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Wang Named 2015 Britton Chance Award Winner

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BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 17, 2014 — Lihong Wang, an innovator in photoacoustic imaging, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award.

A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Wang is being recognized for his pioneering technical contributions and visionary leadership in the development and application of photoacoustic tomography, photoacoustic microscopy and photon transport modeling, among others. 

Wang was recently awarded a $1.1 million grant from The National Institutes of Health to research imaging of electrical activity of neurons deep inside the brain, as part of the national Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative.

He holds the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professorship of Biomedical Engineering at WUSTL, and is editor-in-chief of the SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics. Wang also co-authored Biomedical Optics: Principles and Imaging, which won the 2010 Joseph W. Goodman Book Award.

The 2015 Britton award will be presented during the SPIE Photonics West 2015 conference. Presented annually by SPIE, the award recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of biomedical optics through the development of innovative, high-impact technologies.

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Related: "Photoacoustically Breaking Through the Diffraction Limit," a Photonics Media webinar presentation by Lihong Wang.
Oct 2014
photoacoustic imaging
Abbreviated PAI. An imaging modality with a hybrid technique based on the acoustic detection of optical absorption from endogenous chromophores or exogenous contrast agents. Light is absorbed by the chromophores and converted into transient heating, and through thermoelastic expansion there is a resulting emission of ultrasonic waves. In tissue, ultrasound scatters less than light, therefore PAI generates high-resolution images in the diffusive and optical ballistic regimes compared to purely...
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