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Pathology basics and histopathology techniques


Date: Tuesday, 5 June, 2018
Time: 09:30  – 13:00
Place: Fèlix Serratosa,  Parc Cientific de Barcelona (PCB)

The session will introduce participants to the field of experimental histopathology by reviewing the basic concepts of pathology (macroscopic and microscopic lesion/tissue evaluation). The routine and specialized histological techniques used to process tissue samples and notions of digital analysis acquisition and processing will be also covered.

Moreover, several examples of the applications of histopathological studies to biomedical research will be presented.

The session is addressed mainly to PhD rsearchers and users of the Histopathology Core Facility.

Other specific topics (necropsy, histological mouse phenotyping, etc) and more advanced concepts will be deal with  in future sessions.



To register, please send and email to leyre.caracuel@irbbarcelona.org  by  June 1, 2018


09.30 – 09.40 – Introduction IRB HP Facility

09.40 - 11.10 – Pathology Basics

  • Macroscopic and microscopic tissue evaluation

11.10 – 11.30 –   COFFEE BREAK
11.30 – 13.00 – Sample processing & basic histopathology techniques

  • Fixation/preservation of samples (paraffin/OCT)
  • Main histological staining's
  • Immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence

Image analysis

  • Sample preparation
  • Software acquisition/anaylisis



Neus Prats holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine (Universidad de Córdoba, Spain), a PhD in Veterinary Pathology from the UAB-Barcelona, and she is Diplomate for the European College of Veterinary Pathology (ECVP), and for the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM). For more than 10 years, she served as Assistant professor at the Pathology Department of the Veterinary School of the UAB, where she lectured and undertook studies in experimental pathology in biomedical research. She later moved to the pharmaceutical company Almirall as  Head of Pathology of the Target Validation Unit and Head of the Pathology and Predictive Toxicology Section of R&D, where she combined managerial and scientific tasks and was member of various scientific committees. Her main areas of research are bacterial infections, ischemia-reperfusion, inflammation, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases, and early toxicology screening in drug discovery.  In 2015 she was appointed Histopathology Facility Manager at IRB Barcelona. She is also chairing IRB Barcelona’s Equality and Diversity committee.