Article by: Kelly Dobos

The SCC’s  2013 Scientific Seminar in St. Louis kicked off with a social event at the Missouri Botanical Gardens hosted by the chapters of Area II (Lake Erie, Michigan, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Ontario, and St. Louis Chapters).  Despite a little rain, the event was at capacity. Attendees were treated to delicious hand crafted beverages designed by the event’s Diamond Sponsor, Chemia Corp,  which highlighted trends in fragrance and flavor.

SCC Scientific Seminar

Two days of scientific presentations followed, covering topics from ethnic and emerging markets to microbiology. Known for his energetic presentation style, Gary Agism of Pfizer closed out the meeting with his talk about lip balm entitled, “Stick It To the Stick.”  He wowed the crowd with his anecdotes and sense of humor.

The student poster session was filled with cutting edge research from students at Jones County  Junior College, St. Louis University, The University of Cincinnati, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Shoná Burkes, an active student member of the Ohio Valley Chapter, took home the top prize in the poster judging contest for her work, titled Determination of infantile Hemangioma Progression Using Non-Invasive Imaging Modalities.

Upcoming SCC meetings

The SCC is now focusing on its role as host of the 29th IFSCC Congress on Oct. 23—26, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the meeting is “Beyond Dreams into New Frontiers–Inspire, Imagine, Innovate,” and will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort. There will be general sessions, a poster session, an exhibition and three social events. The Committee on Scientific Affairs be responsible for the scientific program including both podium and poster presentations. The 2016 congress organizing committee is currently soliciting sponsorships.  Please contact Doreen Scelso at the national office if your company is interested in sponsorship.

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