Welcome, HUPO

Open AccessPublished:June 01, 2007DOI:
      With this issue, we initiate a new phase of the association of MCP with the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO), a relationship that extends back to the inception of both ventures. Since the now historic first congress in Versailles in November 2002, MCP has been privileged to publish the abstracts/program of every HUPO congress. This was an important decision for a young journal but one that was in keeping with the principles enunciated at the time the journal was founded, to wit, that it meant to strive not only to record the progress of proteomics, as it evolved as a science, but also to support the development of this relatively new field through appropriate ancillary activities. In addition to HUPO, its development of the standards for reporting protein identification data, established by an international workshop in Paris, and its support for translational research, particularly manifested in special issues of the journal devoted to clinical proteomics, are two other examples.
      It is both significant and rewarding that MCP and HUPO have already grown into established entities that are making important contributions to the advancement of proteomics science. As outlined below in the editorial from the HUPO leadership, they have many important programs and initiatives on-going and we are pleased that, as a designated official journal of HUPO, we will be one outlet for disseminating the news of these activities. The pages devoted to HUPO news will be separated and clearly marked so that they can be easily identified and browsed. We feel that this is a real addition to MCP and are pleased to be able to offer it to our readership. We encourage all individuals interested in proteomics to regularly peruse this section because it will undoubtedly contain important and interesting information and announcements.
      We look forward to our continuing productive association with HUPO.