28 April 2011

Biophotonics Is Not an Island

Today over 50 experts from different scientific disciplines meet on the island of Crete to outline the benefits of the application of light in medicine and biology, an area called Biophotonics. From Thursday to Friday they will exchange their knowledge about techniques, methods and the political and ethical framework to improve the speed of new developments at the cutting edge of healthcare, thus paving the most efficient way of tackling emerging healthcare threats.

The event is led by Photonics4life, an EU-funded consortium involving more than 20 partner institutions, formed to establish better working relationships between the disparate groups in science and medicine. Speaking in advance of the event, co-ordinator Professor Jürgen Popp said, “A major challenge is to ensure that developments in the diverse and separate fields of physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology are rapidly applied to the medical theatre. We believe bringing together the disparate groups of science and medicine to be the most efficient way to tackle emerging healthcare threats.” New applications involving the use of light in spinal diagnostics, skin cancer detection and dentistry will be presented during the two-day event.

Highlights of the meeting are talks by Prof. Theodore Papazoglou from the European Research Council and the Australian researcher Prof. Ewa Goldys. Tutorials by Prof. Roberto Pini from the Institute of Applied Physics in Florence will give insights into the principles of laser-tissue interaction for laser surgery and Dr. Yannis Zacharakis from Crete will explain the role of in vivo molecular imaging in Biophotonics. Prof. Johann Ach from the Centre for Bioethics from the University of Munster will speak about Ethics in Biophotonics.

Host of the meeting is the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas. Organiser Maria Farsari added that “Affordable and effective healthcare would ideally be available to all of mankind and hence it is more important than ever that the scientific and medical communities unite in their efforts.” The institute is the only Greek institution involved in the pan-European body.

Round Robin Experiment

Raman spectroscopy has already proved its effectiveness in many cases for medical diagnostics such as for cancer, cardiovascular diseases and infections. However, there are no standards in the different working groups, e.g. for sample preparation, implementation of the Raman experiments, spectra pre-treatment, data evaluation, etc.In a round robin experiment, the required groundwork will take place in order to define standardised Raman measurement methods, which will be fundamental for establishing Raman spectroscopy for clinical diagnostic procedures.

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