European Conferences on Biomedical Optics

20 June 2021 – 24 June 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Central European Time (UTC + 01:00)

The 2021 World of Photonics Congress, which includes the European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO), will proceed as scheduled in an all-virtual, web conference format. 

The accompanying trade fair, LASER World of PHOTONICS, has been postponed until 26 - 29 April 2022. It will be hosted at the International Congress Center in Munich, Germany.


Topics

Translational Biophotonics: Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Biophotonics based methods have become valuable tools for both pre-clinical and clinical applications. In clinical diagnostics, optical spectroscopy and optical imaging provides detailed structural and functional information on organs, tissues and biofluids. Basic preclinical research in animal models and clinical research in humans includes the detailed investigation of tissues and cells down to the level of single molecules, helping to understand the principles of cellular and sub-cellular processes that contribute to the early transformation of normal to diseased tissue, such as when malignant tumours develop. Furthermore, light-tissue interactions for therapeutic applications include linear approaches such as photobiomodulation, photodynamic and other photochemical therapies, and nonlinear approaches based on  photothermal or photo-ablative interactions. Therapeutic approaches on micro to macro length scales for hard and soft tissues include applications from brain surgery to ophthalmology.

This conference focuses on the research undertaken to translate biophotonics towards clinical and pre-clinical applications. The conference aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for scientists, engineers, technicians, medical doctors, biologists and related researchers, with the ultimate goal of utilizing new understanding and novel technologies in biophotonics to develop new and more efficient diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for translation.

Contributed papers are solicited on all areas of clinical and preclinical optical and multi-modal diagnostic imaging, therapeutic approaches based on the light tissue interaction, and image-guided therapies including, but not limited to, the following and related areas:

A. Biomedical and clinical applications

  • In vivo diagnostics and physiological monitoring
  • In vitro diagnostics, including micro / nanosensors and point of care
  • Tissue pathology and characterization, including digital pathology
  • Tissue engineering for diagnostics or therapeutics

B. Translational light and laser therapies and diagnostics based on laser/light interactions with tissue

  • Minimally invasive laser surgery
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT), with applications ranging from treatment of tumours and dysplasia, to antimicrobial and immunology
  • Photo-biological and photo-chemical reactions
  • Photo-thermal and photo-mechanical reactions
  • Cellular micro- and nano-effects of laser radiation, including immune response
  • Tissue ablation and cutting with short and ultra-short laser pulse
  • Fluorescence guided surgery
  • Intraoperative tumour margin detection
Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging

The study of diffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging in tissue continues to provide new insight into the structural and functional properties of tissues that are not easily assessed by alternative methods. The research and development of systems that exploit this approach has led to clinical prototype systems that are used in basic science and medical research.

Scientific applications range from the study of cerebral physiology to cancer patho-physiology in both animals and humans. Medical applications being explored encompass detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, brain cancer, cognitive neuroscience, stroke, hemorrhages, brain and muscular oxygenation, peripheral vascular diseases and joint diseases as well as establishing novel methods in drug discovery and tracking. Integration of diffuse light imaging into existing clinical instrumentation is a key area of development. Combining diffuse light systems with new contrast agents or other imaging modalities are also emerging as major growth areas. Further improvement in these and other applications rely on continued advancement in the theory of radiation transport in random media, in data analysis and image reconstruction, and in instrumentation design.

This meeting provides a key interdisciplinary forum for engineers, physicists, mathematicians, biomedical scientists and physicians to report on recent results, improvements and new approaches and applications for using diffusing light to characterize the structural and functional properties of tissue.

