MetaboMeeting 1.0
July 18th-19th, 2005 —
Cambridge, UK

Contents

Original meeting announcement page is here

  1. Introduction and organisers
  2. Summary meeting report
  3. Talk and poster downloads
  4. Sponsors


Introduction and Organizers

On the 18-19th of July we held a meeting in Cambridge (UK) at which we:

  1. Established a coordinated effort to generate appropriate data format and reporting standards for a range of experiment types and technologies appropriate to both metabolomics and metabonomics ('systems metabolomics')
     
  2. Discussed general organisational matters (status of the SMRS group, relationship to the Metabolomics Society and NIH)
     
  3. Considered the wider functional genomics context and discussed the coordination of development with the transcriptomics and proteomics standards communities (for example, the description of biological source material is seldom omics-specific)

The ‘omics’ suffix is rather overused these days, but clearly several major technological and biological domains do merit its application; amongst these are transcriptomics, proteomics and of course metabol/nomics. For the generation of public standards (data formats, controlled terminology and reporting guidelines) there are clear focal points for the first two of these communities (MGED and HUPO PSI respectively); the standards developed under the umbrellas of these organisations are continually increasing both the quality of data and its annotation, and the ease with which data can be exchanged, disseminated and analysed.

The fields concerned with the study of metabolites, whether on a cellular or systems scale, are now also moving towards a unified standards development process. We can now conceive of a body that is in principle representative of the field in the UK and Europe; both as a forum for interested parties and as a voice on the global stage. This new organisation will consist of an expansion of the Standard Metabolic Reporting Structures (SMRS) Group to become a truly representative body for UK and European metabolomics (both public and private); MetaboMeeting 1.0 will be the venue for the discussion and ratification of this initiative, and for discussion of the wider context (for example, the opportunity to operate under the Metabolomics Society's banner).

Having laid the groundwork for a community process of standards development, both for the study of metabolism in isolation and importantly for integration into an ongoing grand collaboration aimed at producing standards for functional genomics (simply defined as the combination of the three omics already described), the time is now right for a large scale meeting of UK and European academics, industrialists (both ‘pharma’ and technology vendors), government and publishers, to ratify what has been done to date and to consolidate effort, partly through a public project management system (as symbolically important as it is practical).

We organised a two day meeting at the University of Cambridge on the 18-19th of July. To this meeting we invited academic and industrial researchers, technology vendors, funders, other 'governmental types' and journal representatives from across Europe. This meeting immediately preceded one at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda MD), at which the US metabolomics community (inter alia) considered similar issues of standardisation [LINK]; several of our confirmed attendees also travelled to this US meeting, affording an opportunity to present a unified UK/European voice in that forum.

The minutes from the exploratory MetaboMeeting 0.1 (which established that this meeting would be useful) can be found here.

We addressed all these issues and more at MetaboMeeting 1.0. Participation in the meeting was free, thanks to generous sponsorship.
Travel and accomodation are the responsibility of the attendee, but logistical help is available.


Organising Committee:

University of Cambridge, UK
      Jules Griffin

European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK
      Chris Taylor
      Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Information and Correspondence: Chris Taylor [christ@ebi.ac.uk]


Summary meeting report (interim draft version)

Given name

Family name

Affiliation

Magnus

Åerg

Novo Nordisk A/S

Theo

Arvanitis

University of Birmingham

Nigel

Bailey

Scynexis Europe Ltd

Dave

Barrett

University of Nottingham

Claudia

Birkemeyer

Rothamsted Research

Walter

Blackstock

University of Sheffield

Paul

Bowyer

Varian Ltd.

