The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
Conference 11242
Optical Elastography and Tissue Biomechanics VII
This conference is no longer accepting submissions.
Late submissions may be considered subject to chair approval. For more information, please contact Dawn Jackson.
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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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  • Amy L. Oldenburg, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
  • Gabriel Popescu, Univ. of Illinois (United States)
  • Jannick P. Rolland, The Institute of Optics (United States)
  • David D. Sampson, Univ. of Surrey (United Kingdom)
  • Ian A. Sigal, Univ. of Pittsburgh (United States)
  • Kandice Tanner, National Cancer Institute (United States)
  • Peter Török, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
  • Ruikang K. Wang, Univ. of Washington (United States)
  • Tianshi Wang, Erasmus MC (Netherlands)
  • Vladislav V. Yakovlev, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
  • Seok Hyun A. Yun, Wellman Ctr. for Photomedicine (United States)
  • Vladimir Y. Zaitsev, Institute of Applied Physics of the RAS (Russian Federation)
  • Qifa Zhou, The Univ. of Southern California (United States)

Call for

Submissions to this conference must include the following:
  • 100-word text abstract (for online program)
  • 250-word text abstract (for abstract digest)
  • 2-page extended abstract (for committee review only). The extended abstract must be submitted as a separate PDF document limited to two pages, including tables and figures. Include author names and affiliations; text; any figures; tables, or images; and sufficient data to permit committee review.

    All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee to determine acceptance. Extended abstracts will be used only for the purpose of review, and will not be published.

  • This conference is devoted to developments and applications of biomedical optics, biophotonics, ultrasound, MRI, and optical microscopy in the assessment of the biomechanics of cells and tissues. Optical elastography is the use of optics to characterize tissues and cells based on their elastic and viscoelastic mechanical properties. In deploying the high-resolution capability of optics, this rapidly emerging field builds on and complements related methods for biomechanics, such as atomic force microscopy, traction force microscopy and microrheology, and the fields of ultrasound and magnetic resonance elastography.

    Mechanical forces play an important role in the behavior and development of biological systems and disease at all spatial scales, from cells and their constituents, to tissues and organs. Such forces have a profound influence on the health, structural integrity, and normal function of cells and organs. At the same time, accurate knowledge of tissue biomechanical properties is important for the same reasons. Optical elastography and biomechanics methods will aid in the understanding and clinical diagnosis of a wide variety of diseases.

    The multidisciplinarity of optical elastography and tissue and cell biomechanics will see this conference bring together technology and applications experts in bioengineering, biophysics, cell biology, clinical sciences, medical imaging, optical microscopy, optics and photonics, and tissue engineering. In so doing, we hope to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary connections between scientists, engineers, biologists and physicians interested in the broad field of tissue biomechanics.

    Papers are solicited on biomedical optics, biophotonics, ultrasound elastography, MRI elastography, and biomechanical methods and technologies applied or related to estimation, monitoring, and functional assessment of the mechanical properties of normal and pathological biomaterials at all spatial scales, from cells and their constituents to tissues and organs. Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):
    • optical elastography methods in general
    • ultrasound elastography
    • MRI elastography
    • optical coherence tomography/elastography
    • speckle and particle tracking, and holography
    • signal processing methods for optical elastography
    • quantitative methods, including combining modeling and measurement
    • novel loading schemes, such as focused ultrasound, photothermal and magnetomotive
    • methods for measuring viscoelastic properties in particular
    • photoacoustics directed towards biomechanics
    • Brillouin scattering for biomechanics
    • optical tweezers applied to cellular and subcellular mechanical properties
    • scanning probe and other nanoscale methods for biomechanics
    • dynamic methods for characterizing tissue vibration, such as in the ear and vocal chords
    • optical elastography applications in general
    • in vivo elastography
    • elastography applied to characterization of ex vivo and in vivo tissue pathology
    • intraoperative elastography applications (such as in breast cancer, lung cancer and others)
    • elastography in cardiology
    • biomechanics of the eye
    • ophthalmic applications of optical elastography
    • hard tissue biomechanics in bones and dental applications
    • biomechanics in animal models
    • biomechanics in tissue engineering
    • biomechanics in developmental biology
    • microrheology measurements using optical techniques
    • traction force microscopy and related methods
    • cell mechanics methods (related to, e.g., motility, adhesion, and mechanotransduction).

    Special Session is planned in collaboration with the conference BO107: Ophthalmic Technologies XXX, to highlight recent advances in the development of optical elastography methods for eye biomechanics. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts that span this cross-conference topic to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

    2020 Keynote Presentation: "Shear Wave Elastography - from Ultrasound to Optics: past and future", Mathias Fink, Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris (France)
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