30 November 2010

Parisian Mélange

European biophotonic experts meet in France

Palaiseau. Forty-six members of the Network of Excellence for biophotonics, photonics4life, have come together to advance the use of light in biology and medicine. Their subject biophotonics is a multidisciplinary research area that addresses a wide range of medical and biological questions: from the early diagnosis and treatment of diseases to the understanding of fundamental life processes. “This field promises a big impact on modern health care but requires us, the involved scientists to overcome interdisciplinary borders”, says Jürgen Popp, the coordinator of the network.

Photonics4Life’s aim is to break down these hurdles to foster the exchange of ideas and knowledge/understanding by bringing the involved academic disciplines like doctors, physicists, chemists, and engineers together at their meetings. This year the host is the Institut d’Optique in Palaiseau, close to Paris. In the meeting the scientists will focus on the latest advances in biophotonics with lectures and discussions and thus give impetus to new ideas and joint projects. With 24 talks, covering topics like laser surgery on the eye and how to stimulate cells growth by using photons to control polymersomes, the programme well reflects the various facets of the broad field biophotonics. The main focus of this year’s meeting however is on diffuse optics.

The meeting serves as a particularly important scientific platform for young scientists, where they can show their results in talks and poster exhibitions and learn new ideas in specialised topics. Highlights will include (tutorial) presentations from the photoacoustic expert Claude Boccara from ESPCI Paris and Valery Tuchin from Saratov University from Russian, who will give a tutorial about flow cytometry. They will provide thoughtful insights into the complex details of their work, which involves the observation of chemical elementary processes at the smallest level possible, where conventional microscopes fail.

The host of the meeting, Institut d’Optique, is involved in many fields of biophotonics research. One example is the development of an ultra short pulse erbium doped fibre laser at 1,6µm for eye surgery. This infrared wavelength is optimized for low scattering and absorption in order to facilitate corneal grafting. This work is performed in collaboration with the Laboratory for Applied Optics (Palaiseau), the Hotel Dieu Hospital (Paris) and the company Amplitudes Systemes (Pessac) and has been funded by the French National Research Agency under the GRECO program.

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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