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RMS Course – The Big Freeze: A Course in Cryo Techniques for Electron Microscopy

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Date: 6th – 11th April 2014

Location: Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK

This popular RMS course covers all aspects of cryo-techniques for electron microscopy and is aimed at biological sciences, but the methods can be transferred to other fields. The intensive five day course teaches sample preparation and cryo-microscopy techniques for both scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Participants from both academia and industry who wish to learn new skills or update their knowledge are encouraged to attend.

Topic:

 Techniques covered will include the Tokuyasu method, rapid freezing of samples, freeze substitution, cryo-sectioning, thin film TEM and cryo-transfer and freeze fracture cryo-SEM. Attendees will have the opportunity to use state of the art equipment and instrumentation from a range of manufacturers.

Format:

Tutorials, demonstrations and hands-on practical sessions will be led by technical experts from Gatan, Leica, Diatome and Jeol. Keynote speakers will supplement the techniques taught.

Speakers:

Plenary speaker – Professor Helen Saibil (Birkbeck College)
Cryo fixation – Kent MacDonald (University California Berkeley)
Cryo sectioning – Helmut Gnaegi (Diatome)
CryoSEM – Kim Findlay (John Innes Centre)
CryoTEM – Dave Bhella (Glasgow University)

http://www.rms.org.uk/events/Forthcoming_Events/bigfreeze

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