Pre-conference workshop on Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) for life sciences (5th of June) (click for schedule)
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee of SCANDEM 2017 we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer an all-day hands-on workshop on techniques of fluorescence in situ hybridization on Monday June 5th, 2017. The programme starts at 9:00 am and ends at 17:30 pm. The location is Læknagarður, Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland, Vatnsmýrarvegur 16 about 500 m away from the conference venue HT-Háskólatorg. The workshop attendees will make it on time to the conference registration and poster set-up at HT, which follows by the welcoming reception starting around 18 pm that day. Conference participants are welcomed to register to the workshop via online registration website here. However, as the workshop is planned for a group of 18 participants max, we plan to give priority to doctoral students, technicians and early-career researchers. We have made special effort to keep the workshop registration fee at an absolute minimum, to cover mainly the cost of reagents. Supervisors of this workshop will contribute materials and work preparations. In addition, the cost of one invited expert will be covered by the conference core budget. The host institutes (Institute of Life- and Environmental Sciences and the Biomedical Center) will allow access to their laboratories and provide the facilities required. Detailed workshop programme will be available to the accepted participants in due course.
All workshop participants will have the opportunity to conduct three FISH projects (see example pictures: (1) FISH and painting of plant chromosomes (Mandakova et al. 2010, BMC Evol Biol); (2) FISH mapping of centrometic and telomeric sequences on human chromosomes (contributed by SKB and MSt); and (3) detection of target RNA within intact cells of mouse tissue sections using RNAscope technique (with courtesy of Advanced Cell Diagnostics Inc, ACD). In addition, there will be introductory lectures and movies, specific lectures relevant to the projects, microscopic examination of the project results and demonstration of FISH image processing. Supervisors of the workshop include Dr Kesara Anamthawat-Jónsson (University of Iceland), Dr Terezie Mandakova (EMS-sponsored, Masaryk University, Czech Republic), Dr Sigríður Klara Böðvarsdóttir (University of Iceland) and Chief Margrét S. Steinarsdóttir (National University Hospital of Iceland). Two research assistants will be helping with the practical part of the projects.