Advances in Optics for Biotechnology, Medicine, and Surgery XIV

An ECI Conference Series

June 14-17, 2015
Vail, Colorado, USA

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About This Conference

The primary goal of this, the 14th conference in the series, is to bring together scientists, engineers and clinicians interested in the application of optics to biotechnology, medicine, and surgery. This conference is intended to provide a forum for formal and informal discussion/ interaction of all interested parties, and to promote positive interactions between students and established experts in the field. Ample time for informal networking is built in as an integral component of the meeting. We intend to emphasize both recent technological advances, as well as novel and established applications of optics in medicine and research.

Technical sessions are being planned on the following topics:

•              Optics and the Brain
•              Optoacoustics
•              Super-resolution
•              Imaging Through Scattering
•              Optics at Point of Care
•              Computational Optics and Compressed Sensing
•              Image Processing and Analysis
•              Novel Contrast Agents
•              Imaging Biological Mechanisms
•              Surgical Guidance and Endoscopy
•              Poster Sessions (with some posters selected for “Hot Topics” talks)

Confirmed Speakers

  • Chris Xu, Cornell University, “In Vivo Multiphoton Imaging of Mouse Brain”
  • Vivek Srinivasan, University of California, Davis, “Optical Coherence Microscopy of Brain Function in Health and Disease”
  • Joseph Culver, Washington University in St. Louis, “Optics for imaging brain functions and networks”
  • Vasilis Ntziachristos, Technical University of Munich, “Revolutionizing optical imaging with Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT)”
  • Xueding Wang, University of Michigan, Title TBD
  • Matt O’Donnell,University of Washington, “Clinical Translation of an Interleaved Ultrasound and Photoacoustic Imaging System”
  • Peng Yin,  Harvard University, “DNA probes for highly multiplexed,  precisely quantitative, ultra-resolution “imaging”
  • Albert Diaspro, Italian Institute of Technology, Title TBD
  • Rafael Piestun, University of Colorado, Boulder, Title TBD
  • Wonshik Choi, Korea University, “Biophotonics beyond multiple light scattering”
  • Na Ji, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “From star to neuron – adaptive optical microscopy for deep brain imaging”
  • Ivo Vellekoop, University of Twente, Title TBD
  • Nimmi Ramanujam,  Duke University, “Point of care technologies for women’s health: local and global challenges”
  • Ian White,  University of Maryland, “Inkjet-printed fluidic paper SERS devices for chemical and biological analytics”
  • Gerard Cote, Texas A&M University, “Cell Phone Polarized Light Imaging System for Malaria Diagnosis”
  • George Barbastathis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Compressive phase retrieval”
  • Michael Gehm, Duke University, “Adaptive Spectral Imaging Classification”
  • Jason Fleischer, Princeton University, Title TBD
  • Steven G. Adie, Cornell University, “Computed Optical Coherence Tomography of Biological Tissues and Cells”
  • Kevin Eliceiri, University of Wisconsin‑Madison, “Image Informatics for Multiscale Imaging”
  • Sina Farsiu, Duke University, “Efficient Acquisition, Storage, and Analysis of Optical Images in Clinical Settings”
  • Gustavo Rohde, Carnegie Mellon University, “Processing methods for enhancement, physiological measurement, and automated learning from optical signals”
  • Daniel Chiu, University of Washington, “Pdots–narrow band, 10X brighter than QDs”
  • Wei Min, Columbia University, “Stimulated Raman scattering imaging of alkyne vibrational tags”
  • Christopher H. Contag, Stanford University, “Providing contrast for molecular endoscopy”
  • Charles Lin, Massachusetts General Hospital, Title TBD
  • Michael Choma, Yale University, “Microscale biological fluid flows”
  • Paul R Selvin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Fluorescence imaging of molecular motor dynamics (sort-of superresolution as well)
  • Calum MacAulay, BC Cancer Agency, Title TBD
  • Fijs Van Leeuwen, Leiden University Medical Center, “Hybrid imaging approaches for image guided surgery”

Conference Organization

R. Leitgeb, Medical University of Vienna
R. Levenson, University of California – Davis
Laura Waller, University of California, Berkeley

Conference Venue

 Vail and the Vail Cascade Resort
Vail is the ideal location for conference participants who will be taking part in intense technical discussions. With breathtaking mountain views, Vail  and the surrounding region provides refreshing inspiration for everyone.

