PHOTOACOUSTICS/MICROSCOPY: With interdisciplinary approach, BioPIC promotes excellence

May 1, 2013
Designed as a multidisciplinary showcase of advances in light-based imaging technologies and their potential application to biology and medicine, the BioPIC 2013 international BioPhotonics and Imaging Conference featured lively discussions among physicists, biologists, and clinicians.

Designed as a multidisciplinary showcase of advances in light-based imaging technologies and their potential application to biology and medicine, the BioPIC 2013 international BioPhotonics and Imaging Conference (Dublin, Ireland; March 25-27) featured lively discussions among physicists, biologists, and clinicians.

The meeting was attended by 120 senior scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students. Industry exhibits from iThera Medical and VisualSonics, displaying novel photoacoustic systems, were popular with delegates. Prof. Vasilis Ntziachristos, a founder of iThera Medical, spoke about the development of multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT), which offers unprecedented optical imaging performance for visualizing anatomical, physiological, and molecular imaging biomarkers.

BioPIC 2013 organizing committee members (L to R) Professor Michele Saviano (Italy), Prof. Tony Lahoutte (Belgium), Prof. Brian Harvey (Ireland), Dr. Cinzia Giannini (Italy), Prof. Peter Dockery (Ireland), Prof. Martin Leahy (Ireland), and Prof. Tia Keyes (Ireland).

A session on National and European Strategy in Photonics and Imaging involved leaders of Irish and European networks who spoke of future directions for imaging in the European Research Area. Other talks covered a broad range of subjects, including label-free nanoscopy, peptide-directed metal complex lumiophores for in-cell sensing, cellular in vivo imaging in depth, and real-time analysis of cell energy metabolism with genetically encoded fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensors.

Keynote speaker Prof. Patrice Mollard (Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, France) discussed his laboratory's development of a two-photon microscope with long working distance (2 cm) for neural imaging in mice. A recent publication from this group demonstrated a functional relationship between bloodborne signals and appetite-modifying neurons located in close proximity to fenestrated capillaries. Another keynote, by Daniel Choquet (Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience, France), explained how it is now possible to visualize single molecules within the brain using super-resolution imaging. And Katerina Svanberg (Lund University Hospital, Sweden) spoke of how laser-induced fluorescence can monitor very early chemical changes in tissue as it progresses from normal to abnormal to cancerous. These chemical changes can be visualized before any physical changes can be observed-a fact that implies clear clinical benefits.

The conference was hosted by the National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform Ireland (NBIP Ireland) in association with the Royal Microscopy Society, Irish Research Council, and Science Foundation Ireland. Brian Harvey, NBIP director and professor of molecular medicine at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), believes that BioPIC 2013 has been hugely important for promoting excellence in the field of photonics. "By bringing those with high-impact biological problems to solve together with those developing sensing and imaging solutions, BioPIC 2013 has stimulated discussion on innovative solutions for discovery and treatment," he explained.

NBIP Ireland was established in 2007 under HEA PRTLI Cycle 4. The platform consists of a consortium of imaging and biophotonics laboratories from across seven universities and two institutes of technology in Ireland, and three EU partners: CNRS Montpellier (France), the CNR (National Research Council) Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging Naples (Italy), and The Nordic Imaging Network (Finland).

For further information, visit—Sheeona Gorman, Ph.D., Research Programmes Manager, RCSI

Sponsored Recommendations

How Precision Motion Systems are Shaping the Future of Semiconductor Manufacturing

March 28, 2024
This article highlights the pivotal role precision motion systems play in supporting the latest semiconductor manufacturing trends.

Understanding 3D Printing Tolerances: A Guide to Achieving Precision in Additive Manufacturing

March 28, 2024
In the world of additive manufacturing, precision is paramount. One crucial aspect of ensuring precision in 3D printing is understanding tolerances. In this article, we’ll explore...

Automation Technologies to Scale PIC Testing from Lab to Fab

March 28, 2024
This webinar will cover the basics of precision motion systems for PIC testing and discuss the ways motion solutions can be specifically designed to address the production-scale...

Case Study: Medical Tube Laser Processing

March 28, 2024
To enhance their cardiovascular stent’s precision, optimize throughput and elevate part quality, a renowned manufacturer of medical products embarked on a mission to fabricate...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Laser Focus World, create an account today!