nearly three years have passed since the first meeting that brought together people using electrical impedance measurements to study cells in vitro. The aim was to link together the growing number of researchers of this area, to share ideas and protocols and to discuss future directions of the technology. Originally the meeting was named ECIS Research Meeting as 'ECIS' is the well-known acronym for the pioneer technique to perform impedance-based cell monitoring. The first ECIS Meeting was held at Regensburg University (Germany) in 2009; the second ECIS Meeting was organized at Rensselaerville (NY, USA) in 2010. The high number of participants and the multidisciplinary presentations of different fields (biophysics, chemistry, cell biology, genetics, pathology, clinical sciences) as well as appearance of novel equipments dedicated for impedimetric measurements explained that the meeting next in the line was the 1st Meeting of Impedance-Based Cellular Assays (IBCA) - in 2011, the host institute was again Regensburg University.
Reviewing references of the last one and a half year indicate that the scientific community of impedance based cellular assays is a rather active one. The number of publications focused on biological/clinical approaches of impedance was about 5000 in the last two years. This high activity as well as the positive feedbacks from the participants of the previous meetings encouraged us to organize the forthcoming IBCA2013 at Semmelweis University in Budapest (Hungary).
As the host of IBCA2013 it is my pleasure to invite you and your colleagues who have an interest in non-invasive cell monitoring to join IBCA2013 with your oral or poster presentation or as an active participant of the sessions addressing various aspects of impedance-based cellular assays.
Please save the date August 21st to 23rd and bookmark this website for updates on the program and other announcements.
Our beautiful city Budapest is ready to host you with science itself (Pre-Meeting Impedance Theory Workshop - August 20th, IBCA2013 - August 21st - 23rd) and with several attractions like the medieval Castle district, Danube and museums.
I look forward to welcome you all in Budapest for IBCA2013