The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
Conference BO104
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of Light in Cardiology 2020
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Abstract Due:
24 July 2019

Author Notification:
30 September 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
8 January 2020

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
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  • Guillermo J. Tearney, Massachusetts General Hospital (United States)

Call for
During the last decade there have been significant scientific developments in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases using lasers and optical technology. Recent progress in vulnerable plaque detection has motivated the development of a variety of new optical techniques for intracoronary diagnosis. The scientific and medical communities have additionally continued to search for new technologies and to improve on existing technologies that can be applied to areas such as cardiovascular recanalization or angioplasty, welding of vascular anastomoses, ablation of arrhythmogenic foci, transmyocardial revascularization, etc. The interdisciplinary research and collaboration among physicians, scientists, engineers, and manufacturers is paramount to maintaining and strengthening the field of biomedical cardiovascular laser applications.

This conference intends to bring together researchers and industry partners to present and discuss the important advances in laser and diagnostic applications in cardiovascular medicine. The intent is to stimulate interactions, which will contribute to future progress in developing effective clinical cardiovascular diagnostic and therapeutic systems.

Topics will include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • new laser sources for transmyocardial laser revascularization
  • mechanisms of laser revascularization
  • ablation of arrhythmogenic foci and bypass pathways
  • excimer laser applications
  • ablative and nonablative applications
  • catheter design for laser therapy of arrhythmias
  • evaluation of available laser angioplasty devices
  • new fibers and catheter designs for laser angioplasty
  • new lead extraction laser catheters
  • optical methods of assessing cardiovascular structure, biomechanics and function
  • vascular welding
  • vascular reactivity to laser energy
  • approaches to control and assess the extent of laser injury
  • new applications for laser thrombolysis
  • spectroscopy
  • fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging
  • new catheter design for intravascular optical diagnostics
  • photodynamic therapy
  • photodynamic therapy for intimal hyperplasia
  • MEMS for cardiovascular diagnostics
  • optical coherence tomography
  • Raman, fluorescence, and absorption spectroscopy
  • angioscopy
  • thermography
  • optical studies of the cardiovascular system in animal models
  • contrast agents for cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy
  • cardiovascular optogenetics
  • translational research.
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