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Welcome to the seventy-third 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 metabolomics interview with Jules Griffin of the University of Cambridge.

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Invitation to Bid to Host the Metabolomics Society 16th Annual International Conference in Asia in Summer 2020
The Metabolomics Society is calling for interested members in the Greater Asia region to express their interest in hosting the 2020 annual Metabolomics Society meeting ( Please send notice of your interest using this form by 15th September 2017. You should name individuals who will be key to forming a Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and outline the scientific plan for the conference. The LOC will report to the Metabolomics Society and assist A-S-K staff to select a suitable venue and organize the conference. The tasks of the LOC are to ensure national and regional support for the conference, to assist the Society in administrative planning and, most importantly, to chair and organize the scientific management of the conference, including forming an International Organizing Committee that has the responsibility for scientific aspects of the meeting. Please complete the application form outlining your ideas to maximize the scientific quality and outreach of the conference. For further enquiries, please contact the Society via A-S-K Associates (

Metabolomics 2018
The 14th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Society will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA from the 25-28th June 2018 (

Open Call for Scientific Session Suggestions
Professor Dan Raftery, conference chair, and the Scientific Organizing Committee invite Metabolomics Society members to submit ideas for Scientific Session topics for the conference. The deadline for submission of scientific sessions is September 15, 2017: click here to access the submission form. A separate call for applications for pre-conference workshops will open in October.


Board of Directors

Words from the Chair
When I decided on the location of my family holiday, I hadn’t given much thought to the August Board of Directors’ telephone conference and how mobile coverage and WiFi accessibility might not stretch across the country. So for August I found myself standing on a hillside trying to get signal on a remote part of North West Skye. For those of you not familiar with UK geography, Skye is a Scottish Island almost at the point where land stops and the Atlantic starts; beautiful in a wet and windy way! As many of you will be aware from emails, we are in the middle of elections and we discussed progress to finding new directors and recruiting to the early members network. We also had an update on progress in terms of journal developments; hopefully we should have some news soon. However, the main topic of conversation was progress on Seattle. So just in case you have been living on a remote Scottish Island, the international meeting for 2018 will be in Seattle, organised by Prof. Dan Raftery. We are currently in the process of inviting plenary and keynote speakers. We are also really keen to hear from people who want to put on workshops. An official call will go out later in the year but it’s not too soon to start thinking about how you could contribute to a workshop, be it in best practises in the lab, how to write better papers, careers in science, or the latest tools for processing metabolomics data. So while it doesn’t seem that long ago we were eating ice cream in Brisbane, time to get sipping coffee and thinking about what you can contribute to Seattle 2018!


Australian & New Zealand Metabolomics Network (ANZMN)
The new European Molecular Biology Laboratory Australia Bioinformatics Resource (EMBL-ABR) is a distributed national research infrastructure providing bioinformatics support to life science researchers in Australia. It was set up as a collaboration with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) to maximise Australia’s bioinformatics capability. As part of their Open Science series, EMBL-ABR recently hosted an interview about bioinformatics and omic sciences with ANZMN member Dr. Saravanan Dayalan. Dr. Dayalan works at the Metabolomics Australia node at the University of Melbourne and also in roles for the EMBL-ABR. He is well respected all over the world for his work in metabolomics-based bioinformatics and software (e.g., MASTR-MS, You can see the full interview at and can find out more about the EMBL-ABR initiative at if you are interested. Australian and New Zealand-based metabolomics researchers are encouraged to interact with this new facility.

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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 Jules Griffin.

President, Metabolomics Society, and Lecturer, Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (UK)

Jules Griffin


Dr. Griffin studied chemistry at Magdalen College, Oxford, and went on to do postgraduate research in biochemistry, gaining his DPhil from Oxford in 1999 after studying in the laboratory of Professor George Radda. Following this he held Postdoctoral posts as a Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital Fellow in Radiology, as a research associate at Imperial College London, and, later, as a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge (UK). He was formally appointed as a University Lecturer (the US equivalent to an associate professor) at Cambridge University in 2007. Dr. Griffin's group uses a range of analytical techniques including NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (they have access to a 500 MHz NMR spectrometer, a Thermo LTQ ion trap, a Waters QTOF Ultima, a Waters Quattro Premiere triple quadrupole LCMS, and two GC-MS), to follow metabolism in the brain to look at a range of disease processes. The majority of his work has centered on mouse models of disease including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses. More recently, Dr. Griffin's group has been using a combination of animal models (mouse, rat, and C.elegans) to understand the metabolic consequences of "metabolic syndrome" including type II diabetes, obesity, fatty liver disease, and dyslipidaemia. His studies have attempted to cross-correlate metabolomic data with proteomics and transcriptomics to create a "systems biology" description of the consequences of pathology and genetic modulation related to the metabolic syndrome.

