2015 Yale Microscopy Workshop

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This free annual event is a combination of symposia and open access to a wide variety of microscopes. During afternoon seminars, academic investigators present inspirational research employing emerging techniques, probes or instrumentation. The "micro-course" practical is linked to the symposia with a thematic technique or application. It is open to the entire research community and only requires your free registration.

In order to eliminate the financial barriers and time commitments that often prevent individuals from taking extended microscopy courses, direct access to instruments and expertise are provided free of charge. Interested individuals may use this opportunity to determine whether particular techniques suit their future needs or to get needed advice from vendor representatives on any microscope or application. This is also an unparalleled chance to compare microscopes from many vendors, which is especially convenient when contemplating a purchase or preparing a grant.


2015 Yale Microscopy Workshop

June 2-4th, 2015

Yale School of Medicine
The Anlyan Center (TAC)
300 Cedar Street
New Haven CT 06525

The theme for the upcoming 2015 Symposium is "Lightsheet Microscopy". Symposium speakers will present research that employs lightsheet microscopy, also known as Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM). This technique allows for rapid time-lapse imaging of small organisms illuminated by thin sheets of light that are progressed stepwise through the sample. This technique can also be used for rapid acquisition of 3D images of larger tissue samples that are made more transparent by treatments such as CLARITY.

Although the symposia is thematic, a broad range of demonstrations and technical lectures on many aspects of microscopy will be offered. Small-group practicals on the fundamentals of lightsheet/SPIM imaging will also be offered. A wide variety of instruments will be available for use with guidance, including confocal, two-photon LSM, super resolution, TIRF and spinning disk microscopes as well as SEM and TEM microscopes. 

Prepared samples will be present for you to use, but feel free to bring your own samples as well! You can bring fixed or living specimens, but these must be limited to BLS1 samples or fixed BSL2. Unfixed BLS2 samples are not permitted. Please note that some instruments, such as the EM microscopes and super resolution microscopes, require specialized sample preparations. See the FAQ page and the Equipment listing web pages for information on sample preparation. Some of the microscopes available for use are in other buildings on campus, so please allow time between demonstrations or hands-on trials if this is the case for the instruments you are interested in. 

This free event is made possible through the generous support of numerous companies and the office of the YSOM Deputy Dean of Science. Support is also provided by NIAMS (Yale Rheumatology Disease Research Center P30) to advance the use of light microscopy in basic research. 

Visit the Schedule & Events section of this site to learn more about the 2015 workshop and prior year events.