July 23-26, 2018
St. Louis, MO
Workshops will be held on Wednesday, July 25 (most workshops will begin at 10:00am or 1:00pm)
Workshops are limited to six attendees unless otherwise noted, please check each workshop (some are less than six). There is an additional fee of $25 for each workshop. The Writing Workshop is limited to 50 people and is free.
Transportation will be provided for those attending a workshop at the University of Missouri-Columbia
Workshops will fill up fast - so, register early in order to secure your place.
University of Missouri Workshops
Skeletal Muscle Microcirculation
Instructor: Dr. Steven Segal
Description: This workshop will demonstrate the gluteus maximus muscle preparation for imaging and evaluating the microcirculation of skeletal muscle. The workshop will include an overview of microvascular architecture in skeletal muscle, evaluation of endothelium-dependent vasodilation, adrenergic vasoconstriction, vasomotor tone and microvascular perfusion.
*This workshop can accommodate only 3 attendees
Isolated Vessels/Pressure Myography
Instructors: Drs. Michael Davis and Erika Boerman
Description: This workshop will demonstrate the techniques used to microdissect, cannulate, clean and pressurize small arterioles and lymphatic vessels for ex vivo studies. The workshop will include a discussion of methods for manufacturing glass micropipettes and sharpening microsurgical instruments, as well as a demonstration of different systems that can be used to control pressure during an experiment. Opportunities will be available for hands-on experience in dissection and cannulation for each student.
*This session is limited to only 3 attendees
Instructors: Dr. Virginia H. Huxley and JianJie Wang
Description: The techniques for making quantitative measures of in vivo microvessel solute permeability and/or hydraulic conductivity will be discussed, demonstrated and opportunities given for hands-on experience by the participants. The workshop will also include a discussion of methods for manufacturing glass microperfusion pipettes and preparation of the solutions of solutes, as well as a demonstration of different systems that can be used to control perfusion during an experiment.
Location: M455/N408 in Medical Pharmacology & Physiology at MU School of Medicine (next door to Mike Davis' laboratory)
*This session is limited to only 3 attendees
Washington University Workshops
2-Photon Imaging of the Blood and Lymphatic Vasculature
Instructor: Dr. Bernd Zinselmeyer
Description: This workshop will demonstrate the preparation of popliteal vessels in mice for lymphatic and blood vascular imaging.
10:00-11:20 Demonstration of intravital preparation set up
11:20 – 12:30 lunch break
12:30 – 2:00 Fluorescence imaging lecture including concepts underlying 2-photon microscopy
2:00-2:30 coffee break
2:30 – 5 p.m. live imaging and analysis at the microscope and analysis station
Location: 10:00 - 11:30am - BJCIH 7th floor, A/B Conference Room, Washington University School of Medicine campus
12:30 - 5:00pm - BJCIH 7th floor, Green Room, Washington University School of Medicine campus
Embryoid body differentiation and vascular sprouting
Instructor: Dr. Kyunghee Choi
Description: This workshop will introduce the study of embryonic stem cell differentiation into embryoid bodies. Demonstrations will be established to illustrate how the embryoid body system can be used to study vascular sprouting and screen for mediators of this process. It will also demonstrate the use of embryoid bodies for cardiac myocyte differentiation and function. Hands-on experience in seeding embryoid bodies in matrigel and initiating differentiation will be included in the workshop.
1 – 3 p.m. Group 1, EB seeding and differentiation; EB sprouting demo; Cardiac myocyte demo.
3:00 – 3:30 Lecture on ES cells and embryoid bodies.
3:30 – 5:30 Group 2, Group 1, EB seeding and differentiation; EB sprouting demo; Cardiac myocyte demo.
Location: BJCIH 8th floor, Choi Lab space, Washington University School of Medicine
*This workshop can accommodate 10 attendees
Mechanical Testing in the Vasculature
Instructor: Dr. Jessica Wagenseil
Description: This workshop will provide hands on training in biaxial mechanical testing of mouse carotid arteries. The workshop can accommodate 6 students (3 each on two testing machines).
Mouse carotid arteries will be dissected ahead of time and stored in refrigerated saline before use. Participants will mount an artery on a commercial pressure myograph machine (DMT). Participants will inflate the artery to supra-physiologic pressures at different axial stretches and stretch the artery to supra-physiologic axial stretches at different pressures while recording pressure, outer diameter, axial force, and axial length. After testing, participants will cut cross-sections of the artery for measuring the unloaded dimensions and calculating residual stresses. Considerations for determining stress, strain, stiffness, modulus, and energy storage capacity from the testing data will be discussed.
Location: Urbauer 16 - Danforth campus
Cerebral Vasculature and Vascular Casting
Only 1 space left (as of June 21)
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Elvington, Missouri Baptist University
Description: This workshop will review methodology and preparation of vascular casting in a murine model. Attention will be given to cerebral and digestive vasculature but can be altered based on the needs/wants of the attendees. Hands-on participation is encouraged. Uses, analysis, and alternatives will be discussed.
Schedule: 10:00am-2:00pm10-11am – Discussion of vascular casting: rationale, methodology, considerations
11-12pm – Preparation and administration of specimens/animals
12-1pm – Lunch break
1-2pm – Discussion of imaging modalities and alternatives, continued hands-on participation
Location: BJCIH 11th floor, A/B Conference room Washington University, Medical Campus
Single Nucleus RNA-seq of Mouse Aorta Workshop
Only 1 space left (as of June 20)
Instructor: Dr. Benjamin Humphreys
Description:This workshop will introduce the concepts behind and demonstrate the workflow for single nucleus RNA-seq of mouse aorta using massively parallel single nucleus RNA-seq with droplet technology (DroNc-seq).
