Near Infrared Spectroscopy

The Near Infrared Spectroscopy group is part of the Biomedical Optics Research Laboratory in the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at University College London. The group consists of postdoctoral researchers and PhD students with expertise in physics, engineering and mathematics. We are supported by a number of research council and charitable grants and industrial sponsorship. The work of our group is focused on the development and application of a wide range of near infrared spectroscopy instrumentation including single and multi channel differential, spatially resolved and phase resolved systems. These systems are designed to measure tissue oxygenation, haemodynamics and metabolism in a number of different organs although our current focus is predominantly on the brain and muscle. We have long standing collaborations with a range of clinical and life science groups, as well as Hamamatsu Photonics and Hitachi Medical. 



Controlling the mind and slicing the body with light - Prof Elwell at the Cheltenham Festival
Take a look at our video on the use of NIRS to study autism development in infants
Prof Elwell & team in Gambia studying the effects of malnutrition on brain development with optical imaging
Prof Ellwell recognised at Suffrage Science event
Prof Elwell receives Grand Challenges Explorations Funding
Prof Elwell in BBC's Bang Goes The Theory: Can You Train Your Brain?
Prof Elwell in BBC's Horizon: Alan and Marcus Go Forth and Multiply
NIRS helps Olympic 2012 athletes in Going for Gold - The Engineer
Prof Elwell at Body Perspective (Dana Centre)
Dr Leung's Heart Sounds Made Easy in stores now
Prof Elwell in UCL News podcast (mp3)
Prof Elwell at the BA Festival of Science
Dr Leung's interview on Acousto-Optics - The Engineer
Babies can recognise emotion in faces - Telegraph

Maria Papademetrios won the runner-up prize in the University College London Graduate School Research Poster Competition 2010 (see poster)