Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences - Woods Hole, MA (Aug 2020)

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.

A strong emphasis is placed on sample preparation,including choice of fluorescent probes and fluorescent proteins, and tissue clearing and refractive index matching. Great stress will also be placed on ‘picking the right tool for the job’. 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.

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.

Live and fixed specimens will be provided for use in laboratory exercises and demonstrations. Students can bring their own, fixed biological specimens and discuss individual research problems with the faculty. 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 available state-of-the-art equipment.

Applications: accepted through Wednesday May 13th, submit via: https://www.mbl.edu/education/courses/optical-microscopy-imaging/
Location: Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, USA
Dates: Aug 17-27, 2020
Cost: *Tuition: $3,700 (Includes text, handouts, supplies). Room and board: $770.00. The course is limited to 24 students. Some limited financial assistance may be available.
Contact: Alison J. North, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor and Senior Director of the Bio-Imaging Resource Center, The Rockefeller University - northa@MAIL.ROCKEFELLER.EDU

April 22, 2020 update from Dr. North:
In the midst of this new and chaotic world, we are still hoping that the Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences (OMIBS) course, held annually at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, USA, will go ahead as planned. The MBL has currently cancelled courses through the end of July, and it would be foolish to deny that we are not concerned that our course will eventually suffer the same fate, or that we will have to think carefully about how best to run it safely. However, as of today, it is still scheduled to run, and goodness knows, we are all longing to return to some kind of normality - if a very different kind of "normal". So, please submit your applications to the OMIBS course, details below, and note that all accepted students will be offered places at the 2021 course, should this year's course be cancelled.

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