Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery (OMP)

14 April 2013 – 18 April 2013 OSA Virtual Event

Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery (OMP)

OMP addresses the exciting and timely convergence of optical physics, photonics technology, nanoscience and photochemistry with drug discovery and clinical medicine.

This multidisciplinary topical meeting will highlight recent advances in this rapidly evolving area of research with a goal of stimulating new ideas toward clinical translation and drug discovery. Areas to be covered include, but are not limited to, novel molecular probe design, applications of smart molecular probes in basic and applied research, multimodal imaging agents, advances in instrumentation and algorithms for optical molecular imaging, molecular and functional imaging of normal and diseased tissue, image -guided drug delivery, and monitoring therapeutic response. Broad participation by experts, postdoctoral fellows and students is encouraged.

Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia Univ., USA, Optical Neuroimaging, PLENARY
Abstract: From 3D microscopy of cellular structures, to measurements of neuronal dynamics and blood flow, optical methods permit diverse investigations of the living brain. The latest photoactivation and optical neuroimaging approaches and applications will be reviewed.

Duco Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ., USA, Photonic Neural Interfaces: Current State and Future Challenges, PLENARY
Abstract: I will present an overview of the concepts and applications of optical nerve stimulation and inhibition with a focus on characterization of this technique, mechanistic studies as well as on several applications and device development.

Sunney Xie, Harvard Univ., USA, Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine, PLENARY
Abstract: Stimulated Raman scattering microscopy is a label-free and noninvasive imaging technique using vibrational spectroscopy as the contrast. Recent advances have allowed significant improvements in sensitivity, selectivity, robustness, and cost; opening a wide range of biomedical applications.

Samuel Achilefu, Washington University in St Louis, United States, The Search for Universal Optical Molecular Imaging Probes for Tumors, Invited

Paul Beard, University College London, United Kingdom, In vivo Preclinical Photoacoustic Imaging of Cancer, Invited

Darryl Bornhop, Vanderbilt University, United States, Using Back-scattering Interferometry to Aid in Probe Development and Drug Efficacy Monitoring, Invited

Paul Campagnola, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States, SHG Imaging and Optical Scattering Probes of Ovarian Cancer, Invited

Enrico Gratton, University of California Irvine, United States, Super-resolution by Feedback Imaging: Mechanisms of Translocation through the Nuclear Porecomplex, Invited

Min Gu, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, Imaging and Tweezing under a Nonlinear Optical Endoscope, Invited

Kirill Larin, University of Houston, United States, Permeation Of Human Plasma Lipoproteins In Vascular Tissues, Invited

Calum MacAulay, BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, Canada, Fluorescence Visualization and Imaging: A Tool for Improving Patient Outcomes for Oral and (Hopefully) Other Cancers , Invited

Laura Marcu, University of California Davis, United States, Fluorescence Lifetime Techniques In Clinical Applications, Invited

Gerard Marriott, University of California Berkeley, United States, New Probes for High-contrast Imaging and Manipulation of Biomolecules within Living Systems, Invited

Francesco Pavone, European Lab for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Italy, Optical Imaging And Manipulation Of Excitable Cells In Complex Networks, Invited

Rainer Pepperkok, Europaiches Lab fur Molekularbiologie, Germany, High Throughput Microscopy For Sytems Biology Applications, Invited

Juergen Popp, Institute of Photonic Technology, Germany, The Many Facets Of Raman Spectroscopy In Biophotonics, Invited

Adam Wax, Duke University, United States, Plasmonic Nanoparticles As Molecular Contrast Agents In Interferometric Imaging, Invited

Mehmet Yanik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, High-throughput In Vivo Cellular-resolution Manipulation and Screening of Vertebrates and Invertebrates, Invited

Gang Zheng, University of Toronto, Canada, Porphyrin Nanophotonics, Invited

General Chairs

Mary-Ann Mycek, University of Michigan, USA
Konstantin Sokolov, UTMD Anderson Cancer Center,

Program Chairs

Paul French, Imperial College London, UK
Peter So, MIT, USA

Program Committee

Darryl Bornhop, Vanderbilt Univ., USA
Paul Campagnola, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Irene Georgakoudi, Tufts Univ., USA
Javier Jo, Texas A&M University, USA
Vasilis Ntziachristos, Helmholtz Zentrum München GmbH, Germany
Amy Oldenburg, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Dietrich Schweitzer, Friedrich-Schiller-Univ. Jena, Germany
Lihong Wang, Washington Univ. in St Louis, USA
General Session with Plenary Speakers
  • Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia Univ., USA, Optical Neuroimaging
  • Duco Jansen, Vanderbilt Univ., USA, Photonic Neural Interfaces: Current State and Future Challenges
  • Sunney Xie, Harvard Univ., USA, Label-Free Vibrational Imaging for Medicine
Special Symposium - Photons Across Medicine
During the Optics in Life Science Congress a special symposium will be held about the use of photons across medical imaging. The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging is the co-organizer of the symposium.
  • Ali Azhdarinia, Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, USA
  • Simon Cherry, Univ. of California Davis, USA
  • Eva Sevick, Brown Foundation Inst. of Molecular Medicine, USA
  • Henry VanBrocklin, Univ. of California San Francisco, USA
Hawaiian Luau
Join your fellow attendees and kick off the Congress with a Hawaiian Luau! Enjoy delectable contemporary and traditional Polynesian fare as well as some familiar favorite dishes. This is a great opportunity to network and enjoy a drink with colleagues in a beautiful Hawaiian setting. The reception is open to all full technical attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Poster Sessions
The Congress will feature one set of posters that will be available during two sessions for attendees to view. The sessions will take place in the exhibit hall. Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties.

Topic Categories

  • Optical visualization/detection of biomolecular processes and pathways (including advanced microscopy techniques such as multiphoton, SHG, FRET, FLIM,  and CARS)
  • Reporters and contrast agents for fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging: endogenous and exogenous (including genetically introduced proteins, “smart” molecular probes, nanoparticle probes)
  • Advanced optical molecular imaging instrumentation for  assays and pre-clinical models of disease
  • Novel tools for image data analysis and reconstruction
  • Optical monitoring of specific delivery, localization, and action of drugs and contrast agents including PDT
  • Quantitative validation methods for optical molecular imaging
  • Multi-modal molecular imaging techniques including photoacoustics and combinations of optics with MRI, X-ray, radio-diagnostics
  • Clinical translation of optical molecular imaging, spectroscopy and image guided therapy

OSA - The Optical Society

Cooperating Society:

Endorsed by:

OSK - Optical Society of Korea
OSK - Optical Society of Korea
TPS - Taiwan Photonics Society
TPS - Taiwan Photonics Society
AOS - Australian Optical Society
AOS - Australian Optical Society
COS - Chinese Optical Society
COS - Chinese Optical Society
Japan Society of Applied Physics
Japan Society of Applied Physics
OSJ - Optical Society of Japan
OSJ - Optical Society of Japan