The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts is offering the first (of an anticipated annual) light-sheet fluorescence microscopy conference and workshop. The program will provide a combination of virtual and in-person lectures and training activities.
Multi-dimensional live and fixed microscope data can be collected in many ways and with a wide range of imaging modalities to help advance cellular, animal and large sample/cleared sample imaging to the next level. Currently, many courses focus on general optical principles and the use of conventional microscope platforms, such as widefield fluorescence, confocal and multiphoton imaging. However, none of these courses are specifically designed to demystify rapidly evolving and increasingly prescient methods such as light-sheet imaging.
A virtual Pre-Conference Tutorial will be held on May 8, 2021 for those new to the field of LSFM to bring them up to speed for the conference and workshop.
The Virtual Conference (May 9-11, 2021) will bring together innovators in microscopy from academic institutes, industry, and federal laboratories to share and brainstorm the latest developments taking place in light-sheet research and its biological applications.
The in-person Workshop (May 12-14, 2021) will include participation from nearly all LSFM commercial solutions and laboratories developing do-it-yourself light-sheet approaches, giving participants the knowledge and experience to implement and use LSFM tools at their own institution. Participants will leave the program better equipped with information and experience on the latest developments in LSFM to make an informed and judicious decision between platforms for their specific research.
Attendees may opt to join the Virtual Conference and Pre-Conference Tutorial, the Workshop, or both.
The Virtual Conference will be useful to all researchers interested in utilizing optical imaging to their specific research, while the in-person Workshop will be beneficial to graduate students, postdocs, young investigators and core facility managers. The In-person Workshop will offer the opportunity to learn about and try various LSFM systems. Prior knowledge is not required, and all interested are welcome to attend. We will offer a virtual Pre-conference Tutorial (May 8th) for those who are new to this field to bring them up to speed for the Virtual Conference and Workshop. This conference and workshop will be unique compared to existing conferences because participants will leave the program with an understanding of:
- What Light-Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy (LSFM) entails
- Why the modality is needed for imaging; and
- How to use LSFM for specific biological applications