Yvonne Reid, PhD

The 2013 SIVB Advanced Tissue Culture Workshop: Best Practices in Plant and Animal Cell Cultures will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013, Providence, Rhode Island. The workshop, sponsored by the Education Committee, will be co-convened by Albert Kausch, PhD, Professor, Director, Plant Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Rhode Island University and Yvonne Reid, PhD, Manager/Scientist, Cell Biology Program, ATCC.The aim of this workshop is to acquaint junior scientists in best practices in plant and animal cell culture techniques. The course is modular providing concurrent presentations for the plant and animals cell culture components.

The Plant Cell Culture component will be led and facilitated by Albert Kausch. The presentations in this module will focus on best practices for culture initiation for both monocot and dicot systems with special emphasis on cultures useful for genetic transformation; plant transformation biology, efficient culture systems and an overview on current plant biotechnologies.

The Animal Cell Culture component will be led and facilitated by Yvonne Reid. This session will emphasize cell culture techniques that will reduce uncertainty in the development and application of in vitro assays while helping to ensure reproducible and reliable outcomes. This component will emphasize the advantages and disadvantages associated with in vitro culture systems, applications and techniques. In addition, experts will present an overview of the development of assay systems to identify potential toxicity and efficacy and current development and application of 3D human cell culture.

Participants will be offered University Credit through the University of Rhode Island Enrollment Services. This will be a for-grade course and credits transferrable to any institution that accepts University of Rhode Island Credit.

Following the workshop, there will be an afternoon tour of the new, MA Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC), Worcester, MA. This state-of-the-art facility, which is part of the Polytechnic Institute (WPI), is the first of its kind facility in the Northeast, featuring large- and small-scale bioprocessing areas, support labs, and classrooms.

Go to – https://sivb.org/meetings/meeting-history/2013-in-vitro-biology-meeting.html for more information on the workshop

Submitted by Yvonne Reid

UPDATE: This workshop is now being offered at no charge to students with a valid ID. Registration will be available on site beginning on Saturday, June 15 at 7:00 am in the Ballroom Foyer of the Rhode Island Convention Center.