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Therapeutic Laser Applications (BA)

Therapeutic Laser Applications

AudienceThis group focuses on the use of lasers in surgery or in other treatments of disease. This includes the use of lasers as surgical tools for tissue cutting, welding, and coagulation, as well as the use of optics to initiate cell-damaging photochemical reactions for the treatment of diseases such as cancer. In addition, optics, spectroscopy, and imaging provide unique tools that may allow real-time diagnostics of the efficacy of clinical procedures. For many of these applications, the development of optical tools for appropriate light delivery, especially for fiber-based or endoscopic delivery to tissues that are not directly accessible, is critical. In addition, this group emphasizes basic science studies of the mechanisms by which light can affect tissue in adverse or therapeutic ways.

Upcoming Webinar

Measuring Intracranial Pressure Using Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy

2 December 2020, 12:00 - 13:00 Eastern Time

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Measuring intracranial pressure is necessary for the treatment of severe head injury but measurement systems are highly invasive and introduce risk of infection and complications. In this webinar hosted by the OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group, Dr. Jana Kainerstorfer from Carnegie Mellon University will discuss a non-invasive alternative for quantifying intracranial pressure using measurements of cerebral blood flow (CBF) by diffuse correlation spectroscopy.

What You Will Learn:

  • Principles and applications of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for non-invasive measurements of intracranial pressure

Who Should Attend:

  • Students, postdocs, scientists, and physicians interested in non-invasive diagnostics of brain encephalopathies involving changes in intracranial pressure, such as traumatic brain injury, brain infections and hydrocephalus

About the Presenter: Jana M. Kainerstorfer, Carnegie Mellon University

Jana Kainerstorfer is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and holds courtesy appointments in Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Her lab’s research is focused on developing noninvasive optical imaging methods for disease detection and/or treatment monitoring, with an emphasis on diffuse optical imaging. She serves on program committees for the SPIE Photonics West and the OSA Biophotonics Congress. She is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (TBME) and is an editor for the OSA Virtual Journal of Biomedical Optics. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance, and the Center for Machine Learning and Health.

OSA Technical Groups Best Poster Presentation Award

As part of this year's OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics, the Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group joined together with several other OSA Technical Groupsto support an award for the best poster presentation. The award recognized one student and one recent graduate for the work they presented at the virtual conference. Congratulations to our recipients:

OSA Technical Groups Best Poster Presentation Award - Student

Arindam Biswas, University of South Florida, for his presentation on Fast Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy with a low-cost, fiberless embedded diode laser

OSA Technical Groups Best Poster Presentation Award – Recent Graduate

Lorenzo Cortese, ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences, for his presentation on Effects of Different Hardware and Measurement Parameters on Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy

On-Demand Therapeutic Laser Applications Webinars

You can watch any of the following webinar presentations, which were hosted by the OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group, on-demand.

Elina A Vitol  Chair
David R Busch UT Southwestern Medical Center at DallasAdvisor
Felix Fanjul-Velez University of CantabriaMember
Yannis Mantas Paulus University of MichiganMember

If you are a member of the Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group and have ideas for activities and initiatives to help engage this community, please share them with the chair, Elina Vitol.


View OSA Technical Group webinars on-demand at any time or register for any of our upcoming webinars online. Each webinar is an hour long and features a technical presentation on a topic selected by your OSA Technical Groups.

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