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Welcome to the fifty-second issue of MetaboNews, a monthly newsletter published in partnership between The Metabolomics Innovation Centre (TMIC, and the international Metabolomics Society (, to keep metabolomics researchers and other professionals informed about new technologies, software, databases, events, job postings, conferences, training opportunities, interviews, publications, awards, and other newsworthy items concerning metabolomics. MetaboNews represents the one-stop-shop for the very latest and most critical news about the science of metabolomics. In this issue, we feature a Training Spotlight article on the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre and a metabolomics interview with Jianguo (Jeff) Xia of McGill University.

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Conference Concerns
Dear Metabolomics Society Members,

It has come to our attention that many Metabolomics Society members are being contacted regarding a metabolomics-themed meeting for July 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. The Metabolomics Society has NOT shared our email list with the group organizing that meeting, and the Metabolomics Society is not a part of, nor a sponsor of, this meeting. That meeting is NOT part of any Metabolomics Society activity, and the organizing entity has been listed on Beall’s List (, which lists potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. Please exercise caution if you choose to respond to an invitation to this meeting.

In addition, another commercial group is advertising a metabolomics-themed meeting in May 2016 in Osaka, Japan. The Metabolomics Society has NOT shared our email list with the group organizing that meeting, and the Metabolomics Society is not a part of, nor a sponsor of, this meeting. That meeting is NOT part of any Metabolomics Society activity, and the organizing entity has been listed on Beall’s List (, which lists potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers. Please exercise caution if you choose to respond to an invitation to this meeting.

The Metabolomics Society annual international meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland from June 27-30, 2016 ( This is the official annual meeting of our members, and we look forward to seeing you there!

12th Annual International Conference of the Metabolomics Society
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date: June 27-30, 2016

The 2016 conference will feature cutting edge science covering all aspects of metabolomics technology and applications including:
-    Metabolomics in Nutrition and Food Research
-    Metabolomics in Health and Disease
-    Advancing the Field
-    Environmental, Plant and Model Organisms (including joint sessions with the Plant Metabolomics Platform)


2016 Honorary Fellows of the Metabolomics Society - Nominations
An Honorary Fellowship is a significant lifetime award granted by the Society to exceptional members of our community. Commissioned in 2012, and with up to two awards each year, the Board of Directors welcomes nominations from Members for these Fellowships, with a closing date of February 1st, 2016. See for further details about the two categories of awards. Each nominee can be nominated for only one of the categories. The Board will consider only complete nomination packages, and these consist of the five items mentioned on the web page.

Early-career Members Network (EMN)
The EMN is dedicated to and run by early-career scientists who are members of the Metabolomics Society and are from academia, government, or industry. The network aims to provide a forum for metabolomics researchers at the start of their professional career.

Please feel free to contact us via if you have any suggestions or comments regarding our planned activities this year (i.e., online webinars and workshops). If you think you have a great idea for a new activity we should organise then please do share with us; the EMN can only be a success with your support and ideas!!

Membership News for 2015

Membership renewal for 2016 now available!
Membership of the Society is based on the calendar year and this year’s membership will end December 31st 2015. All current members will need to renew their membership to stay in good standing. You can renew your membership now for 2016 here. Remember to renew early to take advantage of our early bird discounted registration fees. Join now and save some money!

We hope that you have enjoyed being part of and benefitted from the considerable expansion of the Metabolomics Society during the past few years, and will remain a loyal member of our growing community. As the society continues to expand, we expect to be able to offer further membership benefits including discounted member registration at the 12th Annual Metabolomics Society Conference in Dublin. Student members and Early Career members with over 3 months standing are also able to apply for our Student Prize and Travel Awards. These provide considerable financial support to allow students and early career researchers to attend several conferences events and workshops including:
Member benefits (for all Members)
  1. No membership fee increases for 2016.
  2. Networking and information exchange with an international membership of professionals devoted to furthering metabolomics related science: via conferences and workshops, the Society’s many Interest Groups, and social media including the Society’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.
  3. Discounted registration fees for Metabolomics Society conferences.
  4. Receive information and electronic notices of metabolomics conferences, workshops and seminars.
  5. Posting of job advertisements on the Society's website and via Twitter.
  6. Automatic delivery of the joint Metabolomics Society/The Metabolomics Innovation Center (TMIC) MetaboNews newsletter with the latest news from the metabolomics world.
  7. Eligibility to nominate individuals for an Honorary Fellowship of the Society** and to vote in Society elections.
  8. Eligibility to stand for Office within the Society**.
* Additional fee applies, see registration website; Members will also have electronic access to all issues and therefore print copies of back issues will not be available to Members who register late in the calendar year.
** Not applicable for Student Members.


