The 8th Annual ADVANCED IMAGING MASS SPECTROMETRY (AIMS.2019) Laboratory Course will be held Tuesday, April 9 – Friday, April 12, 2019 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The AIMS.2019 Laboratory Course is a unique educational opportunity designed to teach the procedures of MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry. The format includes both lectures and hands-on workshops with time dedicated to on-site demos from instrument vendors. The course will cover the details of sample preparation, matrix application, instrumentation, and image and data processing. In addition, a number of technology highlights will be presented, including high-speed imaging, high-sensitivity imaging, and image fusion.
The course is designed for mid-level to senior investigators who are familiar with MALDI and have a working knowledge of mass spectrometry or histology. This course has a significant number of hands-on workshops scheduled; as a result, we do not have the capacity to introduce the technology to those without the prerequisite experience and training. For attendees that are new to one of these areas, we will provide optional introductory lectures on mass spectrometry and histology on Monday, April 8, from 4-6 PM.
Registration is now closed.
We look forward to seeing everyone on April 8!
Everyone registered before March 1 has been entered into a drawing for a new iPad!
Welcome Letter, Agenda & Itinerary
Sectioning fresh frozen and formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissues for IMS experiments; implementing washing protocols tailored for different analytes of interest; maximizing compatability among sectioning, washing, coating, and MS platforms
Choosing the best matrix/solvent combination for different analytes of interest; manual matrix application methods, including spray-coating, sublimation, and recrystallization; and automated matrix deposition methods
Optimizing instrumental parameters for imaging; instrument comparisons for imaging different analytes (low vs high MW, MS or MS/MS, mass resolution, time); interactions with leading instrument vendors for on-site instrument demos
Spectral pre- and post-processing, baseline subtraction, normalization; statistical analysis of IMS datasets.
Travel & Accommodations
Rooms are available at the Embassy Suites at a discounted rate of $199/night! Click here to reserve a room. The special room rate will be available until March 8th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. The conference rate includes breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Shuttles are provided from the hotel to Vanderbilt.
Vanderbilt is accessible from Nashville International Airport. From the airport take I-40 West to Exit 209-A. Turn left onto Broadway. Get in the left-hand lane, and continue left at the Broadway/West End split. Broadway turns into 21st Avenue South after about 3 blocks. The Embassy Suites is on Broadway (on the left, just past the light at 18t Avenue South). The Mass Spectrometry Research Center is on 21st Avenue South, on the right. Allow approximately thirty minutes driving time from the airport to Vanderbilt University.
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From the north: Take I-65 to I-40 West, and then look for I-40 East to Exit 209-B. Turn right on Broadway.
From the east or south: Take I-40 West to exit 209-A. Turn left on Broadway.
From the west: Take I-40 East to exit 209-B. Turn right on Broadway (US 70S).
From Broadway, get in the left-hand lane, and continue left at the Broadway/West End split. Broadway turns into 21st Avenue South after about 3 blocks.
Vanderbilt is located a mile-and-a-half southwest of downtown Nashville and is approximately 4 hours from Atlanta by automobile, 3 hours from Birmingham, 2.5 hours from Knoxville, 3 hours from Louisville, and 3 hours from Memphis.
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Lecture and Workshop Location
All lectures will be held on the Vanderbilt campus. All workshops will be held in the Mass Spectrometry Research Center on the 9th floor of Medical Research Building III, on the Vanderbilt campus.
Mass Spectrometry Research Center
465 21st Avenue South
Room 9160, MRB III
Nashville, TN 37240-7916
Driving Directions Map – Vanderbilt Vicinity