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Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

The Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high impact technologies. The award particularly honors pioneering contributions to optical methods and devices that have facilitated advancements in biology or medicine.  Honorarium of $2,000 presented annually.

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NOTE:  The submission date for nomination packets has been changed to July 1st effective this year, 2015.  Nominations submitted after that date will not be considered until the following year.


2015 - Lihong Wang

Lihong Wang, of Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, is the 2015 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Award.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of his pioneering technical contributions and visionary leadership in the development and application of photo-acoustic tomography, photoacoustic microscopy and photon transport modeling.

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Previous Recipients of the Britton Chance Biomedical Opticsl Award

2014 - Brian C. Wilson
2013 - James Fujimoto
2012 - Robert A. Alfano

2014 - Brian C. Wilson

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his many contributions to biomedical optics over the past 30 years, including his pioneering work in photodynamic therapy.

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2013 - James Fujimoto

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his pioneering research in optical coherence tomography (OCT) and its development as a clinical tool.

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2012 - Robert A. Alfano

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his pioneering work in biomedical optics and ultrafast laser spectroscopy. The announcement was made today by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

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