Industry Engagement Task Group
The IETG is looking for corporate and institutional partners to expand the interactions between the Metabolomics Society and instrument vendors, service providers, suppliers, publishers and other institutions. If your business would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity, especially for Metabolomics2016 in Dublin, Ireland, please visit our information portal.

Data Standards Task Group
Questionnaire: What are your preferred workflows for metabolomics data processing and analysis?
For metabolomics to achieve its full potential the accessibility, reporting, reproducibility and overall harmonisation of computational metabolomics tools must be improved significantly. A consortium of UK universities, including the University of Birmingham, University of Cambridge, the Francis Crick Institute, Imperial College London, University of Manchester and the European Bioinformatics Institute, in partnership with ELIXIR-UK (, are seeking your input to identify which metabolomics data processing and analysis tools are most widely used by you, and which therefore should be prioritised for incorporation into accessible Galaxy workflows.

We seek input from individuals who consider themselves to be actively engaged in metabolomics science, from any scientific background, any career stage, and importantly from any country or type of employment.

We estimate the survey will take 15 minutes to complete. On behalf of all those involved we thank you for your time. Those completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw for two $100 Amazon gift vouchers. The questionnaire will close at midnight on the 17th January 2016.

Data Quality Task Group (DQTG)

The first DQTG survey has been completed and the findings are being analyzed. About 100 individuals responded to the survey. The three winners of the random draw for $US100 Amazon Gift cards are: Christoph Crocoll (University of Copenhagen), Stewart Graham (Beaumont Health), and Tom Flynn (US FDA). Congratulations and thanks for participating.


Australian & New Zealand Metabolomics Network (ANZMN)

Grant Success for Metabolomics and Lipidomics down under: This month the ANZMN congratulates all those who were successful in the recent funding outcomes from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Under the ARC schemes (, Dr Oliver Jones was a member of a successful grant team (lead by Prof. Frances Separovic, University of Melbourne) for the first DNP magnet in Australia, which he will use for metabolomics work. Other successes include grants lead by Gavin Reid (University of Melbourne) on Lipidomics (which also featured ANZMN members Ute Roessner and Damien Callahan); Stuart Cordwell (University of Sydney) for systems biology; Victoria Haritos (Monash University) for single cell metabolism; DECRA’s for Dr Cara Mortimer (Queensland University of Technology) for work on plant metabolites and Dr Benjamin Woodcroft (University Of Queensland) for work linking bacterial genomics to metabolomics. Congratulations are also due to all successful applicants from the 2015 NHMRC project grants ( Metabolomics studies featured strongly in another very tough year. Biomarker discovery grants using metabolomics include studies led by Mike Inouye (University of Melbourne) on typhoid fever, David James (University of Sydney) on diabetes, and Michael Sorich (Flinders) on personalised medicine. Malcolm McConville (University of Melbourne) obtained two grants on parasite metabolism, one in Leishmania, and one in malaria parasites (led by Leann Tilley, University of Melbourne). ANZMN vice president, Dr Darren Creek (Monash) also obtained two grants, using metabolomics in drug discovery with Jonathan Baell (Monash) for malaria, and with Natalie Trevaskis and Matthew Watt (Monash) for metabolic disease. Matthew also obtained a second grant to understand metabolism in adipocytes. Congratulations to these successful labs, and to others that we have missed. Finally, the ANZMN takes this opportunity to wish everybody reading this (and their families) a Merry Christmas and all the best for a happy and successful 2016.