  • Diffuse optical tomography and spectroscopy
  • Diffuse fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging
  • Novel molecular contrast agents
  • Hybrid-modality imaging with diffuse light
  • Modeling of light propagation in tissue
  • Image reconstruction algorithms
  • Novel instrumentation
  • Studies for prognosis and screening of cancer
  • Breast imaging and spectroscopy
  • Physiology of cerebral haemodynamics
  • Muscle physiology
  • Tissue oxygenation monitoring
Emerging Technologies for Cell and Tissue Characterization

A number of emerging and highly promising technologies are under development that rely on new contrast mechanisms or draw on the complementarity of multiple fields to visualize and manipulate molecular and cellular interactions, to interrogate the inherent complexity and heterogeneity of biological tissues. Examples include novel biosensing and tissue characterization techniques, the use of optics to assess tissue and cell biomechanics, polarimetry techniques and novel photo-diagnostics and machine learning for guiding therapeutics. These novel approaches are often driven by task-specific requirements of a particular application. Moreover, a number of new ideas are being investigated based on new methodologies, physical basis, instrument development, integration techniques, tissue characterization and data analysis. This conference will present a highly interdisciplinary forum of interest to instrument designers, sensor builders, basic and applied clinical researchers, and other scientists interested in exploring novel directions in biophotonics.

  • Photothermal imaging and diagnostics
  • Speckle-based techniques
  • Polarized light diagnostics
  • Holography and micro-holography
  • Optics for tissue biomechanical assessment
  • Nanoprobes for imaging and diagnostics
  • Adaptive optics and wavefront engineering
  • Elastography, Brillouin spectroscopy, and other cell & tissue biomechanics assays
  • Optical clearance methodologies
  • MRI/ultrasound/optical image fusion
  • New approaches for photon gating / discrimination in turbid media
  • Novel endoscopic technologies, including MEMS-enabled techniques
  • Integration of diagnostic and therapeutic photomedicine
  • Hybrid approaches in photomedicine
Advances in Microscopic Imaging

This conference will explore the rapidly developing field of microscopic imaging and applications, with approaches including multidimensional microscopy, light-sheet-based approaches, super-resolution microscopies, multiphoton imaging, and photomanipulation. Consideration will be given to the characteristics of the overall system design, as well as to contrast, image formation, image recording, and digital methods of producing and displaying the resulting reconstruction. Recent innovations in multi-dimensional microscopy have an important impact on the biological and medical fields ranging from cellular and developmental biology to neurosciences. We hope that the broad range of relevant topics presented at this conference will encourage the interaction among physicists, optical engineers, computer image analysts, and biologists.

  • Super-resolved optical imaging (e.g. PALM/STORM, SIM, STED)
  • Fast volumetric imaging approaches (e.g. SPIM, DSLM, ultramicroscopy)
  • Multiphoton microscopy, SHG, THG, CARS, SRS, FWM imaging
  • Adaptive optics, spatial and temporal control of the excitation
  • Single molecule microscopy and microanalysis
  • Phase-, holographic-, absorption-, polarization-based microscopy
  • Spectroscopic analysis in microscopy
  • Image contrast enhancement approaches such as near field surface effects
  • FRET, FLIM, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy
  • Applications to cell biology, developmental biology, animal models
  • In-vivo tissue microscopy
  • Optogenetics; instrumentation, reagents and applications
  • New contrast agents and reporters of tissue structure and function
  • Ultra-microscopy / light sheet imaging of optically cleared brain
  • Fast volumetric imaging approaches for neuro-microscopy
  • Hybrid and multimodality approaches to neuroimaging
  • Functional microscopy
Opto-Acoustic Methods and Applications in Biophotonics

Optoacoustic (photoacoustic) imaging has grown significantly to a powerful optical imaging platform suitable for basic research, clinical translation, and drug discovery. Advances in system design, laser and ultrasound detection technology, and reconstruction and data processing algorithms now offer the ability to visualize a large range of anatomical, functional and molecular bio-markers based on optical contrast, thus enabling exciting biological and clinical applications in basic discovery, early diagnostics and therapy monitoring.

A strength of the optoacoustic methodology is its versatility, manifest in the numerous distinct imaging concepts employed in it: multispectral imaging, nonlinear imaging, real-time imaging, tomography, microscopy, mesoscopy, macroscopy, endoscopy, etc. Further, label-free imaging of functional parameters of vasculature including hemoglobin oxygenation, tissue metabolism and water and lipid contrast can be combined with the detection of exogenous molecular agents to provide more complete views of pathologies at scales ranging from microns to several centimeters. Additionally, the ability to detect nanoparticle contrast agents by means of their optical absorption enables unique in vivo visualization.

