On Wednesday and Thursday last week researchers from as far away as Korea made their way to the Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio for the 2015 North American Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry (SIFT-MS) User Meeting.
The first day of the meeting saw a wide number of user presentations, including a superb Breath Analysis presentation from Dr Raed Dweik from The Cleveland Clinic, further excellent work from Sheryl Barringer on applying real-time analysis for food applications, autosampler integration, air quality measurements, and many more. The quality and range of these presentations was exciting, as was the free sharing of ideas between participants during sessions as well as during coffee and lunch breaks, and everyone left the User Meeting feeling more enlightened and excited about the capabilities of Syft Technologies’ SIFT-MS. Day 1 ended with a very welcome Conference Dinner, with excellent meals provided by The Ohio State University catering staff.
Day 2 had more of a training focus, with delegates being taken through the world-class LabSyft suite of software, principles of application development and best practice with respect to analysis of samples. In the afternoon, separate sessions were held for new/prospective users and advanced users. New/prospective users were treated to a series of instrument demos which showed off the real-time analysis, high selectivity and ease-of-use of the Voice200 instrument, followed by an introduction to the science of SIFT-MS. Advanced users were taken through a series of presentations designed to assist in getting the most out of the instrument and developing a deeper understanding of method development and the compound library.
Delegates thoroughly enjoyed the informative, interactive sessions on both days of the User Meeting. There is already talk of next year’s meeting in North America and there will be similar meetings in other parts of the world soon.