Dr Aditi Sahu, post-doctoral research scholar at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre (New York), has been recently awarded the SPIE Translational Research Award The award was sponsored by the renowned Wellman Centre for Photomedicine (Boston) at was presented at SPIE Photonics West BiOS conference which is organized annually at San Francisco. SPIE Translational Research 2019 highlighted papers from Photonics West BiOS that showcased the latest photonics technologies, tools, and techniques with high potential to impact healthcare with participation of almost 200 research papers.
Photonics West is the leading annual global event for the photonics and laser industries and took place in San Francisco from 2 to7 February 2019. This year, the attendees enjoyed a week full of cutting-edge research (over 5,000 presentations) and two world-class exhibitions (~1,300 companies), making is one of the largest conferences in the world.Photonics West is organized by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, which was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies.SPIE advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent, and career and professional growth.SPIE Mission and Vision: SPIE partners with researchers, educators, and industry to advance light-based research and technologies for the betterment of the human condition.In 2018, SPIE provided $4 million in support of education and outreach programs.
The Translational Research Program—designed to facilitate the translation of biophotonics research into clinical practice—includes approximately 200 papers selected from SPIE BiOS, the premier biomedical optics symposium. Papers selected demonstrate outcomes-based optical and light-based solutions for healthcare challenges, particularly for diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of cancer, heart disease, and neurological disease.The program includes a special focus on outcome-based studies with potential for adoption in clinical practice in the near term with a potential to change clinical outcomes and improve the lives of patients. The program is organized around several topics such as:
Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics
Clinical Technologies and Systems
Tissue Optics, Laser-Tissue Interaction, and Tissue Engineering
Biomedical Spectroscopy, Microscopy, and Imaging
The award was given at a special Lunchtime Forum on 2ndFebruary 2019 which included a presentation by Aditi and was followed by a panel discussion where apart from the session chairs, Prof Rox Anderson and several optical and dermatological experts were also present. They discussed various aspects including adaptation trends, application opportunities, clinical needs, and regulatory challenges in moving technology from the laboratory to the clinic.
Among several prestigious awards, PW awards Translational Research Award. Out of almost 200 abstracts focussing on biophotonics technologies with the, this year’s award was given to Dr Aditi Sahu from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. She also received a cash prize of USD 500. Her work was titled “Combined reflectance confocal microscopy-optical coherence tomography for detection and deep margin assessment of basal cell carcinomas: a clinical study”
Aditi is currently undergoing her post-doctoral training under mentorship of Dr Milind Rajadhyaksha who is a senior SPIE member and a renowned scientist and engineer. Before that, she received her PhD from the prestigious Tata Memorial Centre’s Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), Navi Mumbai. She has been working in the field of cancer diagnosis for the past 9 years and has published more than 20 research articles in reputed journals, including AACR’s Cancer Research and JAMA Derm. Among her other achievements include talks at SPIE, SPEC and AACR conferences, several international travel grants, Junior and Senior Research Fellowships. She is a member of SPIE, New York Academy of Sciences, Indian Spectroscopy Society, Mumbai Immunology Group and several other organizations. Her long-term career goals including working towards cancer prevention, early diagnosis and non-invasive treatment of cancers, facilitated through multi-modal optical imaging approaches. Among her extra-academic activities, she is a noted proponent of veganism and she stands against animal cruelty.
SPIE Photonics West BiOS2019 Translation Research Symposium Chairs
Prof. Aaron Aguirre, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)
Prof. GabrielaApiou, Harvard Medical School,Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)
Prof. Darren Roblyer, Boston Univ. (United States)
Prof. Reginald Birngruber, Univ. zu Lübeck (Germany)