8th Annual Fluidigm Mass Cytometry Summit

June 20−21, 2019 | Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, Vancouver, Canada

Please join us at the 8th Annual Fluidigm Mass Cytometry Summit

June 20−21, 2019
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Program — See the final full agenda below!

We are excited to be extending the Summit to a two-day format this year to provide additional time for more presentations, special-topic breakout sessions and networking.

Attendees will hear talks on new scientific findings from researchers using mass cytometry as well as advances in Imaging Mass Cytometry™ (IMC™) and CyTOF® applications.

New this year are two special-topic breakout sessions: a panel discussion for core directors and presentations and discussion on best practices from experts.

Registration is free but space is limited and filling up fast!


We strongly suggest that you book your room in Vancouver as soon as possible to avoid conflicts with two other Vancouver events: the NHL Entry Draft June 21−22, and CYTO® 2019, June 22−26.

Below is a listing of the current sessions, topics and confirmed speakers.


Thursday, June 20

7:45–8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30−8:45 pm

Welcoming Remarks

Andrew Quong, Chief Scientific Officer

Alex Cherkassky, Senior Director, Product Management

8:45 am−12:00 pm

High-Dimensional Immunology

Getting Breadth, Depth and Location with Mass Cytometry and IMC

  • Petter Brodin, MD, PhD, Karolinska University Hospital
    Systems-level immunomonitoring in human subjects

  • James Wing, PhD, Osaka University
    Exploring regulatory T cell function and phenotype with mass cytometry

  • Thomas Ashhurst, BSc, The University of Sydney and Centenary Institute
    Profiling immune infiltration in the murine central nervous system using suspension and tissue cytometry

  • Melissa Berrien-Elliott, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine
    NKG2A represents an important immune checkpoint for human cytokine-induced memory-like NK cells in AML

  • Dmitry Bandura, PhD, Fluidigm
    Alex Cherkassky, PhD, Fluidigm
    10 years of CyTOF empowering science

  • Michelle Poulin, PhD, Fluidigm
    The New Standard in Immune Profiling: The Maxpar® Direct™ Immune Profiling System

12:00−1:15 pm


1:15−3:00 pm

Parallel Session A

Building a Strong Core: Panel Discussion
Experienced core directors share their expertise and perspectives on offering mass cytometry as a service, followed by discussion and Q&A.

  • Desiree Kunkel, PhD, Charite-University Medicine Berlin (Moderator)

  • Karen Helm, MT (ASCP), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Kevin Pavelko, PhD, Mayo Clinic

  • Vinko Tosevski, PhD, Roche Innovation Center Zurich

  • Jared Burks, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Parallel Session B

Succeeding with CyTOF: It’s All in Your Prep
Panel design and testing; sample preparation for blood, tissues and tumors; barcoding methods; and phosphoprotein analysis.

  • Emmanuelle Stebe, MSc, Fluidigm
    Panel design: concepts and considerations

  • Michael Leipold, PhD, Stanford University
    Sample staining and processing for large studies

  • Caroline E. Roe, MSc, Vanderbilt University
    Primary human cell phospho-flow mass cytometry data generation and analysis

  • Justine Sinnaeve, PhD Candidate, Vanderbilt University
    Tips on solid tumor and tissue mass cytometry

  • Noah Saederup, PhD, Fluidigm
    Barcoding benefits and experimental considerations

3:00−3:30 pm


3:30−5:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Best Practices for Mass Cytometry in Translational and Clinical Research

Panelists share their experience and advice on integrating mass cytometry into translational and clinical research, followed by discussion and Q&A.

  • Adeeb Rahman, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Moderator)

  • Kara L. Davis, DO, Stanford University

  • Juan J. Garcia Vallejo, MD, PhD, MBA, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam

  • Petter Brodin, MD, PhD, Karolinska University Hospital

  • Nima Aghaeepour, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine

5:30–11:00 pm

Dinner Reception and Entertainment:
Heavy Metals Rock!

Friday, June 21

7:30–8:15 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15−10:00 am

CyTOF Powered Insights on Disease

Advancing our Understanding with Mass Cytometry and IMC

  • Aida Meghraoui-Kheddar, PhD, PharmD, University of Sorbonne
    Identification of a sepsis-specific myeloid cell signature with mass cytometry

  • Gregory Behbehani, MD, PhD, The Ohio State University
    Applications of mass cytometry for pre-clinical and clinical research in leukemia

  • Hartland Jackson, PhD, University of Zurich
    The single-cell pathology landscape of breast cancer

  • Minalini Lakshman, PhD, Fluidigm
    Imaging mass cytometry: the path forward

10:00-10:30 am


10:30-11:30 am

Novel Applications for Mass Cytometry

  • Adeeb Rahman, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    ProCodes: a novel barcoding system to enable single-cell CRISPR screens by mass cytometry

  • Alex Kuo, PhD, Stanford University
    Single-cell epigenetics: studying histone modifications one cell at a time

  • Mark Nitz, PhD, University of Toronto
    Monitoring protein synthesis with TePhe, a tellurium-containing phenylalanine mimic

  • Thiru Selvanantham, PhD, Fluidigm
    Product application updates for expanded panels

11:30 am − 12:30 pm


12:30−2:30 pm

Data Analysis Workshops

Beginner and advanced sessions covering solutions for cell suspension analysis.

  • Eric Clambey, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
    A beginner's guide to analyzing and visualizing mass cytometry data

  • Geoff Kraker, BSc, Cytobank Inc.
    Putting the pieces together: analysis pipelines in Cytobank

  • Jonathon M. Irish, PhD, Vanderbilt University
    Coping with analysis FOMO: finding novel, clinically significant cells in human tissue

  • Vinko Tosevski, PhD, Roche Innovation Center Zurich
    Computational data analysis tools for everday use: supporting experimental design and optimization

  • Beth Hill, PhD, Verity Software House
    Maxpar Pathsetter™ and probability state modeling

  • El-ad David Amir, PhD, Astrolabe Diagnostics
    Easy CyTOF analysis using the Astrolabe Cytometry Platform

3:00 pm

Summit Concludes

A light breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch will be provided on both days.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now and receive monthly updates as the agenda evolves.


We look forward to seeing you at the 8th Annual Fluidigm Mass Cytometry Summit!

—The Fluidigm Team

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