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European Conferences on Biomedical Optics link research with clinical work

11 August 2010

European Conferences on Biomedical Optics

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- New research in optical techniques and tools for biomedical imaging and diagnostics will be presented at the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) 2011, to be held 22-26 May in Munich in conjunction with Laser Munich/World of Photonics.

ECBO has become the largest event in Europe for researchers, scientists, engineers, and clinicians who are developing applications of optical science and photonic technologies for problems in biomedical science and medicine.

Optical techniques and tools in biomedical imaging and diagnostics have been in continuous expansion for several decades. ECBO provides a forum to span the gap between basic research and instrumentation engineering, all the way to clinical translation research and mature clinical trials.

A call for papers and other details will be available later this month. The conference website is at www.spie.org/biomedical-optics-europe.xml. Conference chairs are Peter Andersen (Risø National Lab) and Irene Georgakoudi (Tufts Univ.).

The biennial meeting is jointly sponsored by SPIE and The Optical Society (OSA) in cooperation with the German Biophotonics Research Program. It will be co-located with Laser Munich/World of Photonics along with meetings organized by WLT (German Scientific Laser Society/Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik), EOS (European Optical Society), OSA, IEEE/LEOS, EPS (European Physical Society), and DGLM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lasermedizin).

Seven programs are being organized for ECBO, with the common theme of employing optics as a tool or solution in biology, medicine, or clinical work. Topics and chairs are:

  • Advanced Microscopy Techniques; Peter So (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Emmanuel Beaurepaire (Ecole Polytechnique)
  • Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging; Nirmala Ramanujam (Duke Univ.) and Jürgen Popp (Institut für Photonische Technologien)
  • Diffuse Optical Imaging; Andreas Hielscher (Columbia Univ.) and Paola Taroni (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Molecular Imaging; Charles Lin (Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine) and Vasilis Ntziachristos (Helmholtz Zentrum München
  • Novel Biophotonic Techniques and Applications; Henricus Sterenborg (Erasmus Univ. Medical Center) and I. Alex Vitkin (Univ. of Toronto)
  • Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques; Rainer Leitgeb (Medizinische Univ. Wien) and Brett Bouma (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions; Ronald Sroka (Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München) and Lothar Lilge (Ontario Cancer Institute).

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