2018 OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics

OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics

The OSA Biophotonics Congress is an annual meeting. In alternating years, the congress scope focuses on biomedical optics (even years) or optics in life sciences (odd years).

Biomedical Optics focuses on technological solutions to medical challenges and medical applications, complementing the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in Life Sciences. It covers a diversity of cutting-edge research and innovative new tools and techniques, and will bring together an international group of leading engineers, optical and medical scientists, and physicians, as well as junior researchers and graduate students, who are engaged in optical methods to advance discovery and application of medical science to clinical practice.

In 2018, the OSA Biophotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics was held in Hollywood, Florida (USA) with over 400 attendees and a robust technical program covering the ever increasing role of optics in biology and medicine. Today’s optical technologies can be used for imaging and sensing everything from molecules to man. 

Four topical meetings comprised the congress.


Clinical and Translational Biophotonics

This topical meeting focuses on the development and application of optical techniques for clinical applications. The meeting spans clinical diagnostic, surgical guidance and therapeutic approaches that use light, with applications ranging from cancer to ophthalmology and global health. The meeting also includes technologies for in-vivo laboratory disease research including contrast agent development and intravital microscopy in animal models.

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Microscopy, Histopathology and Analytics
A new topical meeting introduced in 2018, Microscopy, Histopathology and Analytics provides a forum for presenting the latest research in tissue microscopy, automated analysis and machine-learning approaches, as well as laboratory-based analytics and fluidics, reagents and labels, along with challenges in translating such developments into the clinic. Example topics central to this meeting are novel forms of microscopies, computational modeling and algorithms, novel contrast agents, clinical analytics and translation to applications. Example applications areas are clinical diagnostics, surgical and non-surgical therapy guidance, prognostic procedures, high throughput drug screening and biomarker evaluation.

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Optical Tomography and Spectroscopy
This topical meeting focuses on new developments in diffuse optics, spectroscopy and other non-invasive tomographic imaging approaches. This includes the fields of diffuse optical tomography (DOT), photoacoustic tomography (PAT), optical coherence tomography (OCT), wavefront engineering to overcome scattering, as well as new developments in spectroscopic technologies.

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Optics and the Brain
This topical meeting specifically focuses on cutting-edge research and innovative new tools and techniques that seek to increase fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system. The USA BRAIN Initiative and the European Human Brain Project have identified the urgent need for new technologies that can probe the working brain across all levels from single neurons to entire behaving organisms. Optics offers a unique toolkit for multiscale imaging the living and intact brain, while new genetic labeling strategies provide optical contrast to neural function and optogenetics permits the control of cellular function with light.

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