This emerging field of the imaging sciences integrates many scientific disciplines from physics and engineering to chemistry and mathematics, through to biotechnology and preclinical/clinical biomedicine. It is the aim of this conference to bring together these disciplines, with particular emphasis on development and adaption of optoacoustic technology to enable novel biological and clinical applications. All areas in optoacoustic sensing and imaging are welcomed, from hardware and algorithmic developments, to novel concepts, applications and contrast generation mechanisms, including photo-absorbing agents and nanoparticles.

  • Imaging and tomography
  • Optoacoustic microscopy
  • Multi-spectral approaches
  • Theory and image reconstruction algorithms
  • Small animal imaging and beyond
  • Genetic reporters and cell-labeling for optoacoustic imaging
  • Novel agents and nanoparticles
  • Novel detection technologies
  • Novel illumination technologies
  • Nonlinear optoacoustics
  • Doppler phenomena
  • Multi-modality imaging
Optical Coherence Imaging Techniques and Imaging in Scattering Media

This conference broadly examines imaging in biological tissues based on coherent light and its interactions with turbid scattering media. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for topics in research and development on a physical and theoretical basis of coherent imaging including optical coherence tomography/microscopy (OCT and OCM), adaptive optics in ophthalmoscopy, nonlinear coherence imaging, photothermal and magnetomotive imaging, and imaging with advanced wavefront control. In addition, this conference will focus on the development of new light sources, probes, detection schemes, and signal processing algorithms for coherent imaging. Applications of coherent optical techniques for morphological as well as functional assessment in vivo in various medical fields will also be covered.

  • OCT and OCM - technology, systems and applications
  • Imaging using advanced spatio-temporal light modulation
  • Coherent imaging systems, theory and signal processing
  • Artificial intelligence and machine/deep learning algorithms for coherent imaging
  • Contrast enhancement techniques for coherence imaging
  • Novel light sources and MEMS probes for coherence imaging
  • Optical coherence techniques for tissue spectroscopy and imaging
  • Coherent light and holographic microscopy
  • Optical coherence elastography
  • Speckle analysis and methods for speckle reduction
  • Adaptive coherent optical systems
  • Multi-modal optical coherence imaging platforms​

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Committee

Translational Biophotonics: Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Zhiwei Huang, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Topic Chair
Lothar Lilge, Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada, Topic Chair
Daniel Elson, Imperial College London, UK
Summer Gibbs, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
Keisuke Goda, University of Tokyo, Japan
George Gordon, University of Nottingham, UK
Frederic Leblond, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada
Mark Niedre, Northeastern University, USA
Daniel Razansky , University and ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Michael Tanner, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Paola Taroni, Politecnico Di Milano, Italy
Go Van Dam, US
Yijing Xie, King's College London, UK
Ping Xue, Tsinghua University, China
Shuhua Yue, Beihang University, China
Haishan Zeng, BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, Canada

Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging

Davide Contini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Topic Chair
Yoko Hoshi, Hamamatsu University, Japan, Topic Chair
Thomas O'Sullivan, University of Notre Dame, USA, Topic Chair
Wesley Baker, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
Nienke Bosschaart, University of Twente (BMPI), Netherlands
Regine Choe, University of Rochester, USA
Jean-Marc Dinten, CEA Grenoble, France
Turgud Durduran, Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, Spain
Adam Eggebrecht, Washington University in St Louis, USA
Dirk Grosenick, Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany
Shudong Jiang, Dartmouth College, USA
Jana Kainerstorfer, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Adam Liebert, Nalecz Inst. Biocybernetics Biomed. Eng, Poland
Eiji Okada, Keio University, Japan
Shinpei Okawa, National Defense Medical College, Japan
Rebecca Re, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Felix Scholkmann, Biomedical Optics Res. Laboratory (BORL), Switzerland
Ilias Tachtsidis, University College London, UK

