April 6/7, 2016

Welcome to the Optics in Cardiology symposium

Light is changing our view on cardiovascular disease and therapy. Following the successful clinical introduction of optical coherence tomography and near-infrared spectroscopy, several other new techniques are on the verge of translation. We are preparing the fourth meeting on light-based methods in cardiology: Optics in Cardiology, to be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on April 6 and 7, 2017.

Across the two days of the symposium, we will provide a forum for the latest breakthroughs in applications of light in cardiovascular medicine, highlighting clinical and technological advances in the field. The conference aims to educate clinicians about current practice and new techniques, and expose engineers to first-hand accounts of clinical needs. The program will allow ample time for discussion and interaction with the speakers.

We are currently putting together the program featuring technological, clinical and corporate perspectives. Live cases will demonstrate use of optics in real-world cath practice. A dedicated session will address the development of clinical guidelines for use of OCT. We will reserve a limited number of oral presentation slots for the best contributed abstracts in each conference topic. In addition to the oral program, there will be poster sessions. Participate in the program, submit an abstract! Presenters of accepted abstracts can register for free.

This year for the first time, Optics in Cardiology will be organized in the same week as the international Symposium on Biomechanics in Vascular Biology and Cardiovascular Disease, on April 4-5, 2017. We are planning some joint sessions, and are offering a reduced registration rate for those attending both meetings (details will be posted soon).

The conference announcement can be downloaded here. This website will be kept current with the latest information; send an email to the conference secretary to be added to the mailing list.

We look forward to you joining us next April!

The organizers,

Evelyn Regar MD PhD; email
Gijs van Soest PhD; email
Thorax center


In conjunction with optics in cardiology, the 12th symposium on biomechanics in vascular biology and cardiovascular disease is organised. This year, both occuring in Rotterdam. Visit their website for more information.

The poster awards at the Optics in Cardiology conference were won by:

Jiawen Li (UC Irvine): "Ultrahigh speed IVUS-OCT for clinical use" (best technical poster)

Jennifer Phipps (UT Health Science Center San Antonio): "Effects of light scattering on the diagnosis of thin-capped fibroatheromas in optical coherence tomography images" (best clinical poster)

Congratulations to both teams!

We will post photos of the conference, including awards, soon.

Our partner Cardialysis has generously offered to sponsor two poster awards, one for the best clinical paper and one for the best technical paper.


Public funding