Preview of the 67th Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics


Special Issues

Spectroscopy SupplementsSpecial Issues-05-01-2019
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages: 28

We present a brief preview of this year’s ASMS conference, taking place June 2–6, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The 67th Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics is set to take place June 2–6 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sunday Events

On Sunday, four tutorial lectures will be given, in two sessions, both starting at 5:00 pm. Tutorial Session I will be chaired by Susan Richardson of the University of South Carolina. Stephen Blanksby of Queensland University of Technology. Gavin Reid of the University of Melbourne will present the first lecture, on lipodomics. At 5:45 pm, Enrico Davoli of the Mario Negri Institute will present the second tutorial, on targeted imaging.

Erin Baker of North Carolina University will chair Tutorial Session II from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. "Native Mass Spectrometry" is the topic of the first tutorial, presented by Michal Sharon of the Weizmann Institute. Following that talk, "Data-Independent Acquisition" will be presented by Birgit Schilling of The Buck Institute.

The tutorials are followed by the conference opening plenary lecture at 6:45 pm. Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University will present a talk titled "Transitioning the World Energy for All Purposes to Stable Electricity Powered by 100% Wind, Water, and Sunlight."

A welcome reception will follow the plenary lecture, taking place from 7:45 pm until 9:00 pm in the Poster and Exhibit Hall.

Monday Award Presentations

Jefferey Shabanowitz will receive the Al Yergey Mass Spectrometry Scientist Award Monday at 4:45 pm. The award recognizes dedication and significant contributions to mass spectrometry-based science by "unsung heroes." Shabanowitz played a major role in the development of peptide sequence analysis by tandem mass spectrometry.

The John B. Fenn Award for a Distinguished Contribution in Mass Spectrometry will then be presented to John R. Yates III of The Scripps Research Institute. The award recognizes Yates for his development of automated, large-scale interpretation of peptide tandem mass spectral data. His SEQUEST algorithm laid a critical foundation for the field of proteomics and has enhanced the accuracy and effectiveness of mass spectrometry for understanding important biological and clinical questions. Yates will then give an award lecture.

Tuesday Award Presentation

The Biemann Medal will be awarded to Sarah Trimpin of Wayne State University at 4:45 p.m. The Biemann Medal is awarded to an individual early in his or her career to recognize significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry. Trimpin's award is for unusual observation of highly charged protein ions in an atmospheric pressure MALDI experiment that led to her discovery that ionization occurs simply bypassing compounds through the inlet of a mass spectrometer.

Thursday Plenary Lecture

On Thursday, Lilly D'Angelo of Global Food & Beverage Technology Associates will give a plenary lecture at 4:45 p.m. titled "Chemistry of Food and Soft Drinks."

Closing Event

A closing event at the Georgia Aquarium gets under way at 6:30 pm on Thursday. Tickets must be purchased in advance by noon Monday. The ticket cost is $40 per person and includes a dinner buffet, open until 8:00 pm, with dessert and a cash bar available until the close of the event, at 9:30 pm. Tickets also include one drink per ticket for soda, beer, or wine.

ASMS 2020

The 68th Annual ASMS Conference will be held May 31–June 4 in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit

Cindy Delonas is the Associate Editor for Spectroscopy and LCGC North America. Direct correspondence to

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