Metabolomics Interview (MN, MetaboNews; JG, Jules Griffin)

MN: How did you get involved in metabolomics?

JG: I was doing my first post-doc at Harvard Medical School, using NMR spectroscopy to follow cardiac metabolism, when for personal reasons (getting married!) I decided I needed to return to the UK. There was an advert for several post-doctoral positions at Imperial College London using NMR spectroscopy to profile metabolite changes in urine from small mammals exposed to environmental toxicants. I remember going to interview at Imperial just before Christmas 1998 and being amazed by the facilities they had on offer. Jeremy Nicholson also did a great job of selling the field to me. I took up a post under Jeremy’s supervision and started one of my most exciting and productive periods of research.

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

JG: A surprising aspect of my work recently has been the chance to be involved in human field studies. Most of my research is lab based but in 2013 I got the opportunity to join the Xtereme Everest 2 expedition. This expedition set out to look at how humans adapt to high altitude by monitoring physiological changes in volunteers that trekked to Everest Basecamp at ~5400 m above sea level. This included a physiology lab actually at basecamp with exercise bikes, clinical chemistry, and respirometry. Tom Ashmore (a PhD student at the time) and I took part in the trek and then analysed muscle biopsy samples that were collected to monitor metabolic adaptation in Europeans and native Sherpa volunteers. We were able to compare between the two groups and identify differences in fatty acid oxidation, which we believe help Sherpas to adapt to life at high altitude. This work has just been published in PNAS and the metabolomic data held the key to many of the metabolic adaptations (Metabolic basis to Sherpa altitude adaptation. Horscroft JA, Kotwica AO, Laner V, West JA, Hennis PJ, Levett DZH, Howard DJ, Fernandez BO, Burgess SL, Ament Z, Gilbert-Kawai ET, Vercueil A, Landis BD, Mitchell K, Mythen MG, Branco C, Johnson RS, Feelisch M, Montgomery HE, Griffin JL, Grocott MPW, Gnaiger E, Martin DS, Murray AJ. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 13;114(24):6382-6387. doi: 10.1073/pnas).

Jules on the exercise bike at Namche Bazaar

Jules on the exercise bike at Namche Bazaar (Image copyright: Jules Griffin)

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

JG: The big international project that I’ve been part of for a number of years is the MetaboLights project. In collaboration with Christoph Steinbeck at the European Bioinformatics Institute (now the University of Jena) we’ve developed and populated a repository for metabolomics data. One of the great challenges of this project has been to try to keep up with all the developments in metabolomics with new workflows. It’s been great to see the repository grow and I’m looking forward to more people making use of it as a research tool to validate their own experiments.

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

JG: I think the first thing to say is that it’s a very diverse community. At one end we have the big national facilities and projects such as the National Phenome Centre at Imperial College London, which is doing pioneering work in medical diagnostics, but we also have smaller cores and groups doing world class science on a much smaller scale. I think we have a long way to come to be as well developed as a community as those in the proteomics field but we are getting there. To a degree this has been driven forward by some great local meetings with Metabomeeting and the London, Cambridge, and Scottish networks regularly attracting 100+ attendees. The London network seems only limited by the size of the lecture theatres they have access to! I think the next step is closer ties with lipidomics, which will be interesting as it will bring a much larger component of signalling to our field and I think we, the metabolomics community, will bring a bigger influence of all things metabolic. No bad thing to either community!

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

JG: Recently I’ve become very excited about diagnostics and translating metabolite signatures to simple chip or paper-based assays. For my own research interests in medical diagnostics this has to be the way forward – getting these diagnostics into the General Practise surgeries and clinics. It will also be vital for diagnostics in developing countries.

