Due to the actual impact of the COVID-19 pandemic all around the world and the situation of uncertainty regarding traveling and meeting restrictions, the Steering Committee of the International Symposium on Metallomics and the Local Organizing Committee of the 8th International Symposium on Metallomics (ISM-8), with great regret, have decided to POSTPONE the meeting to the next year 2022, and to ALTER the conference venue from Chiba to Kanazawa.
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I am now proud to announce that the ISM-8 will be held during July 11-14, 2022 at Kanazawa, Japan. Don't forget to book this dates in your agenda.
In addition, the LOC is planning that ISM-8 will be held as a hybrid event (on-site/on-line).
Before we begin arranging the conference schedule, we would like to collect your opinion which is preferable for you to attend to ISM-8 on-site or on-line at PRESENT. (You can freely change your preference until the registration of ISM-8.)
You can simply use following links to deliver us your opinions.
Attached is an electronic version of the first circular of ISM-8. Please spread it to your colleagues and researchers who are interested in Metallomics. If you need the printed version, please contact to the LOC (email@example.com).
We will be making announcements both on our website and by email.
We hope that we can meet safely next 2022 in Kanazawa,
The Chair of ISM-8
New Research Directions for Non-traditional Metallomics
Mass spectrometer utilising atmospheric pressure plasma, i.e., inductively coupled plasma, as an ion source (ICP-MS) has a significant impact as an analytical tool for sensitive and rapid detection of trace-elements in biological samples. Meanwhile, laser ablation sampling technique combined with the ICP-MS technique (LA-ICP-MS) is now widely accepted as one of the most sensitive and rapid analytical tools for elemental and isotopic analysis of solid materials. The combination of the LA sampling with ICP-MS facilitates spatial measurements, leading this method to be the principal technique for imaging analysis of major- to trace-elements. It is also much more versatile, permitting elemental analysis from wet samples, which have been thought to be unextractable. With a better understanding of the mechanism of the laser ablation process and continuous developments in mass spectrometers, this technique has provided researchers with more precise elemental and isotopic data. Furthermore, recent notable progress in the ICP-MS technique is dramatic improvements in time resolution of the ion detector, enabling simultaneous determination of number concentration and size of nanoparticles (NPs). Metallomics on the level of single cells is an ultimate goal in the development of the field. Since every single cell is treated as an individual entity, or particle, the methodology of NP analysis using ICP-MS can be applied for the analysis of elemental analysis of cell samples. Combination of the high-time resolution data acquisition and mass scanning achieved by time-of-flight mass spectrometers has blossomed ICP into becoming the key technique for a wide range of studies in Metallomics. However, we should not be too hasty to open the ceremonial champagne, as there remain many problems to be solved in order to make LA-ICP-MS a truly routine and mature analytical tool. Basic experimentation still remains crucial, and the struggle continues as we still face issues in obtaining reliable data from samples of small sizes or small areas. Moreover, the argon plasma used in the ICP is so powerful that that no species information on the introduced molecule remains, which is a shame because LA-ICP-MS has played such an important role in the frontiers of Metallomics. Therefore, we are trying to develop completely new ion source to couple with LA for the organic mass spectrometer, aiming for simultaneous imaging analysis of metal and biomolecules from a single sample (i.e., hybrid imaging analysis). The most significant advantage of the hybrid imaging analysis is that information concerning possible functional linkage between metal ions and biomolecules can be derived. The technique is also applied to derive clues for designing molecules in DDS (drug delivery system) studies.
Typhoon Lee from CalTech referred a Chinese proverb by Confucius, "工欲善其事必先利其器" (if a craftsman wants to do his job well, he must first sharpen his tools) in their pioneering research dealing with the first findings of the isotopic heterogeneity of the elements in the solar system. More than 45 years has passed since publication of their milestone papers. However, that proverb has not lose its brilliance. We must keep trying to sharpen our research tools to open up new challenging applications in Metallomics.
