During the last decade there have been significant scientific developments in diagnosis, treatment and healthcare using lasers and optical technology. Optical methods are generally noninvasive and sensitive to unique tissue contrast (absorption, scattering, birefringence, fluorescence, and nonlinear signal generation etc) that complements other biomedical diagnostic technologies. Optically-based instruments/devices can be extremely compact and cost effective, suitable for home, clinic and global health care. The field of biomedical photonics is highly multi-disciplinary and has been attracting more and more researchers from physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, nanotechnology and many other disciplines. The past few years have also witnessed the integration of biomedical photonics with other technologies, such as optics-acoustics, optics-molecular and nano-techniques, optics and MRI, and optics and positron emission tomography (PET). Clinical applications of emerging biomedical photonics technologies span many areas including ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, gastroenterology, dentistry, urology, and neurology etc. The objective of this conference is to provide a technical forum for engineers, scientists, clinicians, and health care industry and government agencies to report, share and learn the latest fundamental, translational and clinical research and developments in the field of biomedical optics, and promote cross-disciplinary, institutional and international collaborations.
The topics of this conference are broad and will cover (but not limited to) the following:tissue optics, laser-tissue interaction (optical interactions with tissue and cells, fundamental theory of diagnosis and therapy) photon therapeutics (photo dynamic therapy, low-level red light therapy, laser surgery and other photon therapy) biomedical spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging (single molecule spectroscopy, fluorescence imaging, multiphoton microscopy, multidimensional microscopy) advanced optical techniques for clinical medicine (diagnosis devices, implantable devices, care devices etc) multimodal biomedical imaging (photo-acoustic imaging, optical-MRI, optical PET, etc.) nano/biophotonics (nanoscale imaging, nanoparticles and molecular probes for biomedical applications).