Essential Histological Techniques for Biomedical Research

Course Date:
1. 1 - 2 March 2021

2. 8 - 9 March 2021

Registration Period:
1. 5 Feb -  19 Feb 2021

2. 5 Feb - 26 Feb 2021

12 hours / 1.5 days

8.30am to 5.30pm & 9am to 1pm

Mode of Training:

Singapore Polytechnic

Course Introduction

 To equip participants with essential histological techniques to perform tissue processing, microtomy and cryomicrotomy. 

Course Objective

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain the principle of tissue processing
2. Outline the protocol of tissue processing
3. Operate and maintain the automated tissue processor in the correct and safe manner
4. Identify the component parts of the microtome and cryomicrotome
5. Prepare paraffin and frozen tissue block for sectioning
6. Cut good tissue sections from paraffin and frozen tissue block
7. Operate and maintain the microtome and cryomicrotome in the correct and safe manner

Course Outline

This is a one and a half day workshop, consisting of one day of teaching and half a day of assessment. The training workshop will cover both the theory and practical aspects of essential histological techniques relevant to biomedical research including tissue processing, microtomy and cryomicrotomy, with a focus on hands-on practice. Participants will be assessed on the technical skills in microtomy and cryomicrotomy, as well as on the proper and safe use of the equipment.

Suitable for

Biomedical research technician/assistant/scientist

Minimum Entry Requirements / Assumed Skills and Knowledge

Basic knowledge in biomedical science and related fields

Award / Certification / Accreditation

• Certificate of Attendance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who meet at least 75% attendance rate

• Certificate of Performance (electronic Certificate will be issued)
A Certificate of Performance will be awarded to participants who pass the assessment and meet at least 75% attendance rate

Trainer’s / Speaker’s Profile

Lai Kin Wai

Dr Lai Kin Wai has been teaching in Singapore Polytechnic (SP) for almost 10 years and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Diploma of Biomedical Science. He started his career as a medical technologist and has more than 12 years of experiences working in the histopathology lab of major hospitals. Dr Lai obtained his PhD in the National University of Singapore (NUS), studying on animal model of minimal change nephrotic syndrome. He worked as a research fellow in the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore prior to joining SP and his research interests is in biomarker discovery of stomach cancer.

Other Awards / Achievements:

1. Excellence in Teaching Award 2014

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Terms and Conditions

*Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed.

Application Procedure

1. All applications must be made via Online Registration at
Course fees can be paid by the following payment modes:

a) Credit Cards, Internet Banking, NETS (Not Applicable for company sponsored)
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2. All successful applicants will be notified with a letter of confirmation via email.

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