The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
23 - 28 January 2021
Conference BO500
Imaging, Manipulation, and Analysis of Biomolecules, Cells, and Tissues XIX
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Abstract Due:
15 July 2020

Author Notification:
21 September 2020

Manuscript Due Date:
5 January 2021

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This interdisciplinary conference addresses the knowledge continuum from molecular structure and fundamental mechanisms to biological, energy production, and medical applications, focusing on new approaches to imaging, manipulation, and analysis of biomolecules, cells and tissues, both in vitro and in vivo. The conference will report on the latest developments in functional and multispectral imaging, optogenetics, analysis, algorithms, quantification, separation, sorting, and standards for cells and tissues. The principal aim is to further improve the interdisciplinary dialogue between those who design and implement critical technologies and the primary users who study important problems that drive developments, in order to advance translational research.

This year’s invited and keynote speakers include:

Keynote Speaker:
    Paras Prasad (Univ. of Buffalo): Use of lifetime imaging to assess subcellular refractive index variations

Invited Speakers:
    Andrea Armani (Univ. Southern California): Single molecule/virus detection
    Konstantin Sokolov (Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Ctr): Smart biophotonic probes
    Adela Ben-Yakar (The Univ. of Texas at Austin): High-throughput imaging
    Yang Liu (Univ. of Pittsburgh): STORM for pathology
    Yu-Chih Chen (Univ. of Michigan): Single cell analysis for precision medicine
    Caroline Boudoux (Polytechnique Montreal): Fiber-optics for non-invasive bservation of internal organs

Reports of original research contributions are solicited on the following topics:

Functional imaging of biomolecules, live cells and tissues:
  • light including time-lapse microscopy of living cells and tissues (2D, 3D, 4D)
  • spectral and multiphoton imaging of multiple cellular and tissue components
  • side, orthogonal, or other angles illumination
  • new and automated methods for monitoring biological structure, the effects of pharmaceuticals, and physiology
  • microscopic imaging of electric potentials and events
  • mesoscopic (microscopic resolution in vivo) tissue imaging
  • multimode and multimodality tissue imaging in vivo.
Biophotonic techniques for regenerative medicine:
  • stem cell characterization in vitro
  • stem cell imaging and tracking in vivo
  • in vivo studies of immunologic events
  • imaging methods in organ transplantation and graft monitoring
  • creation and functional monitoring of tissue engineering constructs
  • imaging of tissue oxygenation and vascularization.
Optical manipulation of cells and tissues:
  • cell micromanipulation using optical trapping (laser tweezers)
  • cellular effects of localized energy deposition into micro- and nano-absorbers
  • cells and biomolecules in micro- and nano-confined spaces
  • scanning probe microscopy of cells and surface-immobilized biomolecules.
Spectral imaging and multiparameter measurements (microscopic and macroscopic):
  • spectral pathology and endoscopy
  • digital imaging and holography for quantitative tissue and cellular pathology
  • small animal imaging
  • bioenergy applications
  • food quality, food defense and food safety applications
  • forensic applications
  • tools and approaches for combining optical and other measurements
  • tools and approaches for combining several optical imaging methods
  • advanced registration and visualization, and cell architecture studies.
Advanced quantitative cell (Cytomics) and tissue (Histomics) analysis:
  • fluorescence and luminescence imaging including lifetime and two-photon imaging
  • Raman, refractive index, polarization, isotope, ultrasonic, photo-acoustic and other modalities based imaging instrumentation and technology
  • probes, including new dyes, mass (isotopes) tags, bioluminescence, and the presence of oxygen
  • nanoparticle based imaging
  • imaging in flow of cells
  • light-scattering, dark field and light-sheet based imaging
  • lens-free microscopy
  • high-throughput cytometry
  • whole slide imaging
  • in situ diagnostic applications
  • technologies for multispectral and multiparameter imaging, including acquisition, autofluorescence reduction, segmentation and analysis methods
  • new components for cytometry instrumentation, including ultraminiature and nano- systems
  • clinical and research applications of cytometry, with emphasis on new and unusual approaches
  • new methods for cell separation including high-speed, optical and magnetic-paramagnetic sorting
  • rare event detection
  • circulating stem, fetal, cancer, colony forming and other rare cells
  • mutant selection
  • medical problems in need of advanced quantitative cell or tissue analysis
  • quality control and other demonstrations of the reliability and quality of measurements
  • Microarrays for biomolecules, cells, three-dimensional (3D) cultures (spheroids) and tissues
  • printing technologies
  • readout methods, including image analysis and quantification
  • applications of microarrays in diagnostics and drug discovery.
Bioinformatics, image and data processing, quantification, standards, and display methods:
  • cell-based high-throughput and high-content screening clustering algorithms
  • analytical quantification, including new methods for multiparameter cell and tissue analysis and data manipulation including the application of chemometric analysis techniques
  • automated 3D image processing, including tracking of tissue section surfaces, image segmentation, and fluorimetry/densitometry
  • software standards including those based upon the web, scientific and/or medical organizations and/or societies and regulatory requirements for spectroscopy, flow cytometry, and digital imaging including pathology
  • software for quality control including reproducibility
  • image formats, databasing, and retrieval
  • advanced image registration and display, including co-display of multimodality image sets
  • whole slide imaging.
Monitoring of pilot and industrial cell and tissue growth and production for:
  • biomedical products applications
  • tissue engineering
  • energy applications.

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