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This Conference is FREE, advance registration is requested.

The conference includes an oral programme exclusively made up of presentations by invited speakers and there will be a ‘poster session’.

This is the eighth conference in what is an annual event which changes venue from year to year. It attracted attendees and leading researchers to Scotland and London from far and wide last year. Join us for the free meeting to explore advances in key methods and techniques used in biomedical and life sciences.

Confirmed Speakers


Professor Lene Broeng Oddershede

Center leader of StemPhys, a DNRF center of Excellence, and Group Leader of the Optical Tweezers Group, University of Copenhagen.

Lene B. Oddershede works at the vibrant interface between physics, biology and medicine. She has special interest in the interaction between nanoparticles and light, in characterizing physical properties of biological specimen, and in uncovering how mechanical cues govern the life of cells.

Optical manipulation and biomedical applications of HOT nanoparticles


Dr Tomas Cizmar

Reader in Physics and Life Sciences, School of Engineering, Physics & Mathematics

The turbid nature of refractive index distribution within living tissues introduces severe aberrations to light propagation thereby severely compromising image reconstruction using currently available non-invasive techniques. Numerous approaches of endoscopy, based mainly on fibre bundles or GRIN-lenses, allow imaging within extended depths of turbid tissues, however their footprint causes profound mechanical damage to all overlying regions and their imaging performance is very limited.

Progress in the domain of complex photonics enabled a new generation of minimally invasive, high-resolution endoscopes by substitution of the Fourier-based image relays with a holographic control of light propagating through apparently randomizing multimode optical waveguides. This form of endo-microscopy became recently a very attractive way to provide minimally invasive insight into hard-to-access locations within living objects.
I will review our fundamental and technological progression in this domain and introduce several applications of this concept in bio-medically relevant environments. 

I will present isotropic volumetric imaging based on advanced modes of light-sheet microscopy: by taking advantage of the cylindrical symmetry of the fibre. Further, I will demonstrate the first utilization of multimode fibers for imaging in living organism and present a new fibre-based geometry for deep tissue imaging in brain tissue of a living animal model.

Lastly I will show the development and exploitation of highly specialized fiber probes for numerous advanced bio-photonics applications including high-resolution imaging and optical manipulation..

Holographic micro-endoscopy through multimode waveguides 


Dr Kev Dhaliwal

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Pulmonary Molecular Imaging / Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Kev Dhaliwal subspecialises in Pulmonary Infection and Tuberculosis. He undertook a BSc in Medical Microbiology and a PhD in Optical Molecular Imaging and Lung Inflammation. He currently performs translational research in collaboration with the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) developing and applying non-invasive methodologies for imaging inflammation.

Lighting up the Lung”- Beginning the journey to understand disease before we can diagnose or treat it 


Dr Ewan Eadie

Head of Scientific Services for Photobiology and Optical Radiation at NHS Tayside

Ewan is a registered Clinical Scientist and Head of Scientific Services for Photobiology and Optical Radiation at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, with a specialist interest in accurate measurement of optical radiation, optical radiation safety and quality assurance. Current focus is on innovative technology and how it can be used to improve patient care within optical radiation. Previous research includes measurement of intense pulsed light sources (IPL) and investigations into ultraviolet output from energy saving bulbs, demonstrating the burning potential of these lamps in both normal and photosensitive individuals. Ewan was also involved with the research into the ultraviolet output of sunbeds, demonstrating that nine out of ten sunbeds exceed safety limits. In the past year his research focus has been on Photodynamic Therapy, and in particular daylight Photodynamic Therapy, with several grant applications and collaborations with industry, international partners, UK healthcare providers and public health bodies.

Recent Advances in Photodermatology and Photodynamic Therapy


Professor Malte Gather

Professor, SUPA, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews

Malte Gather develops new photonic tools for the life sciences and performs fundamental research on the photonics of soft organic materials. He is most well-known for his Guinness World Record invention of the ‘living laser’ based on which he currently develops various biocompatible and cell-implantable photonic devices. Dr Gather joined the University of St Andrews in 2013 after holding positions at TU Dresden in Germany, Harvard Medical School in the US and the University of Iceland. He is the 2016 holder of the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal which recognizes the importance of the application of physics in industry.

Presentation: The Latest Optoelectronic Gadgets for Cells – New Biophotonic Tools for Cell Biology and Beyond


Dr Kirsty Martin

Post Doctoral Research Scientist, Beatson Institute Cancer Research UK

Kirsty Martin has been a Post Doctoral Research Scientist at Beatson Institute CRUK since June 2014.

Optimal Fluorophores for Maximising FLIM-FRET Biosensor Capabilities


Dr Lynn Paterson

Assistant professor in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University

Lynn Paterson joined Heriot-Watt University in July 2007 as a Lecturer with the award of an RCUK Academic Fellowship. Previously, Lynn obtained a BSc degree in Molecular Biology at Glasgow University in 1999 and was awarded her PhD in 2004 from St Andrews University. From 2004-2007 she continued as a post doctoral research fellow at St Andrews, working on projects ranging from all-optical cell sorting to photoporation of mammalian cells to assist transfection.

Optical manipulation and sensing within femtosecond-laser fabricated devices


Dr Sebastian van de Linde

Physics Department, University of Strathclyde

Dr Sebastian van de Linde joined the Biomolecular and Chemical PhysicsGroup at the University of Strathclyde in September 2016 as a Chancellor’s Fellow. Previously he worked at the University of Wurzburg where he worked on super-resolution microscopy and he is presently setting up a new capability in this area.

Intensity based three-dimensional super-resolution imaging


Dr Jano van Hemert

Research Director at Optos (a Nikon Company)

Dr van Hemert directs a group of researchers and engineers to develop novel technology for retinal imaging in eye healthcare. He leads academic and industrial relationships from proposal through R&D into clinical trials with the aim to commercialise research from partnering universities and businesses globally.

Imaging of the human retina


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Dr Graeme Whyte (Chair)
Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot-Watt University.

Dr Tom Brown
Reader in Photonics
University of St Andrews

Prof Rory Duncan
Head of Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot-Watt University

Prof Gail McConnell
Chair of Biophotonics at the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Strathclyde

Dr Ally McInroy
Senior Programme Manager, Technology Scotland

Dr Lynn Paterson
Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot-Watt University

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