A special themed issue of Metallomics devoted to the Third Symposium on Metallomics that was held in Münster, Germany, June 15-18, 2011 has now been published.
With 39 countries represented, the Metallomics 2011 was a truly international meeting, and the impressive number of more than 320 participants underlined the growing interest in this emerging research area.
The scientific program included 75 oral and 156 poster presentations in
the field of metals in biology (function and fate), metals in medicine
(diagnosis and therapy), geosphere–biosphere interactions and analytical
methods and instrumentation. In order to introduce the younger
participants to the field, as well as to favor scientific discussions
across disciplines, three different short courses on in vitro
models for toxicity testing, mass spectrometric tools and TOF mass
spectrometry for metallomics were also included in the program. A
vendors' exhibition completed the set and was a meeting point during the
breaks. The Third International Symposium on Metallomics 2011 followed the
groundbreaking conferences held in Nagoya, Japan in 2007 and Cincinnati,
USA in 2009. The goal of the organizers to consolidate this relatively
new event and to highlight the interdisciplinary character of the
research area of metallomics was clearly achieved.
The now published themed issue of Metallomics tries to capture the spirit of
this event. While the collection of articles included is only a small
selection of what was presented during the symposium, it might serve as
an indicator of the scientific quality of the Metallomics symposium. The
collection of papers also gives an impression of the different aspects
of metallomics discussed during the symposium: development and
exploration of tools for metallomics research such as PAGE/LA-ICP-MS,
the use of the tools to determine metal(loid) species in cells and
tissues, the use of metals for labeling of biomolecules, the study of
the role of metals for the structure of biomolecules, the investigation
of the binding sites of metals to biomolecules, the bioaccumulation of
metals in biological systems, the mechanisms of metal toxicity and the
activity of metallodrugs.
Michael Sperling (Co-Chair)Related information Themed Issue devoted to the Third Symposium of Metallomics, Metallomics, 3/12, 2011 Metallomics 2011 Symposium homepage Homepage of the Research Group of Prof. Uwe Karst (Chair) EVISA News related to metallomics August 15, 2011: New insights about interaction of thimerosal with blood components July 22, 2010: ICP-MS Analysis Suggests Metal-Binding Proteins Significantly More Abundant Than Thought June 19, 2010: A new Selenium-containing compound, Selenoneine, found as the predominant Se-species in the blood of Bluefin Tuna June 12, 2010: Chromium(VI) much more toxic than chromium(III): At least for freshwater algae a paradigm to revise? January 8, 2010: The human liver: not always doing the job right? December 14, 2008: New study investigates the interaction of thimerosal with proteins
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