September 2015

Next Steps for Label-free Optical Techniques in Diagnostics & Imaging

By Marcia Lesky | Posted: 22 September 2015

Last week’s Incubator on Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging participants identified opportunities and challenges for label-free optical techniques and concluded with a clear call to continue the conversation. The hosts will continue to work with the participants to produce a white paper that will outline a prioritized list of recommendations to address the existing challenges and accelerate the translation of label-free optical techniques for clinical practice.

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Exploring the Challenges & Opportunities for Label-free Optical Imaging

By Marcia Lesky | Posted: 17 September 2015

This morning, OSA’s latest Incubator – the Incubator on Label-free Optical Techniques for Biomedical Diagnostics & Imaging: Challenges and Opportunities for Clinical Translation kicked-off. This meeting is hosted by Paul French, Imperial College, United Kingdom; Laura Marcu, University of California - Davis, USA; Robert J. Nordstrom, National Institute of Health, USA; Juergen Popp, Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Jena, Germany; and Brian Wilson, University Health Network, Canada.

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Photobiomodulation – Next Steps

By Johnathan George | Posted: 2 September 2015

Photobiomodulation group shot



The second day of the OSA’s Incubator on Photobiomodulation (PBM) began with a panel discussing the use of PBM in sports medicine. Ernesto Leal-Junior Ph.D., Professor, Nove Julho University, Sao Paulo, Brazil, talked about his lab’s attempt to systematically examine the modalities and mechanisms of PBM in sports rehabilitation. Edward Ryan, currently serving as a consultant to USA Basketball, and formerly Director of Sports Medicine at the U.S. Olympic Committee, described how his perception of PBM changed from the negative results he saw when he was first exposed to PBM in the early 90s to today when PBM is one of his preferred therapeutic modalities. He attributes the early challenges with PBM to a poor understanding of mechanisms and the inability to control treatment parameters with early devices – a topic that would be revisited later with a discussion of the need for clearer standards and regulatory guidance.

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Photobiomodulation – Overcoming the Hurdles

By Johnathan George | Posted: 1 September 2015

Group discussion


After a morning discussing how the technology, and community, have developed over the years, the afternoon of the Photobiomodulation Incubator began with a panel discussion on overcoming the hurdles facing Photobiomodulation (PBM). Panelists David Ozar Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Gail Siminovsky, CAE, Academy of Laser Dentistry, and Scot Faulkner, Kinexum Pharmaceuticals, discussed the ethical, organizational and leadership issues facing PBM. Their talks led to an open-ended brain storming session in which participants collected their ideas for the future of PBM and scored them by implementation difficulty and return on investment (ROI).

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