T. Vincent Shankey tshanke at bsd.meddean.luc.edu
Thu Mar 21 12:18:41 EST 1996

Over the past year, there has been increasing interest in the area of 
apoptosis and the use of flow and image cytometry in assessment of this 
physiologically important process. From the posted notices I perceive the 
need for: (1) standardized methodologies to evaluate apoptosis, (2) 
development of cytometric techniques and probes to study the process(es), 
and (3) application of flow and image techniques to study apoptosis in 
model systems as well as the real world (human tissues).

In parallel, I have noticed a significant increase in: (1) the numbers of 
papers published in "mainstream" journals (Cell, Cancer Research, etc) 
dealing with apoptosis, (2) the significant numbers of these papers using 
flow cytometry, (3) the significant differences in techniques (and 
interpretation) used to measure apoptosis in flow, and (4) the percent of 
these papers published by ISAC members (seems low to me).

I think that it is time for the cytometry community to take the lead in 
this expanding (and as yet largely uncharted) area of biology research! 
The Scientific Advisory Committee of ISAC has the responsibility of 
organizing focused, thematic meetings on topics of interest to the 
cytometry community. As a member of this committee, I would welcome 
comments through this BBS regarding the possibility of an ISAC sponsored 
meeting on this theme. Please place your comments regarding topics, 
themes, possible speakers, workshop sessions, etc. on this BBS (subject 
to J. Paul Robinson's approval!).
Thanks in advance

Vince Shankey
Loyola Univ Med Cntr 

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