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Stereology Informatica

Stereology Informatica

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Stereology Informatica is about the science of stereology. This is the science of estimating or measuring geometrical quantities. Stereology estimates things like volumes, areas, lengths, and the number of objects. Simple examples are:

  • Volume of aggregate used in a construction.
  • Area of a wetland covered by year round water
  • Length of twigs within reach of deer
  • Number of cells affected by a virus

Each of these examples comes from a different field using stereology. The volume example comes from the study of concrete. Suppose that a dam is built and there is a requirement that all portions of the poured concrete have to have a certain amount of additives mixed with the cement. Cores can be drilled from various areas and studied. The cores can be refilled with concrete. The area example comes from ecology. A wet area can have very complicated waters with ponds that are interconnected with many streams. Figuring out the amount of land covered by permanent water can be tricky unless stereology is used. The amount of deer forage is of interest in wildlife management. Deer are browsers and consume twigs. The amount of forage is the same as calculating how many twig length is in reach of the deer. One of the main applications of stereology today is the study of cells and counting cells. This seems like a simple thing to do. All of us have counted since we were very young. Counting cells is not that easy, but solutions have been worked out by stereologists.

If you want to learn more about stereology, here are a few upcoming classes and workshops in stereology.

July 9, 2011

Stereology course Samsun, Turkey

Contact Prof. Suleyman Kaplan at skaplan@remove-this.omu.edu.tr

For more information read the course book

October 25-29, 2010

Stereology course Los Angeles

For more information contact John Basgen at JohnBasgen@remove-this.cdrewu.edu

September 21-24, 2010

Stereology course at Olympus America, Inc. Headquarters in Center Valley, PA

  • Systematic Uniform Random Sampling
    Optical Disector/Fractionator
    Physical Disector/Fractionator
    Probes
  • Counting Frame
    Line and point probes
    Local Probes: nucleator, rotator
  • Global Spatial Sampling

For more information click here.

September 14-16, 2010 Stereology Course, Sandbjerg, Denmark
September 2010 Quantitative Analysis of Minerals and Rocks, Sep 2010
Budapest, Hungary

Organized within the International Mineralogical Congress jointly with the International Society for Mathematical Geology.
Patrick Launeau; Eric Pirard

  • Image acquisition technologies (2D and 3D)
  • Introduction to the principles of stereology
  • Size and shape analysis of particles
  • Intercepts for fabric and textural properties of rock
August 23-27, 2010

Stereology Short Course at the University of Bern

  • Part I, Stereology, August 23-27, 2010
  • Part II, Digital Stereology, August 30-31, 2010

for more information visit http://www.stereology.unibe.ch

July 21-23, 2010

Stereology Course Vermont

What: Hands-on course in practical stereology
When: July 21-23, 2010
Where: Health Science Research Facility, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT


This 3 day practical course is designed for advanced students, Post-Doctoral fellows,
technicians, and Principal Investigators seeking to understand the principles of
stereology as applied to microscopy and other imaging modalities.
Faculty: Jens Nyengaard and Johnnie Andersen, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Matthias Ochs, Hannover Medical School, Germany
Douglas J. Taatjes, University of Vermont, USA

for more information check here

June 28-July 1, 2010 3rd Brazilian ISS Stereology Course, São Paulo, Brazil
Antonio A. Coppi; Jens R. Nyengaard; Matthias Ochs; Terry Mayhew

  • Definition of probes, sampling and basic statistics
  • Volume estimation, absolute and fractional
  • The smooth fractionator principle
  • Neurostereology, placenta, lung and kidney stereology
  • The Proportionator
  • etc.

For information and registration contact: Prof. Antonio Augusto Coppi
Lab of Stochastic Stereology and Chemical Anatomy (LSSCA)
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil

June 17-16, 2010

EMBO course at University of Oslo includes sections on stereology taught by Terry Mayhew. See news page.

Course listings avaiulable at brochure

May 19-21, 2010

Stereology Symposium Los Angeles

For more information contact John Basgen at JohnBasgen@remove-this.cdrewu.edu

May 19-22, 2010

Using Stereology to Quantify Renal Structural Pathology

The Inaugural Stereology and Its Application in Kidney Disease Symposium
Using Stereology to Quantify Renal Structural Pathology

For information check here
For the agenda check here

March 23-26, 2010

Stereology Course in Bordeaux France
Vyvyan Howard, Matt Reed, Gesa Staats de Yanes, Olivier Lejeune

For more information Get the course booklet.

March 16-19, 2010

Stereology Course in Allerod, Denmark

For more information contact Visiopharm.
Get the details in the course booklet.

February 9-12, 2010

Stereology Course in Center Valley, Pennsylvania

To register for the course contact Olympus at vis-support@olympus.com.
For Details get the course booklet.

September 8-12, 2009


Workshop on Quantitative Microscopy: Digital imaging of whole slides, image analysis, and stereology

This year there will be a course in stereology for arranged by Prof. Dallas Hyde and Prof. Charles Frevert at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington, USA. The course will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of performing quantitative microscopy, focusing on stereology and the use of new technology like whole slide imaging and digital image analysis as tools for making stereological studies faster to conduct.

June 22-26, 2009

The 10th European Congress of Stereology and Image Analysis

Details can be found here.

March 22-27, 2009

Workshop on Stochastic Geometry, Stereology and Image Analysis will be held at the Heinrich-Fabri-Institute in Blaubeuren, Germany.

