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European Conferences on Biomedical Optics link research and clinical work

New research in optical techniques and tools for biomedical imaging and diagnostics will be presented at the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) 2011, to be held 22-26 May in Munich in conjunction with LASER World of PHOTONICS.

 
ECBO has become the largest event in Europe for researchers, scientists, engineers, and clinicians who are developing applications of optical science and photonic technologies for problems in biomedical science and medicine.
 
Optical techniques and tools in biomedical imaging and diagnostics have been in continuous expansion for several decades. ECBO provides a forum to span the gap between basic research and instrumentation engineering, all the way to clinical translation research and mature clinical trials.
 
A call for papers and other details will be available later this month. The conference website is at http://spie.org/biomedical-optics-europe.xml . Conference chairs are Peter Andersen (Risø National Lab) and Irene Georgakoudi (Tufts Univ.).
 
Seven programs are being organized for ECBO, with the common theme of employing optics as a tool or solution in biology, medicine, or clinical work. Topics and chairs are:
 

  • Advanced Microscopy Techniques
    Peter So (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Emmanuel Beaurepaire (Ecole Polytechnique)
  • Clinical and Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging
    Nirmala Ramanujam (Duke Univ.) and Jürgen Popp (Institut für Photonische Technologien)
  • Diffuse Optical Imaging
    Andreas Hielscher (Columbia Univ.) and Paola Taroni (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Molecular Imaging
    Charles Lin, (Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine) and Vasilis Ntziachristos (Helmholtz Zentrum München)
  • Novel Biophotonic Techniques and Applications
    Henricus Sterenborg (Erasmus Univ. Medical Center) and I. Alex Vitkin (Univ. of Toronto)
  • Optical Coherence Tomography and Coherence Techniques
    Rainer Leitgeb (Medizinische Univ. Wien) and Brett Bouma (Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Therapeutic Laser Applications and Laser-Tissue Interactions
    Ronald Sroka (Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München) and Lothar Lilge (Ontario Cancer Institute).
 

The conference ECBO is jointly sponsored by SPIE and The Optical Society (OSA) in cooperation with the German Biophotonics Research Program. It will be held as part of the biennial World of Photonics Congress along with conferences organized by WLT (German Scientific Laser Society/Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik), EOS (European Optical Society), OSA, IEEE Photonics Society and EPS (European Physical Society).
 

More information concerning ECBO is available at:
http://www.world-of-photonics.net/en/photonics-congress/structure/ECBO
 

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth. SPIE also supports scholarships, grants, and other education programs around the world. See www.spie.org for information.


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