Optica Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences

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Optics and the Brain (Brain)

Focuses on innovative research, tools and techniques to increase fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system.

Focuses on innovative research, tools and techniques to increase fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system. 

The USA BRAIN Initiative and the European Human Brain Project have identified the urgent need for new technologies that can probe the working brain across all levels from single neurons to entire behaving organisms.

Optics offers a unique toolkit for multiscale imaging the living and intact brain, while new genetic labeling strategies provide optical contrast to neural function and optogenetics permits the control of cellular function with light.

By bringing together an international group of leading engineers, optical and medical scientists, biologists, chemists and physicians, the meeting reflects the highly interdisciplinary area of research within this topic.

The meeting serves as a forum for discussion of existing and emerging techniques as well as future directions capable of shedding new light on the healthy and diseased brain.

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Emily Gibson

University of Colorado at Denver, United States

Lin Tian

University of California Davis, United States

David Busch

UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, United States
Program Chair

Jason Kerr

Max-Planck-Institut fur Mathematik,
Program Chair

Committee Members

  • Emily Gibson, University of Colorado at Denver, United StatesChair
  • Lin Tian, University of California Davis, United StatesChair
  • David Busch, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Jason Kerr, Max-Planck-Institut fur MathematikProgram Chair
  • Adam Bauer, Washington University in St Louis, United States
  • Andre Berndt, University of Washington, United States
  • Hod Dana, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, United States
  • Yves De Koninck, Université Laval, Canada
  • Juliet Gopinath, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States
  • Xue Han, Boston University, United States
  • Karl Kilborn, Intelligent Imaging Innovations, Inc, United States
  • Christina Kim, University of California Davis, United States
  • Jennifer Lynch, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Tianyi Mao, OHSU Vollum Institute, United States
  • Miriam Menzel, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
  • Jerome Mertz, Boston University, United States
  • Dan Oron, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Eirini Papagiakoumou, Institut de la Vision, Inserm, France
  • Shahrzad Parsa, HemoPhotonics SL, Spain
  • T. Joshua Pfefer, FDA Ctr Devices & Radiological Health, United States
  • Rebecca Re, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • David Sinefeld, Jerusalem College of Technology, Israel
  • Martin Wolf, University of Zurich, Switzerland