Practical Workshops in Confocal Microscopy and Quantitative Histology

The next Workshop is offered August 7-11, 2023 as a Virtual Workshop

  • Background and theory of sample preparation; and in microscope design and use
  • Proper imaging approaches and ethics, scientific image construction including a Photoshop tutorial
  • Unbiased study design and use of quantitative histology/ stereology
  • New topics in cleared tissue, automated confocal stereology, and artificial intelligence
  • Post-workshop individual consultation on your research objectives and approachesWorkshop


Download the Workshop Program (pdf format) here.    

See August 2020 virtual workshop Survey Monkey results

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Who Should Attend

  • Graduate students who need to use modern microscopy or stereology in their projects
  • Postdoctoral fellows who would benefit from a comprehensive introduction to microscopy and stereology
  • Young investigators who need to incorporate these analytical approaches into their labs
  • Investigators new to histological analysis who need a rapid and complete introduction to these techniques

Summary of the Workshops:

Virtual Fundamental Workshop, August 7-11, 2023

  • Attend on-line half-day interactive, live webinars (download the syllabus for topics)
  • Participate in Zoom-based Discussion Groups
  • Take advantage of subsequent individual consultation sessions on your research needs
  • Save the time, expense, and uncertainty of traveling to Chicago
  • Remain productive in the lab while participating in the workshop

Advanced Hands-on Workshop, Dates to-be-determined 

  • 3-day intensive instruction on widefield and confocal microscopes and stereology systems
  • Use of high-end workstations for image analysis
  • Consultation using participants’ own samples
  • To be scheduled when travel is again safe

Experienced Instructor:

Daniel A. Peterson, Ph.D. has been conducting international courses in microscopy and quantitative histology since 1996. Dan is an NIH-funded investigator in neural repair and stem cell biology who maintains an active lab. He is on the editorial board of Neurobiology of Aging, Frontiers in Neuroscience and Stem Cells and Development among other journals in the field of regenerative medicine and is a frequent ad-hoc reviewer for a number of neuroscience, stem cell, and clinical journals. Dan served as Chairman of an NIH study section (Neurogenesis and Cell Fate) and is Professor and Vice-Chairman of Neuroscience and Director of the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.  Recently, Dan was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Germany and has established several international collaborations.  He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Brain Research Foundation and is a past-President of the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair.  In 2019, he was elected to the Board of Governors for the International Society for Stereology and Image Analysis.

Virtual Workshop Registration Deadlines

 Early Bird Rate Ends  Regular Registration Ends
 June 23, 2023  August 7, 2023

Virtual Workshop Tuition

 Graduate Student or Academic Technical Staff  $1,450.00  $1,650.00
 Postdoctoral Fellow or Academic Faculty  $1,700.00  $1,900.00
 Technical or Scientific Staff from Industry  $2,300.00  $2,600.00

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Society Membership Discounts:

Discount of $200.00 if you are a member of ISSIA, please email for a discount code

Discount of $200.00 if you are a member of ASNTR, please email for a discount code

NeuroRenew, Inc. and Dan Peterson are not affiliated with the short courses offered by Peter Mouton

What Past-Participants have said about the workshops:

“… many thanks to you, Dan, for running this course. The amount of theory you managed to cover in 5 days, from basic to advanced, is remarkable. When I got home, I realized that you and the vendors essentially taught a 4 credit-hour (12 week semester) course in 5 days. Thanks for making a course with hands-on time – there are some questions that just don’t come up until you’re running the scope yourself, and the instructors could answer all of them.” Matt Mitschelen, University of Oklahoma HSC”           ……….          “I would like to thank you for the instructional and enjoyable week of your confocal microscopy course. I was somewhat concerned with the education level of everyone in the class relative to mine, however you did an excellent job of ensuring every person in the room was on the same page. I appreciate your concern for everyone’s learning and found input and explanations from all the instructors very enriching. Your class is set up in an ideal fashion and I can honestly not think of anything to improve upon. Breaks throughout the day help to maintain the groups concentration, the printed Power Point slides allowed us to follow along without taking rigorous notes, and the sessions from 7-10pm are excellent opportunities to relate the course to our personal research.” Nik J., University of Washington