Wednesday, June 22, 2011

SEMINAR: 7.7.11 / CREOL 102 / 11-12p / Seminar: “Novel Therapeutic and Diagnostic Applications of Lasers in Medicine”, Nathaniel Fried, University of

Seminar: “Novel Therapeutic and Diagnostic Applications of Lasers in Medicine”, Nathaniel Fried, University of North Carolina


Thursday, July 7, 2011 / 11:00am-12:00pm

Nathaniel Fried, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Optical Science

University of North Carolina at Charlotte


The Biomedical Optics Laboratory at UNC-Charlotte is devoted to development of novel therapeutic and diagnostic laser applications in medicine. The lab performs applied, clinically-driven research and provides a bridge between physicists/engineers and doctors. This presentation provides an overview of promising laser technologies for potential treatment or diagnosis of “Quality-of-Life” problems in urology:

(1) Thulium fiber laser vaporization of kidney stones:

The solid-state Holmium:YAG laser (=2120 nm) currently used for lithotripsy is limited by its poor spatial beam profile – the large fibers used may break, damaging endoscopes, and prevent sufficient saline irrigation, compromising visibility and safety. Fiber lasers provide high power coupling into smaller, more flexible fibers for use in latest flexible endoscopes, with improved bending and higher irrigation rates. The thulium fiber laser (=1908 nm) matches a major water absorption peak in tissue, thus providing lower ablation thresholds and more efficient stone ablation than the Holmium laser.

(2) Erbium:YAG laser incision of urethral strictures using mid-infrared optical fibers:

Endoscopic applications of mid-IR lasers have been limited due to the lack of a suitable fiber delivery system. A hybrid germanium oxide/sapphire fiber is a biocompatible, flexible, robust, high-power fiber for endoscopic delivery of Erbium:YAG laser radiation (=2940 nm). The Erbium laser may provide precise, cellular level vaporization of scar tissue in the urinary tract for treatment of incontinence.

(3) Noninvasive laser vasectomy using a Ytterbium fiber laser:

Vasectomy is the most effective, safest, and least expensive method of sterilization. However, due to male fears of incision, bleeding, infection, and pain associated with surgical vasectomy, female sterilization (tubal ligation) remains more popular. Deeply penetrating near-infrared Ytterbium fiber laser radiation (=1075 nm) in conjunction with cryogen spray cooling, can be used to perform noninvasive male sterilization which may increase the popularity of vasectomy.

(4) Optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the prostate nerves:

The cavernous nerves course along the prostate surface and are responsible for sexual function. Surgeons have difficulty identifying and sparing these nerves during prostate cancer surgery. OCT is an ideal technology for high-resolution imaging of these nerves and can easily be integrated into standard laparoscopic and robotic instruments for intra-operative diagnosis.

(5) Infrared laser stimulation of the cavernous nerves:

Optical nerve stimulation (ONS) using pulsed infrared light has recently been developed as an alternative to conventional electrical nerve stimulation. ONS provides several advantages, including non-contact stimulation, increased spatial selectivity, and elimination of stimulation artifacts. Our laboratory is investigating ONS as an intra-operative fiber optic method that complements OCT for identification of the cavernous nerves.


Nathaniel Fried is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Optical Science and Director of the Biomedical Optics Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins Medical School, in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Fried received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1998 while working in the area of laser tissue welding. As a joint postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins Medical School, he worked on designing novel laser balloon catheters for use in treating cardiac arrhythmias. From 2000-2006, he was a faculty member in the Department of Urology at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the Director of the Biomedical Optics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Fried has over 15 years of experience working in the field of laser-tissue interactions and laser medicine. He has been a member of both the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and the Society of Photo-Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) since 1998, and he currently serves as an editorial board member for the journals, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine and Lasers in Medical Science. Dr. Fried has published over 100 manuscripts, conference proceedings, and book chapters in laser medicine and currently holds several patents in the field. He is the past recipient of three Young Investigator Awards for his research in laser medicine, and he has received extramural research funding from a number of federal agencies (NIH, DOD, DOE, USAID), private foundations (Whitaker, NKF), and industry. In addition to actively performing research in the field of laser medicine, Dr. Fried also currently teaches an undergraduate introductory course in Medical Physics and a graduate course in Biomedical Optics at UNC-Charlotte.

For More Information:

Dr. Eric W. Van Stryland

Monday, June 20, 2011

Automated Manufacturing and Medical Technology Under One Roof - the .decimal Plant Tour, 13 July, 2:00 PM

The International Test and Evaluation Association - Central Florida (ITEA-CF) Chapter, the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, and the Medical Training, Treatment and Technology (MT3) network are proud to announce an upcoming plant tour of .decimal(r) (pronounced"dot-decimal") in Sanford, FL on Wednesday, 13 July beginning at 2:30 PM.

.decimal(r) offers a state of the art capability converting medical scans into rapidly fabricated, precision devices designed to help save patient lives during cancer treatment. The facility has also produces other devices, including components for human surrogate manikins, in a rapid prototype to production cycle through automation and Internet based business model processes.

Visitors will learn the .decimal(r) story, and see the actual production floor where the challenges of medical patients around the globe are turned into hardware destined to help save and improve their lives.

For those interested in learning more, the attached ITEA-CF Areas of Distinction article provides the background information on .decimal(r). Feel free to share the attached article and promotional flyer with others.

