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10th Annual Conference & Exhibits

Palm Springs Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center

Palm Springs, CA

January 21 - 25, 2018

MSACL 2018 US Conference Program

There are five ways to view and interact with the MSACL Program.

1. Interactive Mobile Program

This is a website designed for mobile devices that allows you to create a personal agenda.

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1. Start with the device that you will be using at the conference. Agendas will not transfer between devices.
2. In Safari on Apple devices or Chrome on Android devices, browse to
3. Use the stars next to events to add them to your personal agenda.

Watch a video tutorial on using the Mobile Program

2. Program Webpage for Desktop monitors

View the program on a desktop monitor

3. Full Printed Program

If you did not already pre-order a copy of the full printed program when you registered, a few will be available at the registration desk to purchase for $20 each.

4. PDF version of the FULL printed program

Download a PDF version of the full printed program

5. Conference Digest

Pickup a hardcopy of the Conference Program Digest containing the most important information for finding your way around, freely available at the registration desk.

Program Description

The MSACL Conference provides a forum for discussion of developments in the clinical application of mass spectrometry. While immunoassay methods have dominated clinical analyses, mass spectrometric methods are now providing analytical results more rapidly and with less expense. MSACL brings together experts in the field with those driven to explore and understand clinical mass spectrometry, with the goal of facilitating mass spectrometry's adoption as a health care tool and accelerating the realization of improved patient care and reduced health care costs.

Scientific Program Tracks

It's the abstracts that make the meeting. Are you working in clinical mass spectrometry and have compelling results that you want to present at the most focused clinical mass spec meeting in the world? Submit your abstract for the MSACL Conference.

MSACL 2018 US will be the opening year for both the Informatics & Analytics and Cannabinoids tracks.

Informatics & Analytics welcomes submission of abstracts focused on novel techniques for analyzing MS data, methods to enable data exchange and/or integrate MS data with other lab data, or the application of data analysis techniques from basic science or other fields into clinical laboratory MS applications. Platform presentations around these topics will be integrated into a multidisciplinary track that aims to share best practices across fields and improve how the mass spectrometry community uses data. Please consider submitting an abstract for any work focused on informatics and analytics methods for MS data.

A comprehensive list of the topics being solicited for the current conference is below.

Abstract Submission Categories for MSACL 2018 US

*Note: Abstracts are solicited for the topics listed below, however, if no abstracts are submitted and accepted on any given topic then it will not be covered at the conference.

  1. Cannabinoids
  2. Endocrinology
  3. Informatics & Analytics
  4. Metabolomics
  5. Microbiology/Virology
  6. Practical Training
  7. Proficiency, Regulations, Standards
  8. Proteomics
  9. Small Molecules / Tox
  10. Tissue Imaging & Analysis
  11. Troubleshooting
  12. Various OTHER

Practical Training Track

In addition, MSACL also provides a track dedicated to Practical Training in clinical mass spectrometry. This track is intended to be a tutorial, with an emphasis on "how to" rather than the presentation of cutting-edge research. This track encourages active attendee interaction and participation to facilitate the learning process.

View Practical Training presentations from previous MSACL conferences

Travel Grant Program

MSACL's mission is educational and the organization provides several levels of Educational Travel Grants to support conference attendance:

  1. Young Investigator Grants: Young investigators, in the first four years of their academic position, who submit an abstract which is accepted for presentation (poster/podium) at the annual conference. Applicants must submit a short application.
  2. Trainee Grants: Lab Directors-to-be interested in learning more about what mass spectrometry is and how it could potentially improve results and reduce costs in their clinical laboratory are not required to submit an abstract, but must submit a short application.
  3. Lab Director Grants: Current Lab Directors interested in learning more about what mass spectrometry is and how it could potentially improve results and reduce costs in their clinical laboratory are not required to submit an abstract, but must submit a short application.

Target Audience

The target audience for this program includes pathologists, clinical laboratory directors and scientists, mass spectrometry and automated sample processing providers as well as laboratory diagnostic providers. This program will be beneficial to healthcare administrators, laboratory quality control and standards scientists, as well as those responsible for implementation of clinical analyses for emergency response due to terrorism or accident.

Needs Assessment

This meeting will be critical to share emerging analytical information and work concerning regulations and standards. The goal of MSACL is to create an environment through which participants will be able to identify opportunities to develop the capacity to provide higher quality results, more rapidly and for lower overall cost, for patients within the healthcare system.