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  • Duration: 14 hours, spread over 7 weeks
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Presented by Dr Ali Yetisen, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Modern medicine offers a wide range of biophotonic technologies for the non-invasive diagnosis and treatment of high-risk patients. The development of innovative biophotonic materials and components can reveal the human condition and enable early detection of diseases both at clinical and point-of-care settings.

Biophotonic devices can be deployed to centralized facilities, hospitals, rural clinics and home environments to increase the efficiency in identifying and treating patients who need urgent or continuous care.

This masterclass will demonstrate the state-of-the art technologies in biophotonic materials and components. This fundamental knowledge can be applied to the design, development and production of photonic technologies to create innovative industrial biomedical devices.

Participants will have a unique opportunity to work on a design project to develop photonic technologies for photomedicine applications.

Delivered via Microsoft Teams over 7 weeks with 1.5 hours live class per week in the first 6 weeks and a 2-hour project presentation session in the last week, plus 3×1-hour tutorial sessions.

Upon completion of this masterclass, participants will receive a digital certificate from Imperial College London.

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Course content

Topics covered include:

  • Photonic Technologies in Medicine
    To overview the concepts and applications of photonic materials and devices in medicine, focusing on diagnostics and optical treatment
  • Lasers
    To overview the fundamental technologies and applications in laser optics (solid state, liquid state, gas, semiconductor).
  • Optical Fibers
    To illustrate the current state-of-the-art fiber optic devices, providing the challenges and limitations in endoscopy applications.
  • Spectroscopy
    To demonstrate the applications of absorption, reflection and fluorescence spectroscopy and their utilization in medicine
  • Microscopy and Imaging
    To explore the approaches to collect optical information from a body fluid (blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid) sample or biopsy tissue
  • Photomedicine
    To explore low-level laser therapy (LLLT), photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT) and provide an overview of the state-of-the-art technologies in disease diagnosis and treatment.
  • Design Projects
    To develop a commercial biophotonic technology that will solve a global unmet problem in biotechnology or medicine.

Benefits of attending?

On completion of this masterclass, participants will be able to:

  • Overview the application of biophotonic technologies in diagnostics and treatment of patients
  • Describe the recent advances in laser optics and their utilisation in disease detection and treatment
  • Outline the basic knowledge about fiber optic technologies and waveguides in biophotonics and endoscopy
  • Explore the fundamentals and applications of spectroscopy technologies in biotechnology and medicine
  • Apply the knowledge and experience gained to conceptualize novel technologies in microscopy and imaging
  • Design and develop photonic technologies for photomedicine applications in light therapy and diagnostic device development 

Who should attend?

This masterclass is designed for UG or PG students studying in engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, computing or related disciplines with an interest in learning and applying photonic technologies to create innovative biomedical devices.

Pre-requisite:  Students are expected to have a basic knowledge in chemistry and biology.  For those who do not have basic knowledge of chemistry and biology, a pre-reading list will be provided before the class starts.