European Conferences in Biomedical Optics will span research-clinical gap

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Scientists, engineers and clinicians working in optics and photonics to solve problems in biomedicine will present the field's latest advances at the upcoming European Conferences on Biomedical Optics (ECBO) 2011, held in conjunction with Laser World of Photonics in Munich from 22-26 May.

The use of optical techniques and tools in biomedical imaging and diagnostics has been in continuous expansion for several decades. ECBO has become the largest meeting in Europe for applications developers utilising optical science and photonic technologies to solve problems in biomedical science.

The meeting spans the gap between basic research and instrumentation engineering, and clinical translation research and mature clinical trials.

Two joint sessions - on biomedical optics and advanced biophotonics for sensing and medical imaging - have been organised with the European Conferences on Lasers and Electro-Optics, also held with Laser World of Photonics.

The sessions will be highlighted by prominent speakers from both communities, with a tutorial given by James Fujimoto (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) on optical coherence tomography (OCT). An imaging modality that generates cross-sectional and 3D images of tissue pathology, OCT has clinical applications ranging from ophthalmology to cardiology.

Toptica will sponsor two awards for the best student papers presented at the event. General Chairs are Christoph Hizenberger (Medical University of Vienna) and Brian Pogue (Dartmouth University). Programme chairs are Peter Andersen (Technical University of Denmark) and Irene Georgakoudi (Tufts University).

The biennial meeting is jointly sponsored by SPIE and The Optical Society (OSA) with support from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. This year, it will be held in cooperation with DGLM (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lasermedizin).

ECBO will be co-located at Laser World of Photonics along with SPIE Optical Metrology and meetings organised by WLT (Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Lasertechnik), EOS (European Optical Society), OSA, IEEE/LEOS, and EPS (European Physical Society).

Accepted papers for ECBO and Optical Metrology will be published in the SPIE Digital Library as soon as approved after the meeting, and in print volumes and digital collections.