The initial meeting of the Imaging Mass Spectrometry Society (IMSS) was held in Waltham, MA on October 15-18, 2017. The IMSS is a new scientific society dedicated to: 1) promoting the development and application of imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) in all applicable venues including academia, government, and industry, 2) enhancing the IMS community by disseminating best practices and acceptance criteria around IMS methodologies, 3) providing continual IMS educational opportunities, and 4) collaborating with other societies that have similar or related goals. The IMSS is led by an executive committee with Dr. Steve Castellino, GlaxoSmithKline, as the president. The goal of the inaugural meeting was to provide a venue where scientists and IMS vendors could meet to discuss state-of-the-art technology and applications. The keynote lecture was given by Dr. Richard M. Caprioli, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who is a pioneer in the area of imaging mass spectrometry. The meeting included four scientific oral sessions: Drug Discovery and Development; New Methods and Applications; Instrumentation; and Data Analysis and Quantitation. The meeting also had two poster sessions with a total of 18 posters as well as a gala dinner at the end of the first full day. The meeting was attended by approximately 65 scientists from the US and other countries.
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The next IMSS meeting will be a combined IMSS II & OurCon VI Conference to be held in Charleston, South Carolina, USA on November 11-14, 2018, for details see Related Events in JASMS. Photo contributed by Prof. Kevin L. Schey, Vanderbilt University