17 November 2010

Medica 2010: Helping patients with light

For the first time Photonics4Life (P4) participates in the worlds leading medical trade fair, the Medica 2010, in Düsseldorf. From Wednesday to Saturday the network showcases the benefits of optical technologies for the use in medicine and biology in custom-made hands-on displays to the expert public of more than 100.000 visitors. More than 20.000 doctors will be expected among these. “The aim of our little exhibition is to strengthen the dialog between medical and natural scientists, as we found that a lot of doctors do not know about the possibilities optical technologies hold”, explains Prof. Jürgen Popp, the coordinator of P4L from Jena (Germany). “On the other hand the natural scientists are often not aware of the requirements of the actual practitioner and user of photonic technologies”.

The unique abilities of light make optical technologies versatile tools in many areas, but recent developments especially benefit their application in medicine and biology. Breakthroughs in laser microscopy allow scientists now to see inside of cells and even can resolve molecules. With new microscope techniques it is possible to detect the earliest stages of diseases and thereby to start treatment early on. One example is the detection of early stages of Alzheimer’s disease through the eye. Furthermore light adds also to the therapeutic repertoire of doctors as special endoscopes can tell cancerous from normal tissue during surgery or special laser light that can destroy skin tumour without harming healthy areas.

German chancellor Angela Merkel reads up on new Biophotonic techniques.

Photonics4Life (P4L) is the European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics, a discipline where optical technologies are used to detect diseases earlier, to understand their causes and to provide targeted treatments. In the network top-of-the-line research institutes have joined forces to establish a European platform on Biophotonics for both academia and industry. Their major goal is to initiate a paradigm shift in research by putting the emphasis on the needs of biologists, physicians and patients and to strengthen local, national, and European research and communication activities between technical developers and medical users. The European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme funds Photonics4Life. More information about the network can be found under http://www.photonics4life.eu.

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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