Wishart Node of The Metabolomics Innovation Centre

News Archive

The October issue of MetaboNews features a SpOtlight article entitled “Reporting Standards for Quality Control Samples in Untargeted Metabolic Phenotyping“ by Jennifer Kirwan and Ian Wilson on behalf of the Metabolomics Quality Assurance & Quality Control Consortium (mQACC) Reporting Standards Working Group.

October 19, 2022

Check out the latest issue of MetaboNews, with highlights of a couple recent metabolomics conferences and a SpOtlight article featuring the Metabolomics Quality Assurance & Quality Control Consortium (mQACC). See http://www.metabonews.ca/Oct2022/MetaboNews_Oct2022.pdf

Scott MacKay photo. Flowchart diagram of development process.

October 14, 2022

Another group member, Scott MacKay, was interviewed by TMIC for his MANA 2022 talk on the innovative technology that Tricca Technologies is developing. Can it be that metabolomics can be done in the palm of your hand? Check out https://www.tricca.ca/ and the interview at https://metabolomicscentre.ca/tmic-young-scientists/.

October 12, 2022

Want an excuse to eat chocolate? We did a scientific review and data analysis of human studies on the bioavailability and ADME (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion) of flavanols and their metabolites, the first ever done on a class of polyphenols. See our new Molecular Aspects of Medicine paper at https://bit.ly/3epWBee.

ABBY K. with a guitar; ABBY K. in a lab coat as a TMIC Wishart Node member.

October 6, 2022

One of our group members, ABBY K., was interviewed by TMIC for winning the ECM Best Poster Award (Undergraduate) at MANA 2022. The multitalented ABBY K. also sang for conference attendees as part of the entertainment. Check out http://www.abbykmusicofficial.com/ and the interview at https://metabolomicscentre.ca/interview-with-tmic-young-scientists/.

TMIC Wishart Node spinoff companies exhibiting at the 4th Annual Conference of the Metabolomics Association of North America, held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, in September 2022.

October 4, 2022

We had a number of our spinoffs at MANA 2022, like MetabolomiX Inc., MetaSci Inc., Q Boost Inc., and Tricca Technologies Inc., to showcase their innovative products and services. Check out these and others listed at https://tmicwishartnode.ca/spin-offs/.

Every Child Matters logo by Andy Everson.

September 29, 2022

Tomorrow is Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Let’s reflect on the Indigenous children who never came home and how we can do better as a nation. This includes making STEM careers more accessible to the Indigenous and that starts with STEM education for their children.


TMIC Wishart Node's metabolomic colorimeter in development for predicting sheep pregnancy and litter size.

September 28, 2022

Wanna know the impact of metabolomics in a box? Find out more about how the affordable point-of-care colorimeter we are developing with Dr. Susan Markus at Lakeland College can help sheep and eventually other livestock farmers save money. See https://bit.ly/3UKdgcF

Additional keywords: ranchers, biosensor

Group picture of MANA 2022 conference organizers and presenters from The Metabolomics Innovation Centre, including the Wishart Node.

September 21, 2022

Our group had a great showing at the MANA 2022 conference, held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton this past weekend. Thanks to all the presenters, organizers, and volunteers from our group and to everyone else who contributed to making this a great event! Additional keywords: TMIC, Metabolomics Association of North America

Information on Saskatchewan Food Centre's Fermentation Webinar Series. Industry and Supplier Connection. September 22, 2022, at 1:00 PM-5:00 PM CST-SK.

September 20, 2022

On September 22, Dr. David Wishart will be presenting a webinar on fermentation for the Saskatchewan Food Centre. Register soon for this hybrid event! Go to bit.ly/3UuMmFt or scan the QR code below.

QR code for Saskatchewan Food Centre's September 22, 2022, webinar in Fermentation Webinar Series (code for TMIC Wishart Node website).

September 16, 2022

MANA 2022 is underway. Participants started arriving yesterday. Our lab is excited to make several presentations. We hope everyone has a great time sharing their scientific discoveries, connecting/reconnecting with each other, and enjoying Edmonton. Additional keywords: TMIC, Metabolomics Association of North America

September 14, 2022

Ever wonder if your pet, or you, might have parasites? Global toxocariasis incidence is raising alarm bells. Our Biomolecules study of the Toxocara canis excretory/secretory metabolome sheds some light on this infection. Our tools and databases (like MetaboAnalyst and HMDB) were used. Check it out: https://www.mdpi.com/2218-273X/10/8/1157.

September 8, 2022 

Obesity is a growing global public health problem, starting even in childhood. What if we could find clues early on? Our study in the International Journal of Obesity shows connections during infancy between breastfeeding, gut microbiome, and body mass index (BMI).

Check it out here.

September 1, 2022 

We were at the Lakeland College Livestock Research Day. We’re working with Dr. Susan Markus to develop a portable, affordable, point-of-care biosensor to predict sheep pregnancy and litter size based on metabolites in sheep serum. No need to send to a lab!


2022 MANA conference to take place in Edmonton, AB Canada

August 30, 2022 

We are counting down the days for when MANA 2022 begins. 

Register at mana2022.net if you haven’t already done so. We have a great program ready for you. 

