Planet xMap Europe registrations break 500 mark

THE TENTH annual Planet xMap symposium, to be held 10-11 October 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, has attracted over 500 delegate registrations reports Luminex.

The symposium programme features scientific sessions, workshops, discussion groups, exhibitions, and networking events with scientists and researchers from around the world. The thing that this disparate band of researchers and practitioners have in common is their usie of Luminex’s novel bead assays in clinical diagnostics and life science research. 

Planet xMap symposium attracts top international speakers on clinical diagnostics and life science research

“We are excited to have scientists from around the world share their latest research and to see the continued growth in new applications for multiplexing technology,” said Paul Ladestein, general manager European operations for Luminex. “The focus this year is on new developments in the areas of newborn screening, infectious disease, immunology-monitoring, human genetics, protein and nucleic acid research.  Planet xMap Europe is always an excellent opportunity for leading scientists to gather and exchange ideas on how xMap multiplexing technology is revolutionising their laboratories and research.  Our tenth anniversary event highlights the contributions our technology is making in advancing research and healthcare around the globe.”

Highlights of the symposium are likely to be the two keynote lectures, from Dr Jean William Pape and Dr Freda Miller.

Dr Pape is the founder and director of the Gheskio Centers (Haitian Study Group on Kaposi’s sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) in Haiti, and professor of medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, USA. He will speak about his 30 years experience in the fight against infectious diseases in Haiti.

Dr Miller is cell and molecular developmental neurobiologist at the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute (‘Sick Kids’), and a professor at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her presentation focusses on  Neural stem cells: from development to repair.


Day One (10 October 2012): Pathogen detection, Gastrointestinal infections, Respiratory Viral infections, and Newborn screening

Multiplex Diagnosis Reveals New Challenges for Malaria Elimination  – Dr Peter Zimmerman, Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio

Rational multiplex serological screening system for common pathogens using suspension arrays – Dr Jonas Blomberg, Clinical Microbiology, Academic Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden

Preliminary findings of a Health Economic Study of the Luminex xTag Gastrointestinal Pathogen Panel at Guys and St Thomas – Dr Eugene Halligan, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, London, UK

Newborn Screening: Current Situation and Future Applications – Dr David Kasper, Medical University of Vienna, Austria


Day Two (11 October 2012): Neural stem cells, Tumour microenvironment, the Immune-proteome, and Cellular systems

Chronic inflammatory and immunosuppressive conditions in tumor microenvironment and their neutralization – Dr Viktor Umansky, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg and University Hospital Mannheim, Germany

Systematic high-throughput / high content analysis of the immune-proteome using Luminex-based multiplex arrays – Dr Peter Schulz-Knappe, Protagen AG, Dortmund, Germany

Capturing the Complexity of Cellular Systems – Dr John Westwick, Odyssey Thera, San Ramon, California

LabHomepage will be attending and reporting on this significant international symposium.

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