Applications of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Assay Training Course

Three-day hands-on training on the CFU Assay for human, mouse, and rat samples

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Applications of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Assay Training Course

​Course will be held on March 7-9, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada

Registration/Cancellation Deadline 02/06/2018
Catalog #00217
1,750 USD


Applications of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Assay Training Course

​Course will be held on May 15-17, 2018 in Cambridge, United Kingdom

Registration/Cancellation Deadline 04/14/2018
Catalog #00217UK
1,750 USD


Course Overview

Course Detail

Training and Education
Training Programs
Stem Cell Biology; Drug Discovery and Toxicity Testing; Hematologic Malignancies
Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cell
Human, Mouse, and Rat
Three Days
STEMCELL Technologies
1618 Station Street
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1B6 Canada
STEMCELL Technologies UK Ltd.
Building 7100, Cambridge Research Park, Beach Drive, Waterbeach
Cambridge, UK, CB25 9TL

This three-day course focuses on hematopoietic progenitor assays for human, mouse, rat and canine samples with an emphasis on applying the colony-forming unit (CFU) assay to your research. Participants will gain confidence in performing the CFU assay, identifying and enumerating hematopoietic progenitor cells. The use the CFU assay in drug development and predictive toxicity testing is also discussed. Participants will learn how to effectively design in vitro and in vivo assays to understand the effects of biological pathways on hematopoietic homeostasis and also how to evaluate the effect of compounds on blood and bone marrow (BM) using various mouse models.

Participants Receive

  • Course booklet and electronic versions of instructional material
  • Dinner with STEMCELL Technologies' experts on one of the evenings
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Certificate upon successful completion of the course
  • Introduction to hematopoiesis and the CFU assay
  • CFU assay set up and colony identification of mouse, human, rat and canine progenitors
  • Applications of the CFU assay and in vitro toxicity testing
  • Review of hematopoietic stem cell in vivo assays
  • Overview of CFU assay to evaluate aspects of hematopoietic biology and action of cytokines
  • Perform CFU assay using MethoCult™
  • Utilize MegaCult™ for the growth and detection of megakaryocyte progenitors(CFU-Mk)
  • Review optimal incubator maintenance
  • Identify CFU colonies derived from blood and BM of mouse, human and rat samples
  • Participate in comparative counting exercises with instructors and participants


Dr. Jackie Damen
Scientific Director of the Contract Assay Services
STEMCELL Technologies

Dr. Jackie Damen is the Scientific Director of the Contract Assay Services department at STEMCELL Technologies. In a career spanning over 20 years, Dr. Damen has acquired extensive experience in the field of hematopoiesis, where her key strengths lie in stem cell biology, protein biochemistry and signalling, especially in the area of erythropoietin. She manages all aspects of the Contract Assay Services department which includes client consultation and customized experimental design, execution and analysis. Dr. Damen actively participates in several educational initiatives, regularly providing online talks and presentations of topical interest at high profile conferences such as the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting. At STEMCELL Technologies, Dr. Damen has been involved in customer training of hematopoietic stem cell biology and colony identification since 2002.

Dr. Chantal Proulx
Director, Education & Product and Scientific Support
STEMCELL Technologies

Dr. Chantal Proulx is the Director of the Education & Scientific Support department at STEMCELL Technologies. Dr. Proulx completed her studies in Canada where she obtained a Masters of Science at McGill University specializing in Parasitology and Immunology and her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Montréal. She worked as a Scientist for over ten years within the Blood Transfusion Services in Canada (Canadian Red Cross Society and Héma-Québec) where she developed an expertise in hematopoiesis and stem cell culture. She joined STEMCELL Technologies in 2007 as a Technical Support Manager and has made significant contributions in the areas of Technical Support and Education which led to her promotion as Associate Director of the Education & Technical Support team, and then Director of the Education & Product and Scientific Support Department in 2012. Dr. Proulx has provided training on the Colony Forming Unit Assay to cord blood banks and cell therapy labs in over ten countries worldwide. She continues to focus on enhancing and formalizing scientific educational programs globally to train staff, customers and distributors on STEMCELL Technologies’ products and protocols.