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

JG: I think it’s saved metabolism research! For those with long memories, prior to such global approaches, there was very little research into metabolism. No one seemed to be interested and the erroneous view was we knew all we needed to know about metabolism. Then we started looking at global profiles and realised how wrong we were!

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

JG: I think it’s our laziness as a community to not quantitate our data. I’m as guilty as everyone else in the community but what is preventing us sharing data are the shortcuts we take over quantification, which means that many studies don’t really report concentrations but relative changes. If we could get over this barrier then it will make exchanging data between labs and studies so much easier, and we could really move forward as a community.


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

JG: Firstly, I think it has taken off! However, if it’s going to be in every department and a must have for biological research, I think the price and size of instrumentation needs to come down. Core facilities are all very well but they keep the PI of individual projects at a distance to the data and the analytical workflow. Imagine the future when there was a high res LC-MS in the corner of the lab next to the PCR machine. I think then we would see the field explode.

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

JG: We are going through a period of uncertainty in the UK post-Brexit where we, I think it’s fair to say, are not quite sure what the future funding landscape will be. The EU has been a big supporter of metabolomics initiatives and UK groups have been partners on a number of large consortia across Europe. Currently it’s not certain UK scientists will be allowed to apply for these grants under the current scheme rules, and we are not quite sure what this will mean for UK science. However, what is talked about at the moment is that when the UK started to co-fund science in the EU we stopped a lot of funding schemes across the globe. If there might be a silver lining to the whole Brexit debacle then maybe we will become more global in our research outlook.

MN: What role can metabolomics standards play?

JG: We are just beginning to see sharing of data in large epidemiology studies where power is so important to correlate GWAS and metabolomics data. There they have had to standardise assays and how they report the data. These studies have shown the potential of being able to share data. Into the future we will see more of this but it will only be possible if we agree to describe our experiments fully and in a standard way. This will also help our data to become more readable for computers, allowing us to data mine them better.

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

JG: I think returning to the issue of data standards and describing properly what we do; I think it’s going to be really important for us to properly share our methods so that others can replicate our approaches to give us added confidence but also allowing us to share resources and data across smaller labs. One could envisage metabolome projects across the globe where gene families are divided up and we all agree on an approach to cover key metabolic pathways. As a Chinese colleague recently pointed out to me, the great thing of collaborating globally is they are working while I’m sleeping and I can pick up the baton in the morning!

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8 Aug 2017

NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program Funding Opportunity Announcements

The NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program recently issued four new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for the program’s second stage of funding. These funding opportunities will focus on the following topics:
  • The continued development of a robust National Metabolomics Data Repository to store, and make publicly available, raw and processed metabolomic data. (RFA-RM-17-011)
  • The development of novel tools to facilitate metabolomics data analysis and interpretation. (RFA-RM-07-012)
  • The establishment of Compound Identification Development Cores to develop innovative approaches to enhance compound identification of the most significant, biomedically-relevant unknown metabolites. (RFA-RM-17-013)
  • The establishment of a Stakeholder Engagement and Program Coordination Center to coordinate the required activities of the Common Fund Metabolomics Consortium and engage invested communities in developing and disseminating consensus best practices in metabolomics. (RFA-RM-17-014)
 Letters of intent are due by September 12, 2017 and final applications are due by October 20, 2017.  Please share with anyone who may be interested.



Metabolomics Events

11-15 Sep 2017

School on "Cloud-based Metabolomics Data Analysis and Collaboration"

Venue: Building 2 of the Technology Park of Sardinia Pula, Sardinia, Italy

We are happy to announce that registrations are now open; visit to register now.

Metabolomics is a well established -omics science whose growth is bringing about new challenges. Systematic studies and integration with other data sources are resulting in ever larger dataset sizes; production applications require superior computational scalability of analysis techniques; complex, multi-step workflows make study reproducibility more challenging.

At the same time, cloud computing technologies are extending their functionality and provide practical solutions for many of these problems.

