Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Irish Cytometry Society - ICyS

The Irish Cytometry Society (ICyS) has been created in 20th May 2005 in Dublin (UCD-Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin).

As the user bases for Flow Cytometry has significantly expanded over the last few years and will continue to grow, it has been decided to organise and develop this society to discuss issues such as equipment, applications and research. The range of applications for this technology is very broad and the main idea is create a network of all the groups that are using flow cytometry in the diverse areas of immunology, cancer, zoology, veterinary, botany, microbiology, marine research, etc. This will hopefully lead to improved applications knowledge and use.

The ICyS should be a very important resource not only for the users but also the companies as it would allow them to see what is going on in the scientific community. We have approached all the major manufacturing companies including BD Biosciences, Coulter (Brennan & company), DAKO, and Partec (Alpha Technologies) to help us to establish this exciting network.

Since the beginning, two big meetings had been taken place:
- The Inaugural Meeting (20th May 2005) was a walk on different techniques and fields where the flow cytometry shows its potential. At the end of this meeting, the Irish Cytometry Society was founded.

- The Second Meeting took place the 30th January 2006, in Dublin (UCD-Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin), sponsored by Dako and all the participants had the opportunity to introduce themselves and their groups, as well as to describe their labs, main applications and projects.