39th BMSS Annual Meeting 2018
Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS

11-13 SEP: 39th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
10-11 SEP: BMSS Introduction to MS Short Course
      11 SEP: BMSS Careers in MS Workshop
      13 SEP: BMSS Annual General Meetin



Introduction To Mass Spectrometry Short Course:
Monday and Tuesday, 10th and 11th September, 2018.
Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS, United Kingdom.

Who should attend?
The course covers the fundamental aspects of mass spectrometry, assuming an undergraduate level of basic chemistry, but requiring no previous knowledge of the technique or practical experience.

This introductory course is designed for scientists from other disciplines (incl. the clinical, pharmaceutical and life sciences, and novices to MS from archeology to zoology) or laboratory managers who will be employing mass spectrometry data in their analytical projects and wish to gain a solid understanding of the technique or who want to gain an awareness of its potential applications. The course will be useful for post-graduate research students embarking on research projects involving mass spectrometry. Current users of mass spectrometry will also find the course an excellent refresher to the theory of the technique and a means to keep abreast of recent developments and advances.

Course content
This course will introduce the basic concepts and terminology of mass spectrometry. The most important ionisation techniques used in mass spectrometry, including: electron ionisation, matrix assisted laser desorption/ionisation and atmospheric pressure ionisation techniques are introduced and details of the most common mass analysers including: quadrupoles, ion traps, time-of-flight (TOF), Orbitrap and Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) are provided.

The following topics are also covered: atomic and molecular masses, mass resolution, exact masses and isotopes, sample preparation, interfacing mass spectrometry with chromatographic techniques, ion detection, processing of mass spectral data, elementary spectral interpretation, and considerations for the mass spectrometry of large molecules. Using relevant, real-world examples such as common drugs and clinically relevant analytes, the course will illustrate both qualitative and quantitative applications of mass spectrometry.

The course is designed to give delegates a solid foundation in mass spectrometry, to appreciate the advantages and limitations of the technique and to assist scientists in choosing the most appropriate instrumentation for a particular analytical challenge.

Monday 10th September 2018 [12:00 - 17:15 BST]

  • Basics of Mass Spectrometry
  • Ionisation Techniques
  • Mass Analysers

Tuesday 11th September 2018 [09:00 - 16:30 BST]

  • High Resolution & Accurate Mass
  • Sample Preparation
  • Proteomics
  • Small Molecule Quantitation
  • Troubleshooting

Course Material
Each delegate will receive a course manual containing complete lecture notes together with other background information such as key references and a guide to mass spectrometry resources. Copies of Best Practice Guides for Generating Mass Spectra and Accurate Mass Measurement of Small Molecules are also provided. Delegates will also receive a copy of Anthony Mallet and Steve Down’s recently published “Dictionary of Mass Spectrometry”.

Continuing Personal Development
Professional Bodies, such as the Royal Society of Chemistry, will accept the course as contributing to an individual’s CPD Portfolio if it relevant to their employment.

Course Tutors
Prof. Rainer Cramer – University of Reading
Dr. Cris Lapthorn - GSK
Prof. Peter O’Connor – University of Warwick
Dr. Mike Morris – Waters Corporation
Dr. Jackie Mosely – University of Durham
Dr. Chris Mussell – British Museum
Dr. Chris Titman – Shimadzu Corporation

The course tutors are all members of the BMSS, drawn from industry, instrument manufacturers, public institutions, and academia. The tutors have considerable experience in the theory and application of the technique. The course provides access to this expertise and an opportunity for networking within a rapidly growing user base.

Registration and Payment
'Early Bird' registration for the course, at £275 for concessions and students (when accompanied by confirmation of affiliation to an academic institution) and £500 for all other course attendees, is available up until the 16th July 2017. After the 16th July, registration will only be available at the standard rate of £310 (concessions and students) and £575 (all other course attendees). Course fees include lunch, refreshments and course manual.

Registration will close on the 13th August 2018.

Registration is via the BMSS39 Annual Meeting on-line registration form available under the 'Registration' link on the left-hand side.
(Note: registration for the BMSS39 Annual Meeting is not required for attendance on the short course, and registration is not available on the day).

Delegate information:
Course instructions will be emailed out to all fully registered course delegates nearer the event. Anyone registered for the meeting who has not received his or her copy by Friday 24th August should contact the BMSS Administrator,
Lisa Sage -

Information on accommodation at Churchill College, Cambridge is available via the 'Accommodation' link on the left-hand side.

Further Details
Lisa Sage, BMSS Administrator
Tel: +44 (0) 1606 810562

To download the BMSS Introduction to MS Short Course brochure (pdf) please click on the icon below:

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