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This Conference is FREE, advance registration is requested.

Significant advances in the development of optical techniques have led to an ever increasing role of photonics in the study of various problems in the life sciences, in medicine, clinical sciences, neurophysiology etc. Researchers are continually looking for better ways to analyse complex processes and photonics underpins many promising approaches for medical diagnosis, drug development & other clinical and life science applications.

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Attend this event to broaden your knowledge in the world of photonics by attending a key meeting for (bio)photonics technologies. The technical committee have commented that this international quality 'invited' programme include presentations by eminent and leading UK research scientists. It is an event not to be missed.


10.00 Introduction and Welcome
Dr Graeme Whyte, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot-Watt University.
Session 1: Biomedical Photonics
Chair: Prof Gail McConnell
10.05 Dual-beam laser traps in biology and medicine – when one beam is not enough
Prof Jochen Guck, TU Dresden
10.50 A Fishy Tale:- Zebrafish and Optics Advance Heart and Ophthalmic Research
Prof John Girkin, Director of Biophysical Sciences, Durham University
11.10 Fluorescence lights the way to improved diabetes care
Prof David Birch, Photophysics Group, SUPA, University of Strathclyde
11.30 Refreshment Break in the Exhibition Hall  
Session 2: Nanoparticles
Chair: Prof Rory Duncan
12.00 Optical trapping and enhanced Raman spectroscopy of liposome encapsulated silver nanoparticles
Dr Amanda Wright, Institute of Biophysics, Imaging and Optical Science, University of Nottingham
12.20 Coherent multiphoton microscopy of single nanoparticles for applications in cell imaging
Prof Paola Borri, Cardiff University School of Biosciences
12.40 Surfaced-enhanced Raman spectroscopy in cell biology and drug discovery
Dr Sumeet Mahajan, Institute of Life Sciences and Department of Chemistry, University of Southampton
13.00 Lunch Break - opportunity to review the Exhibition  
Poster Session
14.00 in the Exhibition Hall
1. Time-resolved luminescence to study bioactive compounds and protein interaction
Kulwinder Sagoo, HORIBA Jobin Yvon IBH Ltd
2. Multiplexing cellular redox potential and pH measurements in 3D breast cancer tumour models using SERS nanosensors
Lauren Jamieson, University of Edinburgh
3. Development & Application of Non-Invasive Label-free Imaging Techniques
Tual Monfort, University of Southampton
4. SERS - Based determination of the effects of radiation therapy on a prostate cancer model system
Victoria Camus, University of Edinburgh
5. Investigating the stability of dual-beam optical traps for single-cell manipulation and 3D-Tomography
Kai Skodzek, Heriot-Watt University
6. Optically actuated micro-robotics: new ways to investigate biological systems
David Phillips, University of Bristol
7. Molecularly active plasmonic surfaces for DNA detection
Esmaeil Heydari, University of Glasgow
8. Multifunctional laser-based systems for non-invasive assessment of drug toxicity
Thomas Rabl, University of Dundee
9. Shedding light on cancer: funtionalised quantum dots for in vivo imaging
Alessandra Cecchini, University of Dundee
10. Elastic Resonator Interference Stress Microscopy (ERISM) - A Novel Tool for Cell-Mechanical Investigations
Philipp Liehm, University of St. Andrews
11. Plasmonics effects in aperturless SNOM
Ben Hourihine, University of Strathclyde
12. Hybrid optical and acoustic methods for sorting
Paul O'Mahoney, University of Dundee
13. Manipulation of single cells in a femtosecond laser fabricated three dimensional microfluidic device
Anusha Keloth, Heriot-Watt University
14. SERS nanosensors - facilitating the measurement of physiological parameters within the distal lung
Sarah McAughtrie, University of Edinburgh
15. Imaging the principal components of the endocytic pathway inside cells using surface - enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Anna Huefner, University of Cambridge
16. Coupled ROS and Ca2+ sustainable activation in cancer cells induced by near - infrared laser pulse
Alexey Golstov, Abertay University, Dundee
17. The application of single photon counting arrays for live cell fluorescence lifetime imaging
Rebecca Saleeb, Heriot - Watt University
18. Developing a nanobody and nanobody - like ScFv fragment based technique to investigate interactions between signalling proteins using FLIM/FRET, to better understand their role in Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma
Thilo Reich, Heriot -Watt University
19. Investigating the mechanism and distribution of calcium channels through single molecule localization microscopy.
Katarzyna Cialowicz, Heriot-Watt University
Session 3: Multi-spectral Imaging
Chair: Dr Lynn Paterson
14.45 In vivo blood oximetry
Prof Andy Harvey, University of Glasgow
15.05 Spectral imaging for improved tumour phenotyping
Dr Sarah Bohndiek, University of Cambridge
15.25 Refreshment Break in the Exhibition Hall  
Session 4: Advanced Microscopy
Chair: Dr Graeme Whyte
15.50 Monitoring cell membrane heterogeneity by STED-FCS and spectral imaging
Dr Erdinc Sezgin, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford
16.10 Lightsheet microscopy reveals the mechanisms behind streak formation in the chick embryo
Dr Mike MacDonald, University of Dundee
16.30 Closing remarks
Dr Lynn Paterson, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, Heriot -Watt University
16.35 Award for Poster Prize  
16.45 End of Meeting (The Exhibition will remain open until 5pm)  

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Photonex Scotland is supported by SUPA and SOA

IB3 are supporting the Strathclyde Conference

The Technical Programme Committee is chaired by

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

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