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The Ninth International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, (MicroTAS - Micro Total Analysis Systems), sponsored by the Transducer Research Foundation will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from October 9th - 13th, 2005. The conference developed from a small gathering of researchers active in the field of MicroTAS over ten years ago in Enschede, The Netherlands. The 1994 conference had 160 participants and so the annual conference was off and running. Last year in Malmö, Sweden, the µTAS 2004 scientific program delivered 422 papers for presentation and had over 735 attendees. µTAS2005 plans to continue with the success of it's preceding conferences and looks forward to presenting all the latest and new developments in this growing scientific field of Miniaturized Systems.

The µTAS2005 meeting covers all topics related to research on integrated microsystems and nanotechnology for chemistry and life sciences. This conference will bring together and create an interdisciplinary forum of education and discussion for (but limited to) research material physicists, analytical chemists, cell & molecular biologists and clinicians. Like the conference in 2004, this MicroTAS conference clearly will show that the efforts in developing cell-based microsystems are increasing. Not only in works quite frequently focused on cell manipulation, and on-chip culturing but also on complete microsystems for cell transport, culturing, analysis and monitoring including feed-back systems. The transition to polymer-based technologies continues and the now widely used SU-8/PDMS platform has opened up the µTAS-field to all those who do not necessarily have access to high performance clean-rooms, which vastly broadens the number of players that can now access and work in the field. A clear trend is also on the increase in microfluidic two-phase systems, which seems to have come to a point where the two-phase fluid handling is well controlled and, e.g. applications with compartmentalized chemistry in oil-immersed aqueous droplets in streaming microsystems are seen. The more mature areas of chip-based separation science are still very strong and moving towards applications in genomic, proteomics, and diagnostics. An exciting development from the 2004 meeting will be the continued progress in nanotechnology and the study of microfluidic transport, and molecular interaction and separation in nanoscale channels.

Authors are invited by the April 5th deadline to contribute original abstracts on advances and applications of these technologies. Abstracts are to be submitted electronically via this web-site. Please visit the abstract tab to receive your abstract ID number and submit your actual abstract.

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