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501 Chemistry Seminar: 'Wearable and Bedside Biophotonics: Technologies at the Intersection Between Personalized Medicine and Personal Health'

Thursday, 30 November, 2017

UTK Host:   Dr. Michael Sepaniak, Chemistry Professor

Speaker:  Dr. Bruce Tromberg, Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLI)

University of California


Title: “Wearable and Bedside Biophotonics: Technologies at the Intersection Between Personalized Medicine and Personal Health”



Abstract:Biophotonics technologies can be designed to provide quantitative, dynamic information about tissue structure and biochemical composition. Their impact spans from medical diagnostic and therapeutic devices to consumer-based wearable sensors. With advances in device miniaturization and high performance photonics components, the line between conventional medical instruments and consumer devices is becoming increasingly blurred.  Health care economic pressures are further accelerating this ambiguity by shifting clinical attention from expensive disease treatments to strategies for cost-effective disease management and prevention. This talk introduces emerging Biophotonics technologies that are capable of characterizing tissue structure and biochemical composition spanning from micro- to macroscopic regimes. We will illustrate the power of both wearable and non-contact optical devices for assessing tissue functional parameters including: tissue blood, water and lipid content; tissue oxygenation and oxygen consumption, heart and respiration rate, and tissue blood flow.  Finally, we will consider projected trends in development that are expected to impact how we generate, access, and manage this complex information and improve outcomes for individual patients.  


Biography: Dr. Tromberg is the Director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic (BLI) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and principal investigator of the Laser Microbeam and Medical Program (LAMMP), an NIH National Biomedical Technology Research Center. He is a Professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, co-leads the Onco-imaging and Biotechnology Program in UCI’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has been a member of the BLI faculty since 1990. Dr. Tromberg received his B.A. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was an Oak Ridge Associated Universities Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Lab and completed a Hewitt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Photomedicine at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are in the development of quantitative, broadband Biophotonics technologies for characterizing and imaging tissue structure, function and composition across spatial scales. Dr. Tromberg has more than 440 publications and 18 patents in Biophotonics with applications to cancer, vascular disease, critical care, and neuroscience. He has received the Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award from The Optical Society (OSA), the Directors Award from the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE), and is a fellow of OSA, SPIE, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE).




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Web Cast: This seminar is not web cast.





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