Biomedical Imaging Unit

Courses

Introduction
Transmission Electron Microscopy Course - Aims and Objectives
Advanced Light Microscopy Course - Aims and Objectives
Diagnostic EM Training Days

Introduction

We offer 2 training courses that are accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS); a 5 day course in advanced light microscopy methods (36 IBMS points) and a 4 day course in transmission electron microscopy (27 IBMS points). These courses are intended to provide staff, postgraduate students and external users with an understanding of, and practical experience in, a range of imaging techniques. In addition we provide 1-to-1 training for specific instruments, applications and analyses for registered facility users as well as advice on experimental design, image processing and image analysis.

Each IBMS accredited course runs approximately every 6 months. To enquire about a place on any of our courses or to arrange 1-to-1 tuition, please contact Anton Page.

We also run an annual, themed diagnostic EM training day -these days are also IBMS accredited and are intended to train postgraduate students, biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, and histopathologists in the role of electron microscopy (EM) in diagnostic pathology.


Transmission Electron Microscopy Course - Aims and Objectives

The course is intended to train participants in the understanding and application of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in the biomedical sciences. Participants are trained in methods of sample preparation, embedding, section cutting and staining using their own samples, the principles and operation of the TEM and presentation of images (including electronic presentation). In addition, participants will acquire the skills to analyse and present data, and be aware of the role, importance and relevance of TEM in biological research.

TEM Course Synopsis download

TEM Course Sample Timetable download

Next Course Dates: December 2013


Advanced Light Microscopy Course - Aims and Objectives

The course is intended to train participants in the understanding and application of advanced techniques in light microscopy (LM) in the biomedical sciences. Participants will be given theoretical and practical training in a variety of LM imaging techniques including brightfield, phase contrast interference contrast , polarising, fluorescence, time lapse and confocal microscopy and will then acquire a portfolio of images from a range of microscopes using both pre-prepared specimens and ones that they prepare themselves. In addition, participants will acquire the skills in analysing, processing and presenting still and video LM data, and be aware of the role, importance and relevance of light microscopy in biological research.

 By the end of the course participants should:

  • understand how basic microscopy principles apply to various types of light microscope together with the advantages and limitations.
  • understand fluorescent labeling procedures and how to adapt them for particular applications.
  • have hands on experience of the range of light microscopes in the Biomedical Imaging Unit.
  • be able to acquire multi-channel images on the confocal microscopes.
  • understand the concepts of some of the advanced techniques in confocal microscopy.
  • be able to set up and acquire time lapse movies.
  • be able to store and retrieve digital microscope images from a secure university server.
  • understand basic image enhancement and processing procedures.
  • prepare images and movies for power-point presentation 

 ALM Course Synopsis download

ALM Course Sample Timetable download

Next Course Dates:  December 2013


Diagnostic EM training Days

2011 - Renalmore info

2012 - Nerve and Muscle more info

2013 - 4th October - Paediatric Electron Microscopymore info

 




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