Emerging Technologies for Cell and Tissue Characterization

Arjen Amelink, TNO, Netherlands, Topic Chair
Seemantini Nadkarni, Harvard Medical School, US, Topic Chair
Giuliano Scarcelli, University of Maryland at College Park, US, Topic Chair
Imran Akca, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Silvia Caponi, National Research Council
Dirk Faber, Universiteit Van Amsterdam, Netherlands
Malte Gather, University of St Andrews, UK
Chulmin Joo, Yonsei University, Republic Of Korea
Dongkyun Kang, University of Arizona, US
Sabine Kling, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Linbo Liu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Guenther Paltauf, Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz, Austria
Monika Ritsch-Marte, Innsbruck Medical University, Austria
Dvir Yelin, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Advances in Microscopic Imaging

Emmanuel Beaurepaire, CNRS / Ecole Polytechnique, France, Topic Chair
Adela Ben-Yakar, University of Texas at Austin, USA, Topic Chair
Yongkeun Paul Park, Korea Advanced Inst. of Science & Tech, Republic Of Korea, Topic Chair
Paola Borri, Cardiff University, UK
Paul Campagnola, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Laurent Cognet, CPMOH, Université Bordeaux, France
Vincent Ricardo Daria, Australian National University, Australia
Reto Fiolka, UT Southwestern, USA
Paul French, Imperial College, London, UK
Irene Georgakoudi, Tufts University, USA
Rainer Heintzmann, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany
Na Ji, University of California Berkeley, USA
Jonathan Liu, University of Washington, USA
Gail Mcconnell, University of Strathclyde, UK
Jerome Mertz, Boston University, USA
Valentin Nägerl, Bordeaux University, France
Nozomi Nishimura, Cornell University, USA
Dan Oron, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Eirini Papagiakoumou, Institut De La Vision, Inserm, France
Francesco Pavone, European Lab for Non-Linear Spectroscopy, Italy
Shy Shoham, NYU Langone Health, USA
Melissa Skala, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Opto-Acoustic Methods and Applications in Biophotonics

Chulhong Kim, Postech, Republic of Korea, Topic Chair
Jan Laufer, Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg, Germany, Topic Chair
Roger Zemp, University of Alberta, Canada, Topic Chair
Emmanuel Bossy, Liphy, University Grenoble Alpes – CNRS, France
Benjamin Cox, University College London, UK
Stanislav Emelianov, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Jan Grimm, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Fabian Kiessling, University Aachen (RWTH), Germany
Michael Kolios, Ryerson University, Canada
Srirang  Manohar, University of Twente, Netherlands
Alexander Oraevsky, Tomowave Laboratories, Inc., USA
Guenther Paltauf, Karl-Franzens-Universitaet Graz, Austria
Amir Rosenthal, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Tanja Tarvainen, Itä-Suomen Yliopisto, Finland
Lihong Wang, Washington University, USA
Vladimir Zharov, Uams Arkansas Nanomedicine Center, USA

Optical Coherence Imaging Techniques and Imaging in Scattering Media

Benjamin Vakoc, Harvard Medical School, USA, Topic Chair
Maciej Wojtkowski, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Poland, Topic Chair
Yoshiaki Yasuno, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Topic Chair
Peter Andersen, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
Kostadinka Bizheva, University of Waterloo, Canada
Brett Bouma, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Audrey Bowden, Vanderbilt University, USA
Johannes De Boer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tae Joong Eom, Gwangju Inst. of Science & Technology, Republic Of Korea
James Fujimoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Kate Grieve, Institute De La Vision, Paris, France
Robert Huber, Universitat Zu Lubeck, Germany
Yali Jia, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
Hsiang-Chieh Lee, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Rainer Leitgeb, Medical University Vienna, Austria
Adrian Podoleanu, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Marinko Sarunic, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Robert Zawadzki, University of California Davis, USA

