Course coordination, Josep Lloreta, Barcelona, Spain



Electron Microscopy is a powerful diagnostic and research tool. Institutions with an electron microscopy facility benefit from the added value that ultrastructural data can incorporate to diagnostic, research and, not least, educational activities. The success of an electron microscopy lab is largely dependent on the technicians, pathologists and other scientists that run this facility. Through the years, the Ultrapath meetings have been essential in the establishment of a community of expert, up-to-date, and active diagnostic electron microscopists, that have contributed to keep Electron Microscopy alive in times of economic and strategic constraints.

The incorporation of new generations of electron microscopists is essential for the vitality of the field. The pre-congress Basic Course in Diagnostic Electron Microscopy is designed for these young pathologists, pathology residents, scientists, scientific trainees and technicians. The course may be attended without previous knowledge, and it is designed with the purpose of providing all participants with an introductory framework that may be useful for the interpretation of standard normal and pathologic cases, and that will allow them to follow the more advanced sessions of the Ultrapath Meeting. Thus, the essentials of the normal and pathologic ultrastructural appearance of cells and their organelles, normal end pathological epithelial and mesenchymal tissues, renal glomeruli and tubules, skeletal muscle and skin will be reviewed by an outstanding and very experienced international faculty.



9:00-9:30 - Registration

9:30-10:15 The cell and the extracellular matrix. Organelles, their roles and

their failures.

Eric Wartchow, Denver CO, USA

10:20-11:05 The epithelial phenotype in normal and pathologic settings.

Elba Turbat-Herrera, Shreveport, LA, USA

11:05-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:15 The mesenchymal phenotype in normal and pathologic settings.

Alessandro Franchi, Firenze, Italy

12:20-13:20 The kidney: ultrastructure and functions in health and disease.

Guillermo Herrera, Shreveport LA, USA

13:20-14:55 Lunch

14:55-15:40 The muscle: ultrastructure and functions in health and disease.

Kyriacos Kyriacou, Cyprus.

15:40-16:25 The skin: layers of information below the surface.

Ingrid Hausser, Heidelberg, Germany.

16:30 17:00 Quiz: Young ultrastructural promise awards.

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