The ESCCA 2018 Conferences have become of major importance for education and scientific exchange in the fields of basic, translational and clinical applications in cytometry, in particular, flow cytometry applications and in Hematology, Immunology, Cancer and Cell Biology.

 

To download the final full programme: click here.

For the programme at a glance, click here.

Accreditation by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) has been applied for. 

 

Dates and programme overview

Wednesday 12 September: PRECONFERENCE PROGRAMME 

Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 September 2018: ESCCA 2018 CONFERENCE

 

Conference programme

Some programme highlights:

  • 4 Education programmes (see further below for the descriptions): Good Cytometry Practices, Advanced Hematology-Oncology, Clinical Diagnostic Cytometry and Advanced Immunology;
  • Keynote lectures by Bruno Brando (Legnano, IT) and Maria Arroz (Lisbon, PT)
  • Plenary lectures with updates and discussion arenas on the relevant fields of clinical cell analysis, as well as emerging fields and novel technologies, data analysis, strategies and laboratory accreditation in clinical cell analysis;
  • Plenary Best Oral Abstract Presentations;
  • Poster exhibition and 3 Poster walks;
  • A session jointly organised with the Iberian Cytometry Society (SIC) on Saturday 15 September.

 

Education programmes

A. Good Cytometry Practices
Moderators: Jordi Petriz (Barcelona, ES) and Enrique O’Connor (Valencia, ES)
This education programme is designed in accordance with the main topics that are evaluated in the exam for the European Cytometry Certification. Therefore, this program is oriented mostly to non-advanced cytometrists, including beginners. Through 45-minute lectures, speakers will focus in the essential, practical aspects of the following topics: Instrument setup and optimization; The pre-analytical phase; The analytical phase; Experiment design in Polychromatic Immunophenotype; Experimental design in functional Cytometry and other applications.

B.  Advanced Hemato-Oncology
Moderators: Andy Rawstron (Leeds, UK) and Katherina Psarra (Athens, GR)
The latest advances in the fields of acute leukemia, myeloproliferative neoplasms, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphoproliferative disorders and plasma cell malignancies will be provided by 12 internationally renowned hematopathologists. Speakers will each offer a 35 minutes’ lecture detailing the key advances in their field of hemato-oncology that impact clinical cytometry. These sessions are suitable for experienced cytometrists with a high level of background knowledge. 

C.   Clinical Diagnostic Cytometry
Moderators: Frank Preijers (Nijmegen, NL) and Claudio Ortolani (Urbino, IT)
The key clinical, scientific and technical issues in hemato-oncological diagnostic cytometry will be reviewed by speakers with a focus on the practical approaches used in different expert centres. The programme will combine lectures with more interactive approaches including cases, data analysis and Q&A. These sessions are directed towards scientists and technicians wishing to gain a greater knowledge of the role of cytometry in the daily clinical diagnostics. 
The maximum number of participants is 80, divided over 2 groups (the same programme will be run twice in parallel sessions; teachers will rotate).

D.  Advanced Immunology
Moderators: Silvia Della Bella (Milan, IT) and Florian Kern (Brighton, UK)
An advanced approach to the immunophenotypic and functional characterization of adaptive and innate immune cells will be illustrated by renowned experts in the field. These sessions are directed towards advanced cytometrists with a good level of immunological background, who wish to update and expand their competencies in clinical, translational and experimental immunology.

 

Pre-conference training courses

The pre-conference training courses will take place in the Centro de Investigación Principe Felipe from 10.00-16.00 hrs. Registered participants will receive practical details in the week of 27 August 2018.

A short description of the courses can be found below. To download the full programmes, please click here.

Course 1 - Basic Training Course on Cytometry Analysis Tools *fully booked*
In this training course, participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the most popular commercial software, including ESCCABase, as well as with the latest open-source, freely available, solutions for standardized cytometry data management, integration and analysis.
Max. 20  places; pre-registration required via the online registration form for the Conference.

Course 2 - Advanced Training Course on Cytometry of Microparticles *fully booked*
In this training course, the basis and the critical points of the cytometric analysis of different types of microparticles will be commented. Experts will present the most recent guidelines for the optimization and standardization of preparation and analysis. Participants will gain hands-on experience through wet-lab practicals with different flow cytometers and commercial systems.
Max. 15 places; pre-registration required.

Course 3 - Basic Training Course on Cytometry in Veterinary and Animal Sciences
In this training course, the application of flow cytometry to the analysis of animal samples for clinical and research purposes will be discussed. Participants will gain hands-on experience in analyzing samples of different species, including companion animals, laboratory rodents and marine mammals, through wet-lab practicals with different flow cytometers and commercial systems.

Max. 15 places; pre-registration required.

Course 4 - Advanced Training Course on CLL MRD *fully booked*
In this training course, by analyzing listmode files of real cases of CLL MRD, participants will gain experience on instrument optimization, data analysis and data interpretation under the guidance of an expert hematologist.
Max. 10 places; pre-registration required.

 

 ESCCA Examination

ESCCA members will be able to take the official ESCCA European Cytometry Certification Examination on Wednesday 12 September from 17.00-19.00 hrs. in the Valencia Conference Centre. For some general information on the Exam, please consult the Membership section of the ESCCA website. Registration for the Exam can be done via that page as well.