Society Spotlight – The Histochemical Society

By | March 27, 2014

By Allison Lea

The Histochemical Society (HCS) was founded in 1950 as a scholarly organization of researchers from various biological disciplines committed to the understanding of imaging techniques providing biochemical and molecular information about the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs. The Society fulfills its mission through its publications, annual meetings, and educational short courses.

The Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry (JHC), the official journal of HCS, began publishing in 1953, and is now an international cell biology journal publishing primary research articles on the structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs, as well as mechanisms of development, differentiation, and disease. JHC also publishes timely reviews, editorials, and perspectives, as well as new developments in microscopy, especially where imaging techniques complement current genetic, molecular and biochemical investigations of cell biology, pathology, and development.

This year, HCS will hold its 65th Annual Meeting as part of Experimental Biology 2014, on April 26-30, in San Diego, as a guest of the American Society for Investigative Pathology.  HCS’s meeting program will include symposiums on Advanced Imaging Techniques and Systems for Live Cell Microscopy and Unlocking New Tools for Experimental Pathology, as well as the Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry Lecture and awards presentations. HCS provides several travel awards each year to select students, postdoctoral trainees, and research scientists to allow them to attend the annual meeting.

In addition to its meetings, HCS holds an annual short course that is relevant to its mission of educating scientists in the use of these technologies to investigate normal and diseased cells and tissues. The Society’s Council felt that a need existed in the scientific community for training in immunohistochemistry and related topics that would aid research in many disciplines, and there was a concern that many researchers did not fully understand nor correctly implement histochemical methods in their work.

On March 15-20 of this year, HCS sponsored the Immunohistochemistry and Microscopy Short Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. The intensive four-day course provided undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, laboratory technicians, and faculty/clinicians with both lectures and hands-on laboratory work, including extensive time using various light and fluorescence microscopy for imaging course data. Travel awards from HCS and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) MARC program to encourage and support the participation of underrepresented graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and faculty members in the course.

HCS joined FASEB in 2011 and is represented on FASEB’s Board of Directors by Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, PhD, Associate Professor of Integrative Anatomy and Neurobiology Biological Imaging Group at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras. Doug L. Rosene, PhD, Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine represents HCS on FASEB’S Science Policy Committee. HCS utilizes FASEB’s well-respected and long-standing presence on Capitol Hill to support and advocate for important policy issues affecting biomedical researchers and engineers; specifically, increased funding for the National Institutes of Health and other federal science agencies.

To learn more about the Society or its upcoming meeting, visit the HCS website.

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