The Irish Mass Spectrometry Society

Date: 11-12.05.2021
Now Online for 2021
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About the IMSS

What is the IMSS?

The Irish Mass Spectrometry Society, IMSS, is a voluntary society with the aim of providing a forum for practitioners of Mass Spectrometry in Ireland. The Society is run by a committee elected every two years and aims to hold one full-day scientific meeting in May each year.


The first meeting of Irish mass spectrometry users was in 1987 when a very successful meeting was held on May 28th in UCD, Belfield. In September 1993, an MS users group was set up. An inaugural meeting was held in May 1994, a Society was formed and a committee put in place. The name "The Irish Mass Spectrometry Society" was adopted at the 1996 AGM.


The Society was re-activated in 2007 following a few years of dormancy after the AGM of 2003. The Society is an Institutional Affiliate of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation, organisers of the biennial IMSC meeting.


IMSS 2021

Two Days of Mass Spectrometry Talks
Date: 11.05.2021 and 12.05.2021
09:00am - 12:30pm 

The Irish Mass Spectrometry Society (IMSS) is a voluntary society with the aim of providing a forum for practitioners of Mass Spectrometry in Ireland. The Society is run by a diverse committee with backgrounds in industry, academia, forensics and food testing. The 2021 conference will take place online over two mornings, allowing us to showcase the best of Mass Spectrometry in a format that suits you.

Important Dates:

  • Registration deadline, 07.05.2021

  • Student/Post-doc poster submissions, 30.04.2021









Annual Conference, Virtual Event

Tuesday & Wednesday 11th & 12th of May 2021



Day 1, 11th May 2021

09.00 - 09.05 Open meeting


09.05 – 09.15 International Mass Spectrometry Foundation School – Belfast 2021 Update – Dr. Diego Cobice


09.15 - 9.50 Keynote speaker – Prof. Anthony Whetton (University of Manchester) – ‘Protein biomarkers for precision medicine: Development of a large scale integrated platform for clinical proteomics and drug target discovery.’


9.50 – 10.10 Dr. Eileen Ryan (UCC) – ‘Lipidomics: unravelling the role of lipids in the host:microbe dialogue’


10.10 - 10.20 Break


10.20 – 10.35 Fionn O Fearghail (TUD) – ‘Exploring Shellfish By-Products as Sources of Blue Bioactivities’


10.35 – 10.55 Dr. Giorgio Oliviero (UCD) – ‘Quantitative proteomics of six mouse organs reveals distinct and dynamic protein expression profiles during ageing’


10.55 – 11.20 Dr. Jonathan Bones (NIBRT) – ‘Characterisation of complex biopharmaceuticals using a novel

hybrid quadrupole Orbitrap mass spectrometer’


11.20 – 11.35 Carla Harkin (UU) – ‘Spatial localisation of reactive aldehydes in db/db mouse model using Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) to identify potential biomarkers for Diabetic Nephropathy detection, stratification and disease progression’


11.35 – 12.00 Dr. Jimmy Muldoon (UCD) – ‘Installing advanced MS instrumentation in a core facility during a pandemic – challenges and perspectives’


12.00 - 12.25 David Mannion (Teagasc) – ‘Application of GCxGC TOFMS/FID to FAME profiling of dairy fat.’


12.25 – 12.30 Closing


Day 2, 12th May 2021


09.00 - 09.05 Open meeting


09.05 – 09.25 Dr. Joanna McGouran (TCD) – ‘A radical approach to activity-based protein profiling’

09.25 - 09.40 Merissa Cullen – (MU); ‘Profiling the effects of active ingredient and commercial formulated glyphosate on the brain and gut proteome of the bumblebee Bombus terrestris using mass spectrometry-based proteomics’


09.40 – 10.05 Prof. Lorraine Brennan (UCD) – ‘Quantitative metabolite measurements: what can we learn

from them?’

10.05 - 10.15 Break

10.15 – 10.40 Martin De Cecco (Merck Life Science) – ‘Analytics to ensure the quality of gene therapy products’

10.40 – 10.55 Emma Lacey, (TCD); ‘Assessment of normalisation strategies for untargeted metabolomic analysis of primary immune cells in ANCA-associated vasculitis’

10.55 – 11.25 MS Trouble Shooting/ Q&A session (Agilent, Sciex, Thermo, Waters, SepSolve)

11.25 – 11.45 Patrick English – (PAL); ‘A quantitative procedure for the determination of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and precursors in hemp-based products by UPLC-MS/MS.’

11.45 – 12.20 Keynote speaker – Rick Yost (University of Florida) – ‘Analytical Mass Spectrometry: How Did We Get Here, Where are We Going?’

12.20 – 12.25 Bursary winners/ cert presentations

12.25 – 12.30 Closing

Image by National Cancer Institute

               Sponsors - 2021              

Thank you to all our sponsors for helping us deliver this conference online. Selected Mass Spectrometry manufacturers are available for a Q&A session as part of this event. Don't miss your chance to talk to the experts. 

           Partners 2021         

We have partnered with the Royal  Society of Chemistry this year to strengthen the bonds between all Mass Spectrometry users and better represent our attendees 


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