Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Courses

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Cold Spring Harbor meetings bring together scientists from all over the world to present and evaluate new data and ideas in rapidly moving areas of biological research. A key feature of Cold Spring Harbor meetings is that the majority of talks are chosen from openly submitted abstracts (with the exception of our annual Symposium).

Programs are put together by organizers on the basis of the abstracts, and so little advance information is generally available about precise details of the schedule. Many of the talks include plenty of discussion of unpublished work, making these meetings a must for graduate students and senior investigators alike. Researchers who attend Cold Spring Harbor meetings cite them as among the most informative, influential, and enjoyable scientific conferences that one can attend.


Date: 2018

Website: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses

Location: Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Scientifica support the following CSHL courses by providing a HyperScope for use by students and instructors, as well as staff attending the course to support 


Quantitative Imaging: From Acquisition to Analysis

Date: 4th April - 17th April 2018

Scientifica equipment: HyperScope

Combining careful image acquisition with rigorous computational analysis allows extraction of quantitative data from light microscopy images that is far more informative and reproducible than what can be seen by eye. This course will focus on advanced quantitative fluorescence microscopy techniques used for imaging a range of biological specimens, from tissues to cells to single molecules. The course is designed for quantitative cell and molecular biologists, biophysicists and bioengineers.

Ion Channels in Synaptic and Neural Circuit Physiology:

Date: 5th June - 25th June 2018

Scientifica equipment: 3 x SliceScope Pro 1000, 2 x Patchstar kits

Ion channels are the fundamental building blocks of excitability in the nervous system. The primary goal of this course is to demonstrate, through lectures and laboratory work, the different biophysical properties of ion channels that enable neurons to perform unique physiological functions in a variety of neural systems.

Advanced Techniques in Molecular Neuroscience

Date: 29th June - 14th July 2018

This laboratory and lecture course is designed to provide neuroscientists at all levels with a conceptual and practical understanding of several of the most advanced techniques in molecular neuroscience. The course curriculum is divided into three sections: an extensive and up-to-date set of laboratory exercises, daily lectures covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the various methods used in the laboratory, and a series of evening research seminars. The informal and interactive evening lectures will be given by leading molecular neuroscientists and will serve to illustrate the ways in which the various experimental approaches have been used to advance specific areas of neurobiology.

Frontiers and Techniques in Plant Science

Date: 29th June - 19th July 2018

Scientifica Equipment: HyperScope

The Frontiers and Techniques in Plant Science course provides an intensive overview of topics in genomics, genetics, physiology, biochemistry, development, and evolution and hands-on experiences in molecular, imaging, computational and high throughput approaches to understanding plant biology. It emphasises recent results from model organisms including Arabidopsis, maize and tomato as well as a variety of other plants and provides an introduction to current methods used in basic and applied plant biology, both theoretically and practically.

Drosophila Neurobiology: Genes, Circuits & Behaviour:

Date: 29th June - 19th July 2018

Scientifica equipment: 3 x SliceScope Pro 1000, HyperScope

This laboratory/lecture course is intended for researchers at all levels from beginning graduate students through established primary investigators who want to use Drosophila as an experimental system for nervous system investigation. The three week course is designed to introduce students to a wide variety of topics and techniques, including the latest approaches for studying nervous system development, activity and connectivity, as well as complex behaviours and disease models.

Imaging Structure & Function in the Nervous System:

Date: 24th July - 13th August 2018 

Scientifica equipment: Resonant Imaging System, HyperScope

Advances in light microscopy, digital image processing, and the development of a variety of powerful fluorescent probes present expanding opportunities for investigating the nervous system, from synaptic spines to networks in the brain. This intensive laboratory and lecture course will provide participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge to utilize emerging imaging technologies. The primary emphasis of the course will be on vital light microscopy. Students will learn the principles of light microscopy, as well as use of different types of cameras, laser scanning systems, functional fluorophores, delivery techniques, and digital image-processing software.

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