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BioLab

BioLab at OICR is a shared instrumentation division that provides advanced state-of-the-art equipment, tools and technical know-how to support lab research activities for OICR researchers and collaborators.

The mission of BioLab is to educate, enable and inspire OICR researchers and collaborators to achieve their research objectives and professional development goals by providing instrument access, knowledge transfer and continued education on advanced cancer technologies and innovations.

BioLab provides its educational offerings through three main intersecting activities:

  • BioLab provides access to advanced technology and leading-edge instrumentation, tools and supports training that brings new knowledge and skills.
  • To maximize the exposure to current knowledge in transdisciplinary cancer research, BioLab offers participation in the networks of science communication such as online webinars and virtual events.
  • BioLab fosters educational collaboration between researchers and technology providers by sharing knowledge, resources and expertise for faster and more effective communication and learning.

BioLab Hub

To better assist OICR researchers during the COVID-19 pandemic, BioLab has extended its educational offerings by launching the BioLab Hub initiative.

BioLab Hub posts bi-weekly selections of free webinars and virtual events (symposiums, conferences, and summits) on new technologies, instrumentation, applications and innovations related to cancer research.

Upcoming Webinars and Virtual Events

Spatial Biology Redefines the Multiomics Approach
On Demand

Abstract: Spatial biology is undoubtedly one of the hottest areas of molecular biology right now. Scientists worldwide have recognized the enormous potential of spatial biology to act as a 3D GPS within tissues to map the surrounding architecture and understand how it interacts with its surroundings. In this webinar, genomics veteran Dr. Joe Beechem, CSO of Research and Development at NanoString, talks about spatial biology as a scientist who had a front-row seat during the next-gen sequencing revolution. Dr. Kulasinghe discusses the latest spatial transcriptomics research to understand the underlying tissue pathobiology associated with lung cancer and COVID-19.

IsoPlexis Webinar Series: The Structure and Functions of the p53 Pathway
On Demand

Abstract: Learn about IsoPlexis single cell innovative technology enables researchers to fine-tune their immunotherapeutic candidates and identify what differentiates immune cell potency, cell product toxicity, and functional differences between patient responders and non-responders.

IsoPlexis Webinar Series: Understanding Cancer Communications to Infer a Strategy to Inhibit Tumor Cell Migration
On Demand

Abstract Learn about IsoPlexis single cell innovative technology enables researchers to fine-tune their immunotherapeutic candidates and identify what differentiates immune cell potency, cell product toxicity, and functional differences between patient responders and non-responders. Learn how cancer cell communication can infer a strategy to inhibit tumor cell migration.

IsoPlexis Webinar Series: The Role of Single-Cell Functional Biomarkers in Next-Generation Cancer Therapies
On Demand

Abstract: Learn about IsoPlexis single cell innovative technology enables researchers to fine-tune their immunotherapeutic candidates and identify what differentiates immune cell potency, cell product toxicity, and functional differences between patient responders and non-responders.

IsoPlexis Webinar Series: Accessing Each Cell’s Functional Biology with Intuitive IsoSpeak Data Mapping Visualizations
On Demand

Abstract: Learn about IsoPlexis single-cell innovative technology enables researchers to fine-tune their immunotherapeutic candidates and identify what differentiates immune cell potency, cell product toxicity, and functional differences between patient responders and non-responders to immunotherapies.

Introducing the RNAscope HiPlex v2.0 Assay for Single-Cell and Spatial Transcriptomic Profiling
On Demand

Abstract: Join the ACD technical specialists in this on-demand webinar on detection and characterization of tumor infiltrating immune cells, thereby advancing our understanding of the dynamic crosstalk within the tumor microenvironment (TME).

