A Forum for Metallomics

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 3rd Forum on Metallomics in Japan, which was held at Showa Pharmacuetical University, Machida, Tokyo, Japan. This was a two day Symposium held from 30-31st August, providing the opportunity for young, up-and-coming scientists working in the area of metallomics to present and share their research, through both oral and poster presentations.

Showa Pharmaceutical University

Showa Pharmaceutical University

The themes of the Forum were well chosen, with the first day highlighting one of the important application areas for this field, Metallomics and Environmental Toxicology, with the second day looking at the more fundamental techniques used and the interface between Analytical Chemistry and Metallomics.

I’m delighted to say that Metallomics had the opportunity to recognise the emerging young researchers in this area, with two awards presented to the best Young Scientists presenting their work during the Forum. These were awarded to Dr Yasunari Kanda from the National Institute of Health Sciences, Japan and Dr Shin-ichiro Fujii from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

From left: Professor Yasumitsu Ogra (Chairman), Dr Yasunari Kanda, Dr Shinichiro Fujii and Dr May Copsey (Editor, Metallomics)

Metabolomics approach for tributyltin toxcity – Yasunari Kanda

Trace elemental analysis of single yeast cells by time-resolved ICP-MS using the HECIS – Shinichiro Fujii

I’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to them both, and I hope that you will have the opportunity to read their research yourself in Metallomics very soon. We would also like to sincerely thank the Chairman of the Forum, Professor Yasumitsu Ogra for all his help with organisation of these awards and inviting us to be part of the Forum. We look forward to supporting the 4th Metallomics Forum in two years time at Musashino University.

In spring 2013, we will be publishing a themed issue inviting articles from this Metallomics Forum, highlighting the range and quality of the metallomics research which is being conducted in Japan. This will be the second in this series of issues, Metallomics in Japan, following the issue that we published from the 2010 meeting. Please find the articles here from that issue.

The field of metallomics has traditionally been strong in Japan, largely thanks to the pioneering work of Professor Hiroki Haraguchi, who was one of the first researchers to propose metallomics as a new emerging area of research. This has led to an expanding number of exciting youg researchers working in this field. Read an Editorial from Wolfgang Maret, the Chair of the Metallomics Editorial Board, on the development of the field of metallomics and how we envisage the journal will be able to support the community as this develops in the future.

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