The Association of Clinical Electron Microscopists (ACEM) aims to promote awareness, teaching and best practice of clinical electron microscopy, i.e. electron microscopy applied to human specimens for the purpose of diagnosis and research.

Having a Biopsy?

A key part of the work of ACEM members is providing important medical diagnostic information from biopsies. Electron microscopy is particularly important in the fields of kidney disease, muscle pathology, tumour pathology, neuropathology, paediatric pathology, studies of ciliary structure, parasitic protozoan infections in AIDS, viral gastroenteritis and viral infections of the skin. Find out more…
Founded in 1998, ACEM represents clinical electron microscopy in the UK at government and health professional organisation level. Although UK-based, we have overseas members around the world.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a piece of tissue which is removed from a living body for the purpose of examination for medical diagnosis. This is usually done as a minor operation under local anaesthetic.

A biopsy is taken to aid the consultant physician in obtaining a diagnosis…. find out more…

Latest News

  • SEMT 6th December 2017 Natural History Museum- London
    Programme details   Chris Hawes (Oxford Brookes): High resolution imaging of the ER-Golgi interface in plants. Ken Mingard (National Physical Laboratory): Watching brittle materials bend and flow in the scanning electron microscope. Don Clougher Bursary Award talk Sara Falcone (MRC Harwell): Nephrotic syndrome and the glomerular basement membrane: genetic defects of laminin alpha 5 chain.... Read more »
  • ACEM 2017 Programme-Belfast
    Friday 23rd of June 2017 Programme: Draft date 16.05.2017 08.00                Pathsoc meeting registration 09.00                Deciphering the Renal Biopsy Request Form – A Guide for Beginners. (lecture and hand out) Dr Candice Roufosse Imperial College Healthcare trust, Hammersmith Hospital, London. 09.40                NEQAS diagnostic TEM EQA – a new scheme launch. Mrs Tracey de Haro Leicester Royal... Read more »
  • Diary Date
    Microscience Microscopy Congress 2017 (mmc2017) Conference 3-6 July 2017,exhibition 4-6 July 2017 at Manchester Central Full details can be found at    
  • ACEM Meeting 23rd June 2017
    ACEM 2017 Programme Full programme and abstracts are now available on the Pathological  Society of Great Britain and Ireland Conference Website  
  • Pathsoc/ACEM Meeting, Dublin June 2015
    ACEM/Pathsoc/British division of IAP meeting in the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, Dublin on Thursday 25th of June 2015 Programme: Draft date 18.02.2015   08.00                Registration   09.00                Renal biopsy case presentation. Dr Monika Balys Guy’s Hospital, London.   09.20                Role of EM in renal transplant biopsies – an update. Dr Linda Moran Charing Cross... Read more »