Organoid Analysis: From Image to Results
On Demand

Abstract: This Zeiss webinar explores various case studies explaining how to reach results from your demanding samples and acquired images in an efficient way. Each case study showed different samples, imaging systems, and research questions. This third episode showcases a simple imaging experiment performed on intestinal organoids treated with and without a Wnt-inhibiting drug, with the experimental goal to study the role of Wnt signalling in organoid formation.​

Troubleshooting Cell-Based Assays: Avoid Common Pitfalls from Cell Seeding to Analysis
Oct 7, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: In this webinar, cell culture experts from Eppendorf and Promega will review the most frequently asked questions on cell-based assays over the past years including:

  • What is the ideal time for analysis?
  • Does the passage number influence experimental outcomes?
  • When to choose the detection mode and how?
  • How to select the appropriate microtiter plate?
  • What is the best method for detecting mycoplasma?
CD38 in the Prostate Tumor Microenvironment
Oct 6, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: CD38, a druggable ectoenzyme, is involved in the generation of adenosine, which is implicated in tumor immune evasion. Its expression and role in prostate tumour-infiltrating immune cells (TIICs) have not been elucidated.

This webinar characterizes the CD38 expression in prostate cancer (PC) epithelial cells and TIICs and explored the association of this expression with clinical outcomes.

Simplifying Imaging Workflows
Sep 30, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: Core imaging facilities in research face hurdles with the management and sharing of images, data, metadata, and experimental workflows. As advancements in scientific imaging enable more complex experiments, the growing volumes of data collected can be difficult to manage. In this webinar, attendees will learn about Thermo Scientific Athena Software. This new premium imaging data management platform allows core imaging facilities dedicated to research to simplify their scientific imaging workflows.

Spatial Biology US Congress: Advancing Spatial Research, Technologies, Bioinformatics, and Applications in Biology
Sep 27-30, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: The 4-day online Spatial Biology US Congress brings together world leaders from renowned academic and research institutions for taking a deep dive into the challenges and future opportunities within spatial biology

To view the agenda Click Here.

TechTalk: Image-Based Quantification of Myeloid Cell Repolarization and their Interplay within the Tumor Microenvironment in 3D
Sep 30, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: In this webinar, Dr. Goverse will discuss how the incorporation of different myeloid cell populations results in a better representation of the human immune system in the tumour microenvironment (TME) in 3D image-based co-cultures of tumour and immune cells. Discover the 3D high content imaging assay to visualize and quantify immunotherapy and TME effects on myeloid cells using 3D phenotypic analysis.

Liquid Biopsy Series: Novel biomarkers and other fluid
Sep 30, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: Liquid biopsies are known to measure circulating tumour cells or cell-free DNA in blood. But recently, such tumour-derived materials have been found in other bodily fluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid or urine. This webinar explores the emerging opportunities for the detection of disease by liquid biopsies, including biomarkers that can be identified in different bodily fluids.

Virtual Intensive DNA Methylation Workshop
Sep 30, 2021 | 11:00 -12:30 p.m. EDT

Abstract: Diogenode, a leader in epigenomics profiling:  from sample preparation and nucleic acids shearing instrumentation to chromatin Immunoprecipitation-, DNA methylation-, RNA-seq assays and analysis offer a free virtual  ChIP Workshop.

It will be a mix of lectures, demo, and activities to help you master the MeDIP assays of MeDIP-qPCR and MeDIP-seq.

Online Symposium: The Landscape of Cancer Research
Sep 29 – 30, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. EDT

Abstract: This free-to-attend online symposium will provide cancer researchers with a unique opportunity to hear about the advances taking place within omics research, immunology, drug discovery and other notable topics. This event features a collection of exclusive talks from leading scientists in the field, discussing their research and lending insights on the advances and challenges in this exciting space.

Study design: How and when to use multiplexed immunofluorescence imaging in your research
Sep 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: Multiplexed tissue analysis is a powerful technique that allows comparisons of cell-type locations and cell-type interactions within a single fixed tissue sample. Multiplexed IF imaging can replace historical immunohistochemical staining, allowing researchers to explore more in-depth questions on the same piece of tissue. Choosing the right multiplexed solution can have a huge impact on the success of your research. Cell DIVE is a proven and trusted multiplexed imaging solution that meets these requirements and more.

