Course a hit
The five-day "Mineralized Tissue Course" course offered during the break between spring semester and summer clinic is proving popular, according to participants who gave it overwhelmingly positive comments in their post-course evaluations.
This year more than 30 students and young investigators participated in the course June 7-11. It covers modern methods of mineralized tissue preparation for light and scanning electron microscopy. Students received a "hands-on" experience with lectures offering detailed descriptions of how the techniques learned in the lab can be applied to various experiments.
The course was designed in 2009 by Dr. Kathy Svoboda, Regents Professor and graduate program director in biomedical sciences, with colleagues from biomedical sciences, including Drs. Lynne Opperman, Jerry Feng, and Paul Dechow, professors; Robert Spears and Chunlin Qin, associate professors. The two main "hands on" instructors were Jo Taylor, histologist laboratory coordinator and Connie Tillberg, research associate.
Course sessions included presentations on "Sample Preparation for Scanning and Light Microscopy," "Decalcification and In Situ Hybridization Protocols," "Microwave Energy and Tissue Processing - Current Thinking" and "Demonstration of μCT approaches." Presentations were given during Lunch and Learn sessions by Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry faculty and postdoctoral fellows. Topics included "Using Undemineralized Tissue in Translational Research" and "Application of μCT to Mineralized Tissue Evaluation."
The course was co-sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Sciences, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the American Association of Anatomists and Ted Pella, Inc. It will be presented again from June 6-10, 2011.
A grant from the American Association of Anatomists provided a travel fellowship for graduate student Lynn E. Copes to attend from Arizona. Funds remain in the grant to award more travel fellowships for the 2011 course. Topics for the 2011 course will include "Undecalcified Tissues," "Tissue Analysis Techniques," "Decalcified Tissues" and "Resin-embedded SEM."
More information about the course can be found online.