In this School students will have the opportunity to learn about current topics in metabolomics, with a slant on the integration of cloud computing technologies where they are beneficial to the effectiveness and efficiency of research and analysis work. Top-level lecturers in the field will provide their insight and will be available for the entire duration of the school, with ample opportunity for interaction with the students. Importantly, the School will also include practical sessions where students can put their new knowledge into practice under the guidance of tutors and run analyses using the new PhenoMeNal cloud-based metabolomics platform.

To register and for more information, visit

20-23 Sep 2017

MOVISS: Bio and Data

Venue: Vorau, Austria

A problem driven meeting aimed at bioinformaticians, biochemists, statisticians and those who handle and interpret metabolomics data
When: Sept 20-23, 2017
Where: Vorau, Austria
To register and for more information, go to, and follow us on Twitter @MOVISSmeet
Not just an ordinary conference, where people present work they have already done, MOVISS is centered on identifying and problem solving current challenges relating to metabolomics data handling by getting everyone in the room discussing it. Want to be at the forefront of solving some of the major bottlenecks in the Metabolomics Revolution – see you at MOVISS!

A follow up R Summer School will be held on September 25-27, 2017 in Vorau, Austria.

25-27 Sep 2017

Joint OpenMS and MetFrag User Meeting

Venue: Martin-Luther University, Halle, Germany

Speakers include:
  • W. Weckwerth (Uni Vienna)
  • G. Landrum (KNIME)
  • I. Grosse (MLU Halle)
  • Steffen Neumann (IPB Halle)
For more information and registration, please visit

2 Oct 2017

Metabolomics: Understanding Metabolism in the 21st Century
FREE online course

Metabolomics is an emerging field that aims to measure the complement of metabolites (the intermediates and products of metabolism) in living organisms. In this course, we provide an introduction to metabolomics and describe the current challenges in analysing the complement of metabolites in a biological system.
The course is targeted towards final year undergraduate students from biology / chemical disciplines and medical students, but will also provide a valuable introduction to the metabolomics field for MSc and PhD students, and scientists at any stage in their careers.
Register at:
or email: for more information.

12-13 Oct 2017

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

This two-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of the application of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) in metabolic phenotyping. The course is aimed at students and researchers who are actively working in the field. Experts who have developed the application of QA and QC procedures within the field will lead the course. It will include both theoretical and practical components to:
  • Introduce QA and QC in metabolic phenotyping
  • The application of QA and QC in untargeted and targeted studies
  • Preparation of QCs and data acquisition
  • Data processing and reporting standards
The course will finish with a question and answer session with a panel of experts.

Bursaries are now available for PhD students funded by the BBSRC, MRC, or NERC.

For further information and registration details, please visit or contact

12-13 Oct 2017

Mayo Clinic Metabolomics Symposium
Venue: Leighton Auditorium, Siebens Building, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Register today for the Mayo Clinic Metabolomics Symposium October 12-13, 2017 – Siebens Building, Leighton Auditorium, Rochester, Minnesota.

Featured speakers include Mayo Clinic experts and:
  • Dr. David Wishart, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Dr. Daniel Raftery, University of Washington
  • Dr. Thomas Caskey, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dr. David Pagliarini, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dr. Clary Clish, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University
Metabolomics 2017 Symposium Agenda

Registration links:

Mayo Clinic Metabolomics Symposium  *You will be required to create a profile. Speakers and vendors do not need to register.

Mayo Clinic Optional Focused 4-hour Workshop Friday, afternoon, October 13 (limited availability, not open to Mayo Clinic Employees)


$50 Course Registration – Mayo Clinic Employee
$150 Course Registration – Scholar/Junior Faculty
$275 Course Registration - Standard
$100 Optional Hands-on – Limited Attendee Workshop

Attendees are invited to display posters at the conference reception on Thursday evening. Awards for excellence will be given to first place ($300), second place ($200) and third place ($100).  Vendor opportunities are available and will be displayed during the entire workshop as well. Please contact Jacquelyn Gosse for vendor information.
Mayo Clinic is one of six federally funded Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Cores (RCMRC) to support medical research using metabolomics - the comprehensive and quantitative analysis of molecules (metabolites) that define the metabolic signatures of living systems. This symposium was made possible through grant number U24DK100469 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and originates from the National Institutes of Health Director’s Common Fund.

For more information, contact Jacquelyn Gosse.