Vail is a central access point for all kinds of on-mountain year-round activities, summer and winter. Named after state highway engineer Charlie Vail who built the first highway through the area, the mountain wasn’t “discovered” until the mid-1950s by 10th Mountain Division trooper Peter Seibert and local rancher Earl Eaton. When Seibert and Eaton hiked to the top of the mountain they looked out upon the vast open bowls and realized it was the perfect spot for ski slopes. In January 1962, their dream came alive when the U.S. Forest Service granted the final permit to Seibert and Eaton. Vail Mountain opened in December of the same year. Today Vail Mountain is North America’s largest ski area, covering 5,289 acres with seven legendary bowls.

The local people split Vail into three neighborhoods: East Vail, Vail and West Vail. Within the “Vail” vicinity lie two villages. Coming into the valley on I-70 from Denver, you’ll drop into gorgeous East Vail. East Vail is a residential neighborhood that shares one quaint marketplace and is surrounded by the White River National Forest. This preserve provides an abundance of hiking trails in the summer, and in the winter, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice climbing. Only two miles further west on I-70,  is West Vail, which offers a variety of restaurants, retail shops, lodging and full-sized grocery markets – all with their own distinctive character. From sushi to Captain Crunch French toast to the best omelets in town, you can find it here. The Town of Vail provides free shuttle service throughout the area. .

The Vail Cascade Resort is uniquely positioned alongside of Gore Creek in Cascade Village.  Covering over 118 pristine acres, Cascade Village is conveniently located west of Vail Village and within close proximity to all activities.  It is a creek-side resort with the finest features of an alpine village, a very comprehensive conference facility, an incomparable spa and fitness center, creative culinary options, and a wide selection of craft brews. It is but a short, pleasant walk from the hotel to the village.

All within close proximity to Vail Cascade are the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum, Vail Golf Club, and Vail Nature Center.

High Altitude Awareness
Coming to a high altitude (Vail is 8150 ft (2484 m) above sea level) can trigger Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) in visitors from low elevations.  The first thing that many people notice is a shortness of breath, especially when exercising.  In addition, the heart is likely to beat more quickly and one may develop nausea, unusual tiredness, headache or have difficulty sleeping.

To prevent these symptoms:

  • Plan to arrive a day in advance of the conference so you have time to comfortably settle and never push the limits of your physical capabilities.
  • Increase your water or fluid intake 3-4 times normal consumption-avoiding excess alcohol and caffeine.
  • Limit salty foods and increase carbohydrate consumption.

Traveling to Vail

Airport Transfer and Driving Information: Vail is about 35 miles from the Eagle County/Aspen Airport and about a two-hour drive from Denver International Airport.

If you are planning to use an airport transfer service, you must make your reservation in advance. Contact Colorado Mountain Express ( and near the end of the registration process, note “ECI” and you will receive a discount.

Driving directions (Interactive map):

From DIA – Take I-70 West and take Exit 176.  At the end of the ramp, enter roundabout and go to the left under the Interstate.  Enter the 2nd Vail roundabout and turn right onto South Frontage Road (toward Lionshead).  Follow the Frontage Road signs that direct you to the “Cascade Village.”  The resort is approximately 1.75 miles on the left.

From Eagle County Airport – Take I-70 East for approximately 30 minutes.  Exit 173 (West Vail).  Enter roundabout and follow signs to South Frontage Road/Vail Village/Lionshead.  Follow Frontage Road signs that direct you to “Cascade Village.”  The resort is located one mile on the right.

Vail Cascade Resort offers a shuttle from the hotel to Vail and Lionshead, running a continuous loop every 20 minutes from 7 am to midnight, 7 days a week.

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