Korea Metabolomics Society (KoMetS)
Korea Metabolomics Society (KoMetS) has elected the new president, Prof. Choong Hwan Lee (Konkuk University), Executive director, Kyoung Heon Kim (Korea University), and operation committee member, 13 specialists in diverse scientific field for upcoming years (2016-2017). The new committee has decided the 2016 annual meeting in Seoul early April which consists of 6 sessions, Drug discovery & Pharmacology, Food & Nutrition, Environment & Ecology, Plant, Emerging technology, Human disease, and Microorganism.

Software Spotlight

Training Spotlight

The Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre – Current requirements and new opportunities for training in metabolomics

Ralf J. M. Weber1, Catherine L. Winder1, Lee D. Larcombe2, Mark R. Viant1 and Warwick B. Dunn1

1Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
2ELIXIR-UK, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PT, UK

Training needs have been identified for our expanding metabolomics community

The metabolomics community is growing at a rapid rate. This is shown by the increasing number of publications during the last 12 years (32 and 2414 publications listed on PubMed in 2003 and 2014, respectively) and the increasing number of large-scale metabolomics centres being developed globally (for example, the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre in the UK and the six NIH-funded Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Cores in the USA). In any scientific discipline that is growing rapidly there is a considerable requirement for introductory and specialised training in the relevant laboratory and computational workflows. Indeed, the lack of skilled professionals can inhibit the growth of the metabolomics community [1].

Recently, we conducted an international survey to determine the training needs of the metabolomics community. The survey was conducted in association with the international Metabolomics Society ( and ELIXIR-UK ( The Metabolomics Society was established to promote the growth of this relatively new scientific field, of which training early-career scientists and scientists who have not applied metabolomics previously is a core objective. ELIXIR-UK is the BBSRC/MRC/NERC funded UK node within the ELIXIR infrastructure in the European Union and focuses on bioinformatics training provision in partnership with other European ELIXIR Nodes. ELIXIR-UK has prioritized 5 critical areas of UK training need. Metabolomics is one of those priorities and this collaborative effort will be key to engaging the community and addressing the emerging skills gap. Our international survey had the objectives to determine the training courses currently available, areas where training is required and the delivery mechanisms preferred by the community. The results and recommendations were recently summarised in the journal Metabolomics [2] and all results are available on the Metabolomics Society website (

There were 202 responses to the survey. The results indicated that the current training courses are not sufficient to meet the growing training needs of the international metabolomics community. To allow the metabolomics community to expand through professionally trained scientists we need to develop appropriate training courses in both theoretical aspects of metabolomics as well as hands-on training in laboratory and computational skills. The requirements in laboratory and bioinformatics courses at beginners and advanced level are shown below in Figure 1. A Wordle is also shown in Figure 1 for the different databases applied.


Figure 1A

Figure 1B
Figure 1C

Figure 1. Survey results showing the responses to questions focused on training requirements in (A) chemical/analytical laboratories, (B) bioinformatics, and (C) databases applied in metabolomics.

The key recommendations arising from this survey are to [2],
  1. Develop a series of face-to-face (f2f) and e-learning training courses to fill the knowledge gaps in analytical metabolomics and bioinformatics.
  2. Create new funding opportunities to build national and international networks of trainers to both develop and deliver training programs, thereby maximising existing investments of the funders into research projects and facilities.
  3. Improve the advertising and accessibility of both existing and new training courses, for example via the ELIXIR TeSS portal ( and Metabolomics Society network.
  4. To initiate discussions within the international metabolomics community to consider a formal accreditation of training programs in order to achieve high training standards, harmonisation across courses and the on-going redevelopment of courses as technologies evolve.
The newly launched Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre

Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre

The requirement for a greater number of training courses in different areas of metabolomics has been highlighted in the training survey discussed above. The University of Birmingham, UK, has internationally recognised metabolomics expertise and hosts national facilities to support both clinical (Phenome Centre-Birmingham) and environmental (NERC Biomolecular Analysis Facility - Birmingham) science, applying both mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy as well as data processing and analysis. This wealth of expertise has been used to establish the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre (BMTC, as a new centre of excellence for metabolomics training across multiple topics within metabolomics including both analytical and computational methods. The courses developed to date as well as those being planned are targeted to fill known gaps in training as identified by the training survey. A combination of hands-on, face-to-face courses and online courses will be developed that incorporate different and innovative teaching methods. The face-to-face workshops will include lectures, laboratory practicals, and computational sessions with significant hands-on training utilising state-of-the-art analytical instruments and software. We will collaborate with analytical instrument and software providers to provide training in new cutting-edge developments. These courses will be marketed to the metabolomics community as a whole or to specialised communities, for example courses aimed at environmental scientists or clinical scientists.

To provide an optimal environment for hands-on training, the number of trainees per session will be strictly limited (Dr Elizabeth Want, International Phenome Training Centre, personal communication). To provide training to larger audiences in a distributed approach to allow the trainee to select when they perform the training each week, online training courses need to be developed. These courses should provide interaction between educators and learners and allow forum discussions between learners to which educators can contribute. In 2013, the University of Birmingham joined a consortium to deliver online training or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) via the UK-based FutureLearn platform ( MOOCs are free to register for, deliver learning in small segments, offer flexibility in time and study, and consequently are available to a wide audience. The MOOC detailed below was the first worldwide to focus on metabolomics.

MOOC: Metabolomics: Understanding metabolism in the 21st century (register at

It ran for four weeks in October 2015 and attracted 2262 learners. The course was targeted towards MSc and PhD students but we envisaged that it would also provide a valuable introduction to metabolomics for scientists at any stage in their careers. The learning community actually included both scientists and non-scientists from school pupils to retired people. A key aspect of MOOCs is the social learning (2883 comments were posted across the course) and we (the educators) greatly enjoyed interacting with the learning community and answering their questions. The overriding opinions from the learners were that they found the course to be very enjoyable and challenging, and appreciated the introduction to this fascinating subject. So we plan to continue introducing this online community to metabolomics and will hopefully run the course again next year.

In conclusion, the metabolomics community have strongly indicated the requirement for more training capacity and have highlighted the areas where new training courses are required as well as the preferred types of training delivery. To assist in supporting the growth of the international metabolomics community the Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre has been established to deliver both face-to-face and online training courses at both introductory and advanced levels. We hope the training survey will lead to the development of further training courses internationally to meet the needs of the metabolomics community.

We thank the BBSRC, MRC and NERC for funding of the ELIXIR-UK node (BB/L005077/1), and thank the Metabolomics Society for support in undertaking the metabolomics training questionnaire.

[1] Metabolomics Market By Technique, Application and by Indications – Global Forecasts to 2019,, report July 2019.
[2] Ralf J. M. Weber, Catherine L. Winder, Lee D. Larcombe, Warwick B. Dunn, & Mark R. Viant. Training Needs in Metabolomics, (2015). Metabolomics, 11:784–786

Please note:
If you know of any metabolomics research programs, software, databases, statistical methods, meetings, workshops, or training sessions that we should feature in future issues of this newsletter, please email Ian Forsythe at

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This section features interviews with prominent researchers in the field of metabolomics. The aim of these interviews is to shed light on metabolomics researchers around the world and give them an opportunity to share their metabolomics story. In this issue, we feature an interview with Jianguo (Jeff) Xia.

Assistant Professor, Institute of Parasitology and Department of Animal Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Jianguo (Jeff) Xia


Jianguo (Jeff) Xia obtained his Bachelor of Medicine (5-year program) from Peking University Health Science Center, China, in 2001. He then moved to Canada in 2004 and obtained his MSc degree (research field: Immunogenetics) in 2006, followed by his PhD (research field: Bioinformatics and Metabolomics) in 2011, both at the University of Alberta, Canada. From 2012-2014, he did his postdoctoral training (research field: Next-generation Sequencing and Systems Biology) at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Since 2015, he has been an Assistant Professor at McGill University. His lab focuses on integrating metabolomics and systems biology approaches to understand the effects of nutrition, gut microbiota, and intestinal parasites in host health and disease. He is the author of 39 peer-reviewed papers.

