It’s been great to be back here in beautiful Sydney for HUPO 2010! Though I’ve been here a few times before, it’s my first experience of an Australian winter (it’s a bit like a British summer).
Though I understand the delegate numbers are maybe a little down on previous years, an impressive number of delegates have still made the long journey here from Europe, America, Asia and Africa. As well as demonstrating our Progenesis software at the Nonlinear exhibition booth I’ve managed to get along to a few of the conference sessions, which took place in an auditorium the size of a small football stadium, and were interesting enough to keep me awake despite some pretty severe jetlag.
A lively conference discussion on the planning and implementation of the Human Proteome Project took place on the last day. This highlighted the huge potential for this massively ambitious project as well as the enormous complexity involved. There seemed to be differing opinions on how to proceed scientifically and administratively, so I hope the best way can be found for the good of proteomics!
MS and LC-MS based analysis technologies seemed to dominate the oral presentations as well as the trade exhibition this year, so we had good interest in Progenesis LC-MS. Despite this there were still a lot of posters featuring 2D gel analysis, including our own. This shows 2D is still essential for many people, which is good news for those of us who believe it still has a strong role to play in proteomics and biomarker discovery.
On the final day we had a rush of booth visitors coming to see the latest version of Progenesis SameSpots software, so on the whole it’s been a good conference for us as well as for proteomics in general.
Our booth on the last day
Next year the meeting comes to Europe so we look forward to a good event there!