10 March 2014
April 15 – 16, 2014, Brussels
The exhibits at a glance:
The Bio Particle Explorer
The Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology has developed a rapid on-site monitor to accurately characterize a single bacterium within a second. The „Bio Particle Explorere“ allows for the first time a real-time monitoring of bacteria from air or liquids. It enables operators of cleanrooms to immediately and specifically respond to possible contamination and to prevent loss of production e.g. in drug manufacture. Other applications such as hygienic monitoring of food or in hospitals are currently explored.
In some situations the mere presence of a single bacterial cells is fatal, for example, in the air of operating rooms or in food processing. There it is crucial to identify them quickly and precisely to ward off impending damage immediately. The classical can not keep up: it requires a lengthy cultivation, which sometimes can last several days. Genetic testing (DNA assays) require less time, but can only search for certain previously determined bacteria.
Diffuse Optical Neuro-Monitor
The Institute for Photonic Sciences, ICFO, and the company Hemospec have developed a portable device to provide diagnostic information about the local, micro-vascular cerebral perfusion based on diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS). DCS measures the motion of the red blood cells as the primary scatterers in the tissue volume under investigation. This motion results in a decay of the intensity auto-correlation of the detected light from a coherent light source. DCS was extensively validated against a multitude of modalities in pre-clinical studies and in clinics.
Ischemic stroke is the leading cause of morbidity and long term disability worldwide. The local micro-vascular cerebral blood flow (CBF) plays a crucial role. Its disruption is either the cause of the problem, e.g. the blockage of a major artery as in ischemic stroke, or the main aim of the management, .e.g. restoration of sufficient blood flow to ischemic areas.
Photonics4Life is the European Network of Excellence for Biophotonics. 13 top-of-the-line research institutes as well as industrial partners have joined forces to tap the existing potentials and develop new opportunities of Biophotonics The Network was funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme.
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.
Continuing the success of the previous meetings held in Sacramento, Ottawa, Jena, and Florence, the 5th conference will come to Perth, Western Australia, running over two full days, and back-to-back with the Science on the Swan medical research conference, which delegates are strongly encouraged to also attend, at discounted rates. [more]
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