Scientists from all over the country, and beyond, visited the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London last week to take part in the UK’s first comprehensive mass cytometry course.

Organised in partnership with Jonathan Irish’s lab at Vanderbilt University, the course provided new and existing mass cytometry users, statisticians and bioinformaticians with training on all aspects of the mass cytometry process from experimental planning to high-dimensional data analysis

Dr Susanne Heck, who leads  the BRC’s Flow Cytometry and Immune Monitoring Platform Platform, said: “We were the first UK centre to offer Mass Cytometry and have become recognised in the field for our state-of-the-art facilities and industry-leading expertise. This course was an opportunity for us to share our knowledge with colleagues from other institutions.”

The NIHR BRC Flow Cytometry and Immune Monitoring Platform at Guy’s and St Thomas was the first centre in the UK to successfully establish a Mass Cytometry service. The core offers a full service including custom antibody labelling, panel design, acquisition, troubleshooting and high dimensional data analysis, which is supported by a dedicated bioinformatician for custom analysis and a highly experienced CyTOF specialist.

The course received very positive feedback. One attendee, said: “It was a really great course, great atmosphere and environment for learning. We were given a comprehensive tour of mass Cytometry from designing an experiment up to quality control of instruments, and data analysis. I will certainly be recommending it to people in my institute.”

For more information about the Flow Cytometry and Immune Monitoring Platform Platform, please contact Susanne.Heck@gstt.nhs.uk or visit their web pages.