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Rice University hosts second SPIE Translational Biophotonics

Tomasz Tkaczyk at the SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016 poster reception

The second SPIE Translational Biophotonics conference ran Monday and Tuesday on the campus of Rice University in Houston Texas on 16 and 17 May. Top researchers, clinicians, and industrial partners gathered for presentations on optical diagnostics, image-guided intervention, novel microscopy techniques, new probes, and system design and implementation. Applications include cancer diagnostics, cardiovascular imaging, and detection of infectious disease.

Conference chair Tomasz Tkaczyk (above, at far left) of Rice University was among those enjoying a poster reception on the Monday evening (see more photos from the reception below). Rice University co-sponsored the event.

Highlights included an impressive slate of invited speakers:

  • Stephen Boppart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Caroline Boudoux, École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • Stephan Briggs, Edmund Optics
  • Bahar Dasgeb, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and National Institutes of Health
  • David Dickensheets, Montana State University
  • Daniel Fletcher, University of California, Berkeley
  • Timothy Gerke, NKT Photonics
  • Jan Grimm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Manu Jain, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins University
  • Charles Lin, Harvard Medical School, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Alexander Oraevsky, TomoWave Laboratories, Inc.
  • Mark Pierce, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Brian Pogue, Dartmouth College
  • Eben Rosenthal, Stanford University
  • Melissa Skala, Vanderbilt University
  • Jonathan Sorger, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Bruce Tromberg, Beckman Laser Institute, University of California, Irvine
  • Adam Wax, Duke University

The technical program concluded Tuesday afternoon with a panel discussion on Pathways to Successful Translation, moderated by Tkaczyk, with Boudoux, Briggs, Oraevsky, and Sorger as panelists.

Bruce Tromberg at the SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016 poster reception
Manu Jain, Tomasz Tkaczyk, Richard Schwarz Jeffrey DiCarlo, Jan Grimm, Jonathan Sorger
Manu Jain (Sloan Kettering), Tomasz
Tkaczyk and Richard Schwarz (Rice Univ.)

Jeffrey DiCarlo (Intuitive Surgical), Jan Grimm
(Sloan Kettering), Jonathan Sorger (Intuitive Surgical)

Kristen Maitland, Caroline Boudoux, Melissa Scala Rice University students Katelin Cherry, Isabella Yang, John Gawedzinski, Melia Bonomo
SPIE Director Kristen Maitland (Texas A&M Univ.),
Caroline Boudoux (École Polytechnique de Montréal),
Melissa Scala (Vanderbilt Univ.)
Katelin Cherry, Isabella Yang,
John Gawedzinski, Melia Bonomo
(all Rice Univ.)


Poster authors in the spotlight

Amy Powless at SPIE Translational Biophotonics Syd Wiggins at SPIE Translational Biophotonics
Amy Powless (Univ. of Arkansas)
Syd Wiggins (Univ. of Arkansas)
Mary Elizabeth Phipps at SPIE Translational Biophotonics Adam Shadfan at SPIE Translational Biophotonics
Mary Elizabeth Phipps (Los Alamos National Lab)
Adam Shadfan (Rice Univ.)
SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016 poster session SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016 poster session

Poster authors and viewers had a chance to discuss work one-on-one at the well-attended poster session Monday evening.


Break-time demonstration

Wei-Chuan Shih, Bahar Dasgeb, Manu Jain at SPIE Translational Biophotonics 2016

Coffee breaks provided opportunity for more information exchange: from left, Wei-Chuan Shih of the University of Houston gives an impromptu demonstration of imaging technology developed in his lab to Bahar Dasgeb, National Institutes of Health, and Manu Jain of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Shih’s team has developed an inexpensive disposable lens attachment for use with a smartphone, transforming the device into a microscope with amplification by a magnitude of 120.


Support makes it all happen

Timothy Gerke, NKT Photonics Edmund Optics at SPIE Translational Biophotonics
Trioptics at SPIE Translational Biophotonics BioScience Research Collaborative at Rice University

Support for the conference was provided by several organizations. Representatives were on hand to answer questions during the poster reception; clockwise from lower left: representatives from Trioptics, NKT Photonics, and Edmund Optics; and the BioScience Research Collaborative building, part of the Department of Bioengineering of Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering.


All photos © SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, except where noted.

SPIE Translational Biophotonics

16 – 17 May 2016
Houston, Texas, USA



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