Get your bags and your mind ready. Only 17 more sleeps!


August 26, 2022 

Check out the August issue of MetaboNews, with news, events, publications, job postings, and featuring The Metabolomist podcast. 


The Wishart Lab was present at the AgSmart event with its partner Beefbooster Inc. to demonstrate the ArmChair Rancher app. The project is also supported by Livestock Gentec.

August 25, 2022 

We were at the AgSmart event at Olds College, where we demonstrated our ArmChair Rancher app that is in development. The app combines deep data and machine learning to help ranchers make better-informed decisions. Thanks to Beefbooster Inc. and Livestock Gentec for your partnership and support!

August 18, 2022 

Two days ago, we told you about our ulcerative colitis study. Guess what, we use our own metabolomics assays and equipment to do our studies, and we can do the same for you. For example, LC-MS targeted metabolomic analysis is useful for plasma, serum, urine, tissue, milk, CSF, meat, cell media, cell lysate, and cells.

We’d love to contribute to your research success. Check out our services.

August 16, 2022 

Could an anti-inflammatory diet (e.g., Mediterranean diet) help with ulcerative colitis? Our research has shown simple changes can make a difference and prevent inflammation for UC patients in remission. 

See our new paper in Nutrients.

August 11, 2022 

Did you know that TMIC offers a free Research Hotel program? Since 2011, experts at TMIC, including the Wishart Node, have trained nearly 70 students, PDFs, professors, and industry professionals from >20 countries in metabolomics and bioinformatics. Check it out.

Genome Canada logo

August 9, 2022 

One of our funding partners, Genome Canada, has just released their annual report: “Future of Genomics”.

Check out their future direction based on a challenge-driven approach.


August 3, 2022

What future direction should metabolomics take? NMR has inherent advantages (e.g., non-destructive), but recent advances have made this powerful technique even better. We provide guidance and a roadmap for using NMR in our new Metabolites paper.

August 2, 2022 

The deadline for poster abstract submissions for the MANA 2022 conference has been extended until August 5 at 11:59 pm MT. 

For more info and to submit your poster abstract, go here.

July 28, 2022 

Registered for the MANA 2022 conference in Edmonton on September 16-18 yet? 

We have a lineup of excellent speakers and we’re even presenting an interactive forum “Wine and Beer Tasting for Metabolomics”. 

Learn more & register here.

July 26, 2022

Our new paper in Gates Open Research is about multiomics study methods used in a multi-site collab to understand and therefore be able to reduce childhood mortality in low- and middle-income countries.

Check it out here.

AB Sciex 4000 Qtrap

July 22, 2022 

Ever wonder how various instruments can be used in the field of metabolomics? 

Hover over each instrument on the Equipment page of our website for a brief explanation of how each instrument is useful for sample analysis.


July 19, 2022 

Metabolomics data is subjected to many methodological steps that can affect performance of resulting metabolomic classifiers. Check out our analysis of various approaches for predicting renal transplant rejection in Statistics In Medicine.

July 18, 2022  

The July issue of MetaboNews will be published tomorrow and it includes an important note from the President of The Metabolomics Society. Watch for it! 

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July 11, 2022

Dr. Wishart is going to give a talk at the Frontiers in Metabolomics Workshop hosted by the Telluride Science Research Centre.  The workshop takes place July 25-29, 2022. Check out the workshop details here.

July 8, 2022

Congratulations to the founders of MetabolomiX Inc.: Galina Durant, David Wishart, Jiamin Zheng, Lun Zhang, Rupasri Mandal for being awarded an Innovation Award from the University of Alberta. The company is focused on the production and sale of kits that enable rapid sample testing for the chemical fingerprints resulting from metabolism. Check out their website here.

July 6, 2022

The CFM-ID 4.0 web server (https://cfmid.wishartlab.com) is an online tool for predicting, annotating, and interpreting tandem mass spectra (MS/MS) of small molecules. It is specifically designed to assist researchers pursuing studies in metabolomics, exposomics, and analytical chemistry. Read the article here.

May 17, 2022

Q Boost, a Wishart Node spin-off company that has developed an efficient lab quality management system, was recognized with an award by the University of Alberta for its success in its first year of business!

April 21, 2022

Folio published an article about cancer research revealing evidence that shows cancer treatment and prevention is about much more than genetics alone.

Many news agencies including CTV morning news and 630 CHED radio have followed the story and shared it with their audiences.

February 16, 2022

Telus World of Science – Edmonton is unveiling a new exhibit in the Allard Family Gallery entitled Health Zone.  The exhibit explores factors that affect each person’s health.  Visit the gallery and look for Dr. Wishart’s contribution to the exhibit.

November 15, 2021

The drug scene is constantly changing and law enforcement struggles to keep up with the newest designer drugs.  Read about our work in the area to identify these drugs using a deep machine learning approach in Nature Machine Intelligence and that can also be applied to other small molecules in metabolomics.

April 23, 2021

The Wishart Lab (University of Alberta), Western University, and the Lawson Health Research Institute conducted a study that identified biomarkers that could be used in a quick, inexpensive COVID-19 blood screening tool.  Read the article published in Critical Care Explorations  and listen to the Q&A podcast featuring Dr. Wishart.