2016 Americas UGM | Texas, USA

2016 Americas User Group Meeting

Date: March 29th - 31st 2016
Location: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

We are please to be holding our next Americas User Group Meeting (UGM) in the new 344,000 square foot building situated in the heart of the world’s largest medical center (Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine). We thank Baylor College of Medicine for generously hosting the UGM, our most advanced training session by our exceptional application scientists.

Texas Children's Hospital

The Bitplane USA UGM is focused on in-depth training on the following topics:

  • Our latest Imaris 8.2 Lineage module for cell division analysis
  • Most optimal way to use the Arena view for Batch processing
  • Displaying and interpretation of data in Vantage plots
  • FilamentTracer for studying linear structures (neurons/vessels)
  • Cell modules for inter/intra cellular analysis
  • Advanced use of XTensions to expand capabilities of Imaris.

In addition, attendees will learn about cutting edge applications of Imaris by other leading scientists, and have one-on-one sessions with our application scientists to analyze their own data. Scientists of all disciplines who use 3D/4D microscopic images in their research are welcome.

Attendees will get a chance to develop original analysis protocols, share their use of Imaris with other advanced users of the Imaris community and establish new collaborations.The UGM will have a mix of lectures and hands-on sessions on dedicated computers.

Attendance will be limited and is expected to fill quickly. Advanced application is required prior to the deadline of March 14th 2016 and early application is highly recommended. Application does not guarantee registration and priority is given to Imaris license holders who are current in maintenance.We will let you know if your application was accepted within 2 business days.

To apply, please fill out the form below (please note that due to the high demand, application does not guarantee a spot – please wait for the confirmation of registration from Bitplane before making travel arrangements).

As we are expecting a wait list, please be sure to apply only if you plan to attend. Once your application is accepted, you will have access to all the lectures, hands on sessions, lunch and coffee breaks, printed course materials and access to computers with fully-loaded Imaris

Please note that this is a not-for-profit event. Participants must contact hotels directly to book the room(s). If you have any questions regarding registration please contact us-ugm@bitplane.com.


The UGM will be held at the Neurological Research Institute (NRI), first floor conference room. The NRI is located at 1250 Moursund Street, Houston, 77030, just east of the t-intersection with Bertner Avenue. The building is immediately adjacent to the John P. McGovern Commons building (with a food court building). The Commons is distinctive with its large waterfall walls. A map of the venue can be found here. Click here to find driving directions to our meeting venue.

For the attendees who are driving may park in the Commons Garage, which you can enter off of Bertner Avenue. You may choose either the up or down ramp to park. You will need to pull a yellow parking token and take the garage elevators to the first floor of the Commons. A Starbucks coffee shop is directly across from the elevator lobby. Facing the Starbucks, you can turn right and walk through the Commons food court, exiting the building to the north (towards main Baylor and downtown Houston). The conference room will be diagonally across the plaza to the right.

The Texas Medical Center is the largest in the world, and its institutions treat approximately 6 million patients each year. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, with the support of six NIH institutes, the Howards Hughes Medical Institute, and several disease foundations, have long been at the forefront of understanding numerous neurological and developmental disorders. Researchers here have discovered or co-discovered the genetic basis of Fragile X (A and E) syndromes, Angelman syndrome, Rett syndrome, myotonic dystrophy, Goltz syndrome, incontinentia pigmenti, several inherited ataxias, several inherited neuropathies, and numerous other neurological and neuropsychiatric syndromes.

Several animal models for these disorders have been created here, and Bitplane is pleased to be partnering with one of the foremost pioneers in biomedical research in the world.


Tuesday 29th March 2016

Start End Duration Topics
08:30am 09:00am 30 minutes Registration and Computer Setup
09:00am 09:10am 10 minutes Welcome and Introduction
09:10am 09:30am 20 minutes Importing Data/Arena/Batch
09:30am 10:30am 1 hour Lecture: Visualization Basics I
10:30am 10:45am 15 minutes Coffee Break
10:45am 11:30am 45 minutes Hands On Exercises: Visualization Basics I
11:30am 12:00pm 30 minutes Lecture: Visualization II (Animation & Export)
12:00pm 1:00pm 1 hour Lunch Provided by Bitplane
1:00pm 1:45pm 45 minutes Hands on Exercises: Visualization II (Animation & Export)
1:45pm 2:30pm 45 minutes Lecture: Measurement Point, Spots & Vantage
2:30pm 3:15pm 45 minutes Hands On Exercises: Measurement Point , Spots & Vantage
3:15pm 3:30pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:30pm 4:30pm 1 hour Lecture: Surfaces & Vantage
4:30pm 5:15pm 45 minutes Hands on Exercise: Surfaces & Vantage
5:10pm 6:00pm 50 minutes (OPTIONAL) One on One Help Session with Attendees' Data

