 2014 is fast approaching and this year will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug 24-29, 2014.

Run jointly by the Swiss Group for Mass Spectrometry (SGMS), the French Mass Spectrometry Society (SFSM), the Division of Mass Spectrometry of the Italian Chemical Society (DSM), and under the auspices of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF), the meeting returns to Europe in 2014, after Kyoto (2012) and before it goes overseas again, to Toronto (2016).

Travel grant deadline is soon!  30 July 2014 – so get your applications in

For more information see the website: http://www.imsc2014.ch/

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Chemistry and Art

Will there be blood? - by Caroline Grainger

2014 is the Royal Society of Chemistry year of Chemistry and Art! There have been a number of initiatives around this, and we are pleased to promote some recent work the Analyst and Analytical Methods has been involved in.

50 Shades of Green - by Paul Jackson

Founded by Yalda Javadi, Ionic Magazine aims to bridge the gap between science and art and is published as an online magazine four times a year. Javadi says ‘The two subject matters are often considered to be poles apart and from two very different worlds. Science is about truth, about following rules and laws that help answer fundamental rational questions, whereas art invokes emotional connections through expression, impressions, concepts and creations. Yet both create a sense of mystery, both are matched when it comes to skill, creativity, imagination and impact.’

She created Ionic Magazine as a way to visually express modern day scientific breakthroughs. The ultimate goal: a stunning and stimulating collaboration of two traditionally contrasting worlds.

Fishing for isinglass - by Angie Brown

In collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry, Issue 6 of Ionic Magazine has a selection of papers from the Molecular Analysis for Art, Archaeometry and Conservation themed collection. This collection of papers across Analyst and Analytical Methods highlighted cutting edge analytical research from academia, national laboratories and museums showing the most recent analytical breakthroughs in the field of cultural heritage. The articles described those techniques recently employed to study art and cultural objects at the molecular level, characterising their structure, properties and chemistry.

Why not take a look at the beautifual and fascinating collection of artwork inspired by this selection of research papers?

As Javadi asks -Right side or left side brain, which way do you swing?

A selection of these papers will be free to read until Aug 3rd.

You may also be interested to read the lates issue of Chemistry World, a special issue of Chemistry and Art.

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