nearly two years have passed since the first meeting that brought together people using electrical impedance measurements to study cells in vitro. Our aim was to link together the growing number of researchers in this area, to share ideas and protocols and to discuss future directions of the technology. We called the meeting ECIS Research Meeting as 'ECIS' is the well-known acronym for the technique of growing cells on gold film electrodes to perform impedance-based cell monitoring. The initial ECIS meeting in Regensburg attracted about 65 attendees, and the ECIS meeting held last summer in Rensselaerville (NY) had roughly the same number of participants. A broad range of topics on impedance-based cell monitoring was addressed, and discussions led to new ideas and concepts.
Inspired by positive feedback from both events, the meeting is returning to Regensburg in 2011 but with a new and more generic name:
Impedance-Based Cellular Assays IBCA
It was decided that the use of the commercial ECIS acronym should be dropped to make the meeting attractive to anyone using impedance-based cellular assays, independent of the brand of hardware and electrodes. I believe this broader base of participants and instrumentation will give this year's symposium a new and fresh perspective on this exciting technology.
As the host of IBCA I would like to invite you and your colleagues who have an interest in non-invasive cell monitoring to join us and to be part of this year's meeting. Please save the date August 10th to 12th and bookmark this website for updates on the program and other announcements.
The beautiful city of Regensburg known as 'the most Italian city north of the Alps' will hopefully set the stage for another round of inspiring presentations and fruitful discussions about this most versatile way of whole-cell biosensing.
I look forward to welcome you all in Regensburg for IBCA