4 October 2011

P4L researchers help Uzbekistan

Due to the climate change a potentially catastrophic ecological situation has developed in Uzbekistan. Scarce resources of fresh water accompany a rapidly growing population. As a result severe droughts become more frequent. They lead to a proliferation of many diseases especially in the Aral Sea region. Over the last years Uzbekistan was able to acquire much needed medical equipment for diagnostics and treatment. However, the educational and research infrastructure in Uzbekistan is not yet able to provide qualified and experienced personnel to operate and modify the devices.

Together with scientists from Uzbekistan Prof. Valery Tuchin from Saratov State University in Russia and PD Martin Wolf from University hospital Zurich have now received a 200k€ grant for setting up a Biophotonics infrastructure in Uzbekistan. Their project aims at developing a core research and education facility for engineers and physicists and to train personnel for research and service in the field of Biophotonics. Optical technologies are robust, inexpensive and deliver quick and precise results. Therefore they are well suited for the application in less developed countries” says Martin Wolf, who is leading the project.

The first task of the project is to develop a new Laboratory of Biophotonics (LB) situated at the Institute of Electronics of the Uzbek Academy of Science. LB will study the interaction of light and biological tissue, develop new diagnostic methods based on light to study human cells and tissues, and train engineers and physicists. To promote this development a long term international partnership with the University Hospital Zurich and Saratov State University, which have expertise in Biophotonics, will be established. Task 2 is to establish collaboration between LB and local universities in Tashkent such as Tashkent State Medical Academy (TSMA) to develop a new lecture course in “Medical Photonics”. Task 3 is to promote biophotonic medical devices at hospitals, diagnostic centers etc. to strongly enhance medical diagnostics.

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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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