BSC Annual Meetings

The annual meeting includes a symposium with invited speakers, a business meeting with reports from the Commission’s officers and committees, presentations by members, and informal discussions and question and answer sessions on scientific and technical topics. Participants include users, manufacturers and vendors of stains, experts in dye analysis and testing, and other interested parties, such as representatives of scientific societies, the FDA and the ISO.

These Scientific Meetings are held in early June, often in or near Rochester NY, the site of the Commission’s testing laboratory, and also in other major North American cities.

To review the proceedings of recent BSC meetings (since 1995), Click here.






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Annual Meeting 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Annual scientific meeting for 2016, to be held jointly with the Michigan Society of Histotechnologists.  Theme: AN EVENT TO DYE FOR!

June 3rd – 4th 2016, Grand Rapids Double Tree Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.   Phone:+1 616-957-0100   Book a room. Tell them it’s for the BSC meeting.


Go to to register online. Registration is necessary for room bookings and catering.

Program.  Updated 2nd May 2016.    

For a brochure with more information, visit and click on  Print out Brochure . 

Friday June 3

11:00–1:00   Lunch, registration and exhibits

1:00–4:45              (Workshops.   Dual sessions; attend either A or B)

1:00–2:00  A.  Listening to near infrared dyes: A new method of cancer detection.  Lacey R. McNally, PhD (Dep’t of Medicine, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville, KY)

1:00-2:00  B.  Staining with acid & basic dyes: Is it just ion exchange?  Richard W. Horobin, PhD, (College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland)

2:00–2:30  Afternoon Break and exhibits

2:30-3:30  A.   Whole slide imaging: uses & limitations for surgical pathology & teaching. Brendan Boyce, MD, (Dep’t of Pathology, University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY)

2:30–3:30  BReasonable hematoxylin substitutes – a look at eriochrome cyanine R and Romanowsky-Giemsa stains.  (Dusan Stefanovic, MD (Medical Faculty, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia)

3:45–4:45  A.  Schiff’s rainbow: the mechanisms and consequences of multi-colored Schiff reagentsRichard W. Dapson, PhD (Dapson & Dapson LLC, Richland, MI)

3:45–4:45  B.  Identification and demonstration of microorganisms.  M. Lamar Jones, HT/HTL(ASCP) (Laboratory Director, Skin Diagnostics Group, Homewood, AL)

4:45–6:00     Exhibits

6:30– ??:??      Social Hour and Murder Mystery Dinner

Saturday June 4

7:00–8:30   Continental breakfast; registration;  exhibits

8:30–12:30        (Keynote Addresses)

8:30–10:00  Progress toward precision cancer therapy.  Brad Turner, MD  (Department of Pathology, University of Rochester Medical School, Rochester, NY)

10:00–11:00   Morning break; exhibits; hotel checkout for those leaving today

11:00–12:30  Review of basic requirements/recommendations for positive and negative controls in immunohistochemistry.  Søren Nielsen, MD  (Scheme Manager, NordiQC, Institute of Pathology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark)

1:00–2:30    M.S.H. Awards luncheon and M.S.H. business meeting

2:00–3:00   (Afternoon workshops. Dual sessions; attend either A or B)

2:00–3:00  A.  Topics in advanced immunohiostochemistry.  William Grizzle, MD, PhD. (Department of Pathology, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL)

2:00–3:00  B.  Selective nuclear staining with hemalum & other dye-metal complexes.  John A. Kiernan MB,ChB, PhD, DSc, (Dep’t of Anatomy & Cell Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada)

3:15–4:15    (Panel discussions;  choose either A or B)

3:15-4:15  A.  Panel discussion: A forum on IHC problems. William Grizzle, moderator, with Søren Nielsen and Brad Turner

3:15-4:15  B.  Panel discussion: A forum on the mechanisms & problems of special stains. Richard Horobin, moderator, and Richard Dapson, Lamar Jones and John Kiernan


For members of the B.S.C. and of the Editorial Board.  Please arrive on Wednesday 1st June.  Business meetings will begin at 9:00-11:00 am on Thursday 2nd June, with a meeting of the Editorial Board of Biotechnic & Histochemistry.  The Laboratory and Certification Committee will meet in the afternoon, 1:00-3:00 pm.  The Annual General Meeting, which includes election of Trustees, is scheduled for 3:00-5:00 pm. Dinner (5:00-7:00 pm) will be followed by the Meeting of B.S.C. Trustees until 9:00 pm.  The Trustees’ meeting will continue on Friday 3rd June, at 9:00 am, and must end before the scientific session begins.   BSC members traveling by air are expected to arrive on Wednesday 1st June and leave on Saturday 4th or Sunday 5th June.