X62 — Contemporary Electron Microscopy Advances in Biomedical Research

**Organized by the MSA Diagnostic and Biomedical Microscopy Focused Interest Group**

Sunday, August 2, 2020 • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Wisconsin Convention Center — Room TBD
Separate registration required — see registration form (available March 4, 2020)

INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION FEE:
Breakfast, AM Break, Lunch, PM Break, Social Mixer (will be held on 08/05 5 PM)

Organizers:

Ru-ching Hsia, University of Maryland-Baltimore
Claudia Lopez, Oregon Health and Science University
Marcela Redigolo, West Virginia University
Han Chen, Penn State Medical College
Joe Mowery, Agricultural Research Service, US Department of Agriculture
Mike Reichelt, Genentech

Electron microscopy (EM) has played an essential role in our present understanding of the fundamentals of cell biology since 1930s. EM currently remains a critical technique in biomedical research to study the etiology of infection and disease, the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of pathogenesis and the development of therapeutic interventions. Many biomedical applications of EM, however, still largely rely on room temperature sample processing of complex tissues followed by a conventional chemical fixation, dehydration, resin embedding and ultrathin sectioning workflow. This time-consuming process is mostly manually driven, prone to variations and is often limited by sample volume.

The purpose of this PMC is to bring biomedical investigators, engineers and vendors together with EM experts to discuss innovations aimed at optimizing and improving the EM sample processing workflow through time saving protocols, new instrumentation and automation. A roundtable discussion will aim to initiate cross-disciplinary synergistic interactions toward addressing the many challenges of EM of complex tissues.

This PMC will include four 90-minute platform sessions with 4-6 speakers each session, a poster session and a social mixer to be held on August 5th, Wednesday 5:30 PM.

For more information about PMC X62 program, visit https://diagnosticbiologicalmicroscopy.com/

Contact Program Chair Ru-ching Hsia (rhsia@umaryland.edu) for any inquiry.

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