Metabolomics Interview (MN, MetaboNews; JX, Jeff Xia)

MN: How did you get involved in metabolomics?

JX: I started my PhD in the summer of 2006 in Dr. David Wishart’s lab at the University of Alberta, Canada. At that time, the first version of the Human Metabolome Database was just released, and the majority of the lab members were busy improving the content and performance of the database. Although I regretted that I had missed the excitement of being involved in the project at its very beginning, I clearly saw the wide-open door of opportunities - now we have the database, what’s next? For me, the answer was very clear - biological functions, namely, how to use the resources we have developed to better understand the metabolomics data.

MN: What are some of the most exciting aspects of your work in metabolomics?

JX: The most exciting aspect is to see that the tools I developed have proven to be useful, and have been used widely within the metabolomics community. For instance, the MetaboAnalyst web application ( is the first web-based tool that I developed back in 2009. It is now routinely processing over 75,000 data analysis jobs every month. Maintaining and upgrading this program provides an important service to the metabolomics research community.

MN: What key metabolomics initiatives are you pursuing at your research centre or institute?

JX: I am very interested in integrating metabolomics data with other types of molecular profiles to understand the host-environment interactions, with particular focus on food and gut microbiota.

MN: What is happening in your country in terms of metabolomics?

JX: I am associated with two faculties (Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and Faculty of Medicine) at McGill, and I clearly see many of my colleagues view metabolomics as a very important tool for their research. They are either already using the technology or plan to use it very soon. The most common question I get asked is how to best interpret metabolomics data within the context of other omics data.

MN: How do you see your work in metabolomics being applied today or in the future?

JX: My work is at the interface between the instrument (data generation) and the practitioner (clinicians, bench researchers, etc.). Given the increasing throughput and complexity of the metabolomics data (and other big omics data) being generated today, the work will only become more critical in the future.

MN: As you see it, what are metabolomics' greatest strengths?

JX: The greatest strength of metabolomics (i.e., the measurement of the metabolome) is the closeness of the metabolome to an organism’s phenotype, its sensitivity to environmental influences, and the rich information about the interactions between the organism and the environment.

MN: What do you see as the greatest barriers for metabolomics?

JX: It should be the limited metabolome coverage and the challenges in compound identification and quantification, as compared to other omics technologies.

MN: What improvements, technological or otherwise, need to take place for metabolomics to really take off?

JX: As far as I see, metabolomics has already taken off thanks to many pioneers in the field. From a bioinformatics point of view, developing novel approaches to integrate metabolomics with other omics data and better compound identification algorithms will significantly boost its adoption and application.

MN: How does the future look in terms of funding for metabolomics?

JX: As a new PI, I cannot tell this based on my own experience. I think it is getting better.

MN: What role can metabolomics standards play?

JX: The standards are critical for the future growth of the field in terms of data exchange and sharing, data re-use and integration. Journals, data repositories, and bioinformatics tools should all encourage and support this practice.

MN: Do you have any other comments that you wish to share about metabolomics?

JX: That’s all. Thank you for the opportunity.

Please note: We are open to suggestions for our MetaboInterviews section. Please send suggestions for future interview candidates to Ian Forsythe at

Metabolomics Current Contents

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Metabolomics Events

7-9 Dec 2015

MetaboMeeting 2015
Venue: Robinson College, Cambridge, UK

SELECTBIO are delighted to announce that we are once again partnering with the Metabolic Profiling Forum (MPF) to host the Metabomeeting 2015. The MPF will focus on the conference program while SELECTBIO will take care of logistics, promotion and exhibition/sponsorship activities. We are expecting up to 270 attendees offering a unique opportunity to network with key researchers who are making innovative discoveries within this field.   We are also delighted to announce that this year the registration price includes a wonderful dinner reception which will be held on Tuesday 8th December in the Magnificent Kings College Dining Hall.

