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Quantitative Microscopy Workshop Sponsored by Olympus Focuses on Whole Slide Imaging, Image Analysis and Stereology

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., August 29, 2009 – Olympus is sponsoring an exciting new workshop for individuals interested in making meaningful quantitative measurements from digital images captured with light microscopes or whole slide scanners. The workshop, which will be held September 8-12 in Seattle, includes five full days of lectures, interactive sessions and hands-on experience.

The 2009 Workshop on Quantitative Microscopy includes an in-depth review of the techniques and principles used in quantitative digital image analysis and stereology. In it, students will be introduced to processes that automate both image analysis and stereology - processes that dramatically improve efficiency and accuracy. A NanoZoomer® Digital Pathology System and various Olympus microscopes will be on hand for use by students.

In addition to participating in workshops and hearing presentations by leaders in the field, participants will have the opportunity to work directly with the faculty to develop protocols for analysis of their own digital images generated during the course.

The workshop will be held at the University of Washington School of Medicine at South Lake Union, 815 Mercer Avenue, Seattle, and reflects the close cooperation of the University’s Comparative Pathology Program, Department of Comparative Medicine, along with its Center for Lung Biology, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine.  In addition to Olympus, other participants include Visiopharm A/S, The Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, and The Histochemical Society.

For more information, visit http://depts.washington.edu/compmed/HIC/course.html or contact Dr. Kimberly Wicklund, Olympus America Inc., at Kimberly.wicklund@olympus.com.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians and educators.  Olympus microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines.  These include:

·               Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
·                Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
·                Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results.  Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes.  For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com/microscopes.

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