/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Broadening Our Horizons, Pushing Back the Boundaries: 3rd Symposium on Mass Spectrometry at Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS)/

    SHERBROOKE, QC, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - On June 16, 2009, the Centre
d'expertise en spectrométrie de masse clinique Waters-CHUS (Waters-CHUS
clinical mass spectrometry center of expertise) at the Centre hospitalier
universitaire de Sherbrooke will hold the 3rd Symposium on Mass Spectrometry.
This unique biennial event brings together world-renowned specialists and
researchers in this field.

    LOCATION:    Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke
                 Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UdeS
                 Door 30, 3rd floor, amphitheater Z5-3001
                 3001 12th Avenue North, Sherbrooke, QC J1H 5N4

    WHEN:        June 16, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Program Highlights

    9:00 a.m.    Forty years of metabolic profiling at McGill University: A
                 Di-lemma Presented by Dr. Orval Mamer, McGill University

    9:45 a.m.    Newborn screening for mucopolysaccharidosis type I using
                 MS/MS Presented by Dr. Joan Keutzer, Genzyme.

    10:45 a.m.   Ontario Newborn Screening Program: Experience with the
                 expansion using tandem mass spectrometry Presented by
                 Lawrence Fisher, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

    3:10 p.m.    Introducing LC/MS to the clinical toxicology lab: challenges
                 Presented by Michel Lefebvre, Centre de toxicologie du
                 Québec, INSPQ

    3:55 p.m.    Mass Trak TM 25-hydroxyvitamine D solution(s) for the
                 clinical laboratory Presented by Dr. Scott Gillingwater,

    Program available at: www.crc.chus.qc.ca/pdf/symposium_spectro_en.pdf

    NB: All presentations will be delivered in English. Dr. Christiane
    Auray-Blais and Michel Lefebvre will be able to respond to questions in

    Mass Spectrometry

    Mass spectrometry is an analysis technique used to detect, identify,
quantify, and characterize the chemical structure of molecules through
fragmentation. In recent years, it has become a cutting-edge technology used
in many scientific fields, such as physics, astrophysics, chemistry, biology,
geology, and medicine.
    The high sensitivity, speed, and specificity of the various devices
designed for mass spectrometry contribute to the identification and
quantification of a variety of substances from exceedingly small samples. This
is of particular interest in the field of medicine, since it provides a means
for quantifying substances in patient biological fluids, such as urine, blood,
amniotic fluid, and cerebrospinal fluid

For further information:

For further information: For interviews: Jean-François Nadeau,
Information Officer, Centre de recherche clinique Etienne-Le Bel, Direction
des communications et des affaires publiques, CHUS, (819) 346-1110, extension
12871, jfnadeau.chus@ssss.gouv.qc.ca; Source: Dr. Christiane Auray-Blais, PhD,
Scientific Director, Centre d'expertise en spectrométrie de masse clinique
Waters-CHUS (Waters-CHUS clinical mass spectrometry center of expertise),
Researcher, Mother-child thrust, Centre de recherche clinique Etienne-Le Bel
at CHUS, Biochemist and director of the program for urinary screening of
hereditary metabolic diseases at CHUS and professor at the Université de
Sherbrooke, (819) 820-6827

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