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Faraday Discussion on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications

St Catharine’s College | Cambridge, UK
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Title: Faraday Discussion on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Dates: From Mar, 21, 2016 to Mar, 23, 2016
Location: Cambridge, UK
Type: Conference
Registration Cost: From 160 to 485 GBP
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There have been significant advances in vibrational biomedical spectroscopy and many aspects of associated biophotonics in recent years. Large array detectors suitable for rapid scanning FTIR are now common place, tuneable infrared quantum cascade lasers are now available, deep Raman spectroscopy has emerged as a significant breakthrough technique and nonlinear Raman microscopes offer exciting new possibilities in the area of cell biology. There has also been a revolution in near field methods (e.g. tip enhanced Raman and Infrared, TERS AFM-IR, SNOM) all of which have been used on biomedical samples and accelerator based infrared sources continue to evolve. The time is right to hold a discussion meeting on this rapidly changing dynamic field. Diagnostic and prognostic tools based on these new technologies have the potential to revolutionise our clinical systems leading to improved patient outcome, more efficient public services and significant economic savings for healthcare providers and society. There are, however, many fundamental scientific and technological questions that we need to address before such techniques can be incorporated into the clinical arena.


Spectral Pathology 

This theme focuses on infared and Raman analysis of tissue. This will include types of tissue but we would expect the focus to be predominantly on biopsy tissue. We are interested in new methodologies in rapid scanning FTIR and Raman as well as QCL based systems. Technological developments have been made in all these areas but there are still significant issues related to collecting and anglicising data on a realistic clinical timeframe. In addition this session will focus on how the analytical techniques can be translated into diagnostically useful tools.

Single cell analysis/Data handling

This session deals with infrared and Raman spectroscopy of single cells and with the issues of sample preparation and spectral artefacts. Topic for consideration would be using either infrared or Raman for in vitro cytological screening, including studies of stem cells/ stem cell differentiation, drug cell interaction, radiation and toxicological studies. Other areas would be related to spectroscopic cytology where cells are characterised according to disease state. This session would also deal with data analysis problems associated with single cell spectroscopy and in particular how to deal with the water problem in infrared.

Clinical Spectroscopy

In this session, we will discuss in vivo Raman and intra-operative spectroscopic methods. This area is starting to rapidly advance; however, there are still many fundamental and technological challenges of using infrared and Raman probe in the clinic and especially in the operating theatre.

Biofluids and other techniques

Biofluids, particularly blood and urine, represent readily accessible and relatively non-invasive samples for analysis. Vibrational spectroscopic techniques, both infrared and Raman, are ideally suited to the analysis of a range of such samples for the identification of specific diseases. In some cases a multivariate approach is required looking for a range of spectroscopic markers. In other cases specific analytes may be targeted. In this regard the development of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) has been at the forefront of this development.


Peter Gardner (Chair)

University of Manchester

Nick Stone

University of Exeter

Hugh Byrne

Dublin Institute of Technology

Roy Goodacre

University of Manchester

Matt Baker

University of Strathclyde

Gianfelice Cinque

Diamond Light Source

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St Catharine's College, Cambridge

St Catharines CollegeSt Catharine's College was founded in 1473 and is situated in the centre of Cambridge. It was largely rebuilt in the 17th century with work on the Main Court beginning in 1673; the Chapel was completed in 1704. The College comprises the Master, Professor Dame Jean Thomas, 69 Fellows, some 150 graduate students, and about 410 undergraduates. At St Catharine's, we are committed to academic excellence and success, while maintaining a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. We are fortunate to be located in the centre of Cambridge - within short walking distance of most university departments and numerous historic buildings and collections. St Catharine's is situated on Trumpington Street in Cambridge City Centre. All visitors to the College should report first to the Porters' Lodge located at the main entrance on Trumpington Street. The telephone number for the Porters' Lodge is 01223 338300. 

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A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 02 November 2015. 

The research papers are reviewed upon submission and are sent to all delegates 4 weeks before the meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume. 

Poster Abstracts 

Submit your poster abstract by 11 January 2016. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference. 

Bursaries are available for student and younger members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree). See the registration page for more details. 

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