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12 April 2021 – 16 April 2021 OSA Virtual Event - Pacific Daylight Time (UTC - 07:00)

 

Deep Learning in Microscopy Panel Discussion

Monday, 12 April 06:30 – 07:00

The use of machine learning has dramatically increased in the field of biomedical optics in recent years from classification and segmentation algorithms to generative adversarial networks capable of denoising, improving resolution, or virtual staining.  Following the technical talks in the NTM Deep Learning session, join us for a Q&A session with the session’s presenters as we discuss tricks, tips, common pitfalls, and best practices for implementing these techniques in your research. 

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OSA Color Technical Group Coffee Break

Monday, 12 April 08:00 – 09:00

The OSA Color Technical Group invites you to join them for a virtual coffee break. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or beverage of your choice and join us for a chance to chat with your fellow vision scientists.

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Successfully Navigate an OSA Virtual Meeting

Monday, 12 April 09:00 – 10:00

PanelistIsaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist, USA

The post-COVID world has new challenges in regards to virtual meetings – are you prepared? Listen to Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist, help guide you through the different platforms OSA uses and how you can effectively network and get the most out of your meeting experience.

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Volunteer Opportunities – OSA Technical Groups

Monday, 12 April 10:00 – 10:30

Join with others attending the Biophotonics Congress for this this informal networking discussion about OSA Technical Groups. Hannah Walter-Pilon, the OSA Director, New Business Development, Science Programming, will be on hand to share information on the governing structure and activities of OSA Technical Groups. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A so come with your questions. You will be able to turn your camera and mic on or off to participate as you choose.

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Women of Biophotonics Meet and Greet

Monday, 12 April 13:00 – 14:00

Congress for an informal virtual get together. Members of each topical meeting committee will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the meeting. Or just log in to learn a bit about OSA’s diversity and inclusion efforts and share your ideas on helping ensure our community and this meeting is as welcoming and inclusive as possible. We would want this program to be an interactive as possible so you will be able to turn your camera and mic on or off to participate as you choose.

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Meet the Plenary Speaker - Dan Oron, Weizmann Institute of Science

Tuesday, 13 April 10:00 – 10:30

Moderated by: Conor Evans, Harvard Medical School, USA 

The Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences will feature 3 Plenary Speakers. Following technical talks, join your colleagues for a meet-and-greet and discussion with our Congress Plenary Speaker Dan Oron.

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OSA's Global Health Initiative Launch

Tuesday, 13 April 10:30 – 11:00

Panelist: Tom Baer, Stanford University, USA; David Lang, The Optical Society (OSA), USA; Manu Prekash, Stanford University, USA; Liz Rogan, The Optical Society (OSA), USA; Nichole Starr, University of California, San Francisco, USA

OSA is launching its new OSA Global Health Initiative (GHI) to create a collaborative network of experts around the world to identify technology development opportunities to improve global health care in areas such as (1) low-cost surveillance monitoring of infectious diseases such as:  malaria, tuberculosis, corona virus, flu, schistosomiasis; (2) Low-cost telemedicine diagnosis of diseases:  jaundice, hypoxia; (3) Improved methods for genetic sequencing of viruses; (4) Identification of water borne parasites:  amoeba, giardia, cryptosporidium; (5) Low-cost fetal distress monitors during birth and in neonatal monitoring; and (6) Portable skin cancer detection devices. Join the event to learn how OSA will engage its community to bring optics and photonics technologies to fight humanity’s most pressing health issues. You will also learn about the 2020 OSA Foundation/Stanford University pilot project that developed and deployed UV-C decontamination chambers for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which were assembled by 25 OSA student chapters and donated to hospitals around the world. 

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Optical Trapping and Manipulation: Careers and Networking Event

Tuesday, 13 April 11:00 – 13:00

The OSA Optical Trapping and Manipulation in Molecular and Cellular Biology Technical Group invites you to join them for a special event exploring paths to a successful career in optical tweezers research. Attendees will first have an opportunity to hear from senior researchers in both academia and industry on how they achieved their current positions during a panel discussion. Panelists include Nuria Gavara, University of Barcelona; Anna Linnenberger, Meadowlark Optics; Dave Phillips, University of Exeter; Michelle Povinelli, University of Southern California; Justus Ndukaife, Vanderbilt University; Lynn Paterson, Heriot-Watt University. Our panelists will then chair breakout rooms in Zoom that attendees can visit to discuss career opportunities and pathways in different countries as well as network in a more informal setting.