New fixable viability dyes and applications for flow cytometry
Sep 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: Flow cytometry provides many advantages including single-cell quantitative analysis, high sample throughput, and multiplex cell characterization. This webinar will provide an overview of methods and reagents to assess cell viability with flow cytometry. The discussion will focus on our recent efforts to expand the colour palette of fixable viability dyes. Several new dyes will be introduced, each with narrow and unique emission spectra ideal for expanding high-parameter conventional and spectral cytometry experiments.

New fixable viability dyes and applications for flow cytometry
Sep 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: Flow cytometry provides many advantages including single-cell quantitative analysis, high sample throughput, and multiplex cell characterization. This webinar will provide an overview of methods and reagents to assess cell viability with flow cytometry. The discussion will focus on our recent efforts to expand the colour palette of fixable viability dyes. Several new dyes will be introduced, each with narrow and unique emission spectra ideal for expanding high-parameter conventional and spectral cytometry experiments.

CRISPR 2021 Virtual Event
Sep 29, 2021 | Opens 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: This event will continue the conversation of the abilities of CRISPR-based editing, next-gen editing tools, precision in gene editing and using CRISPR for drug discovery.

The tracks for this year’s event includes:

CRISPR Biology

Discovery and Classification of CRISPR base editors

CRISPR in Disease

Gene Therapy

Oncology

COVID-19

Ethics and Perspectives on CRISPR Medical Applications

Intellectual Property Disputes

Regulatory Framework

Ethical concerns

To view the agenda click here

Liquid Biopsy Series: Moving from research to clinical implementation
Sep 28, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Abstract: The clinical uptake of liquid biopsies remains low. This is most likely due to the high false negative rate and the resulting distrust. This webinar will focus on the transition from bench to bedside and how we can address the challenges associated with the clinical implementation of liquid biopsies.

PRiME-ETH Zurich Joint Symposium: Disease-in-a-dish/on-a-chip Models and Engineering Molecular Structures for Imaging
Sep 27, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: PRiME is hosting the third installment of the Connaught Global Challenge Series introducing our partnership with ETH Zurich. This event will feature investigators from both PRiME and ETH Zurich who are working at the forefront of disease-in-a-dish/on-a-chip models and engineering molecular structures for imaging.

More information and the full agenda can be found here.

10X Genomics Global Infectious Disease Symposium
Sep 27 – 30, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. EDT

Abstract: The 10x Genomics Global Infectious Disease Symposium brings the global genomics community together virtually to share research findings and advance discovery. Hear from leading immunologists accelerating our understanding of the immune response to infection. And learn how single cell and spatial multi-omics are helping transform how we approach and treat today’s pathogenic threats.

International Mouse Genetics and Genomic Medicine Virtual Conference
Sep 23 – 24, 2021

Abstract: The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) is bringing together experts in the fields of mouse genetics and genomic medicine to discuss the future challenges and unmet needs in the field of gene function, essential genes, sexual dimorphism, genotype comorbidities (pleiotropy), and mechanisms of disease and more.

“Tubulin or Not Tubulin?”- Heading Towards Total Protein Staining as a Loading Control in Immunological Protein Analytical Methods
Sep 23, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. EDT

Abstract: The webinar will discuss the usage of various normalization techniques in Western blotting and their implications in protein analytical methods and quantification. A brief overview of a fully automated, quantitative Western system that streamlines total protein normalization will also be provided.

Liquid Biopsy Series: Liquid Biopsy in Clinical Trials
Sep 23, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Abstract: More large-scale clinical trials are needed to prove the clinical utility of liquid biopsies. This webinar highlights data demonstrating the strengths of liquid biopsy technologies in practice.

Organoid Screening is the Future of Precision Medicine
Sep 23, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

Abstract: In this GEN webinar, you will learn about how patient-derived organoids are being put to use for personalized therapies for diseases such as pancreatic cancer. You will also hear about various screening applications using organoid-derived models. To conclude the webinar, will find out more about 3D bioprinting and the new entrant into the space that can dispense and print with Matrigel® matrix.

