01 April 2015 “la Caixa” Foundation supports development of Photonics for health

ICFO leads program for clinical investigation of Photonic platforms for noninvasive measurement of pathological and physiological properties of tissues. Cutting edge Photonic based technologies for use in clinical settings allow doctors to non-invasively measure pathological and physiological properties of tissues, providing a better understanding of development of disease as well as the monitoring of treatment. These external, safe, portable and cost efficient technologies represent very attractive opportunities for doctors and their patients, most notably in the treatment of neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and the harmful effects of aging. The Medical Optics group at ICFO led by Prof. Turgut Durduran develops new such technologies, collaborating actively with a number of hospitals and biomedical research centers.

In a new project financed by “la Caixa” Foundation, ICFO will coordinate a series of clinical studies in co-operation with leading research hospitals in Barcelona to apply cutting edge technologies based on Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy / Tomography and Diffuse Correlation Spectroscopy / Tomography. Clinical research in the areas of neurology, neurosurgery and oncology will take place in collaborating groups at Hospital Clínic, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Hospital Vall d\'Hebron, IDIBAPS and IDIBELL.