Program Overview

Please note the program is subject to change

27 August
28 August
29 August
30 August
MorningWorkshopsOpening and plenary sessionsPlenary sessionsPlenary session
ACS 2023 AGM and Conference Awards
AfternoonWorkshopsPlenary and breakout sessionsPlenary and breakout sessions
EveningCruise on Lake Wakatipu on board the Earnslaw
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Poster session
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Conference Dinner at the Winehouse

28th-30th August speaker line up:

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jessica Perea Houston (New Mexico State University (NMSU), President of ISAC: topic TBC

Dr Paul Mead (St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA): Spectral flow for the diagnosis and MRD analysis of paediatric leukaemia’s in the clinical setting.

Dr Min Shi (Mayo Clinic, Minnesota USA): Flow cytometry in T and NK-cell lymphoproliferative disorders.

Dr Marisa Westers (Cancer Centre Amsterdam): Flow cytometry in the diagnostic work-up of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS).

Dr David Ng, (Medical Director, Hematopathology, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Data analysis in MDS Utah School of Medicine, USA): Title: “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that…or can I: Bringing AI to the clinical flow cytometry laboratory”

Kerrie Clerici (Royal Children’s Hospital, VIC, AU): MRD assessment in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in the context of targeted therapies

Dr Louisa Stone (Haematologist, Te Toka Tumai Auckland Hospital, NZ): topic TBC

Dr Henry Hui (Translational Cancer Pathology Laboratory WA, AU): “Immuno-flowFISH” – Precision diagnostics for blood cancers by imaging flow cytometry

Dr Martin Kraeter (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany): Deformability Cytometry: High-speed physical phenotyping of single cells or how to feel for function.

Dr Saem Park (University of Auckland, FoS, NZ): Exploring the landscape of the tumour microenvironment using high-dimensional flow cytometry, multiplexed tissue imaging, and spatial transcriptomics techniques

Dr Anna Boss (University of Auckland, FMHS, NZ): Full spectrum flow cytometry reveals insights into the origins of placental mesenchymal stromal cells

Paula Keating (Canterbury Health Laboratories, NZ): Specialist Flow Cytometry Tests for the Diagnosis of Primary Immunodeficiencies

Dr Justin Rustenhoven, (University of Auckland): Profiling aging and diseased central nervous system immunity with high-dimensional cytometry

Dr Emily Edwards (Monash University, AU): Using flow cytometry for the functional validation of genetic variants

Other program highlights:

Early-Mid Career Cytometrist (EMCC) showcase!

Back by popular demand! After enormous success in 2022, we are keeping a dedicated Early Career Cytometrist session in the ACS 2023 program. During the abstract submission process, those working in the field (working/studying/utilising cytometry) for 8 years or less can self-identify to be considered for an oral presentation in this session. The plenary session is scheduled For Wednesday 30th August from 11-12:30 and is set to showcase 10min presentations from selected abstracts. Prizes are also up for grabs!


This session will feature accomplished women in the field of cytometry who will discuss their experiences and insights into navigating the field of cytometry, including working to improve representation in STEM fields.

Chaired by: Dr Helen McGuire: (ACS Past President, Senior Research Fellow at Ramaciotti Facility for Human Systems Biology)

Shared resource Laboratory insights:

Gaining appropriate recognition in publications: Kylie Price, CTO, The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, NZ

Pre-conference Workshops: 27th August

Clinical workshops:

Associate Professor Min Shi: The prevalence and characteristics of T-cell clones of uncertain significance

Michelle Burns: One lab’s experience implementing the anti-TRBC1 antibody

Dr Marisa Westers: Data analysis in MDS: from pattern recognition to a glimpse of emerging computational tools

Dr Paul Mead: T cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

Research Workshops (more details coming soon!):

Samantha Small: Optimising Flow Cytometry Assays for Longitudinal Analysis
Thomas Ashhurst: High dimensional cytometry and data analysis and single-cell analysis workshops

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