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Invited Speakers

  • Caterina Amendola, Politecnico di MilanoItaly
    Sensitivity of TD-NIRS in Estimating Neonatal Cerebral Hemodynamics with Homogenous Models of Analysis
  • Egidijus Auksorius, Polska Akademia NaukLithuania
    Spatio-Temporal Optical Coherence Tomography STOC-T for in vivo retinal imaging
  • Kevan Bell, PhotoMedicine LabsCanada
    Hyperspectral Absorption Microscopy of Live Chicken Embryo Using Photoacoustic Remote Sensing
  • Nienke Bosschaart, Univ Amsterdam Academisch Medisch CtrNetherlands
    Diffuse Optical Spectroscopic Imaging of the Human Lactating Breast
  • Juan Bueno, Universidad de MurciaSpain
    Multiphoton Image Enhancement with Variable Squared Cubic Phase Masks
  • Yao Cai, Institut LangevinFrance
    Adaptive Glasses Wavefront Sensorless Full-Field OCT For High-Resolution In-Vivo Retinal Imaging Over a Wide Field-of-View
  • Taylor Cannon, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States
    Quantifying Scattering Contrast in Intravascular Optical Coherence Tomography for Improved Characterization of Atherosclerotic Plaques
  • Liam Collins-Jones, University College LondonUnited Kingdom
    Optimum Selection of Individual-Level Neonatal Models in Place of Subject-Specific Priors for Infant Diffuse Optical Tomography
  • Liam Collins-Jones, University College LondonUnited Kingdom
    Optimum Selection of Individual-Level Neonatal Models in Place of Subject-Specific Priors for Infant Diffuse Optical Tomography
  • Lorenzo Colombo, Politecnico di MilanoItaly
    In vivo Time-Domain Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy with a Superconducting Nanowire Single-Photon Detector
  • Connor Darling, Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
    Single-Shot Volumetric Imaging Using Optical Projection Tomography
  • Aaron Doug Deen, Erasmus MCNetherlands
    Spectroscopic Analysis through Thermoelastic Optical Coherence Microscopy
  • Tommaso Furieri, IFN - CNRItaly
    Closed Loop Multi Conjugated Adaptive Optics in Microscopy using Deformable Lenses
  • Guillaume Godefroy, Université grenoble alpes, LIPhyFrance
    Correcting Visibility Artefacts in Photoacoustic Imaging with a Deep Learning Approach
  • Kassandra Groux, Institut Langevin - ESPCIFrance
    Detecting subcellular dynamic behaviours with Dynamic Full-Field OCT on stressed Retinal Pigment Epithelium cell cultures
  • Xinyue Han, Dartmouth CollegeUnited States
    Intraoperative Assessment of Patient Bone Viability Using Texture Analysis of Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Fluorescence Imaging
  • Antoine Hubert, ESPCI - LPEMFrance
    ADAPTIVE OPTICS LIGHT-SHEET MICROSCOPY FOR FUNCTIONAL NEUROIMAGING
  • Sonja Johannsmeier, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.Germany
    3D-Imaging and Quantification of Collagen Networks in Mammary Tumors on different Size Scales
  • Michele Lacerenza, Politecnico di MilanoItaly
    Motor Cortex Hemodynamic Response Function in Freely Moving Subjects Recorded via Time Domain fNIRS
  • Ho Lee, Korea Uni.Republic Of Korea
    Reflection-matrix microscopy for aberration-free imaging through intact mouse skull
  • Jonathan Lightley, Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
    Robust Optical Autofocus System Utilizing Neural Networks Applied To Automated Multiwell Plate STORM Microscopy
  • Vincent Maioli, Ecole PolytechniqueFrance
    Fast Cardiac Imaging in Live Embryos Using Multiphoton Light-sheet Microscopy at Low Laser Repetition Rate
  • Christine Massie, University of RochesterUnited States
    Determination of Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy Geometry Suitable for Human Hand Bone Quality Assessment
  • Kamdin Mirsanaye, Dept. of Physics, University of TorontoCanada
    Wide-field Polarization-Resolved SHG Microscopy in Biomedical Imaging
  • Cedric Pieters, imecBelgium
    Sensitive Optomechanical Ultrasound Sensor in a Silicon Photonic Chip towards Single-shot Photoacoustic Imaging with an Ultrasound Sensor Matrix
  • Mariana Potcoava, University of Illinois at ChicagoUnited States
    Lattice Light-Sheet Microscopy With Incoherent Detection and Extended Field of View
  • Clothilde Raoux, Laboratoire d'Optique et BiosciencesFrance
    Polarization-Resolved SHG Imaging of Lamellar Organization in Keratoconic Human Corneas.
  • Rebecca Re, Politecnico di MilanoItaly
    Discrimination Between Healthy and Glaucomatous Subjects with TD-fNIRS.
  • Karin Schütze, CellTool GmbHGermany
    Label-free Cell Analysis and Fast Bacteria Detection Using Raman-Trapping-Microscopy
  • Silvère Ségaud, ICube LaboratoryFrance
    Multimodal Imaging Platform for Surgery: Application to Tissue Status Assessment
  • Lina Streich, EMBLGermany
    High-resolution structural and functional deep brain imaging using adaptive optics three-photon microscopy
  • Pavel Subochev, Insitute of Applied PhysicsRussia
    PVDF Spherical Matrix Array for High Resolution Cerebral Optoacoustic Micro-Angiography of Rodents
  • Ron Tenne, Weizmann Institute of ScienceIsrael
    SPAD array technology enables fluctuation-contrast super-resolution in a confocal microscope
  • Dirk Theisen-Kunde, Medical Laser Center LübeckGermany
    1.6 MHz FDML OCT for Intraoperative Imaging in Neurosurgery
  • Ilya Turchin, Russian Academy of SciencesRussia
    Fluorescence and Optoacoustics Monitoring of Tumor Treatment with Novel Agents for Combined Photodynamic and Chemotherapy
  • Tianshi Wang, Netherlands
    Phase sensitive optical coherence tomography at Megahertz speed
  • Giulia Zanini, University of MarylandUnited States
    Towards High-Throughput All-Optical Biomechanical Imaging via Brillouin Scattering Microscopy
  • Robert Zawadzki, University of California DavisUnited States
    Progress on measurements and interpretation of light-evoked retinal function using OCT based optoretinography (ORG).
  • Shree Krishnamoorthy, Tyndall National InstituteIreland
    Beyond Oxygen In-vivo Long-wavelength Near Infra-red Spectroscopy for Hypoxia Assessment

