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This symposium, which was held on 14 and 15 October 2016 in the Nihonbashi Life Science Building in Tokyo, was organized by the biological mass spectrometry (BMS) division of the Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan. The subtitle of this symposium was “Advanced research in direct detection of metabolites and proteins in biological tissues and cells with ambient MS, imaging MS, and single-cell MS.” Recent developments and improvements of MS techniques have helped clarify the relationship between metabolites and proteins and allowed interesting biological phenomena to be observed directly. Imaging MS and single-cell MS can show us when and where the target metabolites are in biological tissues, the organs, and the body. Omics studies can reveal the function of untargeted molecules that we have not focused on. Ambient MS can develop new applications of the direct detection of metabolites, even for living targets. We invited the leading professors and researchers in these fields as keynote lectures.
Ten young scientists were invited as speakers, and nineteen PhD students and young researchers participated in the poster session. The ten board members of the BMS division selected the BMS symposium award from the research presentations by the PhD students who presented their short oral and poster presentations on the first day. We decided the winner of the symposium award and awarded the honor at the banquet reception. Eighty-five people took part in this symposium. I would like to thank the ten young members of the organizing committee, Shuichi Shimma (Osaka Univ.), Shu Taira (Fukui Pref. Univ.), Keishiro Nagoshi (Yokohama City Univ.), Yuki Sugiura (Keio Univ.), Makiko Fujii (Yokohama National Univ.), Lee Chuin Chen (Univ. Yamanashi), Tadayuki Ogawa (Univ. Tokyo), Toshie Takahashi (Univ. Tokyo), and Nobuyuki Onishi (Keio Univ.), and the many others who organized this successful symposium and also contributed their research as speakers.