2019 Bitplane Americas User Group Meeting

2019 Bitplane Americas User Group Meeting

Date: March 18th - 20th, 2019
Location: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

*FREE priority access to Imaris license holders with active maintenance – we anticipate a long wait list so please register ASAP.

We are pleased to be holding our next Americas User Group Meeting (UGM) at the National Institutes of Health located in Bethesda, Maryland. The National Institutes of Health is the largest biomedical research institution in the world and is a home to countless pivotal scientific and medical discoveries. We thank Dr. Owen Schwartz, Head of the Biological Imaging Facility NIAID, for generously hosting this year’s UGM. This is our most advanced training by our exceptional application scientists to address technical questions of all levels.

This year’s UGM is focused on in-depth training on the following topics:

  • How to get the most out of the latest features in Arena and Batch in version 9.3 for a seamless image analysis workflow
  • Fast Spots technology and Tracking tools for analyzing larger and longer images (static and time-lapse analysis of millions of cells, nuclei and vesicles)
  • Using Stitcher for aligning and stitching terabyte-sized images
  • Our patented Torch tool in FilamentTracer for tracing dense fibrous objects such as neuronal dendrites
  • Our Lineage module for cell division analysis with the reference frame to correct for the object movement
  • Displaying and interpreting data in Vantage plots
  • Cell modules for inter/intra cellular analysis
  • How to interface between MATLAB and Imaris using XT to expand capabilities of Imaris
  • Automated 3D counting/volume/surface area estimation (including our Billion Triangle Surface model)
  • Tips and tricks for working with large files

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 analysis protocols, share their use of Imaris with other advanced users of the Imaris community and establish new collaborations.The UGM will have a combination of lectures and hands-on sessions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops that meet the minimum specs for running Imaris and we will provide free temporary licenses. We have a small number of dedicated laptops that we can loan for free during the event on a first-come first-served basis

We fully anticipate that registration for this meeting will fill up very quickly, resulting in a long wait list. Advanced application is required prior to the deadline of March 1st, 2019 and early application is highly recommended. Application does not guarantee registration and priority is given to Imaris license holders who currently have active 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 seat – please wait for the confirmation of registration from Bitplane before making travel arrangements). Although you can select the day you choose to attend, we recommend that you attend all three days unless you are a highly advanced user as this course will cover many tips and tricks that many previous attendees have found valuable.

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, printed course materials and access to computers with fully-loaded Imaris.

Participants must arrange for their own accommodations. Please contact us-ugm@bitplane.com if you have any questions regarding registration.

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Agenda

Monday March 18th, 2019: 3D Image Analysis Fundamentals

Start End Duration Topics
09:30am 10:00am 30 minutes Registration and Computer Setup/Coffee
10:00am 10:10am 10 minutes Welcome and Introduction
10:10am 10:55am 45 minutes 3D Visualization Techniques (Volume Rendering, Slicer View, Clipping Plane)
10:55am 11:30am 35 minutes 3D Visualization Exercises
11:30am 12:15pm 45 minutes Object Quantification Using Spots & Data Interpretation Using Vantage
12:15pm 1:15pm 1 hour Lunch break
1:15pm 2:00pm 45 minutes Spots & Vantage Exercises
2:00pm 2:45pm 45 minutes Volumetric Estimation Using Surfaces
2:45pm 3:00pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:00pm 3:45pm 45 minutes Surfaces and Vantage Exercises
3:45pm 4:05pm 20 minutes Animation & Export
4:05pm 4:25pm 20 minutes Animation & Export Exercises
4:25pm 5:05pm 40 minutes How to Manage Data and Batch Process (New Arena/Batch)
5:05pm 5:30pm 25 minutes How to Bring All the Techniques Together: Application Examples
5:30pm 6:00pm 30 minutes (OPTIONAL) One on One Help Session with Attendees' Data
6:30pm 8:30pm 2 hours Social Hour. Meet Other Imaris Users! (Food and Drinks)

Tuesday March 19th, 2019: Cell Biology Tools and 4D Image Analysis

Start End Duration Topics
09:00am 09:30am 30 minutes Tools for Analyzing Time-Lapse Data (Reference Frame & Drift Correction)
09:30am 10:30am 1 hour Tracking Objects/Dividing Cells using Track, Lineage & Vantage
10:30am 10:45am 15 minutes Coffee Break
10:45am 12:00pm 1 hour 15 minutes Track, Lineage & Vantage Exercises
12:00am 1:00pm 1 hour Lunch break
1:00pm 1:45pm 45 minutes Cell Lecture (How to Analyze Intracellular Structures)
1:45pm 2:30pm 45 minutes Cell Exercises
2:30pm 3:00pm 30 minutes Multi-Viewer
3:00pm 3:15pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:15pm 3:45pm 30 minutes Applications from the NIH
3:45pm 4:30pm 45 minutes XT Introduction and Application
4:30pm 5:00pm 30 minutes How to Bring All the Techniques Together: Application Examples
5:00pm 6:00pm 1 hour (OPTIONAL) One on One Help Session with Attendees' Data

Wednesday March 20th, 2019: Filament Tracing, Colocalization and Working with Large Data

Start End Duration Topics
09:00am 10:30am 1 hour 30 minutes Automatic and Semi-Automatic Filament Tracing + XT
10:30am 10:45am 15 minutes Coffee Break
10:45am 11:45am 1 hour FilamentTracer + XT Exercises
11:45am 12:05pm 20 minutes Stitcher & Exercise
12:05pm 1:00pm 55 minutes Lunch break
1:00pm 1:45pm 45 minutes Intensity (Voxel)/Object Based Colocalization Lecture
1:45pm 2:30pm 45 minutes Intensity (Voxel)/Object Based Colocalization Exercises
2:30pm 3:00pm 30 minutes Deconvolution
3:00pm 3:15pm 15 minutes Coffee Break
3:15pm 3:45pm 30 minutes How to Bring All the Techniques Together: Application Examples
3:45pm 4:30pm 45 minutes (OPTIONAL) XT Modification Example: How to Interface with MATLAB
4:30pm 4:35pm 5 minutes Conclusion
4:35pm 5:30pm 55 minutes (OPTIONAL) Tour of NIH Microscopy Core
4:35pm 5:30pm 55 minutes (OPTIONAL) One on One Help Session with Attendees' Data

Application

Attendance will be limited and all available seats are expected to get filled quickly. Advanced application is required prior to the deadline of March 1st, 2019 and early application is highly recommended. Application does not guarantee acceptance/registration and priority is given to Imaris license holders who currently have active maintenance on a first-come, first served basis. We will let you know if your application was accepted within 2 business days.

We are pleased to offer this advanced training at no cost as a way to thank our Imaris users. Thank you for making us a part of your scientific journey!

To apply, please fill out the form below(please note that due to the high demand, application does not guarantee a seat–please wait for the confirmation of registration from Bitplane before making any travel arrangements). As we are expecting a long wait list, please be sure to apply only if you plan to attend.

APPLY NOW

Hotels

Participants for the UGM must arrange for their own accommodations.

You can search for hotels on hotels.com, hotwire.com, or any other travel booking sites by using the address for the meeting location (9000 Rockville Pike in Bethesda MD, 20892). The closest airport is Dulles (IAD), although you can use Reagan National which is a bit further.

  • Here is a list of hotels near the NIH
  • Here is a site on transit and parking info.

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