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CYTO University

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CYTO University is ISAC’s on-line portal for cytometry education.

Education has been part of ISAC’s mission since the beginning, and has grown to include scientific tutorials and pre-congress courses at the annual CYTO conference, and very successful workshops and courses in parts of the world where cytometry expertise and infrastructure is developing.

While live courses are effective and very useful, student access is limited by geography, time constraints, and finances, leaving much unmet demand. CYTO U aims to address this need by providing peer-reviewed courses, recorded courses and tutorials from CYTO conferences, and a topical webinar series, among other interactive elements.

The heart of CYTO U will be a set of multi-module courses on flow and image cytometry technologies and applications. These courses are designed, written, and reviewed by experts inISAC and the wider cytometry communities and presented in an on-line format with self evaluations. Our first course on Biosafety is in the final stages of production now, and additional courses on Cell Proliferation Analysis, Apoptosis and Cell Death, and Overview of Image Cytometry are scheduled for completion in early 2014. CYTO U will also feature other content, including recorded sessions from the CYTO conference, a regular webinar series that will kick off in January 2014, and other features designed to enable cytometrists from around the world the interact with leaders in the field and with each other.

 The driving principle for CYTO U is to maximize community access to high quality educational materials, and access to CYTO U will be free for all ISAC members, and at a nominal charge to non-members. Coupled with ISAC’s sliding scale for membership dues, CYTO U is intended to make cytometry education both accessible and affordable. Of course, live lectures and lab courses offered by ISAC and others in the cytometry community will continue to play an important role in cytometry education, one that will be complemented by CYTO U