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Optica Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics

Event name Saturday, 06 April Sunday, 07 April Monday, 08 April Tuesday, 09 April
Women in Optics Reception 19:00 - 20:00
The Role of Standardization in Biophotonics 12:15 - 13:15
Candid Conversations: Machine Learning for Biophotonic Applications with Kivanc Kose 12:00 - 12:45
Congress Reception 18:30 - 20:00
Maternal Health Panel 16:00 - 17:00

Women in Optics Reception

Saturday, 06 April 19:00 - 20:00

Lona Cocina

This informal networking event brings together women in biomedical optics — to meet other women in the field and discuss challenges and opportunities. All are welcome, regardless of gender. Please join Chairs Christine Hendon, Jonathan Liu and members of the Optica Biophotonics Congress committee, and meet others attending this cutting-edge congress. Share your ideas to help ensure our community and this meeting is as welcoming and inclusive as possible.

The Role of Standardization in Biophotonics

Sunday, 07 April 12:15 - 13:15



You’re invited to join the Optica Technical Groups for a panel discussion that will raise awareness and emphasize standardization’s role in accelerating biophotonics technology development. You will have the chance to hear thoughts from diverse stakeholders in academia, industry, standardization, and funding bodies on ways we can further standardize the field and push forward the development of biophotonics technologies.

RSVP here for this technical group event to let us know you will attend.


Katarzyna Komolibus, Senior Researcher in Biophotonics, Tyndall National Institute

Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar, Senior Staff Researcher, Team Leader, Tyndall National Institute


Sarah Bohndiek, Professor of Biomedical Physics at the University of Cambridge, UK

Turgut Durduran, Professor and Group Leader of Medical Optics Groups at ICFO, Spain

Caroline Boudoux, Professor of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Monéal, CEO, Co-Founder of Castor Optics, Canada

Jennifer Lynch, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA

Tim Quang, Staff Scientist at the Section on Biomedical Optics at the National Institutes of Health, USA

Candid Conversations: Machine Learning for Biophotonic Applications with Kivanc Kose

Monday, 08 April 12:00 - 12:45



You are invited to join the Microscopy and OCT Technical Group for an informal discussion exploring the application of machine learning in biophotonics. The technical group has invited Dr. Kivanc Kose from the Optical Imaging Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an expert in image processing, image analysis, computer vision, computational methods, and machine learning, to chat with attendees. Dr. Kose will briefly introduce the topic, and then we will open the floor to questions.

RSVP here to join us for this candid conversation.


Aditi Sahu, Senior Research Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA;NewYork


Kivanc Kose, Senior Research Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA;NewYork

Congress Reception

Monday, 08 April 18:30 - 20:00

Atlantic Ballroom Foyer

Join your peers for the congress reception.

Due to high winds, the Congress Reception has moved to the Atlantic Ballroom Foyer.

Maternal Health Panel

Tuesday, 09 April 16:00 - 17:00

Rio Visa


The panel will tackle the complex challenges in maternal health, with a primary focus on implementing technical strategies to decrease maternal mortality rates. It will scrutinize various factors influencing maternal health outcomes, such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and geography. Additionally, the panel will delve into how technology and innovation can improve access to maternal health services, especially for marginalized or remote communities. Our objective is to pinpoint effective strategies and champion actionable solutions to expedite progress in maternal health, thus safeguarding the well-being of mothers and their infants across diverse regions and populations.


Jessica Ramella-Roman, Florida International University


Christine O’Brien, Washington University in St Louis

Latisha Barfield, Florida International University

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