April 23/24, 2020

Cancellation: Optics in Cardiology and Covid-19


We all felt it coming... It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel this year's meeting. In the past week, the rapid spread of the new Corona virus has prompted many institutes worldwide to impose travel restrictions for researchers. This has forced many of the speakers to cancel their participation in the meeting. As a result, we cannot guarantee the quality and consistency of the program of Optics in Cardiology 2020. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Thank you, participants, speakers, poster presenters and sponsors, for your understanding and continued support. 


We will be back in April 2021, exact dates will be announcxed here soon!

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. The sixth meeting on light-based methods in cardiology, Optics in Cardiology, will again be held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on April 23-24, 2020.

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. As pioneered in the previous meeting in 2018, we will again offer hands-on workshops with the most recent imaging hardware and software, as well as contributed case presentations. 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 by submitting an abstract. Submission will open in fall; subscribe to the mailing list to be kept up-to-date. 

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,

Joost Daemen; Erasmus MC; email
Evelyn Regar MD PhD
Gijs van Soest PhD; Thorax Center Erasmus MC; email


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