Summer School – Biophotonics’15

Magalie BONDU and Felix FLEISCHHAUER

Ven (Sweden)
6th to 13th of June 2015

From the 6th to the 13th of June the Biophotonics’15 Summer School took place on the island of Ven in Sweden. Around 60 participants mainly PhD students (medical doctors, researchers and engineers) were invited to be educated in nine different topics all related to biophotonics and bioimaging. Each lecturer had a total of three and a half hours to present his or her research interest. Most lecturers started with giving an introduction, followed by discussing technical challenges, advantages and disadvantages. A more detailed list of the lecturers can be found below. Closest related to our projects were the talks given by Lihong Wang from Washington University in St. Louis on photoacoustic and Wolfgang Drexler from the medical University of Vienna on optical coherence tomography.

Eric Swanson was invited as a special speaker to give us an introduction on entrepreneurship and set up an internal team challenge. The goal was to build an elevator pitch of seven minutes in order to convince potential investors, played by lecturers, to invest in our projects. We worked in teams of 5 to 8 persons to raise a project based on an innovative idea linked with our field.

During the Summer School all participants were asked to present their projects with a poster. Magalie presented her poster with the title “Higher energy supercontinuum source for photoacoustic imaging” and, Felix was presenting his poster “Spectroscopic optical coherence tomography in combination with a supercontinuum source”. The presented posters are attached.

Both of us used the opportunity to interact and discuss our projects with the lecturers and other participants during the week. We obtained helpful input.

List of lectures:

  • Shaped Light for Imaging and Micromanipulation
    Kishan Dholakia, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  • Coherence Tomography: Technology and Applications
    Wolfgang Drexler, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Multidimensional Fluorescence Imaging And Metrology
    Paul French, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • Tissue Optics
    Steven Jacques, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
  • Biomolecular Imaging With Coherent Raman Scattering Microscopy
    Eric O. Potma, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Strategies For Cancer Treatment Using Lasers And Photodynamic Therapy
    Katarina Svanberg, Lund University Hospital, Dept. Of Oncology, Sweden
  • Fibre Based Supercontinuum Sources And Lasers
    Roy Taylor, Imperial College London, Dept. of Physics, United Kingdom
  • Medical Imaging In Thick Tissues Using Diffuse Optics
    Bruce Tromberg, University of California, Beckman Laser Institute, USA
  • Photoacoustic Tomography: Ultrasonically Breaking Through The Optical Diffusion Limit
    Lihong Wang, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Biomedical Engineering, USA
  • Keynote lecture (Introduction to entrepreneurship):
    Translating Ideas into Enterprises
    Eric Swanson, Acacia Communications Inc., Maynard, MA, USA
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