7 July 2009

Photonics4Life industrial workshop was a big success

People from all over the world, from industry as well as from the different scientific disciplines, watched the interdisciplinary approach of the Network of Excellence Photonics4Life being put into practice. As all seats were taken, interested persons were even blocking the walkways. “This resonance exceeds all our expectations and proofs that the topic hits the mark” says Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp, coordinator of the network, who organised the workshop.

Within eight elaborate talks renowned speakers made clear statements on how cancer diagnostics look nowadays and what kind of instruments could assist the biomedical users in the future. Physicians from oncology and pathology gave deep insights into the diagnostic challenges and problems in their fields such as Prof. Katarina Svanberg, who addressed the importance for a doctor to really know where the tumour border lies or Professor Jochen Herms, who underlined the use of screening systems. Following the physicians representatives of the industry, like Dr. Ulrich Simon from system provider Carl Zeiss AG, reached out to their needs and demands. In his talk he stressed the fact that already simple modifications to an instrument can already heavily increase its usability for physicians and clinicians.

“This is just the right way”, the pathologist Professor Axel Niendorf stated after his talk, “if the parties are exclusively focused on the technology, it is easy to lose sight of the goal and cancer is no longer a problem of the patient but rather of the microscope!" Using this different, more holistic approach that brought all the parties around one table, the workshop showed how cancer can effectively be fought not only in the far future, but from today on.


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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