Erwin Alles – University College London
Title: Video-rate and freehand in vivo All-Optical Ultrasound Imaging
Research interests: Erwin Alles is a lecturer at the Wellcome/EPSRC centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS). His research interests include developing clinical optical ultrasound imaging systems capable of video-rate imaging in both external and interventional settings. In particular, he is keen on developing multimodal applications in conjunction with, for example, MRI or CT imaging.
Key publication: Video-rate all-optical ultrasound imaging
Shai Ashkenazi – University of Minnesota
Title: Waveguide fiber Fabry-Pérot ultrasound detectors
Research interests: Photoacoustic Imaging, Photodynamic Therapy, and Optical methods for Ultrasound Imaging
Esra Aytac Kipergil – University College London
Title: Laser-generated focused ultrasound transducers for minimally invasive therapeutic procedures
Research interests: Esra Aytac Kipergil is a research associate at the Wellcome/EPSRC centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS). Her research interests include developing versatile fabrication methods for laser-generated ultrasound (LGFU) transducers. She is exploring the therapeutic capabilities of LGFU transducers at a scale that is suitable for interventional use. She is interested in simultaneous ultrasound therapy and monitoring.
Hyoungwon Baac – Sungkyunkwan University
Title: Laser-generated focused ultrasound and its applications
Research interests: Laser-generated focused ultrasound, optoacoustic lens, optoacoustic transmitter, acoustic cavitation, focused ultrasound therapy, histotripsy, fiber-optic hydrophone.
Key publications: Carbon-Nanotube Optoacoustic Lens for Focused Ultrasound Generation and High-Precision Targeted Therapy
Richard Colchester – University College London
Title: Minimally Invasive Imaging with All-Optical Ultrasound
Research interests: My research interests include the development of minimally invasive medical imaging systems based on laser-generated ultrasound and complementary optical modalities, such as photoacoustic imaging and laser ablation. I am exploring the use of optical fibre based devices for imaging and therapy during surgical procedures. Potential medical applications span cardiac, gastrointestinal, and endobronchial, amongst other.
Key publication: All-Optical Rotational Ultrasound Imaging
Adrien Desjardins – University College London
Research interests: Adrien Desjardins is a Professor at the University College London in the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering and a co-I at the Wellcome/EPSRC centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS). He is the founder and a co-PI of the Interventional Devices Group. His research is centred on the development of new imaging and sensing modalities to guide minimally invasive medical procedures, with a particular interests in the clinical translation of optical ultrasound imaging.
Malcolm Finlay – Barts Heart Centre
L. Jay Guo – University of Michigan
Title: Optical Generation and Detection of Ultrasound and their Applications
Research interests: Dr. L. Jay Guo is a Professor at University of Michigan. His group’s research include polymer-based photonic devices and sensor applications, organic and hybrid photovoltaics and photodetectors, structural colors and nanophotonics, nanoimprint-based and roll to roll nanomanufacturing technologies. His lab developed polymer microring resonator based broadband and sensitive ultrasound detector, and has applied it to ultrasound, photoacoustic, and THz detections. His lab also developed carbon nanomaterial composite based high efficiency photoacoustic generator, and invented photoacoustic lens capable of focusing laser generated ultrasound to tight spot, which enabled various interesting applications.
Nam (Trung) Huynh – University College London
Title: High resolution Fabry-Perot scanner for photoacoustic and optical ultrasound imaging
Research interests: Nam Huynh is a research associate in the Photoacoustic imaging group at the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London. His research interests lie primarily in the area of instrumentations for novel imaging techniques using optics and ultrasound. He has been involved in developing high speed high resolution Fabry-Pérot clinical scanner and using the system to conduct patient studies over the last 5 years.
Callum Little – Royal Free Hospital
Research interests: Callum Little is a Clinical Research Fellow at Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional & Surgical Sciences and Senior Interventional Cardiology Fellow at Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. His research areas of interest include the clinical translation of emerging intravascular technologies including imaging, physiological assessment and therapeutics.
