Standardization of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Assay Training Course

Two-day hands-on training on the CFU Assay for human cord blood and bone marrow samples

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1,499 USD


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Two-day hands-on training on the CFU Assay for human cord blood and bone marrow samples
1,499 USD

Course Overview

Training and Education
Training Programs
Cord Blood Banking; Drug Discovery and Toxicity Testing; Stem Cell Biology; Transplantation
Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells
STEMCELL Technologies
1618 Station Street
Vancouver, CA V6A 1B6
United States:
New England Cord Blood Bank
500 Donald Lynch Blvd
Marlborough, MA
01752 United States
United Kingdom:
STEMCELL Technologies UK Ltd.
Building 7100, Cambridge Research Park,
Beach Drive, Waterbeach
Cambridge, UK, CB25 9TL
Experimental Transfusion Medicine Dresden
c/o DRK Blutspendedienst Nord-Ost gGmbH
Blasewitzer Str. 68/70
01307 Dresden, Germany

Gain hands-on experience in the set-up, identification, and enumeration of hematopoietic progenitor cells using MethoCult™, the gold standard media for hematopoietic colony-forming unit (CFU) assays. Participants working with human cord blood, bone marrow, or mobilized peripheral blood samples will gain expertise in the enumeration of hematopoetic colonies through comparative counting exercises with the instructors. The STEMvision™ instrument designed specifically for the imaging and automated counting of colonies in CFU assays will be introduced.

Participants Will Receive
  • Course booklet and electronic versions of instructional material
  • Tote bag with sample-size products (where applicable)
  • Certificate following successful completion of the course
  • Lunch and refreshments on each day and dinner hosted on one of the evenings


Speakers will vary depending on course topic, date, and location.

Jackie Damen
Jackie Damen, PhD
Scientific Director, Contract Assay Services
STEMCELL Technologies
Raymond Lam
Raymond Lam
Manager, Scientific Knowledge Education & Product and Scientific Support
STEMCELL Technologies
Katharina Debowski
Katharina Debowski, PhD
Field Applications Scientist
STEMCELL Technologies

Course Agenda (Tentative)

Note that each day will end at approximately 4:30 pm and the course dinner taking place on one of the evenings.

Day One

  • Welcome Presentation and Introductions
  • Lecture: Introduction to Hematopoiesis and the Colony-Forming Unit (CFU) Assay
  • Lecture 2: CFU Assay Set Up and Colony Identification
  • Practical Session 1 : CFU Assay Set Up Procedure
    • Incubator maintenance
    • Sample processing with ErythroClear™ Red Blood Cell Depletion Kit
    • CFU assay setup
    • Demo sample thawing and cell counting
  • Practical Session 2: Manual Colony Identification
  • Practical Session 3: Comparative Colony Counting
  • Wrap Up and Q&A

Day Two

  • Lecture: Standardization Tools for the Hematopoietic CFU Assay
  • Practical Session: Review of Manual Colony Identification Criteria and Comparative Counting
  • Practical Session: Review and Analysis of Group Comparative Counts
  • Lecture: Introduction to Automated and Standardized Colony Counting for the CFU Assay with STEMvision™
  • Practical Session: Operations of STEMvision™
    Wrap up Session:
    • Q&A
    • Quiz
    • Course Evaluation
    • Certificate Presentation


Vancouver, CA

Pan Pacific Vancouver
999 Canada Pl #300, Vancouver, BC, V6C 3B5
Tel 1-800-663-1515 or 1-604-662-3223
Sheraton Wall Centre
1088 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9
Tel: 1-604-331-1000
Executive Hotel Le Soleil
567 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
Tel: 1-604-632-3000

Boston, US

Sheraton Boston Hotel
39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA, 02199

Cambridge, UK (Transport included from this location to and from training venue - Cambridge UK only)

University Arms Parker's Tavern
Regent Street Cambridge CB2 1AD

Dresden, DE

Rothenburger-Str. 15-17, 01009, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Holiday Inn Express Dresden City Centre
Dr-Kuelz Ring 15A, 01067, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
ibis Budget Dresden City
Wilsdruffer Str 25, 01067, Dresden, Saxony, Germany

Contact for information on special rates (when applicable).


Travel Visas

Citizens may require a visa in order to enter the country as visitors. Please contact us at if you require a letter of invitation for your application. Note that travel visas may take up to 30 days to process.

Travel Visa Requirements

United States
United Kingdom


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

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 start 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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