3rd annual UK Mass Cytometry User Group Meeting

November 7–8, 2019 | Birmingham, UK

Please join us at the 3rd Annual UK Mass Cytometry User Group Meeting!

We are delighted to host this year’s UK Mass Cytometry User Group Meeting (UGM) at the University of Birmingham campus in the historic Bramall Music Building on November 7–8, 2019.

We will bring together our growing community of mass cytometry customers in the UK so you can share your discoveries and best practices using CyTOF® technology. The agenda will cover a wide range of research topics as well as a back-to-basics section for those just getting started.

We will also include a panel discussion on data analysis methods and a breakout session for core facility managers.

And be sure to join us for our social evening on Thursday, November 7, where you can relax and chat with your colleagues and friends!

Check out our agenda and register now to guarantee your seat!

We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham!

A light breakfast, coffee breaks and lunch will be provided on both days.
Registration is free, but space is limited.


Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston

Registration will be on the ground floor, meeting will be in the Elgar concert hall

University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom


Program Start
Thursday, November 7, 13:00 (preceded by Core Facility Managers Meeting)

Program Conclusion
Friday, November 8, 14:00

Our speakers

Shahram Kordasti

King’s College

Naeem Khan

University of Birmingham

Michalina Mazurczyk

Oxford University

Antonia Banyard

Manchester Institute

Sheila McCartan

Queen’s University Belfast

Nedyalko Petrov

Guy’s and St Thomas’
NHS Foundation Trust

Gareth Howell

University of Manchester

Anna Coenen-Stass


Matt Fish

King’s College London

Anna Olsen-Brown

University of Liverpool

Olivia Bracken

University College London

Lukasz Magiera


Adina Hughes


Lorinda Turner

University of Cambridge

Edward Truelove

Barts Cancer Institute

Akshay Patel

University of Birmingham

Chris Tape

UCL Cancer Institute

Sarwah Al-Khalidi

University of Cambridge

Febe Van Maldegem

Francis Crick Institute

Program outline

Day 1 – Thursday, November 7

10:00 – 12:00 Core managers and operators meeting (on invitation only)    
12:00 – 13:00 Arrival and registration    
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome and introduction Rachel Hipkin, PhD Fluidigm
  A deeper understanding through mass cytometry    
13:10 – 13:40 Deep immunophenotyping of Tregs: how deep can you go? Shahram Kordasti, MD, PhD King’s College London
13:40 – 14:10 To be announced Naeem Khan, PhD University of Birmingham
  Mass cytometry back to basics A: panel design and preparation    
14:10 – 14:30 Mass cytometry updates and project design considerations Thomas Adejumo Fluidigm
14:30 – 14:50 Sample prep – your ticket to smooth acquisition Michalina Mazurczyk, BSc, MSc Oxford University
14:50 – 15:10 Developing murine immune panels and workflow to elucidate the skin Antonia Banyard Cancer Research UK, Manchester Institute
15:10 – 15:40 Coffee break and networking    
  Mass cytometry back to basics B: acquisition and data analysis    
15:40 – 16:00 CyTOF: How I learned to stop worrying and love statistics Sheila McCartan, PhD Queen’s University Belfast
16:00 – 16:20 Introduction to data analysis concepts Nedyalko Petrov, PhD Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
16:20 – 16:40 Open source software tools for high dimensional data analysis Gareth Howell University of Manchester
16:40 – 17:00 Towards an advanced analysis platform for immunoprofiling by single-cell mass cytometry Anna Coenen-Stass, PhD AstraZeneca
  Flash talks – Young researchers in mass cytometry    
17:00 – 17:05 Utilising CD45 barcoding in longitudinal clinical studies Matt Fish King’s College London
17:05 – 17:10 Peripheral circulating T-lymphocytes in immune related colitis  Anna Olsen-Brown University of Liverpool
17: 10 – 17:15 Using Mass Cytometry to temporally profile cells of the acute inflammatory response Olivia Bracken, PhD University College London
  Panel discussion: Succeeding with CyTOF: from sample to data (optional attendance)    
17:15 – 17:20 Introduction to panel topics Thomas Adejumo Fluidigm
17:20 – 18:15 Best practices discussion    
18:30 – 22:00 Evening social event    

Day 2 – Friday, November 8

  Mass cytometry in clinical applications – I    
09:00 – 09:25 Advancing drug discovery using CyTOF: adapting the workflow for preclinical MoA exploration Lukasz Magiera, PhD AstraZeneca
  Adina Hughes AstraZeneca
09:25 – 09:50 Using deep immunophenotyping in a proof-of-concept trial of a novel immunotherapy in depression Lorinda Turner, PhD University of Cambridge
09:50 – 10:15 Immune profiling the tumour microenvironment in aggressive lymphoma Edward Truelove, PhD Barts Cancer Institute, QMUL
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break and networking    
  Mass cytometry in clinical applications – II    
10:45 – 11:15 The immunobiology of B Lymphocytes in non-small cell lung cancer Akshay Patel University of Birmingham
11:15 – 11:45 Cell-type specific signaling networks in heterocellular organoids Chris Tape, PhD UCL Cancer Institute
11:45 – 12:50 Lunch and networking    
  Novel applications in mass cytometry and Imaging Mass Cytometry    
12:50 – 13:10 Deconvoluting the tumour microenvironment of ovarian cancer Sarwah Al-Khalidi, PhD University of Cambridge
13:10 – 13:30 Interrogating the spatial relationships within the tumour immune microenvironment of Kras-mutant lung cancer Febe Van Maldegem, PhD Francis Crick Institute
13:30 – 13:50 New discoveries in IMC, future directions of MC/IMC Leigh-Anne McDuffus, PhD Fluidigm
13:50 – 14:00 Closing remarks / Meeting adjourns    

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    We have set aside a block of rooms at the Edgbaston Hotel, within walking distance of the meeting venue, with a special meeting rate:

    Standard Double Room, 2 nights, breakfast included (06.11.19–08.11.19), £95/night

    To book your room at this rate:
    Send an email to reservations@edgbastonparkhotel.com or telephone +44 121 454 5212, press option 1 for bedroom reservations and quote the reference “FLUIDIGM.”

    Please note that you must book by September 25th to receive this special rate, and that a limited number of rooms apply.