We hope you will join us in Sanford, FL on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 beginning at 2:30pm.

Refreshments and hors d'ouvres will be served and time to socialize and network will be provided through 5:00pm.

An RSVP is required to attend the July 13th facility tour and social.

Please send an email to Karen Sweat at or call 407-330-3300 or 800-255-1613 by July 6th to confirm attendance.


121 Central Park Place

Sanford, Florida 32771

Phone: 407-330-3300 or 800-255-1613

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June 16 Noon PST Webinar: User Issues in Stereoscopic 3D Displays

SID Web Seminar
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM (noon) Pacific Daylight Time
Duration: Approximately 1 hour including Q&A
Sponsors: Rambus & Sharp
FULL DETAILS: see the red webinar link on SID's homepage

Subject: User Issues in Stereoscopic 3D Displays
Dr. Martin Banks is a vision scientist at Visual Space Perception Laboratory at UC Berkeley. He will discuss the use of stereoscopic 3D displays in industry and impact on the user. In addition, he will discuss technical criteria relevant to effect use of stereoscopic 3D displays.

In this Webinar you will learn:
A variety of user issues.
The temporal protocols used in stereo 3D and how they affect perceived flicker, motion artifacts, and depth distortions
Head roll, vertical eye movements, and visual discomfort
Visual-vestibular conflict and nausea
Vergence-accommodation conflict
Vergence: the inward or outward turning movement of the eyes in convergence or divergence
Accommodation: the focusing of the eyes to make the image on the retinas sharp.
Vergence and accommodation in natural viewing; coupling
Vergence and accommodation in stereo displays
Optometric measures of discomfort
Evidence that vergence-accommodation conflict with stereo displays causes discomfort: blurry vision, tired eyes, and headache
The effect of viewing distance
The effect of the direction of the conflict (content in front of the screen or behind?)
Maintaining comfort in different viewing situations
Relating these findings to current practice

About the Presenter:
Dr. Martin Banks received his Bachelor’s at Occidental College in 1970 majoring in Psychology and minoring in Physics. After a year in Germany, he entered graduate school, receiving a Master’s in Psychology at UCSD in 1973 and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Minnesota in 1976. He was Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Texas at Austin from 1976-1985. He moved to UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1985 where he is Professor of Optometry and Vision Science serving as Chairman of Vision Science from 1995-2002. Banks has received several awards for basic and applied research on topics including human visual development, visual space perception, the development and evaluation of stereoscopic displays, and inter-sensory perception.

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Macromedia Flash® player, Version 10.0 or higher
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Broadband connection
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Help Desk
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Monday, June 13, 2011

6/29/11 - Webinar - Who are these People and What do they Want? - The Care and Feeding of the Medi


Free Online Webinar

“Who are these People and What do they Want? - The Care and Feeding of the Media”

Did you know that everything you do delivers a message? How do you know if you are sending the right or wrong one?

How does the media decide what news is important?

What is the best way to formulate a soundbite?

Learn about this and other pertinent information on how to deal with the media in this one hour webinar.

Presented by:
Annetta Wilson, Certified Master Coach and Certified Trainer

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

About the Presenter:

Annetta Wilson is President of Annetta Wilson Media Training & Success Coaching. She is a business strategist specializing in media training, presentation, and communication skills coaching. Ms. Wilson is a Certified Mastery Coach and Certified Trainer. An award-winning journalist, she worked in the broadcast industry as a television news anchor, reporter, producer, talk show host and writer.

To attend this free webinar, please register at

GrowFL is the official Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Pilot Program for the State of Florida and a program of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. The Florida Economic Gardening Institute is headquartered at the University of Central Florida under contract with the State of Florida’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development under the Executive Office of the Governor.

Florida Economic Gardening Institute, 12201 Research Parkway, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32826

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gooch & Housego device to be featured on Mythbusters!

The OL731 USB Smart Detector, from the Life Sciences & Instrumentation division of Gooch & Housego, an FPC member company, will be featured on an upcoming episode of the Discover Channel's Mythbuster. The show, scheduled to air on Wednesday, June 22 at 9pm, is a science entertainment TV program in which the hosts use elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories. The OL731 is a low-cost, hand-held radiometer/photometer that can be tailored to the spectral response of the user's specific application requirements with the use of a range of sensors and filters. It will be used in an experiment to see if a trick used to light an undeground chamber in a scene from The Mummy could actually have been performed or is a myth!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Call for Applications -- Extended deadline for Outreach Grant applications - 6/17/2011

SPIE provides support for optics and photonics related education outreach projects. Qualifying not-for-profit organizations such as universities, optics centers, science centers, primary and secondary schools, youth clubs, industry associations and international optical societies are eligible for project support.

The key criterion in evaluation and ranking applications is the potential to impact students and to increase optics and photonics awareness. The award process is competitive; applications are judged by a volunteer committee.

Please share this information with anyone involved in an optics and photonics related outreach project. The application submission deadline for SPIE’s Education Outreach Grant is Friday, June 17.

Apply now and submit your application by 11:59 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) on Friday, June 17.


Ms. Pascale Barnett

Education Services Coordinator, Education Services Dept.


PO Box 10

Bellingham WA 98227-0010 USA

Tel: +1 360 685 5452

Fax: +1 360 647 1445

pascale @ spie. org

SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.