2011 Course on Preparation and Analysis of Mineralized Tissue
The third annual course on the Preparation and Analysis of Mineralized Tissue at Baylor College of Dentistry (BCD) was held during the week of June 6 through June 10, 2011. The attendees learned about a variety of topics having to do with methods of preparing mineralized tissue for histological examination.
The twelve participants taking the course this year came from a variety of locations: six attendees from BCD included one postdoctoral fellow, three graduate students, one incoming dental student and a research assistant from BCD’s Department of Diagnostic Sciences. Two research assistants from the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the College of Medicine, one of BCD’s sister components, attended, as well as a high school student from Plano, TX. From farther away came a member of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Rutgers University. Two participants came from even farther, one from Brazil and the other from Poland.
The course was organized by Dr. Kathy Svoboda, Regents Professor, and Ms. Connie Tillberg, Histologist/Lab Coordinator. The format for the course included instruction by Ms. Tillberg on various test procedures and presentations by BCD faculty on other analytical procedures and applications of the methodology. These faculty included Drs. Robert Spears, Bruno Ruest, Lynne Opperman, Peter Buschang, Paul Dechow, Phillip Kramer, Elias Kontogiorgos, and Jerry Feng. The course participants learned about perfusion and fixation, paraffin processing of hard tissue, methyl methacrylate processing, sample preparation for scanning and light microscopy, and mineralized tissue analysis using microCT. After listening to the instructors, the participants had the opportunity to get hands-on practice at performing some of the analytical methods. The week wrapped up with a question-and-answer session and an opportunity for the attendees to get help with trouble-shooting problems. The course was co-sponsored by the office of the Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Education, the BCD Biomedical Sciences Department, and the American Association of Anatomists.