18-20 Oct  2017

Workshop in Environmental Omics, Integration and Modelling
Venue: CosmoCaixa, Barcelona, Spain

The aim of this workshop is to review the state-of-the-art and broaden the knowledge on high-throughput analytical methods, data integration and modelling in Environmental Omics and Toxicology.

The main workshop topics will be the following:
  • Transcriptomic and Genomic studies
  • Metabolomic and Lipidomic studies
  • Development of Chemometrics and Analytical Tools
  • Data Integration and Modelling
We are pleased to invite you to participate in this workshop that will promote knowledge exchange and creation of new relationships and future collaborations.

For more information, please visit

6-8 Nov 2017

Metabolomics with the Q Exactive

Venue: Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This three-day 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 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 and using the Q Exactive mass spectrometer in your studies
  • Polar and non-polar sample preparation for profiling and targeted studies
  • 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.

Bursaries are now available for PhD students funded by the BBSRC, MRC, or NERC.

For further information and registration details, please visit or contact

7-10 Nov 2017

Hands on Data Analysis for Metabolic Profiling

Venue: Imperial International Phenome Training Centre, Imperial College London, UK

Earlybird: £900
Standard: £1100

This 4 day course provides a comprehensive overview of data analysis for metabolic profiling studies with data acquired from NMR spectroscopy and Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. It combines lectures and tutorial sessions to ensure a thorough understanding of the theory and practical applications.

Day 1: Introductory lectures and tutorials regarding the pre-processing of data acquired via NMR and LC-MS.

Day 2: Lectures and tutorials introducing exploratory chemometrics approaches, including PCA.

Day 3: Lectures and tutorials covering advanced chemometrics techniques including PLS and Orthogonal PLS.

Day 4: The next step - computational tools to aid metabolite identification and pathway analysis.

For more information, visit

13-17 Nov 2017

Hands-on LC-MS for Metabolic Profiling

Imperial International Phenome Training Centre, Imperial College London, UK
Earlybird: £1750
Standard: £1950

This week long course covers how to perform a metabolic profiling experiment from start to finish. It will cover study design, sample preparation, the use of mass spectrometry for global profiling, targeted methodologies and data analysis.

Day 1: Introductory lectures in mass spectrometry and chromatography, study design and sample preparation, followed by preparation of biological samples for analysis on subsequent days.

Days 2 and 3: Analysis of biofluids through global profiling and targeted analyses; an introductory session to liquid chromatography, followed by sessions on each of the newest QToF and TQ instrumentation. Instrument set up, method development and acquisition will be covered. We have set a maximum of 3 attendees per instrument allowing for hands-on participation by all.  Day 3 finishes with introduction to data analysis.

Day 4: Data analysis workshops where attendees will process the data acquired from the previous days, mixed with further statistics lectures, allowing for development of interpretation skills.

Day 5: Application lectures, tips, tricks and troubleshooting, optional trip to the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre.

For further information, please visit

20-27 Nov 2017

2nd International Electronic Conference of Metabolomics (IECM-2)

Held online

Building in the success of the 1st International Electronic Conference of Metabolomics (IECM-1) in 2016, Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989), a peer-reviewed, scientific journal, edited by MDPI AG, is proud to be the organizer and sponsor of the second International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics. Contributions dealing with any discipline promoting metabolism and metabolomics will be welcomed.

The conference will be held online ( from 20–27 November 2017, enabling you to present your latest research to the scientific community and to have the opportunity to participate in fruitful exchanges of information with academic and industrial groups from all over the world. It is absolutely free of charge to participate as an author or a visitor; all you need to do is create an account on the home page. After the event, proceedings from the conference (abstracts) will be published in the online open access journal, Proceedings.

On behalf of our active scientific committee and dynamic editorial staff, we warmly invite you to join us at the second International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics and we look forward to posting your contribution.

