The Annual Course in Flow Cytometry has been given every year since around 1979. The origins of the course started at the University of Rochester under the direction of Dr. Paul Horan and Dr. Kathy Muirhead. Since then, the course has moved around and evolved considerably. Cytometry Educational Associates, Inc., a non-profit umbrella organization, now coordinates the efforts of several local organizing groups.
In 1984 it was decided that two separate types of courses were needed to better serve the cytometry community: a research applications course, primarily targeted at research and cutting edge types of applications; and a clinical applications course, generally focused on more clinical types of applications. Although there is much overlap between these two types of courses, the course organizers generally pick topics that conform to this distinction.
The research course is alternately hosted by the NIH/NCRR funded National Flow Cytometry Resource at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Verity Software House, Inc. On the odd years the course is held at Los Alamos Laboratory, New Mexico, and on the even years it is held at Bowdoin College, Maine. Normally the research course is offered in the first or second week in June.
The clinical course now alternates between three institutions: Northwestern University in Chicago, Roswell Park in New York, and University of Pittsburgh. The courses are normally offered later in the summer.
At any of these courses, participants receive a valuable notebook that is full of important up-to-date information. All courses involve numerous lectures and relevant laboratories. Most major cytometry manufacturers provide equipment, reagents, materials and personnel for the hands-on laboratories.
To decide which course is for you, we suggest you look at the topics normally covered by the course and perhaps contact the appropriate course organizer.