10 October 2010

Saratov Fall Meeting 2010

The International Multidisciplinary School for Junior Scientists and Students on Optics, Laser Physics and Biophotonics (Saratov Fall Meeting (SFM-10)) was held in Saratov, Russia, October 5-8, 2010. About 500 participants from Russia, USA, Europe, and Asia attended the sessions, organized by Saratov State University in cooperation with several international partners.

The main goal of the annual event is to involve young researches and students in the field of recent developments and applications of laser and optical technologies in medicine and biology. Consequently, the event offers plenary sessions and international workshops especially dedicated to young scientists. In 2010, there were fourteen topics. Apart from scientific subjects like Optical Technologies in Biophysics & Medicine, the workshops also cover non-optics topics like English as a communicative tool and methodology of optics education. At the site of the school there were 278 reports registered. Plenary and Invited lectures, oral and poster presentations covered a wide area including tissue optics, spectroscopy and imaging, controlling of optical properties of tissues, as well as biophysical and photochemical aspects of photo and laser therapy.

The speciality of Saratov Fall Meetings is a one-day Internet Workshop followed by an online discussion. In 2010, this session included six plenary lectures by well-known experts in the field, like Jennifer Barton (University of Arizona), Lihong V. Wang (Washington University, St. Louis), Dennis L. Matthews (NSF Center for Biophotonics, Davis) and P4L member Francesco Pavone from the European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy and Department of Physics in Italy.

Participants of the Internet Workshop present their papers on the meeting website: http://optics.sgu.ru/SFM/.

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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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