Details can be found here.

March 5, 2009

Symposium on Ewald Weibel's 80th birthday in Bern Switzerland.

Details can be found here.

November 25-28, 2008

A course is being held in New Rochelle, France. The course is being taught by:

  • Vyvyan Howard
  • Matt Reed
  • Gesa Staats de Yanes
  • Olivier LeJeune

For details click here to download the pdf file.

November 11-14, 2008 Olympus stereology course in Alexandriva, VA. This class is held immediately before the Neuroscience meeting. The course is taught by:
  • Jens Nyengaard
  • Hans Joergen Gundersen
  • Bente Pakkenberg
  • Lyse Lyck
August 20-29, 2008 EMBO Practical Course on Electron Microscopy and Stereology in Cell Biology Organisation: Biology Centre of ASCR, EMBO Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
July 7-10, 2008

International Workshop on Applied Probability at Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France

June 23-27, 2008

Lung stereology at UVM Medical School Burlington, VT.

  • Charles Irvin, Ph.D.
  • Douglas Taatjes, Ph.D.
  • Christian Mühlfeld, M.D.
  • Matthias Ochs, M.D.
May 26-30, 2008

Fundamentals of modern histology taught by:

  • Hans Jørgen Gundersen
  • Prof. Jens Nyengaard
  • Prof. Alison North
  • Docent Sinikka Eskelinen
  • Dr. Wim Voorhout
  • Dr. Irene Knuesel
  • Prof. Katalin Halas
May 6-9, 2008 Stereology: Sampling and Measurement of 3D Structures at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
April 7-9, 2008 Stereology course - Methods for quantitative measurements held at Bispebjerg Hospital. Bente Pakkenberg is the instructor.
March 5-7, 2008 Third annual Bioquant Bone Workshop in Nashville, TN.
February 6, 2008 Second HistoInformatics Workshop in Aarhus, Denmark.
October 30 to
November 2, 2007

This class is held immediately before the Neuroscience meeting. The course is taught by:

  • Jens Nyengaard
  • Hans Joergen Gundersen
  • Bente Pakkenberg
August 27-31, 2007

A course has been announced in Berne, Switzerland. The course is being taught by:

  • Mathias Ochs
  • Jens Nyengaard
  • Hans Joergen Gundersen
  • Heinz Fehrenbach
  • Beat haenni

For details click here.

July 30 to August 2, 2007

A course has been announced in Sao Paolo, Brazil. The course is being taught by:

  • Jens Nyengaard
  • Mathias Ochs
  • Terry Mayhew
  • Antonio A. C. M. Ribeiro

For details click here to download the doc file.

July 17-20, 2007

A course in stereology has been announced for Novi Sad, Sebia. The instructors are:

  • Süleyman Kaplan
  • Bünyamin Sahin
  • Sinan Canan

For details click here. For the announcement click here.

April 24-27, 2007

A course in stereology has been announced in KVL university in Denmark. The course is being taught by:

  • Dvoralai Wulfsohn
  • Jens Nyengaard
  • Jonathan Gardi
  • Ditte Arltoft
  • Dagmar Brüggemann
  • Michael Hansen

For details click here to download the pdf file.

April 18-20, 2007 A course has been announced at Centre de Regulació Genòmica in Barcelona Spain. The course is being taught by: Hans Joergen Gundersen, Jens Nyengaard, Carlos Avedaño, Luis M. Cruz-Orive, Lars Pedersen, Gemma Pascual

March 27-30, 2007

A class in stereology has been announced in New Rochelle, France. This class is being taught by: Vyvyan Howard, Matt Reed, Gesa Staats de Yanes, Olivier LeJeune

The class held in San Diego is a hands-on course in design-based stereology complete with:

  • presentations
  • exercises
  • demonstrations of a stereology system.

The class is structured towards the participant. This means that you bring your problems with you, and share them with the instructors. The goal is that you leave the class with a good idea of how to proceed with your work. Here are the dates for this class.

Stereology Course 2007
October 30
to November 2, 2007

Society for Neuroscience meeting is
November 3 to 7, 2006
San Diego, California

Who should attend the class?

  • Anyone attending the Neuroscience meeting
  • Anyone that needs to be introduced to the concepts of stereology
  • Anyone who wants to rejuvenate their stereology skills.

The instructors for the course will be:

  • Jens Nyengaard
  • Hans Joergen Gundersen
  • Bente Pakkenberg

These instructors have taught many classes, both here and in Europe, and are always interested in making sure that you learn as much as possible. The course covers a wide range of material that is adjusted to the needs of the participants. At a minimum the class covers the following units of instruction:

  • Cavalieri estimator for volume estimation (point counting)
  • optical fractionator and physical disector for population estimation
  • nucleator for cell volume estimation
  • cycloids for length and surface estimation
  • basic calculations

In addition, the class also discusses related material such as:

  • tissue preparation
  • sectioning
  • other probes and estimators

The general instruction format is to alternate formal lectures with hands-on activities. Early on, participants have the opportunity to present their own research. This allows the instructors to adjust the content of the workshop to the specific needs of the participants.

The class is limited to 25 participants to ensure that each participant has ample time to ask questions directly related to their own research. Time is set aside in the environment of the workshop to discuss ideas amongst the participants. Time is also set aside for meetings with the instructors for a more focused discussion of your needs.

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