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Keynote Speakers

Vasilis Ntziachristos

Technische Universität München & Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Optoacoustic Imaging : A New Era For the Optical Method

Optical imaging is unequivocally the most versatile and widely used visualization modality in the life sciences. Yet it has been significantly limited by photon scattering, which complicates the visualization of tissue beyond a few hundred microns. For the past few years, there has been an emergence of powerful new optical and optoacoustic imaging methods that offer high resolution imaging beyond the penetration limits of microscopic methods. The talk discusses progress in multi-spectral opto-acoustic tomography (MSOT) and mesoscopy (MSOM) that bring unprecedented optical imaging performance in visualizing anatomical, physiological and molecular biomarkers. Advances in light technology, detection methods and algorithms allow for highly-performing visualization in biology and medicine through several millimetres to centimetres of tissue and real-time imaging. The talk demonstrates implementations in the time and frequency domain, showcase how it is possible to accurately solve fluence and spectral coloring issues for yielding quantitative measurements of tissue oxygenation and hypoxia and demonstrate quantitative in-vivo measurements of inflammation, metabolism, angiogenesis in label free mode. In parallel, progress with clinical systems and the complementarity with ultrasound imaging, fluorescence molecular imaging and other modalities is discussed. Finally the talk offers insights into new miniaturized detection methods based on ultrasound detection using optical fibers, which could be used for minimally invasive applications.

About the Speaker

Vasilis Ntziachristos Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Chair for Biological Imaging (CBI) at the Technical University of Munich, Director of the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging (IBMI) at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen and Director of Bioengineering at the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus. He has received the Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and the M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia PA. Prior to his current appointment he was faculty at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Professor Ntziachristos is the founder of the journal Photoacoustics, regularly Chairs in international meetings and councils and has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Chaire Blaise Pascal (2019) from the Region Ile-de-France, the Gold Medal from the Society for Molecular Imaging (2015), the Gottfried Leibnitz prize from the German Research Foundation (2013), the Erwin Schrödinger Award (2012) and was named one of the world’s top innovators by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review in 2004.

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