HCS Related Short Courses

The Histochemical Society is pleased to sponsor or promote the following courses. Travel awards are available for all courses.

2020 Courses


April 29-May 8   
Analytical and Quantitative Light Microscopy at Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole,  MA.  A comprehensive and intensive course in light microscopy for researchers in biology, medicine, and material sciences. This course provides a systematic and in-depth examination of the theory of image formation and application of video and digital methods for exploring subtle interactions between light and the specimen. This course emphasizes the quantitative issues that are critical to the proper interpretation of images obtained with modern wide-field and confocal microscopes. For more information click here.

POSTPONED! Due to COVID-19, this course will be rescheduled at a later date. 
Immunohistochemistry and Microscopy (IHCM) Advanced Research Training Course, Germantown, Maryland 
This course will provide students with the information and skills required to perform robust and reproducible studies using immunohistochemistry. Students will be exposed to chromogenic and fluorescence immunohistochemical methods that will be visualized with bright-field and epi-fluorescence microscopes. This advanced research course will be 5 days (~10 hours per day) and will include both class room lectures, hands-on training using formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissues, various combinations of antibodies and detection systems, and imaging sessions of positively immunostained tissues generated by students in the laboratory. Throughout the course, participants will be receiving feedback from experts and will be involved in discussions on assay development and troubleshooting. This course is appropriate for beginning scientists and those with more advanced skills, including undergraduate and graduate students, laboratory technicians, postdoctoral researchers, and new and established faculty/clinicians seeking to gain comprehensive training in immunohistochemistry and a better understanding of microscopy techniques and digital imaging. Participants will be grouped appropriately. Registration is limited to thirty students. Travel Awards Will Be Available. 

August 17-27   
Optical Microscopy and Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences at Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole,  MA. This course is designed primarily for research scientists, postdoctoral trainees, core facility directors/staff and graduate students working in the biological sciences. Biologists and physicists alike seeking a comprehensive introduction to microscopy and digital imaging will benefit greatly from the course. This 9-day course is limited to 24 students to ensure a truly interactive, hands-on experience. It consists of interrelated lectures, laboratory exercises, demonstrations, and discussions that will enable the participants to obtain and interpret high quality microscope data, to understand and assess potential artifacts, to perform quantitative optical measurements, and to generate digital images for documentation and analysis that accurately present the data. The course also places a strong emphasis on appropriate sample preparation, including choice of fluorescent probes and fluorescent proteins, and tissue clearing and refractive index matching. Particular emphasis will be placed on ‘picking the right tool for the job’.  For more information click here.