The LSI joins the International Lipidomics Society as an interest group. LSI aims to create guidelines for the major lipidomic workflows including sample collection, storage as well as data deconvolution and reporting. This is a community-wide effort covering methodological progress based on the input of researchers in the field.
The guidelines/standards include the various analytical steps in a lipidomics workflow, guiding how to (i) collect and store samples, (ii) extract lipids, (iii) execute the MS analysis, (iv) perform data processing, including lipid identification, deconvolution, annotation, quantification, and evaluation of quality control, and (v) how to report the data. The guidelines also cover the validation of analytical methods and the use of quality controls.
Standards are essential for a successful progress of lipidomics because they provide a common language for researchers within lipdomics and the interface to interlink to other disciplines. Therefore LSI closely interacts with the other interest groups within the International Lipidomics Society. Moreover, LSI established collaborations with LIPID MAPS (https://www.lipidmaps.org/) and is in exchange with other standardization initiatives such as proteomics (PSI) and metabolomics (MSI) standards initiatives.