The 2015 ASMS Fall Workshop, organized by Gavin E. Reid (University of Melbourne) and Xianlin Han (Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute), was held November 5th and 6th, 2015 at the Catamaran Resort and Spa located on the beach of Mission Bay in San Diego, California. The topic of the workshop was ‘Lipids and Lipidomics’. A record 150 people representing Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Greece, Israel, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the USA attended the workshop, including 27 post-docs and graduate students who received ASMS Travel Stipends. The workshop consisted of tutorial-style interactive presentations from expert lecturers in the areas of mass spectrometry technologies and associated extraction, sample handling, separation, and bioinformatic data analysis strategies employed for lipid analysis, and for determination of their biological functions. A full report describing each of the presentations will appear in a future issue of JASMS. In addition to the main program, numerous opportunities were provided for informal discussions and networking between the attendees, including group lunches and coffee breaks, and a happy hour on the beach on the Thursday evening, all of which were facilitated by the beautiful beach side setting and the excellent fall weather typical to San Diego.
Fall workshop lecturers Stephen Blanksby (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Gerhard Liebisch (University Hospital Regensburg, Germany) enjoying the warm San Diego weather during one of the coffee breaks.
Workshop participants Stacy Gelhaus (University of Pittsburgh), Rena Robinson (University of Pittsburgh) and Steve Dorow (Cayman Chemical) on the beach at Mission Bay.
Workshop attendees socializing over ice cream treats.