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Optical Imaging and Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences course, Aug 20-30 2018, MBL, Woods Hole, USA

Dear fellow microscopists,

We are excited to announce the 2018 “Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences” (OMIBS) course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, USA.The course will run this year from Aug 20th-30th.The new Course Directors are Dr. Alison North (Rockefeller University) and Dr. Joerg Bewersdorf (Yale University).This course is challenging, intensive and may leave you exhausted, but the instructors are enthusiastic and fun and are looking forward to teaching you!

Applications are accepted through Tuesday May 15th and should be submitted via the course website at: www.mbl.edu/education/courses/optical-microscopy-imaging/

Please join us or encourage your colleagues to attend the late summer OMIBS course!

Alison and Joerg


Cost:Tuition: $3,500 (Includes text, handouts, supplies). Room and board: $722.50.The course is limited to 24 students.

Course overview:The course takes participants all the way from the fundamentals of optical microscopy through to state-of-the-art, multi-dimensional wide field fluorescence, confocal, multiphoton, multispectral, deconvolution, super-resolution and light-sheet microscopy systems. Participants will learn through lectures, hands-on exercises, problem sets, demonstrations and discussions, specifically designed to drive home the principles and applications of modern microscopy.

In this year’s course a new emphasis will also be placed on sample preparation, including fluorophore selection, tissue clearing and expansion microscopy.Students will learn to obtain and interpret microscope images of high quality, to assess data for common errors and artifacts, and to perform quantitative optical measurements. In the problem sets, small groups of students will acquire, analyze, interpret and present imaging data, thereby demonstrating their progress toward mastering microscopy and imaging skills.

Who will benefit? The course is designed primarily for research scientists, postdoctoral trainees and graduate students in the biological sciences. Facility Directors and non-biologists seeking a comprehensive introduction to microscopy and digital imaging in the biomedical sciences will also benefit greatly from this course.

Specimens: Live and fixed specimens will be provided for use in laboratory exercises and demonstrations. However, students are encouraged to bring their own biological (cell cultures, prepared slides, etc.) and material specimens to use in exercises throughout the course, where appropriate. Cell culture facilities are available for student use. Students are also encouraged to make appointments with our highly experienced Commercial Faculty outside of scheduled classes to acquire data from their specimens using the state-of-the-art equipment available, and to discuss their individual research problems with both the academic and commercial faculty.

Academic Faculty for 2018 include: