Labster Workshops at Project Pulse 2021

Two Labster simulations for you to try

Labster hosted two workshops at this year’s Project Pulse Ottawa: The “Virtual Cardiac Ultrasound” workshop and the “Virtual Spectrophotometry” workshop. We’re happy to provide you with the opportunity to try our two simulations for free!


Almost every groundbreaking medical breakthrough we celebrate globally has its roots among the humble benchtops of a research lab. From blockbuster drugs to new paradigms of muscle recovery, specialized tools are constantly developed to uncover the molecular mechanisms that separate health and illness.

Spectrophotometry is a simple and ubiquitous technique for measuring compounds using light that has been around since the 1940s, and that has changed little since the first spectrophotometers were commercially available. Despite its technological simplicity, the technique remains critical to many cutting-edge diagnostic procedures, including the confirmation of mitochondrial dysfunction in children.

Spectrophotometry workshop

Virtual Spectrophotometry Workshop - Labster - Project Pulse Spark Ottawa

Spectrophotometry simulation

Try out one of Labster’s latest virtual laboratory simulations that explores Spectrophotometry and the Beer-Lambert Law. You’ll dive under the hood of the instrument to understand how its components fit together. You’ll be challenged to figure out which pieces perform key functions to build your own working instrument. Why not try out different component layouts and configurations and see how they impact the lightpath used to measure a sample?

Once you’ve successfully built your instrument, it’s time to try it out! To get started, you’ll need to interpret a little data and program the detection settings to the most optimal wavelength for your experiments. Once you’re ready, set the baseline and you’re off! You’ll try out different concentrations of reactant and catalyst to explore how the absorbance measured by the instrument is related to reaction rate. The simulation uses a simulated reaction kinetics model and will show your data plotted in real-time.  
Throughout the simulation, the different conceptual elements of Beer-Lambert law are contextualized as the spectrophotometer’s function is explored. By linking abstract concepts like extinction coefficients to the physical attributes represented by each, the links between theory and practice become clear.

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Cardiac Ultrasound

Our beating hearts provide the soundtrack to our lives. Visualizing the ventricular contractions and valve movements using ultrasound reveals the constant dance that raves on inside each of us. As we progress within our biomedical and healthcare-related training we encounter tools that require more than just good recognition skills, we must learn to interpret and relate the information our tools give us to the pattern of health and illness we learn in the lecture hall. 

Echocardiography visualizes the beating heart in real-time using ultrasonic waves. This allows us to look inside the atria, ventricles, and vessels at the core of the circulatory system to identify subtle changes that would indicate ill health. The tricky part is knowing how to manipulate the ultrasound transducer to get a clear view of the features you want, and then recognizing those features in the visual projections generated. 

Cardiac Ultrasound simulation workshop

Cardiac Ultrasound Workshop - Labster - Project Pulse Spark Ottawa

Cardiac Ultrasound simulation

In this Labster virtual lab simulation, you’ll get the chance to try your hand at recognizing projections in our virtual training facility. We have a giant heart for you to practice the many different ultrasound transducer positions and angles that need to be mastered to correctly visualize and identify cardiac structures. It takes a lot of practice and sometimes small changes can make a difference when it comes to diagnosing abnormalities! In this simulation, you can repeat this training as much as you would like to familiarize yourself with normal cardiac structures, where the transducer needs to be placed, and at what angle to obtain the desired views.

In case you experience any problems with our simulations, please take a look at our Basic Labster Troubleshooting help article. 

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