Conference reports: DAPSOC (Odense, Denmark) and Flanders Proteomics International (Antwerp, Belgium)

A topical photo by Egan Snow, on FlickrI am just back from a nice December-tour in Scandinavia, where I visited customers and other labs in Denmark and Sweden during 3 weeks. Some may say December is not the best period to travel to Scandinavia but it was a nice experience for my first travel in those countries – with a lot of snow and short days with a sunset around 3:30 pm. 

Anyway, I ended that tour in Odense, Denmark where I attended the DAPSOC meeting. This is a short one-day-conference, and usually there are around 100 participants, but this year, the snow has invited itself very early and as many other European countries at that time, it causes a lot of transport problems…so not all participants could come. But it was still a good meeting, as the organizers managed well to have other speakers who kindly replaced at a moment’s notice the absent ones!

And then last week, I travelled to Belgium, to attend with my colleague Leonhard Pollack the Flanders meeting KVCV which takes place every two years. This is mainly a Mass Spec meeting, so we have been seeing a lot of interest for our software Progenesis LC-MS and the new fractionation workflow.

Leonhard and Agnes at KVCVIn his talk about pros and cons of a target versus non-targeted approach, Bruno Domon, Head of Unit of Luxembourg Clinical Proteomics (LCP) at CRP Santé – Luxembourg, said that the best way at the moment to get more information from your label-free data, is to quantify all your peptides first and then identify the proteins of interest. And this is exactly the quantify-then-identify approach taken by Progenesis LC‑MS, coupled with the use of inclusion lists to get increased protein coverage.

I am now back home in Paris, and I think the snow is following me as we have lots of snow here too in time for the holidays. If you’re working your final week before a break too, you might like to fill an hour or two trying the latest version of Progenesis LC-MS for yourself. Just head straight for the download and then try the tutorial. It shouldn’t take much longer than that. 🙂

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