Inaugural OMICS Australasia Symposium

Tuesday, 27 November, 2012

The inaugural OMICS Australasia 2012 Symposium is being held from 26-28 November in Fremantle, Western Australia. It is being hosted by Murdoch University and supported by the Western Australian Department of Commerce, Bruker and other industry sponsors.

Satellite events are being held following the symposium at Murdoch University. These include the ‘Opening of the Advanced Mass Spectrometry Facility’ and specialised training courses run in conjunction with the Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory on ‘NMR and Mass Spectral Imaging’ and ‘Pesticide Residue Analysis in Food’.

OMICS Australasia Symposium topics include lipidomics, genomics, plant metabolomics, proteomics, epigenomics, human metabolomics, transcriptomics and metagenomics. The symposium program includes a diverse range of topics in clinical, animal health, environment, agriculture and groundbreaking enabling technologies.

Associate Professor Robert Trengove, the symposium chair and head of the Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory at Murdoch University, commented on the objectives of the symposium.

“The aim of this symposium is to bring together, for the first time, a unique panel of Omics experts from both Western Australia and around the globe to discuss research advances, innovations and challenges with a focus on emerging opportunities and technology development,” he said.

The Advanced Mass Spectrometry Instrument Facility at Murdoch University, to be opened following the OMICS Symposium, houses some of the most advanced instruments for research in the life sciences, environmental and food testing fields.

Collin D’Silva, President of Bruker’s Chemical and Applied Markets (CAM) division, commented, “We are pleased to support the inclusion of Bruker’s instruments, especially our latest EVOQ LC-MS triple quadrupole in the new mass spec facility at Murdoch University and work closely with Professor Rob Trengove’s research team.”

The specialised training course on residue analysis in food in the following week will feature the SCION GC-TQ and EVOQ LC-TQ instruments from Bruker, both of which are suitable for high-sensitivity analysis of pesticide residues in food.

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