UBC Flow Course

Please note: This course will be offered as an in-person event, held at the Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia. Attendees will have to comply with UBC campus rules for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 when attending the course.

Traditional flow cytometry continues to develop. Not only has the number of channels and colours increased over the last few years, allowing researchers to fine-tune rare cell populations or measure production of multiple intracellular cytokines, but also the number of applications has increased.

The Stem Cell Network is pleased to once again offer financial support to enable trainees to attend the ever popular UBC Flow course, presented by Andy Johnson, Fabio Rossi, and the team at the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC. This five-day course will take participants’ flow cytometry skills to the next level. Participants will come away from the course comfortable with flow cytometry samples, and with a full understanding of the problems, fixes and trouble-shooting strategies to enable the production of high-quality flow data ready for publication. This unique training opportunity is suitable for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other highly qualified personnel.

The facility at the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC is offering a comprehensive Flow course covering a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Cell proliferation, tracking and viability
  • New dyes and fluorochrome chemistry
  • Panel design
  • Flowjo analysis
  • Instrument QC and validation
  • Compensation: manual vs. auto with beads or cells
  • Basis of cell sorting and CyTOF mass cytometry

This will be an intense five-day course and will maximize hands-on experience. The course will build up participants’ competency through working in small groups of three on different instruments. The goal of the course is to allow participants to be confident performing flow analysis on 4-10 colours with the knowledge of learning how to make it to 24+ colours. Application talks will be presented by BD, Beckman Coulter, Thermo Fisher and Cytek to support the concepts.

Who should attend?
This course is for all trainees interested in doing flow cytometry. Somebody new to flow will learn to go from a 4 colour panel through to a 16 colour panel during the week. A more experienced user will be able to fine tune their skills and learn to become a more confident flow cytometrist to return to their institute and train colleagues in flow techniques.

Course Dates: February 6-10, 2023

Course Location:  Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia

Application Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2022.

Details of the SCN Award and Application Procedure:
This SCN award provides financial assistance for eligible trainees to attend the UBC Flow course, February 6-10, 2023, organized by Andy Johnson, Fabio Rossi, and the team at the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC.

  1. Complete the application form here by Friday, December 2, 2022 at 5 p.m. (sender’s time).
  2. Provide a full letter of support from your current supervisor detailing how your attendance will benefit your research and the lab’s stem cell research program as a whole. Letters should be e-mailed by supervisors directly to Ellie Arnold, at the same time you submit your application documents.
    A confirmation email will be sent within 24 hours of SCN receiving the submitted support letter. If a confirmation email is NOT received from SCN within 24 hours of submission, it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact SCN and ensure that all application materials have been received by SCN.
  3. The SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by December 16, 2022.


  • The SCN award will cover travel expenses associated with attending the course, for trainees not based in Vancouver:
    • Travel to/from the course location
    • Up to six nights accommodation at our designated hotel (the night before the course, days 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 with departure on the day after the course)
    • Meals not provided during the course
  • The award will also cover the course registration fee of $1,000 (paid directly to the organizers).
  • Successful applicants will be automatically registered for the course by the Stem Cell Network upon confirmation of their acceptance of the award.
  • Reimbursement will be processed following the course, in accordance with the SCN Travel Booking & Reimbursement Policy (policy will be provided to the selected applicants).
  • Accommodation during the course will be provided for trainees not based in Vancouver.

Eligibility for the SCN Award:

  • Applicants must be a highly qualified personnel (i.e. a graduate student, post-doc, research associate and/or technician) currently working in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in a Canadian lab.
  • Applicants must be working on a research project in the field of stem cells or regenerative medicine.
  • Applicants must clearly demonstrate that they will apply the techniques learned at the course to their own research project within one year.
  • If you’re unsure whether you are eligible, please email Ellie Arnold at for confirmation.
  • The Stem Cell Network is offering a limited number of awards to enable eligible trainees to attend this course. Additional spaces that are not covered by an SCN award may also be available for this course. Please contact Ellie Arnold at for more details.

Reporting and Communication Requirements:
By accepting a SCN award, the recipient agrees to complete a post-event survey describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the course. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to their funding agencies.

By accepting the SCN award attendees also accept to have their pictures taken during the course, which may be used in the reporting tools mentioned above.

Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed only once the post-event survey is completed.

For further information on course content, please contact Andy Johnson at

For further information on applying for a SCN award to attend this course, please contact Ellie Arnold at


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