Laser World of Photonics features biomedical optics, medical imaging

April 22, 2011
Munich, Germany—The upcoming Laser World of Photonics event here will highlight the latest optical technologies for biophotonics and life sciences. A separate exhibit area covering biophotonics, located primarily in Hall B1, will be complemented by the co-located European Conferences in Biomedical Optics (ECBO) at the World of Photonics Congress as well as other presentations running throughout the week.
Munich, Germany—The upcoming Laser World of Photonics event here will highlight the latest optical technologies for biophotonics and life sciences. A separate exhibit area covering biophotonics, located primarily in Hall B1, will be complemented by the co-located European Conferences in Biomedical Optics (ECBO) at the World of Photonics Congress as well as other presentations running throughout the week.

The Photonics Forum presentations in the exhibit hall on May 24, for instance, are being organized by the German Association for Laser Medicine (DGLM; Berlin) and will include “Biophotonics & life sciences, laser diagnostics and therapy in medicine.”

The biennial ECBO meeting is jointly sponsored by SPIE (Bellingham, WA) and The Optical Society (OSA; Washington, DC) ) with support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This year, it will be held in cooperation with the DGLM.

The use of optical techniques and tools in biomedical imaging and diagnostics has been in continuous expansion for several decades. ECBO has become the largest meeting in Europe for applications developers utilizing optical science and photonic technologies to solve problems in biomedical science.

The meeting is intended to span the gap between basic research and instrumentation engineering, and clinical translation research and mature clinical trials. More than 450 technical papers will be presented in the meeting’s seven conferences. Topics and chairs are:
Diffuse Optical Imaging: Andreas Hielscher (Columbia Univ.), Paola Taroni (Politecnico di Milano) Advanced Microscopy Techniques: Peter So (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Emmanuel Beaurepaire (Ecole Polytechnique) Molecular Imaging: Charles Lin (Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine), Vasilis Ntziachristos (Helmholtz Zentrum München)Novel Biophotonic Techniques and Applications: Henricus Sterenborg (Erasmus Univ. Medical Center), Alex Vitkin (Univ. of Toronto) Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging: Nirmala Ramanujam (Duke Univ.), Jürgen Popp (Institut für Photonische Technologien) Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques: Rainer Leitgeb (Medizinische Univ. Wien), Brett Bouma (Massachusetts General Hospital) Medical Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions: Ronald Sroka (Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München), Lothar Lilge (Ontario Cancer Institute).Two joint sessions--on biomedical optics and advanced biophotonics for sensing and medical imaging--have been organized with the European Conferences on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO), also held with Laser World of Photonics.

The sessions will be highlighted by prominent speakers from both communities, with a tutorial given by James Fujimoto (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on optical coherence tomography (OCT). An imaging modality that generates cross-sectional and 3D images of tissue pathology, OCT has clinical applications ranging from ophthalmology to cardiology.

Toptica Photonics (Munich) will sponsor two awards for the best student papers presented at the event.

General Chairs of the ECBO are Christoph Hizenberger (Medical Univ. of Vienna) and Brian Pogue (Dartmouth Univ.). Program Chairs are Peter Andersen (Technical University of Denmark) and Irene Georgakoudi (Tufts Univ.).

"The future of biophotonics lies in the combination of different imaging methods,” said Prof. Dr. Franz Pfeiffer from the Chair of Biomedical Physics at Munich Technical University. “This will greatly increase visualisation opportunities, and it will be possible to see the entire body without surgical intervention and investigate disease-triggering mechanisms in a very much better way. New concepts are also necessary in biophotonics in order to improve the existing diagnostic possibilities for personalized medicine.” Laser-based biomedical analyzers are being used to a great extent for this purpose.

For more information visit
Laser World of Photonics online.

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