ISI 2006 Third International Symposium on Isotopomers

La Jolla, California USA

27 - 31 August 2006


Background and Objectives

Isotopes have been used to trace material cycles in the solar system and planets, atmosphere, oceans, terrestrial environment and the biosphere. Research is now developing from determination content of a single isotope in a multi-isotope system and site specific tracer analysis at the molecular level: these new approaches constitute the study of ISOTOPOMERS. The progress of several analytical techniques, such as Laser Ablation, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Continuous Flow - Isotopic Mass Spectrometry (CF-IRMS), Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectrometers (TDLAS) and others, permits site-specific analysis of isotopes at natural abundance level, thus providing invaluable information for a better understanding of biogeochemical processes occurring in nature. Site specific labeled isotopomers allow the study of biochemical mechanisms and pathways, the response of organisms to agents of chemical change and of metabolic networks. The study of isotopomers has an increasing number of applications in numerous scientific fields ranging from environmental studies (including global warming) to life sciences relevant to many areas of interests for human activities (agriculture, food authentication, pharmacology, health care etc.). Mass independent isotope measurements have developed into a new field of applications, ranging from solar system evolution to paleo atmospheric chemistry.

The purpose of the Symposium is to look into the latest scientific achievements in the measurement and analysis of isotopomers, from the studies of environmental changes to extended applications in environmental and life sciences including food authenticity and biomedical research. Mass independent chemical measurements and theory are also included. The Symposium will call for papers from a wide range of research on isotope-containing molecules with site-specific information and/or multi-isotopic measurements, as follows:

The papers to be presented at the Symposium will comprise invited papers, accepted oral and poster papers. In addition to more experienced researchers, the participation by younger generations of the isotope and/or isotopomer community as well as newcomers to the community is especially encouraged. The Symposium will be held August 27th through August 30th 2006 on the campus of the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, California, USA.  Planned activities are scheduled for August 31st as well.






The working language of the Symposium will be English.