Last week, I, along with my colleague Mark Bennett, had the pleasure of attending the 2nd Brazilian Proteomics Society and Pan-American HUPO joint meeting which was hosted in Búzios, Rio de Janiero. Falling coconuts at the opening function did little to dispel the Brazilian enthusiasm for celebrating proteomic research in their beautiful country.
We were there to listen to the latest proteomic developments and to hear from users starting to explore the analysis of their data with Progenesis QI for proteomics. One such user we met up with was Angelo Heringer, from the Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense who has been studying the effects of different wavelengths of LED treatment on the maturation process of sugarcane. Taking a label-free proteomics approach with LC-MS separation performed on a Waters Synapt G2-Si, the data was then analysed in Progenesis QI for proteomics to look at the differential expression of proteins across the various LED treatments. Sugarcane has long been one of the most important contributors to Brazil’s economy, and with the requirement for the development of biofuels, this work is certainly of interest.
Angelo is hoping to further his proteomic experiences with Progenesis by spending some time in United States.
When we weren’t busy at the conference, we took the opportunity to check out the view from Sugarloaf Mountain, and of course made the most of the Brazilian cuisine – and it wasn’t all just lots of red meat!
If you want to see where we’ll be next, keep an eye on our events page.