1 – 2 p.m. Lecture reviewing single cell and single nucleus RNA-seq, including dissociation approaches, the major platforms (Drop-seq, InDrops, 10X Chromium) and library creation. Sequencing parameters, costs and basic data analysis and interpretation will be covered as well.
2 – 3 p.m. Demonstration of single nucleus preparation protocol using mouse aorta.
3 – 4 p.m. DroNc-seq run using aorta nuclei.
Location: 9th floor, Wohl Clinic; Washington University School of Medicine
*This workshop can accommodate a maximum of 8 participants.
Metabolic Techniques in the Cardiovascular and Vascular Systems
Instructor: Dr. Brian Wong and Dr. Joel Schilling
Description: This workshop will present an overview of cellular metabolism, discuss methods to assess metabolic parameters in cultured cells, and provide examples of how metabolic assessments are linked to cellular physiology and function. The major metabolic technique demonstrated will be use of the Seahorse and interpretation of data generated.
|10:00-10:30AM||Metabolism overview (BW)||Lecture|
|10:30-11:00AM||Seahorse theory (JS)||Lecture|
|3:00-3:20PM||Endothelial metabolism in health and disease (BW)||Lecture|
|3:20-3:40PM||Immunometabolism in health and disease (JS)||Lecture|
Location: BJCIH 8th floor, Green Room, Washington University School of Medicine campus
Noninvasive Imaging of the Vasculature using Quantitative Imaging Modalities
Leaders: Monica Shokeen, Ph.D., Optical Imaging Lab, Radiology; and Dana R. Abendschein, Ph.D., Internal Medicine/Cardiology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
10-11: Measuring Angiogenesis with PET/CT and Complex Atherosclerosis/Vascular Injury with PET/MRI
and Optical Imaging – Dana
Animal models of occlusion and hind limb ischemia will be discussed/demonstrated
11-12: Assessing Vascularity and Bone Marrow Composition in Multiple Myeloma with Optical, Nuclear and Magnetic Resonance Imaging – Monica
Pros and cons of various animal models for studying hematological malignancies will be discussed
12-1: Lunch Break
1-2:30: Field Trip to MicroPET/MR and Optical facilities in MIR and Biomedical Couch Building (Optical Radiology Laboratory)
2:45-5:00: We will include hands on exercises in image analysis. View microPET image analysis in Optical Imaging Lab, Couch Building and/or have additional topical discussions with WU investigators. Possibilities include alpha v beta 3 targeting for imaging (Dr. Weilbaecher), brain imaging (Dr. Corbo), Culver group for brain vasculature imaging (oxy/deoxy) and/or other applications as participants have interest (Dana or Monica to facilitate connections).
Location: ORL Conference Rooms, Couch Biomedical Research Building, 4525 McKinley Ave, 2nd Floor
*This workshop can accommodate 15 attendees
Instructors: Drs. Saulius Sumanas and Dr. Andrew Koenig
Description: This workshop will introduce basic techniques used to study vascular development and function in zebrafish embryos. Brief demonstration will be followed by hands-on exercises.
The workshop will cover the following: overview of zebrafish vascular development and basic embryo handling techniques; phenotypic analysis of vascular defects in different mutants using fluorescent reporter lines; treatments with chemical inhibitors and analysis of vascular defects; embryo microinjection and microangiography; heme staining and analysis for hemorrhages.
Time: Wednesday, July 25, 2018; 10-3 pm (lunch break 12-1)
Location: Zebrafish Consortium Facility, Washington University School of Medicine, McDonnell building, basement
*This workshop can accommodate 10 students.
Flow cytometric analysis of leukocyte populations isolated from atherosclerotic aorta
Instructor: Jesse Williams, PhD, Dept. of Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine
10-11:30 am: Demonstration and hands-on experience in isolation of aorta; including ascending, descending, abdominal, and carotid branches from atherosclerotic mice.
11:30-1:00 pm: Digestion protocol to separate aortic adventitia from the intima/media, followed by single cell suspension preparation
1:00-2:30 pm: Lunch Break
2:30-3:30 pm: Flow cytometric leukocyte staining and introduction to flow cytometry
3:30-5:30 pm: Field trip: Washington University Flow Cytometry Core, group training on flow cytometer (BD LSRFORTESSA X-20) setup, compensation (FACS DIVA), and gating strategies (FLOWJO).
Location: BJCIH 8th floor, Randolph Lab space
*This workshop can accommodate 5 attendees
Instructor: Dr. Gwen Randolph
Description: The writing workshop will be set up from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on a come-and-go basis, so that conference attendees can join during times they may have available around other workshops attended. Dr. Gwen Randolph will make available lessons and expertise on scientific writing as the main goal of the workshop, including manuscript and research proposal writing. Material from the lectures in the previous two days will serve as a source material to learn to write professional and persuasive scientific documents. Students may also bring topics from their own research to work on. Participants will be able to come and go as they please. If you are in another workshop that is perhaps just a half day, you can participate in this workshop the other half (except for those going to the University of Missouri).
Schedule: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: BJCIH 8th floor, A/B Conference Room