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Biophotonic technologies on fast path from bench to bedside, NIH workshop hears

16 September 2011

NIH workshop

Amir Gandjbakhche, left, presented Claude Boccara with the 2011 NIH Bench-to-Bedside Pioneeer Award.

BETHESDA, Maryland, and BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- Healing the brain after stroke, restoring vision, targeting cancer treatments more accurately: Optical imaging techniques are saving and improving lives in increasingly more ways.

International researchers at the forefront of the field reported on their latest advances at the seventh National Institutes of Health (NIH) Workshop on Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside this week at the NIH offices in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop is supported by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and ran 15-16 September.

A theme of the workshop was the extremely fast rate at which technology is now moving from bench to bedside, after a decade of collaboration among physicists, engineers, and physicians, noted workshop chairs Amir Gandjbakhche (NIH) and BruceTromberg (University of California, Irvine).

The workshop was dedicated to the work and legacy of Britton Chance and Mamoru Tamura.

Claude Boccara (Institut Langevin, Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle) was presented with the NIH Bench-to-Bedside Pioneer Award in recognition of his work in understanding physics of small objects that has led to extremely sophisticated technologies in microscopy and spectroscopy.

Three Best Student Poster awards were presented at the close of the workshop, to:

  • Matteo Caffini (Politecnico di Milano), "Multimodality approach based on fNIRS-EEG, fMRI-EEG, and TMS for brain mapping of cortical motor areas"
  • Bahmani Baharak (University of California, Riverside), "Biodistribution of PEGylated ICG-loaded nanocapsules in healthy mice"
  • Wladimir Benalcazar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), "Molecular histopathology by spectrally reconstructed nonlinear interferometric vibrational imaging."

The workshop's 200 attendees heard more than 100 presentations and panel discussions in several sessions:

  • Brain, chaired by Sergio Fantini (Tufts University) and Elizabeth Hillman (Columbia University)
  • Eye, chaired by James Fujimoto (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Breast, chaired by Bruce Tromberg (University of California, Irvine), assisted by Arjun Yodh (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Image-Guided Intervention/Surgery, chaired by John Frangione (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and Jin Kang (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques, chaired by Guillermo Tearney (Wellman Center for Photomedicine)
  • Microcirculation, chaired by Martin Leahy (University of Limerick)
  • Molecular Probes and Targets, chaired by Samuel Achilefu (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis) and Gary Griffiths (NIH).

The Journal of Biomedical Optics will publish a special section on Optical Diagnostic and Biophotonic Methods from Bench to Bedside, as a follow-on to the workshop. Manuscript submissions are due 15 December.


NIH panel photo

Expert panels provided forums for lively discussion; above, the panel on Imaging Brain Function and Injury.


NIH workshop photo

Two poster sessions provided networking opportunities during the workshop.

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