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2012 Course on Preparation and Analysis of Mineralized Tissues

The fourth annual course on the Preparation and Analysis of Mineralized Tissue at Baylor College of Dentistry (BCD) was held during the week of June 4 through June 12, 2012.  The attendees learned about a variety of topics having to do with methods of preparing mineralized tissue for histological examination.


There were eight participants taking this year's course: four graduate students, one research technician and an entering first-year dental student from BCD, and a graduate student and a research technician from Medical University of South Carolina.


The course was organized by Dr. Kathy Svoboda, Professor, and Ms. Connie Tillberg, Histologist/Lab Coordinator.  The format for the course included instruction by Ms. Tillberg on various test procedur2012 group picturees and presentations by BCD faculty on other analytical procedures and applications of the methodology.  These faculty included Drs. Robert Spears, Bruno Ruest, Lynne Opperman, Paul Dechow, Phillip Kramer, Elias Kontogiorgos, and Jerry Feng.  The course participants learned about topics such as perfusion and fixation, paraffin processing of hard tissue, methyl methacrylate processing, sample preparation for scanning and light microsocpy, 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.  Lunch-and-Learn sessions featured presentations such as "Using Undemineralized Tissues in Translational Research" and "Application of MicroCT to Mineralized Tissue Evaluation."  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 sponsored by the office of the Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Education at Baylor College of Dentistry.