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SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award

The SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award is presented 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 $2,000.

As a pioneer in the field of biomedical optics, Britton Chance (July 24, 1913 - November 16, 2010) made important contributions in a number of areas. He helped identify and elucidate the functional mechanisms of enzyme-substrate compounds and made advancements in breast cancer diagnostics, rf electronics, spectroscopy as a noninvasive analytical tool for clinical diagnosis, and radar. Britton Chance was the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Professor Emeritus of Physical Chemistry and Radiological Physics at the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He obtained two PhDs, one in physical chemistry at Penn in 1940 and one in biology/physiology at Cambridge University in 1942.

For additional information on Britton Chance, access the links below.  

http://www.med.upenn.edu/biocbiop/chance/
http://www.brittonchance.org

Samuel Achilefu, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, United States, is the 2019 recipient of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award.  SPIE presents this award in recognition of his transformative advancements in optical and molecular imaging that have pushed the boundaries of cancer care and treatment, and the clinical translation of his technologies to improve patient care.

Previous Recipients of the SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Opticsl Award

2018 - Tayyaba Hasan
2017 - Christopher H. Contag
2016 - David Alan Boas
2015 - Lihong Wang
2014 - Brian C. Wilson
2013 - James Fujimoto
2012 - Robert A. Alfano


2018 - Tayyaba Hasan

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of her  trailblazing contributions to the field of Photodynamic Therapy and its clinical translation, your leadership and your service to the photonics community.

2017 - Christopher H. Contag

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his impact on the study of living biology. With his invention of in vivo optical imaging using bioluminescent and fluorescent reporters, and by making laboratory animal models essentially transparent for scientific discovery his work has significantly impacted the fields of oncology, infection, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine.

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2016 - David Alan Boas

The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation in recognition of his development, application, and dissemination of near infrared spectroscopy and imaging for imaging breast cancer and the functioning brain, and for his perseverance in developing several innovative microscopic methods to further advance our knowledge of cerebral physiology.

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2015 - Lihong Wang


The SPIE Awards Committee has made this recommendation 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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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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