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Light based solutions to challenges in clinical care

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Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
Venue: TD121, Hawthorn Campus

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Medicine is a problem rich environment where there is a critical need for new solutions that ease the life of the patient, the physician and the caregiving staff. For at least some of these problems, biomedical photonics could well be the answer.

Optical techniques can be used to provide real-time assessment for screening, diagnosis, monitoring and guidance of therapy. In this presentation Dr Anita Mahadevan-Jansen will discuss 2-3 different medical challenges and the optical solution that was developed and implemented in a clinical setting.

Dr Mahadevan-Jansen will present the application of near infrared fluorescence imaging for the anatomical detection of the parathyroid gland during endocrine surgery, the development of spatial offset Raman spectroscopy for breast cancer margin assessment and the biochemical characterization of the pregnant cervix towards understanding preterm birth.

About the speaker

Dr Mahadevan-Jansen did her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Physics from the University of Bombay, India before getting her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. She joined the faculty of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in 1997 and is currently Orrin H Ingram Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Neurological Surgery.

She is the founding director of the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center and also directs the VU-Center for integration of research in teaching and learning (CIRTL), a center focused on future faculty preparation. Her research is in the clinical translation of optical techniques for diagnosis and guidance of therapy with a special interest in neurophotonics. She is a fellow of SPIE and AIMBE.

Contact Information: Professor Paul Stoddart