Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS) 2020

2020 24–28 August

BIGSS 2020 summer school will go virtual this year and we want your help to make it the most inclusive Summer School ever.

Registration will be permitted up to July 31.

BIGSS 2020 will include:

  • Five days of lectures by world leaders in Biophotonics and Imaging (Details of topics given below)
  • Highly interactive online poster sessions
  • Live Q&A sessions within the web conferencing platform

The registration fees have been considerably reduced with kind sponsorship from all the leading photonics societies to enable remote access to the widest audience possible. - The registration fee for attendees (not presenting) is waived: 0€. This includes a free access to the Summer School. - The fee for students presenting posters is *50 € (* Students can request a scholarship to have the fee waived. Decision will be based on need and merit of abstract.

For details, please contact BIGSS@nuigalway.ie)

The speakers for BIGSS include:

  • Steve Jacques (Tufts University): Tissue Optics and Laser-Tissue Interactions Origins of optical properties; Measurements of optical properties - lookup tables; Monte Carlo simulations; Coupling tissue optics into modelling of photochemical, photothermal and photomechanical effects.
  • Laura Waller (Berkeley): Computational Imaging and contrast mechanisms Basic background concepts: imaging, point spread functions, resolution, contrast mechanisms. Imaging and scanning microscopes. Computational methods.
  • Martin Booth (Oxford University): Advanced Microscopy Wide-field sectioning methods. Super-resolution microscopy (single molecule, structured illumination, STED). Fluorescence microscopy. Confocal and multiphoton microscopy. Aberrations and adaptive optics. Imaging through scattering media.
  • David Sampson (University of Surrey): Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Motivating medical microscopy, tissue optics basics, OCT basic principles, OCT image characteristics, OCT extensions – parametric imaging, angiography, elastography, birefringence, examples of clinical applications of OCT: burns, airways – sleep apnoea, asthma, COPD, breast cancer.
  • Caroline Boudoux (University of Montreal): Endoscopy Instrumentation for in vivo imaging. Fibre types (single-mode, multimode, double-clad, photonic crystals and fiber bundles), couplers, scanners, and detection schemes. Challenges associated with handheld, laparoscopic and endoscopic applications of spectroscopy, OCT, confocal, Raman and nonlinear microscopy.
  • Sarah Bohndiek (University of Cambridge): Photoacoustics A historical perspective; Basic principles of photoacoustic signal generation, Imaging instrumentation: microscopy and tomography; Basic principles of image formation and processing; Multi-modal combinations; Biological and translational applications.
  • Arjun G. Yodh (University of Pennsylvania): Brain Neurophotonics Diffuse optics theory and experimental methodology for measurement of brain tissue scattering, chromophore concentrations, blood flow and, in combination or with other techniques, for measurement of cerebral oxygen metabolism, autoregulation, resting-state networks, and other biomarkers. Selected optical microscopies in the context of neuroimaging. Pre-clinical and clinical examples.
  • Brian Wilson (University of Toronto): Principles and Clinical Translation of Light- and Nano-Based Therapeutics and Interventional Guidance Phototherapeutics, primarily photodynamic and photothermal. Optical spectroscopies and imaging for intervention guidance, particularly surgery. Phototherapeutics and interventional guidance using optically-active nanoparticles.

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