2019 Histology Highlights

As we ring in the new year, NSH is taking a look back at the highlights of 2019. Here are some of the most popular topics from across the histology community!

Most Downloaded NSH Resource:

NSH’s member platform, The Block, includes an extensive resource library containing checklists, guidelines, SOPs and more, available to download 24/7. 2019’s most downloaded resource was NSH’s Validation Guidelines Documents, a collection of PDFs providing validation guidelines for tissue processors, automated stainers and microtomes.

Most Read Article From Under the Microscope:

Under the Microscope is NSH’s weekly brief containing science articles from across the web. This year’s most accessed article was titled, “The power of electromagnetic energy on breast cancer cells” and was featured on the website Medical News Today.

“Cancer's ability to spread throughout the body can turn a curable case into an aggressive and sometimes fatal one. A team of engineers and cancer biologists may have found a way to slow down, and even stop, the migration of breast cancer cells.” Continue Reading.

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Most Read Article From the Journal of Histotechnology:

The Journal of Histotechnology is a peer-reviewed publication by the National Society for Hisotechnology. Topics may include, but are not limited to, discussion of clinical, veterinary, and research histopathology. The Journal is available free to members in print and online.

The top accessed online article this year was by Dr. Luis Chiriboga, titled, The Changing Landscape of Scientific Publishing. The article discusses several topics contributing to changes in the publications industry, including the open access movement, lack of reproducibility of scientific studies, and the notion within academic institutions of “publish or perish”.

Most viewed Fixation on Histology post:

The most popular blog post published in 2019 was What is a Histotech Worth These Days? , an opinion piece by Tim Morken, that debates whether histotechs are gaining or losing, i.e where do we stand as far as pay and recognition in 2019.

We are currently looking for guest bloggers for 2020! If you would like to contribute, email natalie@nsh.org with your topic idea.

Top 3 Discussion Threads on The Block

NSH’s member community, The Block, features an Open Forum, where members can post questions to discuss with fellow members. Here are 2019’s most popular conversations:

1. Cutting Thin Paraffin Sections: Are there some tricks to cutting 3uM paraffin sections?

2. Toulidine Blue: We are looking to add Toulidine Blue stain into our Mohs lab. Which vendor(s) do you order from?

3. Baking Bone Tissue: After cutting and mounting bone tissue such as mouse femurs (which of course has been decalcified), what are your usual baking practices before staining them?

Want to see more discussions? Become an NSH member for 2020 to get access to The Block, with its discussion section and extensive library of histology resources.

Most Popular Online Course

NSH’s online learning center, learn.nsh.org, features histology webinars and test prep, on topics including IHC, anatomic pathology, safety, and more. The most popular course in 2019 was the Digital Pathology Certificate Program, a 7-module course covering whole slide imagery and digital pathology. Participants are awarded a certificate completion and 22 continuing education hours upon completion of the course. Check it out!

Thank you for sharing 2019 with NSH. There is a lot more to look forward to in 2020 so stay tuned!

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