News from the ItPA 2012 Congress in Viterbo

I was lucky enough to attend the ItPA 2012 Congress in beautiful, jasmine-scented, medieval Viterbo, Italy. The meeting was held at the Tuscia Rectorate, which was very calm and cooling in the high temperatures we experienced.

We started with a very interesting opening lecture by Prof. Pierre Legrain entitled “Latest advances of the Human Proteome Project (HPP)”.   We were given an overview of how the project will be organised, with the 2 main approaches being chromosome – based and biology/disease – based.

HPP Overview

Having a background in cytogenetics, I was interested to learn that specific countries are working on specific chromosomes.  Then Prof. Legrain gave his personal view that we need to revisit the conceptual scientific thinking that preceded the recent huge advances in molecular biology.  He gave full credit to the painstakingly detailed work that is done at lab benches worldwide. He suggested that this work would benefit from being viewed alongside other disciplines, for example, the clinical picture, epi-genetics etc.  Prof. Legrain also spoke about the importance of reproducibility, an issue we take very seriously at Nonlinear Dynamics; we can uniquely prove inter-lab reproducibility and are co-founders of the Fixing Proteomics campaign.  The take-home message that I got from this refreshing lecture was that, “We need to start seeing the wood as well as looking at the trees”.  It will be very interesting to see the progress of this ambitious project in several years’ time.

The meeting got into full swing and it was lovely to meet our happy Italian customers.

Dr Brioschi has this to say about Progenesis SameSpots:

“Since we have SameSpots, our proteomics studies have really improved. It is easy to use and allows you to quickly obtain good results with a high level of confidence.”

Maura Brioschi
Monzino Cardiologic Center, Milan, Italy

Many Progenesis SameSpots users came to say hello and there were discussions about upgrades to the latest version v4.5 which includes SpotCheck.  This is our QC workflow which ensures that consistent standards are met, hence improving reproducibility.  This means that scientists can focus on running more biological replicates, producing meaningful data and having confidence in their results.

There was also a lot of interest in Progenesis LC-MS and it is clear that more and more scientists are moving to label free LC-MS.  Scientists recognise the real benefits and the posters showed it is becoming the technique of choice.  There was fresh interest in our new Progenesis CoMet metabolomics analysis technology too, so lots to follow up on.  It was a very busy meeting for Nonlinear Dynamics and a very enjoyable one.

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Even my journey back to Rome was interesting; I had a long discussion with Dr Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, founder of INPPO, about the particular challenges faced by those working in plant proteomics – both biological and political.  The meeting itself was extremely well organised and I don’t think I’ve ever had an exhibition stand in such a beautiful location – a lovely cloistered quadrangle.   I just wish I could hit ‘rewind’ and do it all again. Smile

If you would like to learn more about the proven reproducible Progenesis technology, please contact us and we shall be happy to help you.

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