1) T. Lee, D. A. Papanastassiou, and G. J. Wasserburg (1977) Mg and Ca isotopic study of individual microscopic crystals from the Allende meteorite by the direct loading technique, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 41, 1473-1485.
Takafumi Hirata (The University of Tokyo), The Co-chair of ISM-8
The Journal, Metallomics, update
Metallomics had been published from Royal Society of Chemistry till December 2020, and from January 2021the publisher has been changed to Oxford University Press, UK.
Although the data was from former publisher, its impact factor in 2020 was 4.526, which is slightly higher than the year before.
Metallomics has been supported former ISMs, traditionally, and will support ISM-8. Although it is under negotiation with organizing committee, Metallomics may support an award talk, this time.
New editorial information: Editor-in Chief, David P Giedroc, Indiana University, USA.
Associate Editors, Katherine Franz, Duke University, USA. Gilles Gasser, Chimie PrisTech, PSL University, France. Hugh Harris, University of Adelaide, Australia. and Maria Montes-Bayon, University of Oviedo, Spain.
Editorial Board Members, Claudia Blindauer, University of Warwick, UK. Bin Hu, Wuhan University, China. Uwe Karst, University of Munster, Germany. and Kazuya Kikuchi, Osaka University, Japan.
New publication policy is as follows: Metallomics publishes cutting-edge investigations aimed at elucidating the identification, distribution, dynamics, role and impact of metals and metalloids in biological systems. Studies that address the “what, where, when, how and why” of these inorganic elements in cells, tissues, organisms, and various environmental niches are welcome, especially those employing multidisciplinary approaches drawn from the analytical, bioinorganic, medicinal, environmental, biophysical, cell biology, plant biology and chemical biology communities. We are particularly interested in articles that enhance our chemical and/or physical understanding of the molecular mechanisms of metal-dependent life processes, and those that probe the common space between metallomics and other ‘omics approaches to uncover new insights into biological processes.
Among paper contents, Significance has omitted from paper format, in communication, full article and reviews.
New journal website: https://academic.oup.com/metallomics
Please submit your new papers to our renewed Journal!
Kazuya Kikuchi (Osaka University), Executive LOC Member
Start of a new magazine, “Metallomics Research”
The Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements will publish a new journal entitled “Metallomics Research” from October 2021. Metallomics Research is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal. The goal of Metallomics Research is to improve the understanding of metals through the integration of various fields such as analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, epidemiology, nutrition, pharmacology, medical sciences, environmental sciences, health science, agricultural science, etc. It presents original articles, reviews, notes (short communications) on all aspects of metal-related biomedical sciences.
The Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements (https://www.brte.org/) was established in 1990 to contribute to the progress of sciences about trace elements. The 11th president is Prof. Ogra. Research on trace elements is a multidisciplinary field involving medical science, agriculture, chemistry, medicine, environmental science and pharmaceutical science. To this date, approximately 300 researchers in various industrial, governmental and academic fields have joined the Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements. The Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements has published an academic journal “Biomedical research on Trace Elements (BRTE)” (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/brte/-char/ja) which deals Japanese and English articles. To improve the scientific activity about metallomics, the Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements decided to establish a new international journal.
Metallomics Research welcomes original, innovative submissions in English from both members and non-members of the Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements (Members have discounted page charges). In Metallomics Research, manuscripts are rapidly reviewed, and authors are informed the editor’s decision within two weeks after submission.
We hope you find this journal of interest and consider your valuable research to submit to Metallomics Research. If you have any questions, please contact (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Masahiro Kawahara (Musashino University), Executive LOC Member, Editor-in-chief, Metallomics Research
A Brief Introduction of Metallomics History
On this special relay mail-magazine, I would like to briefly introduce the short history of metallomics research in Japan, as well as in the world. The term “Metallomics” was coined in 2004 by Prof. Hiroki Haraguchi in a scientific paper published in the RSC journal, JAAS (1). However, Prof. Haraguchi already proposed the concept of metallomics before 2004 in Japanese and international symposiums held in 2002 (2). Therefore, ISM-8 held in 2022 will be just entire 20 years counted from his proposing Metallomics concept.
