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ISOTT 2014, London, UK

2014-07-30 19:43

The 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Society on Oxygen Transport to Tissue was hosted at University College London (UCL) in the UK between Saturday 28th June and Thursday 3rd July 2014. Clare Elwell, President of ISOTT 2014, and her local team welcomed a total of 192 participants comprised of 125 full and 67 daily registrations, including 40 student and 8 social registrations. UCL has a long tradition of multidisciplinary research in basic and clinical sciences and this was reflected in the contributions from local keynote speakers Nick Lane and Monty Mythen. Keynote talks were also provided by Sir Moncada Salvador (University of Manchester, UK), Carsten Lundby (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Elizabeth Hillman (Columbia University, USA) and Can Ince (Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Holland). We were keen to represent a broad range of scientific topics at the meeting resulting in sessions on; cellular hypoxia, blood substitutes and oxygen therapeutics, oxygen transport in neonatal and adult critical care medicine, cancer metabolism, altitude, muscle oxygenation, multi modal imaging techniques, brain oxygenation, optical techniques for oxygen measurement and mathematical modelling of oxygen transport. 146 submitted abstracts were presented as 61 oral and 85 poster presentations. The 2014 Kovach Lecture was delivered by Edwin Nemoto. Lunch time sessions were presented on new advances in optical neuroimaging and the future of blood substitutes. We were also pleased to welcome Harriet Tuckey who spoke to us about the scientific contribution of her father, Griffin Pugh, to the 1953 Everest expedition.The conference was supported by generous sponsorship from Hitachi High Tech, Hamamatsu Photonics, NanoBlood LLC, Seahorse Bioscience, Baker Ruskinn, Gowerlabs, Moor Instruments, Swinco AG/Secret Training and Oxford Optronics.

 

ISOTT2014 took place on the UCL Bloomsbury campus in the heart of central London providing excellent local venues for social events allowing scientific interaction in an informal atmosphere. The Welcome Reception was hosted in the UCL Cloisters accompanied by a string quartet. On Sunday evening we honoured UCL’s spiritual father with a Great British Pub evening in the Jeremy Bentham pub. On Monday evening we viewed a wide and varied range of zoological specimens at the local Grant Museum before enjoying a barbeque and jazz band in the main UCL quad. The highlight social event was the Thames River Cruise Banquet which provided spectacular views of the city as well as music and dancing.

 

The meeting concluded with the Awards Ceremony during which the Melvin H. Knisely award was presented to David Highton, the Dietrich Lübbers award to Felix Scholkmann and the Britton Chance award to Anne Riemann. Bruley travel awards were presented to Nassim Nasseri, Stefan Kleiser, Shinsuke Nirengi, Marie-Aline Neveu, Geraldine Depreter, Ben Jones and Takuya Osawa.

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