UBC Flow Cytometry Workshop

The SCN is pleased to provide eligible trainees with financial support to attend the annual UBC Flow course, presented by Andy Johnson, Fabio Rossi, and the team at the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC. This unique training opportunity is suitable for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other highly qualified personnel.

Traditional flow cytometry continues to develop. Not only has the number of channels and colours increased over the last 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 facility at the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC is offering a comprehensive Flow course covering a wide variety of topics ranging from instrument quality control and optimization, fluorochrome pairing in panel design, sample processing and optimization, eight-colour analysis, trouble shooting and applications of flow cytometry in the evaluation of biological function, such as proliferation/cell cycle and apoptosis. The course will even touch on the basics of sorting and mass cytometry (CyTOF).

This will be an intense four-day course with maximum hands-on experience, including staining, running and analysis of the samples. This course is designed to advance participants’ flow cytometry skills to the next level.

Workshop dates: July 10-13, 2018
Workshop location: Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia

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Bursary application deadlineWednesday, May 9, 2018 

The Stem Cell Network is offering a limited number of bursaries to enable eligible trainees to attend this workshop.

Details of the SCN Bursary Award and application procedure:

This SCN bursary award provides financial assistance for eligible trainees to attend the UBC Flow course, July 10-13, 2018, organized by Andy Johnson, Fabio Rossi, and the team at the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC.


  • Application deadline is 11:59pm (sender’s time) Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
  • The SCN bursary will cover travel expenses associated with attending the workshop, for trainees not based in Vancouver:
    • Travel to/from the workshop location
    • Up to five nights accommodation at our designated hotel (the night before the workshop, days 1, 2, 3 and 4 with departure on the day after the workshop)
    • Meals not provided during the workshop
  • The award will also cover the workshop registration fee of $800 (paid directly to the organizers).
  • Successful applicants will be automatically registered for the course by the Stem Cell Network upon confirmation of the acceptance of the award.
  • Reimbursement will be processed following the workshop and 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.  Two trainees of the same gender may be required to share a room.

Eligibility for the SCN Bursary:

  • 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 Rebecca Cadwalader at rcadwalader@stemcellnetwork.ca for confirmation.

 Application procedure:

  1. Complete the application form and return it, along with any additional documents required, by email to rcadwalader@stemcellnetwork.ca by 11:59pm (sender’s time) Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
  2. SCN management or the SCN Training & Education Committee will review all complete applications, and applicants will be informed of the competition outcome by Wednesday May 23, 2018.

Reporting and communication requirements:

By accepting a SCN bursary, the recipient agrees to provide a report describing the value of the training and networking opportunities made available through the award. This information will be used at SCN’s discretion on its website, newsletters and for the purpose of reporting to its funding agency. Please note that expense reimbursement will be processed only once the completed report is received.


For further information on course content, please contact Andy Johnson at andy@ubcflow.ca

For further information on applying for a SCN bursary to attend this course, please contact Rebecca Cadwalader at rcadwalader@stemcellnetwork.ca.

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