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Mass Spectrometry Research Center

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The 3rd Annual ADVANCED IMAGING MASS SPECTROMETRY (AIMS.2014) Laboratory Course will be held Tuesday April 22-Friday April 25, 2014 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The AIMS.2014 Laboratory Course is a unique educational opportunity designed to teach the procedures of MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry. The format includes both lectures and hands-on workshops, with one afternoon dedicated to on-site demos from instrument vendors. The course will cover the details of sample preparation, matrix application, instrumentation, and image and data processing. In addition, advanced instrumentation for high-speed and high-spatial resolution imaging will be presented.

This course is designed for mid-level to senior investigators who are familiar with MALDI and have a working knowledge of mass spectrometry or histology. This course has a significant number of hands-on workshops scheduled; as a result, we do not have the capacity to introduce the technology to those without the prerequisite experience and training. For attendees that are new to one of these areas, we will provide optional introductory lectures on mass spectrometry and histology on Monday April 21, from 4-6 PM.


  • Early registration: $750 (until March 15)
  • Late registration: $950 (until March 31)

Registration fee includes:

  • Access to all lectures, workshops and demos
  • Admission to the optional introductory lectures on Mon. April 21
  • Lunch (Tues.-Thurs.)
  • Admission to gala dinner Thurs. night at the Bridge Building (map)

Guest registration: $75 Each participant may register one adult guest for the dinner Thurs. night.

Based on the overwhelming interest and participation in the previous meetings, we anticipate a full class of 40 participants. No more than 2 individuals per institution will be admitted.

Cancellation policy: All cancellations received prior to March 31, 2014 will be subject to a $50 processing fee. The remaining portion of the registration fee will be refunded.  Registration fees will not be refunded for cancellations received after Mar 31st.


Sample Preparation

Sectioning fresh frozen and formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissues for IMS experiments; implementing washing protocols tailored for different analytes of interest; maximizing compatability among sectioning, washing, coating, and MS platforms

Matrix application

Choosing the best matrix/solvent combination for different analytes of interest;  manual matrix application methods, including spray-coating, sublimation, and recrystallization; automated matrix deposition methods, including the Labcyte Portrait and HTX TM Sprayer


Optimizing instrumental parameters for imaging; instrument comparisons for  imaging different analytes (low vs high MW, MS or MS/MS, mass resolution, time); interact with leading instrument vendors for on-site instrument demos

Data processing

Spectral pre- and post-processing, baseline subtraction, normalization; statistical analysis of IMS datasets

View the Final 2014 Course Schedule

Travel & Accommodations

*** Please make hotel reservations early.  Hotels are going to fill up quickly due to the Country Music Marathon on April 26th ***


Rooms are available at the Embassy Suites hotel at a discounted rate of $170/night. The special room rate will be available until March 25th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.  Please click here to reserve one of these rooms at Embassy Suites. The conference rate includes breakfast in the hotel restaurant. Embassy Suites is about a block away from the conference. Shuttles are provided from the hotel to Vanderbilt.  

Air Transportation

Vanderbilt is accessible from Nashville International Airport.  From the airport, take I-40 west to exit 209A. Turn left onto Broadway. Get in the left-hand lane and continue left at the Broadway/West End split.  Broadway turns into 21st Ave. South after ~3 blocks. The Embassy Suites is on Broadway, on the left, just past the light at 18th Avenue.  The Mass Spectrometry Research Center is on 21st Ave. South, on the right. Allow approximately thirty minutes driving time from the airport to Vanderbilt University.

Driving Directions

Getting to Vanderbilt via the Interstates

From the north, take I-65 to I-40 west and then look for I-40 east to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway. 
From the east or south, take I-40 west to exit 209A. Turn left on Broadway. 
From the west, take I-40 east to exit 209B. Turn right on Broadway (US 70S). 
From Broadway, get in the left-hand lane and continue left at the Broadway/West End split.  Broadway turns into 21st Ave. South after ~3 blocks.

Vanderbilt is located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville and is approximately 4 hours from Atlanta, 3 hours from Birmingham, 2 1/2 hours from Knoxville, 3 hours from Louisville, and 3 hours from Memphis.

Lecture and Workshop Location

All lectures will be held on the Vanderbilt campus.   All workshops will be held in the Mass Spectrometry Research Center on the 9th floor of Medical Research Building III, on the Vanderbilt campus. 

Address:  Mass Spectrometry Research Center, Vanderbilt University, 465 21st Ave. South, Rm. 9160, MRB III, Nashville, TN 37232-8575