Practical Workshops in Confocal Microscopy and Quantitative Histology

The 2019 Workshop is offered on August 12-16, 2019

  • Intensive, hands-on training on multiple confocal microscopes equipped for stereology
  • Consultation on preparation and analysis using your own material
  • Background and theory of sample preparation; microscope design and use
  • Proper imaging approaches and ethics, scientific image construction including a Photoshop tutorial
  • Unbiased study design and use of quantitative histology/ stereologyWorkshop



Download the Workshop Program (pdf format) here.

Click here to register on-line

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

Description of the Workshops:

  • To provide intensive, hands-on training in the cutting edge technologies of confocal microscopy and quantitative histology using design-based stereology.
  • Recent additions address NIH requirements for rigor and reproducibility
  • Discussion of sample clearing, light-sheet microscopy, and large data set analysis also recently added
  • Evening sessions offer individual training and project consultation
  • Extensive group discussion- participants are encouraged to bring their own material and to discuss their projects

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 ofNeurobiology 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.

2019 Workshop Registration Deadlines

 Early Bird Rate Ends  Regular Registration Ends
 May 31, 2019  August 10, 2019


2019 Workshop Tuition

 Graduate Student or Academic Technical Staff  $1,600.00  $1,950.00
 Postdoctoral Fellow or Academic Faculty  $1,900.00  $2,250.00
 Technical or Scientific Staff from Industry  $2,650.00  $3,000.00

A discount of 25% is offered for each registrant when part of a group of four or more registrants (academia only)

Two Graduate Student Scholarships valued at $800.00 each will be sponsored by MBF Bioscience and NeuroRenew, Inc.

Graduate Student Scholarship Application Deadline: April 5, 2019

For details on the Scholarship Awards, please see the workshop program or email

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