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BIGSS sessions highlight biophotonics hot topics

12 June 2012

The international Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS 2012) is underway at the National University of Ireland [NUI] Galway, focusing on two of the hottest topics in the field of biophotonics: optical coherence tomography (OCT) and photoacoustic imaging. BIGSS runs 7-13 June.

SPIE Member Jijo Ulahannan, assistant professor at Government College Kasaragod in India, is among students school and filed a guest blog on the event for SPIE, at www.PhotonicsForaBetterWorld.org

The event is organized by the NUI Galway Applied Optics group and chaired by SPIE Fellow Martin Leahy who also leads the National Biophotonics Platform Ireland. Major sponsors are SPIE and Photonics4Life.

Ulahannan noted that many participants are motivated by the potential for these technologies to help on providing low-cost, nondestructive and totally safe optical imaging devices, including new devices that can serve the developing world.

Read Ulahannan's blog post for more first-hand information.

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Professor and blogger Jijo Ulahannan is providing a first-hand report from BIGSS.

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BIGSS attendees enjoy a break early in the week.

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Presenter Wolfgang Drexler talks on OCT.

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Students and lecturers are focused on OCT and photoacoustic imaging at BIGSS this year.