Course Agenda (Tentative)

Day One

  • 8:45 - 9:00
    Welcome Presentation & Classroom Introductions
  • 9:00 - 10:00
    Lecture 1: Introduction to Hematopoiesis and the Colony-Forming Unit (CFU) Assay for Human Samples
  • 10:00 - 11:00
    Lecture 2: CFU Assay Setup and Colony Identification for Human Samples
  • 11:00 - 11:15
  • 11:15 - 12:45
    Practical Session 1 : CFU Assay Setup Procedure
    • Incubator maintenance
    • Human sample processing with ErythroClear™ Red Blood Cell Depletion Kit
    • Cell counting
    • CFU assay setup
  • 12:45 - 1:30
    Lunch (Courtesy of STEMCELL Technologies)
  • 1:30 - 2:30
    Practical Session 2: Manual Colony Identification for Human Samples
  • 2:30 - 2:45
  • 2:45 - 4:45
    Practical Session 3: Comparative Colony Counting for Human Samples
  • 4:45 - 5:00
    Wrap Up & Q&A Session
  • 5:00 - 5:15
    Wrap Up Session

Day Two

  • 9:00 - 10:00
    Lecture 3: Introduction to Hematopoiesis and Standardization of the CFU Assay Set-Up for Mouse and Other Species
    Lecture 4: Applications of Hematopoietic CFU Assay for Mouse and Other Species & Overview of CFU-Mks
  • 10:00 - 10:15
  • 10:15 - 12:15
    Practical Session 4: Review of Manual Colony Identification Criteria and Comparative Counting for Human Samples
  • 12:15 -1:15
    Lunch (Courtesy of STEMCELL Technologies)
  • 1:15 -2:15
    Practical Session 5: Sample Processing and Colony Identification for Mouse Samples
  • 2:15 - 2:30
  • 2:30 - 3:45
    Practical Session 6: MegaCult™ CFU-Mk Assay
    • Assay Set-Up
    • Colony Identification and Counting
  • 3:45 - 5:00
    Practical Session 7: Colony Identification for Mouse, Rat and Canine Samples
  • 5:00 - 5:15
    Wrap Up and Q&A Session
  • 6:00 - 8:00
    Dinner with Course Trainers

Day Three

  • 9:00 - 10:00
    Lecture 5: Applications of Hematopoietic CFU Assay for Mouse and Other Species & Overview of CFU-Mks
  • 10:00 - 10:15
  • 10:15 - 11:15
    Lecture 6: Serum-Free Hematopoietic Cell Expansion Supplements and HemaTox™ Kits
  • 11:15 -12:15
    Practical Session 8: Review of Manual Colony Identification Criteria and Comparative Counting for Mouse Samples
  • 12:15 -1:15
    Lunch (Courtesy of STEMCELL Technologies)
  • 1:15 - 2:45
    Practical Session 8 Continued
  • 2:45 - 3:00
  • 3:00 - 4:30
    Practical Session 9:
    • Review of Manual Colony Identification Criteria & Individual Comparative Counting for Other Species
    • Set up toxicity curve and observe cultures
  • 4:30 - 5:00
    Wrap Up Session
    • Discussion
    • Quiz
    • Evaluation
    • Certificate Presentation


Vancouver, Canada

Pan Pacific Vancouver
999 Canada Pl #300, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6C 3B5
Tel 1-800-663-1515 or 1-604-662-3223
Sheraton Wall Centre
1088 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC V6Z2R9
Tel: 1-604-331-1000
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
111 Robson St, Vancouver, V6B 2A8
Tel: 1-877-602-1008 or 1-604-602-1008 or 1-604-605-1465
Executive Hotel LeSoleil
567 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
Tel: 1-604 632-3000

Cambridge, UK

Holiday Inn Cambridge
Lakeview, Bridge Rd, Impington, Cambridge CB24 9PH, UK
Five minute taxi ride to course location.

Please contact for more information on special seasonal rates (when applicable).


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A 90% refund will be issued if notification is received in writing more than 30 days in advance of the course date. No refund will be given with less than 30 days’ notice unless we are able to find another participant to fill the position.

STEMCELL Technologies reserves the right to cancel the course if we do not receive a minimum number of registrations 30 days in advance of the course date. Should the course be cancelled, your payment will be refunded in full. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance with your flights to cover the possibility of the course being cancelled.

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