Agenda Topics
  • Advancing Biological Knowledge from Single Cells to Whole Organisms
  • Applying Metabolomics to Nutritional Support and Food Analysis
  • Clinical Development in Metabolomics
  • Enhancing Analytical Approaches in Metabolomics
  • Modelling and Data Analysis
  • New Developments in Plant Metabolomics
  • Next Generation Metabolomics - Where will the Revolution will Happen Next
  • Structure and Reporting of Metabolomics: Data to Knowledge
For further details, visit

10-12 Dec 2015

3rd ICAN Conference Series on Omics
Venue: Saint James Albany Hotel Spa, Paris, France

On behalf of the steering committee, the Institute of Cardiometabolism And Nutrition (ICAN) is delighted to invite you to attend the 3rd ICAN CONFERENCE SERIES on Omics which will take place in Paris, France, from December 10-12, 2015.

ICAN Conference Series is an educational organization directed and managed by ICAN and the scientific community. Since its inception in 2012, ICAN organized two ICAN conference in 2013 and 2014, and they both were a real success!

ICAN conference Series convene dynamic, open, peer-reviewed conferences on the exciting new frontiers of life science. Whether you are a geneticist, an immunologist or virtually any other type of life science investigator, and whether you are from academia, industry or the government/non-profit sector, we think you will find the experience of attending a ICAN Conference Series meeting valuable and memorable.

As in the previous editions, we aim to warrant high quality scientific programme and facilitate interactions especially between speakers and young investigators and researchers. To that aim ICAN CONFERENCE SERIES scientific board will select young researchers abstracts eligible for Junior researchers registration rate and limit the total number of participants. Moreover, this year, certain young researchers will have the opportunity to be one of the two chairs of each session.

For further details, visit

11-12 Feb 2016

Metabolite identification with the Q Exactive and LTQ Orbitrap
Venue: Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This two-day course will provide a comprehensive theoretical and hands-on approach to teach the latest techniques and tools available to perform metabolite identification applying mass spectrometry in non-targeted metabolomics studies. The course is targeted towards students and researchers who are actively applying metabolomics and want to fully understand the mass spectrometry tools and software applied for metabolite identification.

The course will be taught by experts in the fields of metabolomics and chemical analysis and will include significant hands-on experience using both the Q Exactive and LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometers and related software/databases/libraries. The course will focus on:
  • Conversion of raw data to molecular formula and associated difficulties
  • Data Dependent Acquisition (DDA) and Data Independent Acquisition (DIA)
  • MS/MS and MSn data acquisition to construct spectral trees
  • Current software, databases, and libraries applied in metabolite identification
The course will finish with a session on the tips and tricks from the experts and an opportunity to ask questions.

For further information and registration details, please visit or contact Dr Cate Winder (

14-19 Feb 2016

EMBO Practical Course on Metabolomics Bioinformatics for Life Scientists
Venue: European Bioinformatics Institute, CB10 1SD, United Kingdom (Google Maps)

This course will provide an overview of key issues that affect metabolomics studies, handling dataset and procedures for the analysis of metabolomics data using bioinformatics tools. It will be delivered using a mixture of lectures, computer-based practical sessions and interactive discussions. The course will provide a platform for discussion of the key questions and challenges in the field of metabolomics, from study design to metabolite identification.

We will have lively and interactive discussion throughout the course in addition to the hands-on data analysis and processing. We encourage you to bring your data, problems you might have with a particular data set or study for group discussion.  You will be asked to present your work and participate in the discussions from day one.

Who is this course aimed at: This course is aimed at PhD students, post-docs and researchers with at least two or three year’s experience in the field of metabolomics who are seeking to improve their skills in metabolomics data analysis.

