Thank you to the participants, helpers and sponsors of the APRS 2011.
The 9th Austrian Proteomic Research Symposium was jointly held at the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (CeMM) and the Medical University of Vienna (MUV) at the Center of Translational Research on 8 to 9 November 2011. The symposium this year had a special focus on clinical applications and was co-organised by Keiryn Bennett from CeMM, Goran Mitulovic, Klaus Kratochwill and Rudolf Oehler, all from the MUV.
The two day event consisted of e eight scientific sessions, two poster sessions and an industrial exhibition from fifteen sponsors. Topics of the symposium covered broad-ranging aspects of clinical proteomic applications such as: leukaemia, MALDI-MS imaging of joint implants, urinary proteomics, lipid-related diseases, Gaucher disease, in vitro fertilisation secretomics, drug resistance in melanoma cells, drug target profiling, cervico vaginal fluid, neovasculargenesis, characterisation of microorganism for the clinics, platelet proteomics and ageing and many more.
The international keynote speakers invited for the symposium were: Jarrod Marto (Dana Farber Cancer Center, Boston, USA), and Harald Mischak (University of Glasgow, Scotland). National keynote speakers were: Lukas Huber (Medical University of Innsbruck), Christian Huber (University of Salzburg), Ruth Birner-Grünberger (Medical University of Graz), Guenter Allmaier (Technical University of Vienna), Ingrid Miller (University of Veterinary Medicine) and Giulio Superti-Furga (CeMM).
A total of 182 people pre-registered for the two day event with 165 final participants at the conference. There were 154 partakers from Austria, several from Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom and others from Romania, Russia, Netherlands, France, Italy, Ireland, Swizerland and USA.
The event was made possible through the assistance of a number of volunteers from the research groups of the organizers and additional people from CeMM and MUV. In particular, the financial support and participation of the 15 sponsors was a major factor in the success of the event. A big thank you goes to: Waters, Dionex, Thermo Fisher Scientific, VWR / GE Healthcare, Decodon, Bio-Rad, Sigma-Aldrich, Shimadzu, Serva, Bruker, Agilent Technologies, AB Sciex, Euriso-top and Nonlinear Dynamics .
In addition to a highly-successful meeting, the new incoming Austrian Proteomic Association (AuPA) board were elected. Karl Mechtler from the Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna took over the reigns from Guenter Allmaier as President. Other board members were: Martina Marchetti-Deschmann (Vice-President), Ruth Birner-Grünberger and Keiryn Bennett (Secretaries); and Ingrid Miller and Taras Stasyk (Treasurers).
The 10th Austrian Proteomic Research Symposium is scheduled for September 2012 and will be held in Graz.