Educational Workshop: Basic Neuropathology of Age-Associated Neurodegenerative Diseases

Friday, July 20, 2018
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chicago, Illinois


The workshop is intended to provide the participant with an understanding of the basic neuropathological features of age associated neurodegenerative diseases. This will include neuropathological hallmark lesions (e.g., amyloid-β plaques, neuritic plaques, neurofibrillary tangles/threads, Lewy bodies/neurites etc.) and an explanation of how these lesions are assessed to classify diseases (e.g., neuritic Braak stages, amyloid-β phases, CERAD score, NIA-AA criteria, McKeith Criteria etc.).

The workshop will consist of both lectures and practical sessions; over 250 scanned (immuno) histological slides are already available to be examined using Aperio software and participants can easily access those slides using their own laptop/tablet/smart phone. By attending this workshop, the participant should gain a solid and lasting knowledge of the basics covered (e.g., difference amyloid-β plaques vs neuritic plaques and why this difference matters). The organizers believe that basic principles of neuropathology in neurodegeneration can be understood by non-neuropathologists and such an understanding should be helpful not only in interpreting neuropathological data but also in the planning and conducting of scientific studies.

Of note, the workshop is not intended to showcase the most recent neuropathological developments that would be of interest to an audience already familiar with neuropathology. Therefore the workshop should be of interest for students, Ph.D.s and physicians looking to build a basic foundation or refresh their knowledge.

Participants should bring their own device (laptop, tablet, etc.) to access data (slides) that are provided online.

Most sessions are divided into lecture and practical parts. Lectures will be interactive, i.e., participants are encouraged to ask questions. During practical parts, participants will have access to electronic slides and should apply the lectures’ contents (e.g., if the lecture covers Braak stages, the participants will assign Braak stages to various cases).


The agenda will be posted at a later date.

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