Topics covered:
  • Metabolomics study design, workflows and sources of experimental error, difference between target and un-target approaches.
  • Metabolomics data processing tools: hands on open source R based programs, XCMS, MetFrag, MetFusion, rNMR, BATMAN
  • Metabolomics data analysis: Using R Bioconductor, understanding usage of univariate and multivariate data analysis, data fusion concepts and data clustering
  • Metabolomics downstream analyses: KEGG, BioCyc, MetExplore and Cytoscape for metabolic pathway and network analysis with visualisation of differential expression, understanding metabolomics flux analysis.
  • Metabolomics standards and databases: data dissemination and deposition in EMBL-EBI MetaboLights repository, collection and ever growing metabolomics online resource, COSMOS data standards, MSI
For further details, visit

23-24 Feb 2016

Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Metabolic Phenotyping
Venue: Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This two-day course will provide a comprehensive theoretical overview of the application of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) in metabolic phenotyping and hands-on training in the analytical laboratory and bioinformatics laboratory. The course is aimed at students and researchers who are actively working in the field and want to learn how to apply the important processes of quality assurance and quality control in their research. Experts who have developed the application of QA and QC procedures within the metabolomics field will lead the course. It will include both theoretical and practical components focused on:
  • Theoretical aspects of QA and QC in metabolic phenotyping
  • The application of QA and QC in untargeted and targeted studies
  • Preparation of QC samples and appropriate data acquisition
  • Data processing and QA/QC reporting
The course will finish with a question and answer session with a panel of experts.

For further information and registration details, please visit or contact Dr Cate Winder (

30 Mar to 1 Apr 2016

The Australian & New Zealand Metabolomics Conference (ANZMET 2016)
Venue: La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

The inaugural ANZMET conference is an exciting, peer-driven event! It is designed to foster an all-inclusive, engaging and rich interpersonal process through a blend of traditional presentations, rapid-fire postgraduate presentations, poster sessions, a roundtable discussion, and topical peer sessions.

Its aim is to promote collaboration, innovation, and community-building in metabolomics across private and government sectors by open engagement of all researchers and institutions throughout Australia and New Zealand. The conference is actively supported by the Australia & New Zealand Metabolomics Network (ANZMN), in conjunction with the Metabolomics Society and Metabolomics Australia. Several keynote speakers will present at the conference, including Professor David Wishart amongst others.
For further details, visit

3-7 Apr 2016

Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis: MSB 2016
Venue: Queen’s Landing, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada

We invite you to join us for the 32nd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (MSB 2016), which is the premier forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research on the frontiers of separation science relevant to human health and the environment. If you are currently incorporating microscale separations like capillary electrophoresis, nano-LC, multidimensional separations, ion mobility spectrometry, microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip devices into your research, then this is a meeting you will not want to miss!

To ensure a stimulating yet intimate environment for discussions, MSB 2016 will be limited to 275 delegates so we encourage you submit an abstract before the Jan. 15, 2016 deadline for late breaking submissions. We invite you to browse our conference website ( to learn more about our exciting scientific program.

4-6 Apr 2016

Metabolomics with the Q Exactive
Venue: Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This three-day hands-on course will introduce you to using the Q Exactive mass spectrometer in your metabolomics investigations. The course is aimed at students and researchers with minimal previous experience of applying liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) in metabolomics. The course will be led by experts in the field and include lectures, laboratory sessions and computer workshops to provide:
  • An introduction to metabolomics, LC-MS and using the Q Exactive mass spectrometer in your studies
  • Sample preparation for analysis of polar and lipid metabolites in metabolic profiling and targeted studies
  • Instrument methods and data acquisition for profiling and targeted studies
  • Data processing and data analysis
  • Introduction to metabolite identification
The course will finish with a question and answer session with a panel of experts.

For further information and registration details, please visit or contact Dr Cate Winder (

18 Apr to 26 May 2016

Copenhagen School of Chemometrics - 2016 (CSC-2016)
Venue: Copenhagen, Denmark

  • CSC-2016 is FREE of charge for students at any level.
  • PhD students can obtain a maximum of 12 ECTS.
  • We will count with highly recognized chemometricians as lecturers/teachers: Frans van den Berg, Riccardo Leardi, Thomas Skov, Tormod Næs, Rasmus Bro, Age Smilde, Åsmund Rinnan, Evrim Acar, Federico Marini and Jose M. Amigo.
  • Bonus track: There is the possibility to attend the “Introduction to Matlab for Multivariate Data Analysis” PhD course (see flyer for more information).
The maximum number of participants will be 20 participants per seminar. Therefore, it's strongly recommend to contact Jose Amigo ( as soon as possible for keeping your seat!

