Promoting and Sustaining Italian Proteome Science
Milan - The Italian Proteome Society (IPSo) has been created in November 2003 as a tool for co-ordination, especially in Italy but in collaboration with other proteome societies in Europe and around the world. Founded by renowned Italian scientists the society has already acquired a large number of international sponsors and partners like Ciphergen, Bio-Rad and Chiron Vaccines as well as the British Electrophoresis Society and the Proteomics Group at Munich's Technical University.
IPSo is a non-profit organization that aims to promote research and training in the field of proteome science in universities, in public research agencies, in industry, in hospitals, and in their research institutions as well as in all interested centers. Furthermore IPSo intends to sustain and promote teaching in all disciplines correlated with proteome science in universities, pre-university and post-university schools, and in any other suitable centre. It favours the development of technological innovation within the realm of the proteome science as well as the scientific communication by promoting and sustaining various collaboration forms among different laboratories at the national level, coupled to the organization of congresses and meetings.
For an efficient diffusion of proteome research, IPSo will establish a few laboratories for permanent education, with a possibility of official credits for the participants. These laboratories will have to be equipped not only with instruments for two-dimensional separations, but also with mass spectrometry facilities and bioinfor-matic instruments for protein identifi-cation in search engines and databases. Wherever possible, with limited-number participants, IPSo will aim at individual facilities with hands-on experimentation for each participant. Three of these labs will be created, located at strategic places from the North to the South of Italy.
Additionally, the Society aims at creating a capillary informatic network for establishing contacts among different laboratories dealing with similar research projects, so as to favour inter-laboratory cooperation and, whenever possible, the aggregation into larger research units. It is thus hoped to create greater opportunities among those consociated laboratories for access to public Italian and EU funding.
Finally, IPSo is born as a society representative of all scientific realities in the Italian territory, which will have full rights of expression within the society. This structure will be reinforced also with the creation of regional divisions which will have full freedom of disseminating proteomic science locally and aggregating regionally different scientific realities.
First Proteome Congress
IPSo will hold the First National Congress on Proteomics in Verona on May 27-29 (see EuroBiotechNews 4/04).
Antonucci Francesca, Campostrini Natascia,
Castagna Annalisa, Cecconi Daniela
Strada le Grazie 15, I-37134 Verona
email: Ipsoit@netscape.net, www.ipsoc.it