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Meet the OSA Journals Editors

Wednesday, 14 April 04:00 – 05:00

Panelists: Christoph Hitzenberger, Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria , Adam Gibson, University College London, UK, Kate Grieve, National Hospital of Ophthalmology (CHNO) of Quinze-Vingts, France, Young L. Kim, Purdue University, USA, and Irene Georgakoudi, Tufts University, USA

The OSA Publishing journal Editors welcome your questions, ideas, and concerns. Join this online event to learn more about journal acceptance criteria, responding to review requests, addressing reviewer feedback, and other topics of interest. All are welcome!

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Volunteer Opportunities – OSA Meetings​

Wednesday, 14 April 06:30 – 07:00

Join with other Biophotonics Congress attendees for this this informal networking discussion about OSA meeting committees. Learn more about the roles, responsibilities and time commitment needed to serve on a meeting committee. The session will include a brief overview and time for Q&A so come with your questions. You will be able to turn your camera and mic on or off to participate as you choose.

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Meet the Plenary Speaker - Sandrine Lévêque-Fort, Paris Saclay University

Wednesday, 14 April 09:00 – 09:30

Moderated by: Conor Evans, Harvard Medical School, USA

The Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences will feature 3 Plenary Speakers. Following technical talks, join your colleagues for a meet-and-greet and discussion with our Congress Plenary Speaker Sandrine Lévêque-Fort.

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OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group Special Talk: Listening to the Sound of Light to Guide Surgeries

Wednesday, 14 April 14:00 – 15:00

Join the OSA Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group for a special talk from Muyinatu Bell, the founder and director of the Photoacoustic and Ultrasonic Systems Engineering (PULSE) Lab at Johns Hopkins University, about her work in photoacoustic-guided surgery.

Photoacoustic imaging offers “x-ray vision” to see beyond tool tips and underneath tissue during surgical procedures, yet no ionizing x-rays are required. Instead, optical fibers and acoustic receivers enable photoacoustic sensing of major structures – like blood vessels and nerves – that are otherwise hidden from view. The entire process is initiated by delivering laser pulses through optical fibers to illuminate regions of interest, causing an acoustic response that is detectable with ultrasound transducers. Beamforming is then implemented to create a photoacoustic image. Dr. Bell’s talk will highlight novel light delivery systems, new spatial coherence beamforming theory, deep learning alternatives to beamforming, and robotic integration methods, each pioneered by the PULSE Lab to enable an exciting new frontier of photoacoustic-guided surgery. This new paradigm has the potential to eliminate the occurrence of major complications during a wide range of delicate surgeries and procedures, including neurosurgery, cardiac catheter-based interventions, liver surgery, spinal fusion surgery, hysterectomies, biopsies, and teleoperative robotic surgeries.

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Photobiomodulation: An emerging biophotonics of clinical transitions and advanced therapeutic device

Thursday, 15 April 08:00 – 09:00

Join the OSA Photobiomodulation Technical Group for this special event focused on both the dominant fundamental and the application aspects of emerging developments in the field of Photobiomodulation Therapeutics (PBMT). Attendees will have the chance to hear two brief introductory talks on PBMT, which will be followed by an open discussion. Topics discussed will include some of the recently developed PMBT clinical transitions and therapeutics devices as well as some of the unresolved PMBT areas where the biophotionics community could contribute towards further advancements.

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Meet the Plenary Speaker - R. Clay Reid, The Allen Institute for Brain Science

Thursday, 15 April 14:00 – 14:30

Moderated by:  Conor Evans, Harvard Medical School, USA

The Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences will feature 3 Plenary Speakers. Following technical talks, join your colleagues for a meet-and-greet and discussion with our Congress Plenary Speaker R. Clay Reid.

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