After the concept and term was accepted, a more significant event to establish Metallomics as a scientific field was the International Symposium on Metallomics 2007 (ISM 2007), held in Nagoya (Japan) in 2007. The 1st ISM 2007 organized under the direction of Prof. Haraguchi was a successful meeting, and it was agreed at the ISM Advisory Board Meeting that the ISM symposium would be held every two years, going around the world. The 2nd ISM 2009 in Cincinnati (USA), the 3rd ISM 2011 in Münster (Germany), the 4th ISM 2013 in Oviedo (Spain), the 5th ISM 2015 in Beijing (China), the 6th ISM 2017 in Vienna (Austria), and the 7th ISM 2019 in Warsaw (Poland) have been continuously and successfully held with both the Local Organization Committee and the International Scientific Committee.
As for the Metallomics Research Forum in Japan, the 1st forum was organized by Prof. Shuichi Enomoto as a commemorative event for ISM 2007, held in 2008. In the scientific committee meeting of the 1st forum, we discussed how to establish the metallomics community for the successive organization of the Metallomics Research Forum, and the committee members agreed that the forum would be held every 2 years. Then, the 2nd to 7th domestic Metallomics Research Forums have been held from 2010 to 2019, and since 2020 the activities are expansively included in Japan Society for Biomedical Research on Trace Elements, of which Prof. Yasumitsu Ogra is the president.
It was a great pleasure when the RSC launched the journal, Metallomics, in January 2009, for which Professor Joe Caruso was Chair of the Editorial Board from the beginning. Additionally, an IUPAC Technical Report was published on Guidelines for terminology, in which Professor Ryszard Lobinski played a key role (3). The publication of the journal, Metallomics, and the IUPAC Technical Report have accelerated the progress of metallomics research. As widely expected, Metallomics has developed steadily and broadly as an integrated biometal science, in cooperation with many distinguished scientists in the world working on genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics as well as in other scientific fields, to further expand the international metallomics community.
We hope that we can meet again next 2022 in Kanazawa,
With best regards,
1) H. Haraguchi, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2004, 19, 4–15.
2) H. Haraguchi and N. Furuta, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010, 25, 1371–1377.
3) R. Lobinski, J. Sabine Becker, H. Haraguchi and B. Sarkar, Pure Appl. Chem., 2010, 82, 493–504.
Hiroyuki Yasui (Kyoto Pharmaceutical University), Executive LOC Member
See you in Kanazawa, Japan
Since the pandemic of COVID-19 broke out all over the world, many international conferences have been cancelled or held online. In this summer, the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held in Tokyo under high alert, but they managed to be a success. After the Olympic games, the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Japan has decreased dramatically due to the progress of vaccination, and is now about 1/100 of the peak level. Since this October, most of the restrictions on travel, eating and drinking in Japan have been lifted, and normal daily life has gradually returned.
The 8th International Symposium on Metallomics (ISM-8) will be held in Kanazawa, Japan, in July 2022. Kanazawa is a historical city located 2.5 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen (super express). Or you can visit by airplane. Kanazawa is known for its historical districts that still retain the atmosphere of the Edo period (the era of samurai 200 years ago) and traditional crafts such as lacquerware and gold leaf. Next to the venue of this conference, there is Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan, and Kanazawa Castle, where the feudal lords lived during the Edo period. On the other hand, there is also a state-of-the-art art museum. All of these are within walking distance of the International Conference Center, and official visits are planned so you can enjoy them.
ISM-8 is a hybrid event, so you can participate online, but we are very much looking forward to meeting you in person in Kanazawa, Japan.
Akitoshi Okino (Tokyo Institute of Technology), Secretary General of ISM-8