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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Standardization of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Assay Training Course

Course will be held on October 11-12, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada

1 Course
Registration/Cancellation Deadline 09/10/2017
Catalog #00215
1,499 USD


Standardization of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Assay Training Course

​Course will be held in June 20-21, 2017 in Cambridge, United Kingdom

1 Course
Registration/Cancellation Deadline 05/19/2017
Catalog #00215UK
1,499 USD


Standardization of the Hematopoietic Progenitor Assay Training Course

​Course will be held in Fall 2017

1 Course
Catalog #00215GER
1,499 USD


Course Overview

Course Detail

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Training and Education
Training Programs
Cord Blood Banking; Stem Cell Biology; Transplantation
Hematopoietic Stem and Progenitor Cells
Two 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
Experimental Transfusion Medicine Dresden
c/o DRK Blutspendedienst Nord-Ost gGmbH
Blasewitzer Str. 68/70
01307 Dresden, Germany

This two-day course focuses on human colony forming cells from hematopoietic samples. Gain hands-on experience in the set-up, identification and enumeration of hematopoietic progenitor cells using MethoCult™, the gold standard media formulation for hematopoietic colony-forming unit (CFU) assays. Receive personalized instruction on how to standardize the CFU assay and increase your proficiency and confidence in the CFU assay set up and colony identification. Participants will be introduced to STEMvision™, an instrument designed for imaging and automated counting of CFU colonies from various hematopoietic samples.

What Customers Will 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 training course
  • Overview of hematopoiesis and introduction to colony identification
  • Procedures for processing CB samples for CFU analysis
  • Overview of tools for CFU assay standardization
  • Detection and enumeration of progenitors in CB and BM for manual and automated systems
  • Set up the CFU assay using MethoCult™
  • Identify and enumerate hematopoietic colonies derived from CB and BM samples
  • Process CB and BM samples for the CFU assay
  • Participate in comparative counting exercise with instructors and course participants
  • Compare automated counting of CFU colonies from human hematopoietic progenitor cells with STEMvision™


Vancouver, Canada

Raymond Lam
Program Manager of Scientific Training
STEMCELL Technologies

Raymond Lam is the Program Manager of Scientific Training in the Education & Product and Scientific Support department at STEMCELL Technologies. He first joined the company as a member of the Quality Control department, where he was responsible for the testing of manufactured products. Raymond subsequently transferred to the Product & Scientific Support Department to directly respond and troubleshoot researcher inquiries. He supported customers in the field with on-site visits and delivered training seminars at academic institutions. In 2011, Raymond transitioned to the Education Department as Senior Instructor, delivering training courses to staff and customers. Within his current role as Program Manager of Scientific Training, Raymond oversees the educational programs for staff and customers, and serves as a lead instructor in several training programs.

Dresden, Germany and Cambridge, UK

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 and Introductions
  • 9:00 - 10:00
    Lecture 1: Introduction to Hematopoiesis and the Colony Forming Unit (CFU) Assay
  • 10:00 - 11:00
    Lecture 2: CFU Assay Set-Up and Colony Identification
  • 11:00 - 11:15
  • 11:15 - 12:45
    Practical Session 1 : CFU Assay Set-Up Procedure
    • Incubator maintenance
    • 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
  • 4:45 - 5:00
    Wrap Up and Q&A
  • 6:00 - 8:00
    Dinner with Course Trainers

Day Two

  • 9:00 - 10:00
    Lecture 3: Overview of Tools for CFU Assay Standardization and Insight on the CFU Assay from Global Proficiency Testing Programs
  • 10:00 - 10:15
  • 10:15 - 12:15
    Practical Session 4: Review of Manual Colony Identification Criteria and Comparative Counting
  • 12:15 - 1:15
    Lunch (Courtesy of STEMCELL Technologies)
  • 1:15 - 2:15
    Practical Session 5: Review and Analysis of Group Comparative Counts
  • 2:15 - 2:30
  • 2:30 - 3:00
    Lecture 4: Introduction to Automated and Standardized Colony Counting for the CFU Assay with STEMvision™
  • 3:00 - 3:45
    Practical Session 6: Operations of STEMvision™
    3:45 - 4:15
    Wrap up Session:
    • Discussion
    • Quiz
    • Evaluation
    • Certificate Presentation


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

Vancouver, CA

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).


Travel Visa

Non-Canadian and American citizens may require visitor visas to enter Canada. Please contact us at if you require a letter of invitation for your application. Note that Canadian travel visas may take up to 30 days to process.


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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