Manipal OSA Student chapter conducts an International Symposium
The Manipal Student Chapter of Optical Society of America (OSA) conducted a One-day Symposium on “Advances in Biomedical Optics and Applications” on March 22, 2018 at the Dr. TMA Pai Hall, KMC, Manipal.
The event was inaugurated by Dr. H Vinod Bhat (Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal), Dr. Fu-Jen Kao (Professor from National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan; Travelling lecturer from OSA) and Dr. K. Satyamoorthy (Director of School of Life Sciences, MAHE, Manipal) in the presence of Dr. MS Valiathan (National Research Professor, Government of India and former Vice-Chancellor, MAHE, Manipal). In his inaugural address Dr. Bhat stressed the importance of student chapters that are currently active in the university and lauded the outreach activities of the Manipal OSA Student Chapter with schools in the region. Dr. Kao listed the importance and role of the optics in biomedical applications and wished more students to become involved in studying this field. Earlier, Ms. Bhargavi Karna, President, Manipal OSA Student Chapter welcomed the dignitaries and the delegates.
There were total of seven esteemed researchers who spoke on biomedical optics and its prospects in the field of biotechnology. Dr. Fu-Jen Kao spoke about ‘Conceiving the Future of Optical Microscopy’. Dr. Siva Umapathy (Professor from IISc, Bengaluru) talked about ‘Laser spectroscopy applications to biology and medicine’. Dr. Renu John (Associate Professor from IIT, Hyderabad) gave a talk on ‘Biomedical Optical Imaging and Microscopy: Clinical Applications’. Dr. KK Mahato (Professor from School of Life Sciences, MAHE, Manipal) talked about the ‘Scope of Autofluorescence in Biomedical Investigations’. Dr Naveen Balla (Research fellow from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland) shared his views on ‘Nonlinear Optical Microscopy for Functional Imaging’. The delegates also gained insight from the Young Professional Talks given by Dr. Khageswar Sahu (Scientific Officer, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore) and Dr. Abhijit Roy (IISc, Bengaluru). In addition, the gathering also witnessed a talks by student members Ms. Priyanka Ashish (Winner of the poster presentation), Ms. Aadhyaa Setya and Mr. Yash Goel. Ms. Malavika Rajeev recapped the activities of the Manipal OSA Student Chapter since its conception in 2016.
The Optical Society of America is a scientific society dedicated to advancing the study of light, optics and photonics, by means of organizing conferences and exhibitions, and educating through outreach programs. The Manipal OSA student chapter, established in August 2016, is an independent student body with about sixty members at present. The purposes of the Manipal Student Chapter are scientific, technical and educational, and their commitment to long-term learning and advancing knowledge and technology is the driving force behind its initiatives, such as science displays and competitions.
The symposium was preceded by a workshop at the School of Life Sciences, where the attendees were given a demonstration and hands-on training in laser induced fluorescence, polarimetry, and quantitative confocal imaging.
The two day event was sponsored by Optical Society of America and School of Life sciences and co-sponsored by ATOS, MELSS and HOLMARC.