Biomedical Optics (BIOMED)

Biomedical Optics (BIOMED)

26 - 30 April 2014
Miami Hilton Downtown, Miami, Florida, USA

The 2014 OSA BIOMED meeting took place 26 - 30 April in Miami, FL, USA. For information about future BIOMED meetings, email

There are few biological science studies that are not touched by biomedical optics and the number of medical applications of biomedical optics continues to grow at a rampant pace. Optical methods play a critical role in biotechnologies ranging from genomics to cytomics to in vitro and in vivo diagnostics and to in vivo imaging and therapies. Biophotonics technologies are being translated into medical diagnostics and open up new frontiers of fundamental biology. The upcoming Biomedical Optics meeting covers the diversity of cutting edge research and brings together leading scientists, engineers, biologists, and physicians engaged in biological and medical research using optical methods. With over 400 attendees, this must-attend meeting affords the exceptional opportunity for one-on-one interactions with leaders in the field allowing for lively discussions of the latest research.

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Student Poster Award

Mahlega Hassanpour, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, USA - Winner
Carmen Kut, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA - Winner
Andy K.S. Lau, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong - Winner
Fredrick South, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA - Winner

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Vadim Backman, Northwestern Univ., USA, General Chair
Stefan Andersson-Engels, Lund Univ., Sweden, General Chair
Stephen Boppart, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, Vice Chair
Christoph Hitzenberger, Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria, Vice Chair

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Kishan Dholakia, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom, Shaping Light for Imaging, Manipulation and Transfection, Plenary

Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins University, United States, Label-free Nonlinear Endomicroscopy Imaging of Tissue Histology in vivo, Plenary

Lev Perelman, Harvard University, United States, Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy with Scattered Light, Plenary

Peter So, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States, High Throughput, High Content Image Informatics Based on Structured-light Microscopy, Plenary

Adam Wax, Duke University, United States, Multispectral Multiple Scattering Low Coherence Interferometry for Tissue Diagnostics, Plenary

Randy Bartels, Colorado State University, United States, Spatial-frequency-modulated Imaging , Invited

Paul Beard, University College London, United Kingdom, Title to be Announced, Invited

Joerg Bewersdorf, Yale University, United States, Live-cell video-rate Single-molecule Switching Nanoscopy , Invited

Claude Boccara, INSTITUT LANGEVIN, France, Low Coherence Interferometry as a Diagnosis Tool , Invited

Hugh Byrne, DIT Focas Institute, Ireland, Vibrational Spectroscopy: Disease Diagnostics and Beyond, Invited

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NIRFAST Pre-conference Workshop

Pre-Conference 2-day Training
25-26 April 2014, Miami Hilton Downtown

This workshop provides hands-on instruction with Nirfast, a MATLAB based package for modeling Near-Infrared light transport in tissue. This workshop will be held prior to the Biomedical Optics Topical meeting and will cover basic aspects of Nirfast including the following:

  •     DICOM image segmentation to create 2D and 3D finite element models which match experimental tissue volumes
  •     Modeling forward propagation of diffuse light in tissue
  •     Calculating inverse problems to recover diffuse tomography images
  •     Visualization of solutions with and without DICOMs
  •     Spectroscopic imaging using multiple wavelengths of light
  •     Emission tomography for fluorescence molecular imaging or bioluminescence tomography

No prior Nirfast experience is needed, although participants are encouraged to download the code and install it prior to the workshop. Participation requires the use of your own laptop computer installed with Matlab 2009a or newer (or a demo installation for temporary use), on a 64-bit Windows or 64-bit Mac laptop. Basic knowledge of Matlab is recommended.

There is no registration fee to attend the workshop but an application is required.  For more information on the Nirfast workshop or to register visit the website

Poster Sessions
Sunday, 27 April; Monday, 28 April; Tuesday, 29 April, 13:30 - 15:00
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. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.
Postdeadline Papers
Sunday, 27 April, 19:00 - 20:30
The BioMed committee will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for oral presentation.  

Conference Reception
Monday, 28 April, 17:30 - 18:30
Exhibit Hall

Join your fellow attendees at the conference reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to full congress attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Industry Keynote
Tuesday, 29 April, 8:00 - 9:30

Industry Panel Discussion: “Translational Research: Evolution from Bench to Bedside”
Tuesday, 29 April, 10:00 - 12:00