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Awards honor students for excellence in biomedical optics research

03 June 2011

ECBO 2011 student award winners
Winners and presenters gather for a photo following best student paper/poster prize and travel grant awards at ECBO in Munich recently.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Industry leaders ThorLabs and Toptica Photonics and sponsoring societies SPIE and the Optical Society honored student researchers for excellence in their presentations at the recent European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) in Munich.

Toptica awarded the Best Student Paper Prizes to:

  • First Place, Krista Jansen, et al., (Erasmus MC) for "Intravascular photoacoustic imaging of human coronary atherosclerosis" (8090-18)
  • Runner-up, Guillaume Labroille (Ecole Polytechnique), et al., for "Time-multiplexed two-photon microscopy using broadband shaped femtosecond pulses" (8086-24) .

Toptica Best Student Poster Prizes went to:

  • Daniel Fiole (Institut de RechercheBiomédicale des Armées) for "Multimodal 4D imaging of cell-pathogen interactions in the lungs provides new insights into pulmonary infections" (8086-43)
  • Thomas Klein (Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München) for "Towards multi-megahertz retinal OCT: wavelength swept 1050nm FDML laser at up to 3.1MHz repetition rate" (8091-55)

The Thorlabs Best Student Paper/Poster Prize, for a student from a developing nation, went to:

  • Lasma Asare (Univ. of Latvia), et al., for "Multispectral photoplethysmography technique for parallel monitoring of pulse shapes at different tissue depths " (8087-85).

The SPIE Travel Grant was awarded to:

  • Robert H. Wilson (Univ. of Michigan), for "Optical spectroscopy for quantitative sensing in human pancreatic tissues" (8087-36).

The Optical Society Travel Grant, for a student from a developing nation, went to:

  • Andriy Tomin (Institute of Cell Biology) for "Novel assay for direct fluorescent imaging of sialidase activity" (8087-69).

Prizes were awarded by Session Chairs Irene Georgakoudi (Tufts Univ.) and Peter Andersen (Technical Univ. of Denmark).

The students' outstanding papers were among more than 450 technical presentations at ECBO. The event was co-located with Laser World of Photonics.

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