Biomedical Photonics Network: A new workgroup at the
The field of Biomedical Photonics is currently booming
and many new applications are envisioned. To foster
this development an interdisciplinary group of
researchers, who are active in this field, has decided
to found the Biomedical Photonics Network (BMPN) as an
interdisciplinary workgroup of the SSOM.
Biomedical Photonics involves experimental, diagnostic
and therapeutic optical methods for medicine and
biology. It uses light or imaging systems to determine
the normal and/or pathologic properties of cells,
tissues, organs and organisms in medicine and biology.
Objectives of the Biomedical Photonics Network
Enhancement of interdisciplinary collaboration
One important basis for success is an efficient
interdisciplinary collaboration between individuals
of different backgrounds (medicine, biology, physics,
engineering, industry) working in clinics,
universities, institutes of technology and companies.
Although many research groups are active in this
field in Switzerland, interaction between them
remains insufficient. The aim of the BMPN is to
address this problem by organizing regular activities
to promote the scientific exchange and create
personal contacts. The BMPN will thus provide a
platform to promote collaborative projects, stimulate
fundamental and applied research and foster
collaborations with SNF, KTI and industry.
Enhanced transfer of research to industry
Biomedical Photonics has a tremendous potential for
innovation. Close collaborations with industrial
partners will help to commercialise newly developed
techniques and will ensure that development leads to
useful, practical instrumentation.
Optical trapping of dielectric spheres
Perfusion of the brain: Path of light through the
Optical imaging sensor for brain
Tissue for tumor irradiation in photodynamic therapy