Second Quarter 2013
Pittsburgh, PA – May 14, 2013 - The Pittcon Program Committee is pleased to announce that Steven Carr, director of proteomics at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, will deliver the Wallace H. Coulter Plenary Lecture at PIttcon 2014.
Dr. Carr is internationally recognized as a leader in the development of novel proteomics methods and in their application in biology and medicine. Dr. Carr and his group collaborate with scientists throughout the greater Broad community (Broad Institute, Harvard, Harvard Medical School, and the 17 Harvard affiliated hospitals) to apply state-of-the art proteomics technology to address compelling questions in biology, chemistry and clinical medicine. He has over 200 publications on development and use of proteomics and biological mass spectrometry.
Carr’s lecture will address the new era of quantitative biology enabled by mass spectrometry based proteomic technologies that has arrived. The content, relative abundance, modification states and interaction partners of proteins in a dynamic and temporal manner on a near-global basis in organelles, whole cells and clinical samples, providing information of unprecedented detail can now be defined. At the Broad Institute, Carr and his team are employing these technologies in a wide array of studies including delineating the genetic underpinnings of mitochondrial disorders, connecting cancer genotype to molecular phenotype, unraveling the basis of the innate-immune response, identifying the mechanism of action of drug-like molecules and to discover and verify protein biomarkers of disease. A representative set of project vignettes will be presented to convey a sense of the breadth and depth of application of modern proteomics to biology and medicine.
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Pittcon® offers many different award ceremonies for outstanding scientific achievement to members of the scientific community; however, there is only one award for innovations in instrumentation. The prestigious Pittcon Editors’ Awards are becoming more and more popular each year as exhibiting companies vie for the Gold, Silver, or Bronze. These independent awards, which represent the results of an informal poll of leading editors in the industry, have become an important feature of Pittcon, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science.
Pittcon organizers and onsite press room staff totally support this endeavor by providing the venue and promotion for the awards, but have no involvement in the actual process. The entire process, from nominations and voting to the award selections, are completely run by the journalists. Instrument News Editorial Board Member Eileen Skelley Frame observed that she gets pleasure out of finding new equipment—“When you see it, you know it!”
The Editors’ Awards, established in 1996 by Dr. Gordon Wilkinson, Managing Editor of Analytical Instrument Industry Report (later Instrumenta), were established because of the challenge that journalists faced to effectively cover the exposition given the enormity of the event. The journalists believed they could do a better job of covering Pittcon by working collectively than by trying to do it all individually. This initiative would also prove to give the press a cohesive voice and enhance the relationship between the media and exhibiting companies. The awards are not funded by any organization; the expenses, such as the cost of the plaques which were originally designed by Gordon Wilkinson, are covered by the judging editors.
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