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. This year, 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.

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 year!

The organizers,

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


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.

Arriving early? Good! On Tuesday March 10, two PhD students from the Thorax Centre BME group (and speakers at OiC) will defend their thesis in a public ceremony held at the Erasmus MC Education Centre. All participants to the conference are invited to attend.

13:30 Pieter Kruizinga - Acoustic images of the carotid artery

15:30 Tianshi Wang - Heartbeat OCT

In the evenings after the sessions there will be the occasion to meet peers and speakers in an informal atmosphere. On Wednesday, we are invited in the Rotterdam city hall for a reception honouring the 25th anniversary of clinical IVUS, on Thursday there is a conference dinner in the Euromast.


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