Level of instruction: Intermediate to advanced
Intended audience: This program is designed for the clinical immunohistochemist that has a working knowledge of immunohistochemistry (IHC) technique and can also be used as a reference for proper staining patterns and morphology. This course is also appropriate as an educational and training tool for histology laboratory personnel.
Author information: Jim Burchette, HT(ASCP) recently retired after 34 years at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. As an Immunopathology Analytical Specialist in Molecular Pathology, Jim's primary job functions included daily IHC quality control and managing the daily technical aspect of the Clinical Immunopathology operation. He has over 38 years of experience in surgical pathology histotechnology with 33 years of immunopathology specialty. Jim has an extensive experience validating new antibodies for research and diagnostic immunohistochemical use. To date, Jim has 80 publications (70 of which are peer-reviewed) and two book chapters, as well as many abstracts, posters, and technical acknowledgments in peer reviewed scientific articles. He has also served as a consultant for Triangle Biomedical Sciences (TBS), Dako North America, Leica Microsystems, and Polysciences.
Reviewer information: Lamar Jones, BS, HT(ASCP) holds a BS degree from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. He received histotechnology training from the School of Histotechnology at the University of Tennessee Medical Units, Memphis, Tennessee. Lamar is currently the Technical Coordinator in the Department of Pathology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also serves as the HT Program Director for the School of Histotechnology at Davidson County Community College, Mocksville, North Carolina and serves as lecturer, author, workshop director, and presenter for local, state, and national histotechnology meetings.
Course description: This course discusses various entities that cause infectious diseases. These entities are identified in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) human tissue by use of specific primary antibodies and immunohistochemical (IHC) techniques. IHC procedures, including chromogenic substrates, enhancement techniques, and alternative methodologies are also discussed.