Key publication: Optically Generated Ultrasound for Intracoronary Imaging
Srirang Manohar – University of Twente
Title: Laser-induced ultrasound for non-invasive imaging
Research interests: My interest is in technology development and demonstration of new imaging instruments that use light and ultrasound. Specifically, I work in photoacoustic imaging developing prototypes for non-invasive imaging of breast cancer. This work has potential in diagnosis, guiding of biopsy and monitoring of therapy. A second application area is in minimally-invasive imaging, for potential guidance of biopsies and of needle-based therapies such as radiofrequency ablation.
Vasilis Ntziachristos – Technische Universität München
Title: Listening to sound: optoacoustic imaging and applications
Abstract: Optical imaging is unequivocally the most versatile and widely used visualization modality in the life sciences. Yet it has been significantly limited by photon scattering, which complicates the visualization of tissue beyond a few hundred microns. For the past few years, there has been an emergence of powerful new optical and optoacoustic imaging methods that offer high resolution imaging beyond the penetration limits of microscopic methods. The talk discusses progress in multi-spectral opto-acoustic tomography (MSOT) and mesoscopy (MSOM) that bring unprecedented optical imaging performance in visualizing anatomical, physiological and molecular biomarkers. Advances in light technology, detection methods and algorithms allow for highly-performing visualization in biology and medicine through several millimetres to centimetres of tissue and real-time imaging. The talk demonstrates implementations in the time and frequency domain, showcase how it is possible to accurately solve fluence and spectral coloring issues for yielding quantitative measurements of tissue oxygenation and hypoxia and demonstrate quantitative in-vivo measurements of inflammation, metabolism, angiogenesis in label free mode. In parallel, progress with clinical systems and the complementarity with ultrasound imaging, fluorescence molecular imaging and other modalities is discussed. Finally the talk offers insights into new miniaturized detection methods based on ultrasound detection using optical fibers, which could be used for minimally invasive applications.
Ivan Pelivanov – University of Washington
Title: Non-contact PA molecular fingerprinting in laboratory biomedicine
Fernando Pérez-Cota – University of Nottingham
Jami Shepherd (Johnson) – University of Auckland
Title: Development and applications of non-contact all-optical ultrasound imaging
Research interests: My primary research goal is to advance medical photoacoustic and ultrasonic imaging capabilities through physics and engineering. I am interested in creating altogether new imaging systems as well as enabling new capabilities for devices already embedded into clinical routine. My research therefore spans multiple facets of imaging including development of novel instrumentation, designing and adapting imaging reconstruction methods, and extracting buried information through image processing. Beyond early-stage development, my research includes clinically relevant applications both ex vivo and in vivo toward the essential end-goal of clinical translation.
Rami Shnaiderman – Technische Universität München
Title: Silicon-photonics sensor array for high resolution optoacoustic imaging
Research interests: Rami Shnaiderman is a research associate at the institute of biological and medical imaging. His research interests include development of novel ultrasound sensors and parallelization of large sensor arrays. His current research is directed toward sensor miniaturization with photonic integrated circuits for ultrasonic and optoacoustic imaging, and development of fiber sensors for endoscopic applications.
Xingwei Wang – University of Massachusetts Lowell
Title: Validation of An Ultrasound Transducer’s Generation and Receiving Function on One Single-mode Fiber
Research interests: Optical Fiber Sensors, Bio-sensing and Biomedical Devices, Optical Imaging, Distributed Sensing and Sensors for Harsh Environments
Key publication: Laboratory of Optics
Xiang (Shawn) Zhang – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Tissue LUS Imaging
Research interests: Xiang (Shawn) Zhang is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Computational Instrumentation Lab advised by Dr. Brian Anthony. Shawn’s research focuses on non-contact laser ultrasound (LUS) and design of novel systems to enhance/extend ultrasound beyond present capabilities. In particular, Shawn is interested in using novel instrumentation and materials to enhance LUS performance for clinical translation and integrating LUS methodologies into conventional ultrasound to enable novel diagnostic applications.
Key publication: Full noncontact laser ultrasound: first human data