Wednesday 30th March 2016

Start End Duration Topics
09:00am 10:30am 1 hour 30 minutes Lecture: Track, Lineage & Vantage
10:30am 10:45am 15 minutes Coffee Break
10:45am 12:00pm 1 hour 15 minutes Hands On Exercises: Track, Lineage & Vantage
12:00pm 1:00pm 1 hour Lunch Provided by Bitplane
1:00pm 2:00pm 1 hour Lecture: Cell
2:00pm 3:00pm 1 hour Exercise: Cell
3:00pm 3:15pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:15pm 3:35pm 20 minutes Application Showcase I
3:35pm 4:30pm 55 minutes XT Introduction and Application
4:30pm 5:30pm 1 hour 30 minutes (OPTIONAL) One on One Help Session with Attendees' Data

Thursday 31st March 2016

Start End Duration Topics
09:00am 10:30am 1 hour 30 minutes Lecture: FilamentTracer + XT
10:30am 10:45am 15 minutes Coffee Break
10:45am 12:00pm 1 hour 15 minutes Exercise: FilamentTracer + XT
12:00pm 1:00pm 1 hour Lunch Break
1:00pm 2:15pm 1 hour 15 minutes Lecture: Coloc + XT
2:15pm 3:15pm 1 hour Exercise: Coloc+XT
3:15pm 3:30pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:30pm 3:45pm 20 minutes Application Showcase II
3:45pm 4:00pm 15 minutes Bitplane Continuing Education/Open/Support Resources
4:00pm Conclusion


You can find a list of local hotels that are within a convenient distance to the UGM venue below. Participants must contact hotels directly to book the room(s).

These two hotels below have the Baylor College of Medicine rate which you can get by calling. Both are within walking distance, although the Marriott is closer by 2 blocks. And both have complimentary shuttle service as well.

We recommend you call their respective sales offices and compare the Baylor College of Medicine rate with special rates on their websites. Sometimes the specials are better than Baylor's negotiated rates.

Teaching Staff

The upcoming Houston UGM will be taught by our exceptional Application Scientists who have received over 98% satisfaction rating (percentage of total users rating our support as “exceptional” or “good”) consistently year after year. They are top-notch experts of Imaris and we at Bitplane are proud to have them on our team.

Arvonn Tully

Arvonn provides exceptional technical customer support, and customers often give reviews such as we cannot live without Arvonn!. Arvonn has a background in computational biology from Carnegie Mellon and has been with Bitplane since 2007. Arvonn has represented Bitplane as commercial faculty at various advanced microscopy courses (QFM/MBL/Cold Spring Harbor etc) and have consistently received top ratings by students for his teaching. Arvonn is based out of Boston and supports Imaris users on the East Coast.

Matthew Gastinger, PH.D.

Matthew is incredibly effective in his teaching style and our customers often describe him as outstanding. Matthew is a neuroscientist by training (focus on retinopathy) with his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, and postdoc from Hershey Medical Center. He was a Director of the Core Facility at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and a microscopist at the NIH. Matthew has been with Bitplane since 2010 and is based out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and supports Imaris users on the East Coast.

Daniel Miranda

Our customers love Daniel for his technical expertise and review him as awesome, and always ready to assist. Daniel is a biomedical engineer by training from Columbia University and is a Texas native who is bilingual in Spanish. Daniel has a strong background in microscopy that he honed as a support specialist at Zeiss US HQ prior to joining Bitplane in 2012. Daniel is located in Austin, Texas and provides support for Imaris users on the West Coast.

Brian Thompson, PH.D.

Brian is a Regional Sales Engineer based out of Boston and is a cell biologist by training with a Ph.D. from the Unviersity of Connecticut Health Center and Postdoc training from Harvard Medical School. Brian joined Bitplane in 2015 and is spreading the joy of Imaris to researchers in the Northeast.

Won Yung Choi, PH.D.

Won Yung is the Americas manager for Bitplane sales and support, tasked with the privilege of supporting all the exceptional people at Bitplane to be their best. Won Yung is a neuroscientist by training (focus on the dopaminergic system) with a Ph.D. from Columbia University and postdoctoral training from Columbia Medical School. Won Yung is based out of San Francisco.


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