How to enroll in the CSC-2016? Please, send an e-mail to Jose Amigo ( with the information requested in this flyer.

20-22 Apr 2016

Multiple biofluid and tissue types, from sample preparation to analysis strategies for metabolomics
Venue: Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This three-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of dealing with complex biological samples for liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis. The course is targeted towards students and researchers who are actively applying metabolomics in their research and want to learn more about robust sample preparation and data acquisition. The course will be led by experts in the field and  will include:
  • An overview of sampling, quenching and extraction strategies for different biological samples
  • Hands-on sample preparation using different sample types
  • Hands-on HILIC and reversed phase LC-MS data acquisition
  • Solid phase extraction and liquid-liquid extraction
  • An overview of data analysis and metabolite identification
  • An opportunity to ask questions and seek advice to prepare samples in your own research.
For further information and registration details, please visit or contact Dr Cate Winder (

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Metabolomics Jobs

Metabolomics Jobs

This is a resource for advertising positions in metabolomics. If you have a job you would like posted in this newsletter, please email Ian Forsythe ( Job postings will be carried for a maximum of four issues (eight weeks) unless the position is filled prior to that date.

Jobs Offered

Job Title Employer Location Posted Closes Source
Field Application Specialist Metabolomics/Mass spectrometry
Biocrates Life Sciences
East Coast, USA

Biocrates Life Sciences
Chemist for Public Health
Silent Spring Institute
Newton, MA, USA 23-Nov-2015
Until filled
Metabolomics Society Jobs
Molecular or Cellular Biologist for Public Health
Silent Spring Institute Newton, MA, USA 23-Nov-2015
Until filled Metabolomics Society Jobs
Data Scientist for Public Health
Silent Spring Institute Newton, MA, USA 23-Nov-2015
Until filled Metabolomics Society Jobs
Assistant Professor
Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan, USA 23-Nov-2015
Until filled Metabolomics Society Jobs
Postdoctoral Position in Metabolomics
Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon 17-Nov-2015
Until filled Metabolomics Society Jobs
Senior Laboratory Research Scientist
The Francis Crick Institute London, UK
3-Dec-2015 Metabolomics Society Jobs
Research Associate (Biostatistics)
Imperial College London London, UK
6-Dec-2015 Imperial College London
Research Associate (Software Engineer)
Imperial College London London, UK
6-Dec-2015 Imperial College London
Computational Biology Faculty in Food and Nutritional Metabolomics
Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio, USA 10-Nov-2015
Until filled Metabolomics Society Jobs
Bioinformatics Expert and Data Scientist: Metabolomics
The University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 5-Nov-2015
15-Jan-2016 The University of Lausanne
Research Technician: Metabolomics Platform (MSc in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry or equivalent in related discipline)
The University of Lausanne Lausanne, Switzerland 5-Nov-2015
The University of Lausanne
Assistant Professor-Molecular Nutrition & Metabolomics
Cornell University Ithaca, NY, USA 28-Oct-2015
Until filled Metabolomics Society Jobs
Bioinformatics (Metabolomics-specific) Research Fellow 1
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK 15-Oct-2015

University of Birmingham
Postdoctoral research position in chemical ecology / (imaging) mass spectrometry
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Jena, Germany 2-Oct-2015

Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Cornell University Assist./Assoc. Professor in Plant Metabolomics
Cornell University Ithaca, NY, USA 2-Oct-2015
Until filled Metabolomics Society Jobs

Jobs Wanted

This section is intended for very highly qualified individuals (e.g., lab managers, professors, directors, executives with extensive experience) who are seeking employment in metabolomics. We encourage these individuals to submit their position requests to Ian Forsythe ( Upon review, a limited number of job submissions will be selected for publication in the Jobs Wanted section.
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