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ANNOUNCE: Stereology Course

What: Comprehensive Stereology Workshop in New Orleans following Society For
Neurosciences meeting.

        "APPLICATIONS OF UNBIASED STEREOLOGY TO NEURAL SYSTEMS"

                Sponsored by the Pathology Department
                at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

WHEN: NOVEMBER 1-4, 1997
WHERE: Ramada Inn Plaza Hotel, 2203 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70140

We are pleased to annouce the third annual Stereology Workshop will be
held in New Orleans following the 1997 Annual Society For Neurosciences
meeting. The three-and-a-half day Stereology Workshop will provide
intensive training in the stereological analysis of biological structure,
with special emphasis on the mamalian nervous system. Lectures and
hands-on exercises will be presented by experienced stereologists,
neuroscientists and engineers. Participants will have the opportunity to
present current projects for group discussion in an informal setting. The
Workshop includes hand-on practice with integrated hardware-software
computerized systems for stereological analysis. A detailed workbook with
practical aids and complete references will be distributed to all
participants.

Peter R. Mouton, Ph.D., Course Director
Phone: (410) 614-3952
E-mail: mou…@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu.

COURSE INFORMATION:

COST: Registration for 3.5 day workshop: $600, including all course
materials. Course limited to first 25 participants.

To reserve a place in the Stereology Workshop, contact Ms. Mabel Smith
at (410)955-5876 (ph), or e-mail at mpsm…@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu.

For room reservations at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, call toll-free
1-800-443-4675 (request special rates for stereology course).

COURSE INSTRUCTORS:

Arun Gokhale, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Materials Sciences, Georgia
Institute of Technology, Altanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Peter R. Mouton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, The
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

Mark J. West, Ph.D. Associate Professor, The Anatomical Institute, Arhus
University, Arhus, Denmark.

Calender

1) OCTOBER 25-30, 1997: SOCIETY FOR NEUROSCIENCE ANNUAL MEETING,
NEW
ORLEANS, LA.

2) OCTOBER 31, 1997: HALLOWEEN

3) NOVEMBER 1-4, 1997: 1997 STEREOLOGY WORKSHOP
Ramada Plaza Hotel, on the streetcar line at St. Charles Ave.

Stereology Workshop Schedule:

Saturday, NOVEMBER 1

        Coffee  8:00 to 8:30am

8:30-9:00       Introduction to Unbiased Stereology (PRM)

9:00-9:30       TOTAL VOLUME ESTIMATION (MJW)

9:30-10:00      Exercise – Point Counting & Cavalieri methods

        Break   10:00 to 10:15

10:15-11:30     Exercise – Volume Estimation in Hippocampus

        Lunch   11:30 to 1:00

1:00-2:00       THE OPTICAL DISECTOR (MJW)

2:00-3:30       Exercise – Total Neuron Number in CA1 of Human Hippocampus

        Break   3:30 to 3:45 pm

3:45-4:30       Exercise – The Smooth Fractionator

4:30-5:00       THE OPTICAL FRACTIONATOR (MJW)

5:00-6:00       Exercise – Total Neuron Number in CA1 of Human Hippocampus

        Dinner  6:00 to 7:30 pm

7:30-10:00pm    Presentation of Projects by Participants (ALL)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2

        Coffee  8:00 to 8:30 am

8:30-9:30       Isotropy vs. Anisotropy (AG)

9:30-10:15      Vertical Sections (AG)

        Break   10:15 to 10:30

10:30-11:30     Curvilinear Structures (AG)

        Lunch   11:30 to 1:00

1:00-1:30       Length Estimation Using IUR and Vertical Section (AG)

1:30-3:00       Exercise – Total Length of Curvilinear Structure
                on VUR sections.

        Break   3:00 to 3:15

3:15 – 5:00     Exercise – Total Length of Curvilinear Structure
                on IUR sections.

        Dinner  5:30 – 7:00 pm

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3

        Coffee  8:00 to 8:30 am

8:30-9:00       Particle Size Estimators (PRM)

9:00-10:00      The Nucleator, Rotator, and Volume Fraction (PRM)

        Break   10:00 to 10:15

10:15-11:30     Exercise – Mean Cell Volume of Neurons
                Using VUR sections

        Lunch   11:30 to 1:00

1:00-3:30       How Many Animals, How Many Sections? (MJW)

        Break   3:30 to 3:45 pm

3:45 – 4:30     What’s in a number? Recent stereological studies
                in aging, degenerative disease, and animal models.

4:30 to 5:30     Stereological Findings and Hypotheses of Brain Aging (DKI)

        Dinner  5:30 to 7:00 pm

7:30-10:00 pm   Participants presentations

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

        Coffee  8 to 8:30 am

9:30 to 11:00   Computerized stereology demonstrations

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