29 November 2020

This OSA Meeting will be held as scheduled.

The health and safety of OSA Meetings attendees is always of primary importance, and especially so in our current environment. We continue to monitor health and travel advisories related to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and commit to being responsive amidst changing conditions. This includes exploring options that facilitate maximum participation for speakers and attendees while ensuring the well-being of all participants.

Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery

Image Credit: Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University


Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug delivery focuses on the convergence in these rapidly evolving areas, spanning from basic biology to clinical diagnostics and therapeutic applications.

This multidisciplinary topical meeting will highlight recent advances in these rapidly evolving areas with a goal of stimulating novel strategies for molecular probe development, site-specific drug delivery, monitoring treatment response, and clinical translation to improve diagnosis or treatment of diseases. Areas to be covered include, but are not limited to, novel molecular probe design, applications of smart molecular probes in basic and applied research, endogenous and exogenous optical molecular biomarkers, multimodal imaging, advances in instrumentation and algorithms for optical molecular imaging, molecular and functional imaging of normal and diseased tissue, image-guided drug delivery, drug screening and monitoring therapeutic response. Broad participation by experts, postdoctoral fellows and students is expected and encouraged.

Topics Categories
1. Optical visualization/detection of biomolecular processes and pathways
2. Reporters and contrast agents
3. Advanced optical molecular imaging instrumentation
4. Novel tools for and approaches to image data analysis and reconstruction
5. Optical monitoring 
6. Quantitative validation methods 
7. Multi-modal molecular imaging techniques
8. Clinical translation of optical molecular imaging, spectroscopy and image guided surgery and therapy

Committee Members

  • Summer Gibbs, Oregon Health and Science University, United StatesChair
  • Sergei Vinogradov, University of Pennsylvania, United StatesChair
  • Mark Niedre, Northeastern University, United StatesProgram Chair
  • Kimberley Samkoe, Dartmouth College, United StatesProgram Chair


Summer Gibbs

Oregon Health and Science University, United States

Sergei Vinogradov

University of Pennsylvania, United States

Mark Niedre

Northeastern University, United States
Program Chair

Kimberley Samkoe

Dartmouth College, United States
Program Chair