In association with Trinity Colleges' Institute of Molecular Medicine

Why should you attend this event?

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will learn:

  • Effective strategies to prepare assays for HCS
  • How to avoid many of the pitfalls encountered during assay development and preparation for HCS
  • The complications and implications of using live cells in a screening environment  

Where does the event take place?

This workshop will take place at the Marriott Regents Park, London, UK


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What is this workshop about?

This half-day workshop will cover an advanced look into cell based assay preparation for high content analysis and troubleshooting strategies. There will also be an interactive session where assay development and preparation case studies will be discussed with the emphasis on fault finding and find a path to a solution.

Who is leading this workshop?

Dr Anthony Mitchell Davies received his PhD in molecular Cardiology from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Dundee Scotland. Following the completion of this research project he joined The Tayside Institute of Child Health, Dundee, Scotland where he focused on the development of specialised cell based assays for the study of hypoxic and ischemic insult in cardiac muscle cells and tissues. Following completion of this project Dr Davies undertook further research at the University of Glasgow where he focused on the development of miniaturised cell based assays and cellular arrays for use with high throughput and high content screening. Dr Davies now holds a senior position as director of high content research facility (Trinity HCA) Department of Clinical Medicine Trinity College Dublin. 

About the Trinity College Institute of Molecular Medicine

The Trinity College High Content Research Facility was initially set up in 2004 as part of a larger strategic plan for Trinity Colleges' Institute of Molecular Medicine. Since its inception, the utilisation of this research facility has grown to a point where it now plays a central role in numerous research projects and collaborations which take place in both the national and international scientific arenas. Over the last four years the reputation of this facility has grown to a point where it is now considered to be an international centre of excellence for both technical expertise and advanced training. The success of this facility has been underpinned by the efforts of our dedicated team of scientific specialists, whose primary research goal is the advancement of these technologies and their applications. We service numerous research projects, which range from large scale gene silencing (siRNA) screens, to nano-biology, where our facility is engaged in study of biological interactions of a range of nano-materials which have potential therapeutic and/or diagnostic applications. We also have numerous projects in the areas of infection and immunity, cell signaling, lung, gut and prostate cancer, heart disease, drug discovery and applied computing.



Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

9:10 Advanced assay preparation for HCS/A

9:50 Cellular physiology and the assay plate environment

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 A troubleshooting table quiz - "Problems and Solutions"

11:30 Discussion session

12:00 Close of workshop


Marriott Regents Park

128 King Henry's Road
London NW3 3ST
United Kingdom

Marriott Regents Park

This 4 star north London hotel in zone 2 is the perfect destination for the astute business traveler as well as the leisure guest that knows how convenient north London hotels are, as a base from which to explore the city .Bond Street is just 3 stops from Swiss Cottage underground station on the Jubilee Line, so you can be shopping, exploring the sights and taking in one of London’s world-renowned West End shows in less than 15 minutes when you stay at this hotel near central London. At the same time, the hive of activity that is Camden Town, the chic shops, cafes and restaurants of Primrose Hill and ZSL’s London Zoo in Regents Park are all just a short walk from this hotel in north London.



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