Workshop in Microscopy and Quantitative Histology

University of Bonn and the Bonn International Graduate Studies (BIGS) Program

The goal of this workshop is to combine formalized lectures on the principles of microscopy and quantitative histology (stereology) with practical sessions on the use of confocal microscopes and post-acquisition analysis.  Upon completing this short course, participants should be able to efficiently operate their research instruments, obtain optimal image resolution and quality, and understand the design of a quantitative stereological study.

The participants are expected to be primarily doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Registration is required (see below) but there is no cost to attend.  Enrollment in the lectures is open to all PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. Registration in the practical sessions is limited to 20 participants. A brief Statement of Interest will be used to select the Practicum participants, with preference given to graduate students.

5-9 December, 2016

No-Cost for Registration

Life and Brain Institute, Large Seminar Room
University of Bonn Medical Center, Germany

Registration is closed!

Instruction is by Prof. Dr. Daniel A. Peterson, Professor and Vice-Chairman of Neuroscience and Director, Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, The Chicago Medical School.  Prof Dr. Peterson has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Reconstructive Neurobiology at Uniklinikum Bonn.
Confocal microscopes for the practicum are generously provided by Nikon Instruments and MBF Bioscience. nikon_logo-svg mbf_logo_sm_square_400x400


Program of Instruction (detailed curriculum)

5 December, 2016 Principles of Widefield and Confocal Microscopy
09:00 – 17:00 Principles of Experimental Design, Microscopy, and Fluorescence
6 December, 2016 Principles of Quantitative Histology and Systematic Sampling
09:00 – 17:00 Image Acquisition, Systematic Sampling, and Estimation of Cell Parameters


Enrollment in the Practicum portion will be limited to 20 students
Students will be divided into AM and PM groups

7-8 December, 2016 Practicum on Microscopy and Image Processing
AM and PM Directed group tutorials at the confocal microscopes
9 December, 2016 Practicum on Image Processing
AM and PM Post-Processing of Images for Scientific Analysis and Publication


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Promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research