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When:Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30, 1996
Where:University of Washington Medical Center
School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington
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Maps will be provided with registration.

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Purpose - The use of fluorescent microspheres for measuring regional organ blood flow has recently been introduced [Journal of Applied Physiology 74:2585-2597, 1993]. As current methodologies evolve, the full potential of this new tool can be best realized through a community effort in which scientists freely exchange ideas. The purpose of this conference is to foster further development of fluorescent microspheres by disseminating information and facilitating communication between scientists. Two new applications of fluorescent microspheres will be introduced at the conference; histologic methods for assessing blood flow distribution at the microcirculatory level and the use of aerosolized fluorescent microspheres for measuring regional lung ventilation.

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Structure - Presentations at the conference will include general topics as well as original scientific research.

  • Introduction to fluorescence and fluorescent dyes
  • Blood flow measurements using fluorescent microspheres
  • Update on labor saving methods
  • Histologic methods for determining the distribution of fluorescent microspheres in tissue
  • Use of fluorescent aerosols to measure regional ventilation

  • The content of the scientific research presented will be determined by the submitted abstracts and will include both oral and poster presentations. The curriculum should appeal to scientists who are just beginning to consider using fluorescent microspheres as well as those who have original science to share.

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    Call for abstracts - Any original scientific research dealing with the use of microspheres for estimating regional organ perfusion or ventilation is welcome. All abstracts will be accepted for presentation. Abstracts will be designated for either oral or poster presentations by a selection committee.

    Abstracts must be submitted in both typed and electronic form. Abstract forms will be mailed upon request. Electronic versions of the abstracts can be submitted by disk (either Mac or IBM) or by anonymous ftp to: Any word processing format is acceptable. The deadline for abstract submission is Tuesday July 2, 1996. Abstract deadline extended.

    Abstracts will be published electronically on the FMRC Web server where they can be searched and retrieved. Circulation journals are being asked to consider publishing these abstracts.

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    Registration Fees

    Before April 30, 1996
    Ph.D. and/or M.D.
    Doctoral or post-doctoral candidates
    Laboratory assistants

    After April 30, 1996
    Ph.D. and/or M.D.
    Doctoral or post-doctoral candidates
    Laboratory assistants

    Registration fees cover admission, educational materials, manual on fluorescent microsphere methods, compilation of abstracts, social event, morning coffee breaks, and lunches for the two days.

    Registration forms will be mailed upon request.

    Address for abstract and registration forms:

    Fluorescent Microsphere Resource Center
    University of Washington
    Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    BB-1253 Health Sciences Building
    Box 356522
    Seattle, WA 98195-6522

    or email:

    please include word registration in the subject line and your mailing address and email address in the body of the message.

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    Social Event - We plan to go to Tillicum Lodge on Thursday evening for a traditional Pacific Northwest Indian salmon dinner and celebration. Tillicum Lodge is on Blake Island, approximately one hour by boat from Seattle. The boat ride to the island includes a tour of the Seattle harbor and the Seattle skyline at night on the return trip. With its lush forests and open beaches, Blake Island offers the perfect setting for Tillicum's longhouse, styled in the fashion of the ancient dwellings of the Northwest Coast Indians. A dinner of fresh Northwest Pacific salmon is prepared on cedar stakes over alder fires, using a traditional Northwest Coast Indian method. Following the meal, the myth and magic of the Northwest Indians come to life in a spectacular stage show. Tillicum lodge was the meeting site of the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting with President Clinton and Pacific Rim leaders.

    "The Island has everything that tourists expect of America's scenic Northwest -- lush forests, wildlife, superb sea and mountain views, succulent salmon and American Indian culture. The highlight of the Tillicum Village is 'Dance On The Wind' -- an absorbing celebration of Indian song, dance, and legend." Terry Gwynn-Jones, The Courier, Australia.

    Social Event Fees
    Conference attendee

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    Local Hotels - The following hotels have agreed to provide rooms at a discounted price for those attending the conference. Rooms cannot be guaranteed at the discounted price less than 30 days prior to the conference. You must mention the Fluorescent Microsphere Group (FMS Room Block) when making your reservation(s) in order to receive the discounted rates. All hotels are located within walking distance of the University of Washington and the conference except those indicated by an asterisk (*). The hotels marked with an asterisk are more convenient to the center of Seattle. A map indicating the location of the hotels will be included with the registration materials.

    Meany Towers

    4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206)634-2000 voice
    (206)634-2000 fax
    $72/day single, $82/day double

    Silver Cloud

    5036 25th Ave. NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206)526-5200 voice
    (206)522-1450 fax
    $74/day single, $82/day double

    Travel Lodge

    4725 25th Ave. NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (206)525-4612 voice
    (206)524-9106 fax
    $70/day single, $75/day double

    The University Inn

    4140 Roosevelt Way NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    (800)733-3855 toll free US & Canada
    (206)632-5055 international
    (206)547-4937 fax
    standard room $80/day single, $90/day double, includes continental breakfast
    deluxe room $90/day single, $100/day double, includes continental breakfast


    1400 6th Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98101
    $140/day single, $160/day double


    515 Madison
    Seattle, WA 98101
    $149/day single, $149/day double

    University Area Map For those wishing a different accomodation experience here are some Bed & Breakfast Inns of Seattle

    Visiting the FMRC - Conference attendees are welcome to visit the Fluorescent Microsphere Resource Center. Because of the busy schedule during the conference, we encourage those interested to visit a few days before or after the conference. Staff in the FMRC will be available to answer questions and demonstrate fluorescent microsphere methods.

    Visiting the University of Washington and the Medical Center - Conference attendees may wish to tour the University and/or the Medical Center. Personal arrangements can be made to visit with faculty and their laboratories.

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    Western Washington Web Sites

  • Topographic Map of Washington
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    Collection of many Pacific Northwest web sites. Very useful.
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    Guide to local wines and wineries.

    Seattle Web Sites

  • The University of Washington
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    National Parks of Washington
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