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Optical Imaging for Medicine and Biology: Applications in Cancer Detection

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The Boston University College of Engineering invites you to attend our fall Emerging Technologies and Best Industry Practices Seminar that will take place on November 30, 2023. This year’s focus is Optical Imaging for Medicine and Biology:  Applications in Cancer Detection.

Optical molecular imaging is the fastest growing imaging modality for cancer research. Nevertheless, optical imaging of cancer remains an enormous technological challenge. This conference will bring together academic and industry leaders in the Boston community to share their views on progress and new directions in optical imaging technology applied to cancer diagnosis and therapy, from bench to bedside. Particular emphasis will be placed on the challenges posed by cancer imaging, such as limitations in tissue depth penetration and the sensitivity and specificity of molecular markers.

Topics to be covered include novel strategies in endoscopic imaging, both microscopic and macroscopic, and spectroscopic detection based on fluorescence and scattered light, aiming toward the possibility of in-situ "optical biopsy." Significant progress has also been made using preclinical small animal models to study cancer growth and development, angiogenesis, and response to drug treatment, with strategies based on two-photon or second harmonic generation, or whole-field macroscopy techniques based on fluorescence and molecular imaging.

The goal of this Emerging Technologies Seminar is to facilitate and foster interactions between academic and industrial researchers by providing an overview of some the latest developments in the optical imaging of cancer.

Confirmed speakers for this event include:  

  1. Benjamin Abrat, Vice President, Business Development and Founder, Mauna Kea Technologies
  2. Karen Antman, Dean and Provost, School of Medicine, Boston University
  3. Irving J. Bigio, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Physics, Boston University
  4. Max Diem, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University
  5. Michael S. Feld, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, and Director, George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Affiliated Faculty, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
  6. Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D., Andrew Werk Cook Professor of Tumor Biology, Department of Radiation Oncology, and Director, Edwin L. Steele Laboratory for Tumor Biology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital; Affiliated Faculty, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
  7. Satish K. Singh, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and Staff Gastroenterologist, VA Boston Healthcare System
  8. Gary Tearney, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Professor, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School

The seminar will be held at the Boston University Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston, MA. Pre-registration is required.

Feel free to forward this information to your colleagues. For any questions, please contact Debbie Dunklee at (617) 353-6377 or [email protected].

Boston University
College of Engineering
44 Cummington Street
Boston, MA  02215


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