This course is designed for mid-level to senior investigators who are familiar with MALDI and have a practical knowledge of mass spectrometry. The course will cover details of sample preparation, matrix application, practical instrumentation, and image and data processing. In addition, will be highlighting recent advances in the technology, including high-sensitivity imaging, advances in high-throughput imaging, and image fusion (fusing images obtained from multiple modalities to predict higher resolution images or to direct sampling). The team will also be presenting demonstrations of the image fusion software and our PIMS software (Pathology Interface for Mass Spectrometry) systems. There will be two tutorial sessions on Monday, April 23 – one as an introduction to histology/microscopy for those new to tissue analysis and one as an introduction to basic MS principles and instruments.

In addition, on Friday there will be a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center at Vanderbilt University with a special symposium. This will feature speakers with a wide range of experiences with mass spectrometry including Vicki Wysocki (Ohio State University) and Steve Castellino (GlaxoSmithKline), and will serve as the conclusion of the AIMS course.

More information can be found at our website:

Registration will open on January 15, and everyone registered before March 15 will be entered into a drawing for a new iPad! Once again, we are aiming for about 40 participants.



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