OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences

OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences

02 - 05 4月 2017
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California United States


Significant advances in the development of optical techniques have led to an ever increasing role of optics in the study of and treatment of various problems in the life sciences ranging from molecular level investigations to clinical treatment of patients. In this Congress, the latest advances in molecular probe development, life science imaging, novel and more powerful optical instrumentation and its application to study fundamental biological processes and clinical investigations will be presented. This progress in instrumentation development and its rapid application represents important enablers that permit studies not possible a few years ago. The upcoming group of meetings is a forum designed to report on this progress and brings together leaders in the field whose contributions are significantly advancing the state of the art in biological and medical research through the use of optical technologies.

Irene Georgakoudi
Tufts University, United States
General Chair

   
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Monday, 3 April; 8:30-10:30
Steven Chu, Stanford University, USA
Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, USA

 

Hotel Reservation 1 3月 2017
Advanced Registration 2 3月 2017
Postdeadline Abstract and Summary Submission 14 3月 2017 12:00 EDT

Plenary Session

Monday, 3 April, 08:30–10:30
Bel Aire Ballroom, Lobby Level

The Joint Plenary Session will feature a speaker three speakers are general interest to all attendees. 

  • Steven Chu, Stanford University, USANew Probes and Approaches to Optical, Electron Microscopy and Future Applications
  • Subra Suresh, Carnegie Mellon University, USACell Biophysics and Human Diseases
  • Laura Waller, University of California Berkeley, USAComputational Microscopy for High-Throughput Science


Student & Early Career Professional Development & Networking Program

Monday, 3 April, 12:00–13:30
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level


Join us for an interactive lunch and learn program focused on professional development within the Bio Photonics field. This program will engage students and early career professionals with the key leaders in the field who will share their professional development journey and provide useful tips to those who attend. The program is complimentary for OSA Members and lunch will be provided. There is limited space, please RSVP to attend.

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Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

Monday, 3 April, 18:00–19:30
Fairbanks Ballroom, Lobby Level


Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Grant Writing Workshop for Young Investigators

Tuesday, 4 April, 07:00 – 08:30
Catalina Ballroom, Upper Level

Join the leaders of the OSA Tissue Imaging and Spectroscopy Technical Group, Paul Campagnola and Kyle Quinn, for a workshop aimed at helping young investigators develop competitive grant proposals. The workshop will cover how to properly construct a specific aims page for National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health grants, with both good and bad examples being provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own grant proposals to the workshop as assistance in reviewing and improving the proposals will be offered. An RSVP is required for this technical group event as breakfast will be provided. Contact TGactivities@osa.org to register, pending availability.

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Joint Poster Session

Tuesday, 4 April, 15:30 - 17:00
Fairbanks Ballroom


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.

Bridging Medicine and Biomedical Technology: Enhancing Translation of Fundamental Research to Patient Care Special Session

Wednesday, 4 April, 08:30–10:00
Bel Aire Ballroom Ballroom, Lobby Level


This special all-congress session will briefly introduce the fundamentals of translational research and highlight, through two examples of important clinical problems, the challenges to overcome by physician scientists in order to identify, develop and bring to clinical practice novel biomedical technologies that provide relevant solutions.
One example in dermatology features the development of novel diagnostics for cellulitis. Cellulitis is a common and costly bacterial infection of the skin. Currently there are no objective diagnostics and therefore diagnosis depends on clinical exam alone. However, due to the many clinical mimics of cellulitis, misdiagnosis of cellulitis occurs in over one-third of patients. The misdiagnosis of cellulitis leads to unnecessary hospitalization, overuse of antibiotics, and over half a billion dollars in spending per year. Strategic approaches to develop novel diagnostics include non-invasive optical techniques and minimally invasive skin sampling, however significant technical challenges remain.

The other example in ophthalmology presents a new surgical procedure to prevent the development of high myopia. Briefly, the mechanism behind high myopia is an over-elongation of the eye during its growth period. This elongation can be halted by modulating the biomechanical properties of the growing sclera - in particular, by inducing crosslinks in the extracellular matrix. Several approaches have been made to induce those scleral crosslinks, all with certain difficulties.

The panel discussion that will conclude the session will give an opportunity for audience to ask questions and engage the dialogue with other participants and the speakers.  Find out more about this panel here.