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5th-8th July 2009, NBI Conference Centre, Norwich, UK

The Metabolic Profiling Forum are pleased to invite you to Metabomeeting 2009, between the 5th - 8th July 2009 to be held at the Norwich Bioscience Institutes' Conference Centre in Norwich, UK in collaboration with the Institute of Food Research and the John Innes Centre. The meeting is a Institute of Food Resarch, Norwich, UKJohn Innes Centre, Norwich, UKEuropean forum for practitioners from academia, government and industry interested in discussing the techniques and applications of metabolic profiling (metabolomics/metabonomics). It is intended to be a friendly and informal opportunity to present and discuss the latest developments in the field, and follows on from the highly successful meetings at the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

Metabomeeting 2009 aims to bring together the many areas where metabolic profiling is currently applied. The meeting is intended to foster both education and discussion of the core scientific principles underlying metabolic profiling and the important applications where it is now providing critical information.

The founding principle of the Metabomeeting series remains; that is to provide a platform for the discussion of the current practise of metabolic profiling from researchers at all levels, from all scientific sectors. To ensure this, the program for Metabomeeting 2009 includes a session devoted to contributions submitted from students and postdoctoral researchers. The opportunity is also provided to present a poster and this is open to all who wish to submit.


The registration for Metabomeeting 2009 has now closed.

There will be no on-site registration.   All registrations must be paid in full prior to commencement of the meeting.

Abstract Submissions

All attendees are invited to submit an abstract for consideration as a 30 minute platform presentation. Students and postdoctoral researchers may also wish to submit an abstract for a 15 min presentation in the student session on Monday 6th July 2009. To submit an abstract please use the abstract summision form.

Oral abstract submission has now closed.

Poster abstract submission has now closed.

All posters submitted from students and postdoctoral researchers will be entered into the poster competition.

Venue and local information

Metabomeeting 2009 will be held in the Norwich BioScience Institutes Conference Centre, located at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, UK.

Norwich can easily be reached by air, rail and road. Information on the airlines serving Norwich International Airport can be found on their web-site.   Rail information is available on the National Express web-site.  Local travel advice to get to the Norwich BioScience Institutes can be found here.

For advice on a variety of activities and sightseeing available in and around Norwich please go to the Visit Norwich or Tour Norfolk web-sites.

Local organisers

Dr Marianne Defernez, Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK

Marianne Defernez is a senior research scientist at the Institute of Food Research (IFR), Norwich. She obtained her first degree from the University of Nantes, France, and came to IFR in 1992 for an MSc project on the structural elucidation of oligosaccharides by NMR. This was followed by a PhD on food authenticity using infrared spectroscopy and chemometric techniques (University of East Anglia, 1996). She then joined IFR, working on projects revolving around the use of infrared and NMR to gain information on biological materials. During this time she became particularly interested in the use of multivariate methods to handle spectral data, particularly in the influence of instrumental factors on outcomes of multivariate analyses, and made this her research focus in 2000. Her current research includes the application and development of mathematical tools to extract information from multivariate data, such as feature selection methods for metabolomic biomarker identification and mining of large transcriptomics datasets.

Dr Ian Colquhoun, Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK

Ian Colquhoun is Head of the Metabolomics Partnership at IFR. His PhD was in NMR spectroscopy and he did postdoctoral work on applications of NMR to organophosphorus and organometallic chemistry. He joined IFR in 1986 applying solid state NMR to food biopolymers and developing high resolution methods for structural characterisation of natural products including plant secondary metabolites, bacterial and cell wall polysaccharides. He has been using metabolite profiling in food research since the late 1990s, initially for food authentication and then in major EU and FSA projects to test substantial equivalence of GM and conventional foods. The Partnership now provides NMR and mass spectrometry facilities for the IFR research programmes across the fields of nutrition studies, food, plant and microbial metabolomics. It also conducts its own externally funded projects in collaboration with partners in Europe and USA. Our current research is focussed mainly on human studies in relation to nutrition and health.

Dr Lionel Hill, John Innes Research Centre, Norwich, UK

Lionel Hill gained his PhD in the lab of Alison Smith at the John Innes Centre, working on metabolite transport in starch synthesis in peas. Following a post-doc with Mark Stitt in Heidelberg, investigating primary metabolism of potato, he returned to JIC, where he now runs the small molecule chromatography/mass spectrometry facility; his specialist area is LC-MS. In addition to supporting synthetic chemists, the lab is involved in structural analysis of antibiotics and plant secondary metabolites of nutrition interest, isotope labelling studies, and the collection of general metabolite profile data in plant systems.

Dr Kate Kemsley, Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK

Kate read physics at Oxford, and subsequently worked as a patent examiner at the European Patent Office, in the area of optical communications technology. She joined the Institute of Food Research to work on fibre-optic infrared spectroscopy, concentrating increasingly on data analysis aspects. The subject of her PhD was multivariate statistical techniques, which over the past decade she has applied to data from a wide range of analytical techniques, including infrared and nmr spectroscopy, electrical capacitance and near-infrared tomography, gel electrophoresis, biomechanical testing and sensory analysis. She is particularly interested in methods and tools for analyzing ‘megavariate’ datasets. Kate is head of IFR’s Bioinformatics and Statistics Partnership, a team that supports in-house collaborations on advanced data handling.


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