External Microscopy Courses

A number of in depth microscopy courses are offered annually both near and far.  Here is a small selection of courses recommended by the HCBI:

 

Analytical & Quantitative Light Microscopy
Where:
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
When: Annually in Spring
Description: 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. This course is limited to 32 students.
Website: http://hermes.mbl.edu/education/courses/special_topics/aqlm.html

Neurobiology
Where:
Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
When: Annually in Summer
Description: An intensive and comprehensive laboratory-oriented course in cellular and molecular neurobiology intended for predoctoral students, postdoctoral or clinical researchers, and young investigators beginning independent research careers. Limited to 14 students. A hallmark of this course is the extensive lab work done in close collaboration with expert faculty. The course is divided into three sections: Electrophysiology, Imaging, and Molecular Neurobiology. These are taught by separate groups of faculty, usually six in each section, and with many guest lecturers. Each section begins with specific training in core laboratory techniques; students then undertake one- to two-week directed or independent projects using the methods they have learned. Didactic lectures are combined with laboratory experience in order to establish a strong conceptual foundation for each section. A typical day has 3 hours of lecture and 10 hours of lab.
Website: http://hermes.mbl.edu/education/courses/summer/course_neurobio.html

Quantitative Imaging: From Cells to Molecules
Where: Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA
When: Annually in Spring
Description: This course will focus on advanced quantitative fluorescence microscopy techniques used for imaging a range of biological specimens, from cells to single molecules. The course is designed for cell and molecular biologists with little or no microscopy experience, who wish to begin utilizing microscopy in their own research. Students will gain a theoretical understanding of, and hands-on experience with, state-of-the-art equipment used in quantitative fluorescence microscopy, including: laser scanning and spinning disk confocal microscopy, deconvolution methods, total internal fluorescence microscopy (TIRF), super-resolution methods (structured illumination, STORM, and PALM), multi-photon microscopy, light sheet microscopy, and digital image processing and analysis.
Website: http://meetings.cshl.edu/courses.html

Montreal Light Microscopy Course
Where: McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
When:
Bi-annually in Summer
Description:
MLMC is designed to provide one week of advanced instruction in optical microscopy. Students, fellows, technical staff and research scientists are welcome to attend. Lectures will be presented in the morning, while the afternoons will be devoted towards hands-on sessions with a variety of optical microscopy techniques. Interested students can apply for one of the thirty-six spots available. Lectures will be presented by experts in optical microscopy drawn from the academic, government, and industrial sectors. Afternoon laboratory sessions build on the morning lectures.
Website:
http://www.mlmc.ca/

ImageJ Analysis Workshop
Where: Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center (HMS)
When:
Annually, dates vary
Description:
This intensive 3-day workshop taught by Dr. Lai Ding, Ph.D., manager of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center Enhanced Neuroimaging Core, introduces ImageJ, its basic functions, and its macro programming capabilities. Using real imaging projects performed at the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center's Enhanced Neuroimaging Core, Dr. Ding will demonstrate common image analysis tasks such as basic image processing, stack alignment, cell counting and measurement. Macro writing will be covered to demonstrate how to automate a series of ImageJ commands, to process massive datasets automatically and to store results as desired.
Website:
http://www.neurodiscovery.harvard.edu/research/imaging_2.html