Virtual MACS® Genomics Day
Sep 23, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Abstract: Miltenyi’s virtual event will bring together the genomics community to exchange knowledge on performing genomic analyses, with a special focus on single-cell genomics. The agenda includes scientific talks on recent findings in various disciplines of biology and on the latest technology innovations by our collaboration partners 10x Genomics and Illumina.

To view the agenda click here

Cell Biology 2021 Virtual Event
Sep 22, 2021 | Opens 11:00 a.m.

Abstract: The Cell Biology 2021 Virtual Event creates a valuable platform for inspiring global and interdisciplinary collaboration in a virtual environment, to study cells – their physiological properties, structure, the organelles they contain, environmental interactions, life cycle, division and death, on a microscopic and molecular level. This year’s event includes the following tracks: Basic Cell Biology, Translational Cell Biology, Quantitative Cell Biology, Extracellular Vesicles

To view the agenda click here

GENLive: Leveraging Multiomics Data to Study Autoimmune Disease in the Era of Precision Medicine
Sep 22, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. EDT

Abstract: With close to four percent of the global population being affected by the more than 80 diverse types of autoimmune diseases, it is imperative that we gain as much knowledge on the underlying biology of these disorders. The advent of genotyping and whole-genome sequencing technologies has allowed more omics data to become available for integrative analysis and provides an opportunity to ask new questions about these diseases. In this webinar, Dr. Marina Sirota, associate professor at UCSF, will describe how her laboratory is leveraging the genetic data across phenotypes to elucidate the genetic architecture of diseases and how she has applied next-generation sequencing technologies to better understand the role of the immune system.

Virtual Intensive ChIP Workshop
Sep 21-22, 2021 | 11:00 -12:30 p.m. EDT

Abstract: Diogenode, a leader in epigenomics profiling:  from sample preparation and nucleic acids shearing instrumentation to chromatin Immunoprecipitation-, DNA methylation-, RNA-seq assays and analysis offer a free virtual  ChIP Workshop.

It will be a mix of lecture, demo, and activities to help you master the basics and more of ChIP-qPCR and ChIP-seq. To view the agenda click here

Liquid Biopsy Series: Precision Medicine in the Context of Liquid Biopsy and MRD
Sep 21, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: Liquid biopsies can be utilised in a clinical setting to diagnose and understand the molecular drivers of cancer or track minimal residual disease (MRD) and treatment-resistant clones. Moreover, liquid biopsies can be used to detect MRD, where cancer cells remain in the body after treatment, often resulting in relapse. This webinar will focus on liquid biopsies in the context of precision oncology and how they can be used to inform clinical decision-making.

Using Single-cell and Spatial Technologies to Advance Discovery
Sep 21, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Abstract: The vast complexities of biology require multi-omic approaches that build a complete understanding, from single cells to tissues and beyond. 10x Genomics Chromium Single Cell products enable molecular profiling with multi-omic capabilities in hundreds of thousands of single cells, and our Visium Spatial products provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between cellular function, phenotype, and location in intact tissue sections.

In this webinar you will learn how to uncover molecular insights, dissect cell-type differences, detect novel cell subtypes and biomarkers, define gene regulatory interactions, and decipher spatiotemporal gene expression patterns. Resolve highly complex biological systems, while bringing into focus the details that matter most.

Deepen Your Understanding of the Role of NK Cells in Cancer Immunotherapy
Sep 21, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. EDT

Abstract: This webinar will discuss the latest data from INmune Bio, and the discovery of a new mechanism of action of its NK-priming immunotherapy, “INKmune”. INKmune™ is a clinical-stage proprietary tumour cell line that is administered intravenously and primes NK cells to kill otherwise resistant tumours. INKmune™-primed NK cells have been shown to kill a wide variety of solid and hematological cancer cells in preclinical studies.

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