Cath

Brooksbank

European Bioinformatics Institute

Jake

Bundy

Imperial College, London

Giorgio

Capuani

Chemistry Dept. "La Sapienza" University of Rome

Jens

Decker

Bruker Daltonic GmbH

Marianne

Defernez

Institute of Food Research, Norwich

Kirill

Degtyarenko

European Bioinformatics Institute

Mark

Earll

Umetrics

John

Easton

University of Birmingham

Tim

Ebbels

Imperial College, London

Steve

Gardner

BioWisdom

Jules

Griffin

Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

William J

Griffiths

School of Pharmacy, University of London

Ulrich

Guenther

University of Birmingham

Sudeshna

Guha Neogi

European Bioinformatics Institute

Nathan

Haigh

University of Sheffield

Nigel

Hardy

University of Wales, Aberystwyth & MeT-RO

Lionel

Hill

John Innes Centre, Norwich

Adam

Hines

University of Birmingham

Helen

Jenkins

University of Wales, Aberystwyth & MeT-RO

Kevin

Jones

GenoLogics Life Sciences Software Inc.

Andrew

Jones

School of Computer Science, University of Manchester

Brenda

Kesler

Thermo Corporation

Maria

Krestyaninova

European Bioinformatics Institute

Robert-Jan

Lamers

TNO Quality of Life (Netherlands)

Alistair

Laming

Advanced Technologies (Cambridge) Ltd

Jane

Lomax

European Bioinformatics Institute

Christian

Ludwig

University of Birmingham

Rachel

Lyne

Department of Genetics University of Cambridge

Mahon

Maguire

Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Anthony

Maher

Department of Biological Chemistry, Imperial College London

Cesare

Manetti

Chemistry Dept. "La Sapienza" University of Rome

Alfredo

Miccheli

Chemistry Dept. "La Sapienza" University of Rome

Norman

Morrison

NERC Post Genomics and Proteomics Programme / University of Manchester

Andrew

Nicholls

GlaxoSmithKline (Ware)

Jake

Pearce

Imperial College, London

Andrew

Peet

University of Birmingham

David

Portwood

Syngenta (Bracknell)

Tony

Postle

School of Medicine, University of Southampton

Manuela

Rist

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Philippe

Rocca-Serra

European Bioinformatics Institute

Denis

Rubstov

Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Klaus

Rumpel

Pfizer

Jessica

Rushworth

National Measurement System Directorate, DTI

Reza M

Salek

Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Susanna-Assunta

Sansone

European Bioinformatics Institute

Hartmut

Schaefer

Bruker BioSpin GmbH

Jason

Snape

Natural Environment Research Council / AstraZeneca

Irena

Spasic

School of Chemistry, University of Manchester

Adam

Staines

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Derek

Stewart

Scottish Crop Research Institute

Robert

Stones

Central Science Laboratory, York

Chris

Taylor

European Bioinformatics Institute

Imre

Vastrik

European Bioinformatics Institute

Giles

Velarde

School of Chemistry, University of Manchester

Mark

Viant

University of Birmingham

Nick

Walton

Institute of Food Research, Norwich

Yuqin

Wang

School of Pharmacy, University of London

Martin

Welch

Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge

Paula

Wiebkin

Applied Biosystems (Warrington)

Joe

Wood

Natural Environment Research Council EGTDC

 

Companies

AstraZeneca
GlaxoSmithKline (Ware)
Novo Nordisk A/S
Pfizer
Scynexis Europe Ltd
Syngenta
TNO Quality of Life (Netherlands)

Applied Biosystems (Warrington)
Bruker BioSpin GmbH
Bruker Daltonic GmbH
Thermo Corporation
Varian Ltd.

Advanced Technologies (Cambridge) Ltd
BioWisdom
GenoLogics Life Sciences Software Inc.
Umetrics


Institutions

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
National Measurement System Directorate, DTI
Natural Environment Research Council

Central Science Laboratory, York
Chemistry Dept. "La Sapienza" University of Rome
European Bioinformatics Institute
Imperial College, London
Institute of Food Research, Norwich
John Innes Centre, Norwich
Rothamsted Research
School of Pharmacy, University of London
Scottish Crop Research Institute
Technical University of Munich
University of Birmingham
University of Cambridge
University of Manchester
University of Nottingham
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of Wales, Aberystwyth


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Chris Taylor (christ@ebi.ac.uk), August 2nd, 2005