Sincerely yours,

A/Prof Peter J Meikle

Chair of the 2nd International Electronic Conference on Metabolomics
Editor-in-Chief of Metabolites (ISSN 2218-1989)
NHMRC Senior Research Fellow
Program Head, Metabolism
Head, Metabolomics Laboratory
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
75 Commercial Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

For further information, please visit

1 Dec 2017

Introduction to Metabolomics for the Clinical Scientist

Venue: Birmingham Metabolomics Training Centre, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

This one-day course in partnership with the Phenome Centre Birmingham will provide clinicians with an overview of the metabolomics pipeline, highlighting the benefits of the technique to the medical field. The course will provide an:
  • Introduction to experimental design and sample collection
  • An overview of both the analytical and computational methods applied in the field
  • Case studies and panel discussions with the experts
Bursaries are now available for PhD students funded by the BBSRC, MRC, or NERC.

For further information and registrations details, please visit or contact

6-8 Dec 2017

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 3-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of dealing with complex biological samples for LC-MS analysis. The course is targeted towards students and researchers who are actively applying metabolomics in their research. The course will be led by experts in the field and include:
  • An overview of 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 clean up methods
  • An overview of data analysis and metabolite identification
  • An opportunity to ask questions and seek advice to prepare samples in your own research
Bursaries are now available for PhD students funded by the BBSRC, MRC, or NERC.

For further information and registration details, please visit or contact

11-13 Dec 2017

MetaboMeeting 2017

Venue: University of Birmingham, UK

Make plans to attend the 10th successful MetaboMeeting conference. The meeting will bring together research scientists and practitioners from all areas of application and development of metabolic profiling, covering a wide range of experience from early career scientists to experts from throughout the international metabolomics field. MetaboMeeting 2017 continues to highlight the work of its attendees through both oral platform presentation and poster sessions.
The deadline for oral presentation abstracts is 15th July 2017.
The deadline for poster abstracts is 1st October 2017.

For further information, visit

14-15 Dec 2017

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 hands-on approach to teach the latest techniques and tools available to perform metabolite identification. We will apply these tools on the Q Exactive and LTQ Orbitrap mass spectrometry family. The course is targeted towards students and researchers who are actively applying metabolomics.

The course will be led by experts in the field and include significant hands-on experience using both the Q Exactive and LTQ Orbitrap instruments to perform:
  • Data dependent acquisition
  • Data independent acquisition
  • MS/MS and MSn data acquisition
The course will finish with a session on the tips and tricks from the experts and an opportunity to ask questions.

Bursaries are now available for PhD students funded by the BBSRC, MRC, or NERC.

For further information and registration details, please visit or contact

Late 2017
(To be confirmed)

Metabolic Phenotyping in Disease Diagnosis and Personalised Health Care

Imperial International Phenome Training Centre, Imperial College London, UK

Students: £500
Academic: £800
Industry: £1150

A lecture based course detailing an overview of metabolic phenotyping including the use of NMR spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry, with insights from the experts at Imperial College and collaborators from all over the world. Lectures will cover data acquisition and analysis with some advanced statistical workshops for more hands-on participation for attendees. There will also be examples of real life applications from the research at Imperial College and their collaborators.

Day 1: Registration followed by session 1 which will cover an analytical technology (either NMR or MS) for metabolic profiling. A laboratory tour of the facilities will follow.

Day 2: Session 2 will cover the alternative analytical technique (NMR / MS) and will be followed by session 3 which will introduce the theory to statistical analysis.

Day 3: Session 4 covers more advanced chemometrics, such as OPLS and O2PLS and includes hands-on workshops. Session 5 will introduce metabolite identification in both NMR and MS and cover some tips and tricks to avoid common pitfalls.

Day 4: The final day will cover some of the real life applications of NMR and MS for metabolic phenotyping.

For further information, please visit

Please note: If you know of any metabolomics lectures, meetings, workshops, or training sessions that we should feature in future issues of this newsletter, please email Ian Forsythe (


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
Analytical Scientist (PhD or Master) for Mass Spectrometry-based Quality Control Processes of Metabolomics Kits and Services
BIOCRATES Life Sciences AG
Innsbruck, Austria 28-Jul-2017   BIOCRATES Life Sciences AG
Postdoc Position in Computational Metabolomics  Friedrich Schiller University Jena Jena, Germany 4-Jul-2017 Until filled Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Postdoctoral Fellow / Research Associate in the field of (Bioinformatics / Metabolomics) McGill University Montreal, Canada 25-Jun-2017 1-Oct-2017 McGill University

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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