ECIS Users Meetings
A new tradition began in 2009 with the first "ECIS Users Meeting" held in Regensburg, Germany. The purpose of these meetings is to share ideas, reasearch discoveries and to strengthen and grow the community of ECIS users.
The 2010 ECIS Users meeting was held August 24-27 at the historic Rensselaerville Institute in Upstate NY. Over 40 attendees from the United States and Europe met for three days of talks, poster sessions and workshops. Research topics varied, but all had the common theme of employing ECIS measurements to discern changes in cell behavior. It is difficult to single out any particular talk, but one that stimulated much interest was the first description of the use of ECIS to follow adipose-derived stem cell differentiation.
On Wednesday evening, Ivar Giaever, CTO of Applied BioPhysics and recipient of the 1973 Nobel Prize in physics, gave a stimulating and humorous talk entitled "How to Win a Nobel Prize." The meeting center provided delicious meals throughout the event including a wonderful Thursday night barbecue and bon fire held outdoors under starry skies. Each night there were fireside discussion sessions where ECIS users exchanged ideas, shared common experiences and formed new friendships.
To view pictures of the 2010 meeting please visit the Applied BioPhysics Facebook Page
The first ECIS Research meeting was held in Regensburg, Germany July 30 - 31. The meeting attracted 55 researchers from around the world to discuss a broad range of ECIS applications including cell adhesion monitoring, the ECIS-based wounding healing assay and ECIS as a screening tool in drug and cytotoxicity testing.
In addition to highlighting the background of ECIS and its applications, the program included presentations by current ECIS users from a variety of laboratories. A theme common to all the presentations was the ability of different AC frequencies to probe distinct aspects of cell behavior. The talks concluded with an in-depth look at ECIS modeling and a survey of new and future developments in ECIS instrumentation, arrays and software.
The meeting was sponsored by ibidi GmbH and Applied BioPhysics, Inc. The first evening included a banquet in the Heuport Restaurant, directly across from the Regensburg Cathedral. Attendees left the two-day meeting with new insight into the ECIS method, warm memories of Regensburg (the center of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and many new scientific colleagues and friends.