Quantitative Super-Resolution Microscopy Course

May 7-9, 2019
Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre
The Neuro
3801 University

The Quantitative Super-Resolution Microscopy Course is targeted at researchers who have experience in advanced optical microscopy and would like to push their expertise into the realm of quantitative imaging in super-resolution microscopy. The goal will be to help researchers develop the practical skills and best practices in this field.

The participants will work on the three most common super-resolution microscopy techniques (single molecule localization microscopy, structured illumination microscopy, and stimulated emission-depletion microscopy) as well as enhanced-resolution confocal microscopy techniques. Good practices and quantitative approaches will be emphasized throughout the super-resolution imaging experiment workflow, including experimental design, image acquisition and analysis.

The course will allow researchers to apply these fairly new techniques in the life sciences with competence and confidence.

The three day course begins on May 7, 2019; the course fee which includes training and meals is $1000.

Register online


May 7 Super-resolution Fundamentals & Sample Preparation 
Chair: Claire Brown
8-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introductory Remarks, Overview of the Course

Introduction to the World of Super-Resolution Microscopy
Thomas Stroh, McGill University, The Neuro, Canada


Sample Preparation for SIM and STED
Alison North, Rockefeller University, USA


Sample Preparation for Single Molecule Localization Microscopy (SMLM)
Sarah Aufmkolk, McGill University, The Neuro, Canada

10:30-11 Refreshment Break
11-13 Laboratory Activity #1
13-14:30 Lunch (TC Foyer)
14:30-16:30 Laboratory Activity #2
16:30-17 Refreshment Break
17-19 Laboratory Activity #3
May 8 Acquiring Quantifiable Data
Chair: James Jonkman
8-8:30 Q&A and Laboratory Review

Optimization of Enhanced Resolution Confocal Techniques and STED Setup and Potential Pitfalls
Thomas Stroh, McGill University, The Neuro, Canada


Optimization of SMLM Setup and Potential Pitfalls
Sarah Aufmkolk, McGill University, The Neuro, Canada



Optimization of SIM Setup and Potential Pitfalls
Alison North, Rockefeller University, USA



New SIM Developments
Zeiss Specialist


10:30-11 Refreshment Break

Laboratory Activity #4


13-14:30 Lunch (JTC Foyer)

Laboratory Activity #5


16:30-17 Refreshment Break

Keynote Lecture: Developments Towards More Quantitative Super Resolution Microscopy
Joerg Bewersdorf, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

18:30-20 Wine & Cheese Reception (TC Foyer)
May 9 Quantitative Data Analysis
Chair: Thomas Stroh


Q&A and Laboratory Review



Optimization of Deconvolution Techniques and Potential Pitfalls
James Jonkman, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Canada



How to Measure Resolution
Joerg Bewersdorf, Yale University, USA



Quantitative Analysis from Different Types of Super-Resolution Microscopes
Carl Ebeling, Bruker/Vutara, USA



Caution with Post Processing - case studies
Claire Brown, McGill University


Refreshment Break

11-13  Laboratory Activity #6
13-14:30 Lunch (JTC Foyer)
14:30-16:30 Laboratory Activity #7
16:30-17 Refreshment Break
17-19  Laboratory Activity #8

Closing Reception
(venue to be confirmed)

Keynote Lecture

Dr. Joerg Bewersdorf

Dr. Joerg Bewersdorf will deliver the keynote lecture “Developments towards more quantitative super-resolution microscopy” on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre. A reception will follow.


Speaker bio

Joerg Bewersdorf is a Professor of Cell Biology and of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. He received his Master's degree (Dipl. Phys., 1998) and his doctoral degree in physics (Dr. rer. nat., 2002) training with Dr. Stefan W. Hell at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany. After 4 years at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, he relocated his research group to Yale University in 2009. An optical physicist/biophysicist by training, Dr. Bewersdorf has been a long-time contributor to the field of super-resolution light microscopy development and the application of these techniques to cell biological questions.





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Reservation: To book your stay at Delta Hotels, please call Marriott Reservations at 1 (844) 860-3753. You must identify yourself as part of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital group staying at the Delta Hotels Montreal (475 President-Kennedy Avenue, Montreal H3A 1J7. A credit card will be required to guarantee your reservation. You are reminded to book by March 14, 2019; any requests made after this date are dependent upon the availability of the rooms and rates.

Room information: The nightly rate for a single or double occupancy standard room is $154.00 (taxes not included). The room includes free WIFI, complimentary bottled water, coffee maker and tea service.

Amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, ergonomic workstations with connectivity docks, MP3 docking station, a flat-screen HD TV and 24-hour room service. Other amenities in the hotel include a business center and gym with two squash courts and the Bistro-Bar Le Cordial.

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Scientific Committee

Claire Brown

James Jonkman

Thomas Stroh

Erika Wee



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