Established in 2015 in collaboration with the UK Stem Cell Bank, this 4-day practical course includes lectures, discussions and laboratory-based training sessions covering current theory and best practices with regard to derivation, culture and characterisation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs).

Learning Outcomes
After attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognise key principles of GCCP and aseptic processing including the role of antibiotics
  • Assess and identify key advantages, disadvantages  and critical elements of different approaches to somatic cell reprogramming
  • Assess and identify undifferentiated, fully reprogrammed iPSCs compared to partially reprogrammed iPSC colonies
  • Recognise critical aspects for successful preservation and storage
  • Evaluate the recovery of iPSCs and identify viable cells
  • Identify undifferentiated morphology of confluent iPSCs ready for passaging
  • Identify and troubleshoot critical aspects in the passaging and maintenance of undifferentiated iPSCs
  • Recognise the importance of core QC and potential consequences of failing to carry it out
  • Evaluate different capabilities of each method of determining potential pluripotency
  • Understand the basic principles of flow cytometry and its application to iPSC

Feedback from the 2016 course
"The overall quality of this training is exceptionnal."
"Having the opportunity to be on this course was a honour and a privilege. Exceptional good value for money."
"Excellent course."
"A big thank you to all instructors and organisers!! This was a great course, everyone was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the course and learned a lot!"
"Thank you for this amazing course. The facilities were extremely modern and convenient. The dedication of the staff to the students was remarkable. Thank you for the tremendous amount of work behind the scenes!"
"Thank you very much for this fantastic course!"
"I would like to say how amazing all the instructors ( and organisers!) were, allowing us the freedom to practice techniques and being super helpful all throughout the course."
"I can't speak of this course highly enough, it was superb. You may have just saved my PhD."
"Thank you all for the fantastic experience: instructors, co-participant, admin staff. It was a very enjoyable experience
and I hope we will meet again in the future to share the progresses with our work."

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