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Stem Cells: Regeneration Methods for the Visual System | 5-Day Hands-On Workshop

August 28, 2017 to September 1, 2017

The National Eye Institute and FAES at NIH presents:

“Regeneration Methods for the Visual System using stem cells”-  A 5-day intensive hands-on training at NIH campus in Bethesda, MD  (Aug 28 - Sept 1, 2017)

Registration occurs on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is one week before the first day of the course.  If you are unable to register before the deadline, please email: or call 301-496-7977 for space availability. 

NIH Only: Payment approval and authorization is done through your AO or lab manager. Receiving lab approval does not constitute enrollment. Those being sponsored by their lab can enroll using this form while waiting for authorization of payment.

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Pluripotent stem cells (PSC) are capable of differentiating into virtually any cell type in the human body. Directing this differentiation into specific cell types relevant to the visual system in a consistent and efficient manner enables researchers to investigate underlying biological mechanisms of healthy and diseased tissue and allows for the development of new therapy and drug screening approaches in patient-derived cells.

  • Taught by stem cell and eye research experts from NIH, academia & industry
  • Printed course materials; Small class size , lab rotations & interactive sessions
  • Networking opportunities with experts from academia & industry

This 5 day hands-on workshop will provide participants with the training and knowledge to help the researcher bring PSC technology to the laboratory. Lab exercises are intended for participants having  knowledge of basic cell culture and will be directed by experts from National Eye Institute (NEI at NIH), academia and industries.  Labs will cover methods for making iPSC and the methods and analysis used to assess differentiation and function of differentiated cells with special focus on  iPSC-derived retinal stem cells that include immunocytochemical analysis, electrophysiology studies, and OCT imaging.

Lecture & Lab Topics
Overview; Introduction to Mouse and Human iPSCs; Differentiation Methods; Cellular Reprogramming Methodologies; Optimizing mRNA Reprogramming Efficiency; Differentiating iPSC to Retina Pigment Epithelium; Cryopreservation of Retinal Stem Cells, Electroretinogram (ERG) recordings; Disease Modeling. 

Confirmed Speakers, Instructors, and Companies:

  • Dr. Anand  Swaroop  (NIH)
  • Dr. Kapil  Bharti (NIH
  • Dr. Haohua Qian (NIH)
  • Dr. Wei Li (NIH)
  • Dr. Valerie Wallace (University of Toronto)
  • Dr. Gilbert Bernier (University of Montreal)
  • Dr. Jason Meyer (University of Indiana)
  • Dr.  Douglas Dean (University of Louisville)
  • And  experts from Miltenyi Biotec, Stemcell Technologies, ThermoFisher Scientific​

Tentative Agenda


Training Rates
Regular Training Rate:


Discounted Training Rates:

$695.00 - NIH Fellows (Fellows, PostDocs, PostBacs working at the Bethesda, MD NIH Campus)

$995.00 - NIH Community (Working, Appointed, or Assigned to working at the Bethesda, MD NIH Campus)

$1,095.00 - Academia, Government, Military

Comprehensive Binder
Contains all notes, protocols, and reference material needed. No additional books are required. 

Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours.   One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 3.5 CEUs.

Refund Policy 
100% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 14 or more days prior to the start of the workshop.    
50% tuition refund or 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled between 4 to 13 days prior to the start of the workshop. 
 0% refund, 100% full workshop credit is available for registrations cancelled 3 days or less prior to the start of the workshop.  

All cancellations must be received in writing via email to Ms. Carline Coote at
Cancellations received after hours are time marked for the following day. 
In regards to a full or partial refund or a full workshop credit, you must indicate which option you are selecting at the time of your written cancellation. 
All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.

A special rate has been made available to all workshop registrants. This includes non-smoking, free internet, free breakfast, and free shuttle service to the NIH. Hotels are within walking distance of the training facility.  Reservations can be made online, see below.

Bethesda Court Hotel (Promo/Corporate Code: btcms)


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