NIH workshop reports biophotonic technologies' fast road from bench to bedside

Sept. 21, 2011
Renowned international researchers in biophotonics reported on their latest optical imaging techniques at the seventh National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside, held September 15–16 at the NIH offices in Bethesda, MD.

Renowned international researchers in biophotonics reported on their latest optical imaging techniques at the seventh National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside, held September 15–16 at the NIH offices in Bethesda, MD.

A theme of the workshop was the extremely fast rate at which technology is now moving from bench to bedside, after a decade of collaboration among physicists, engineers and physicians, noted workshop chairs Amir Gandjbakhche (NIH) and Bruce Tromberg (University of California, Irvine).

The workshop was dedicated to the work and legacy of Britton Chance and Mamoru Tamura.

Claude Boccara (Institut Langevin, Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle) was presented with the NIH Bench-to-Bedside Pioneer Award in recognition of his work in understanding physics of small objects that has led to extremely sophisticated technologies in microscopy and spectroscopy.

Three Best Student Poster awards were presented at the close of the workshop to:

-Matteo Caffini (Politecnico di Milano), "Multimodality approach based on fNIRS-EEG, fMRI-EEG, and TMS for brain mapping of cortical motor areas"

-Bahmani Baharak (University of California, Riverside), "Biodistribution of PEGylated ICG-loaded nanocapsules in healthy mice"

-Wladimir Benalcazar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), "Molecular histopathology by spectrally reconstructed nonlinear interferometric vibrational imaging."

The workshop's 200 attendees heard more than 100 presentations and panel discussions in several sessions:

-Brain, chaired by Sergio Fantini (Tufts University) and Elizabeth Hillman (Columbia University)

-Eye, chaired by James Fujimoto (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

-Breast, chaired by Bruce Tromberg (University of California, Irvine), assisted by Arjun Yodh (University of Pennsylvania)

-Image-Guided Intervention/Surgery, chaired by John Frangione (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and Jin Kang (Johns Hopkins University)

-Minimally Invasive Techniques, chaired by Guillermo Tearney (Wellman Center for Photomedicine)

-Microcirculation, chaired by Martin Leahy (University of Limerick)

-Molecular Probes and Targets, chaired by Samuel Achilefu (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis) and Gary Griffiths (NIH).

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