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Latest Issue
Dec 2017

The Virtues of Synergy

MARCIA STAMELL, ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR, marcia.stamell @photonics.com
Our cover story this month focuses on a hybrid technique: photomediated ultrasound therapy (PUT). As the name implies, the technique takes advantage of the syngeries of lasers and sound to increase the effectiveness of antivascular therapy. Developed by a research team at the University of Michigan and other institutions, PUT may provide new treatments for cancer and diseases causing blindness such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. “Photomediated Ultrasound Therapy Offers Precision Targeting of Microvessels” (read article).

An agent-free therapy that offers increased penetration depth with lessened side-effects, PUT is one example of photonics research reaching beyond itself with promising results. Another involves 3D imaging for medicine and the biosciences. Researchers here have reached all the way to the movie business to advance the technology. Cinematic computer rendering, writes Contributing Editor Hank Hogan, is being used to deliver photorealistic images of 3D scans suitable for teaching and presentations. Other researchers are investigating the use of of consumer-style smart glasses to create virtual 3D models for surgical planning. You can find “3D Imaging Aids Life Sciences” (read article).

Elsewhere in the magazine:

• Ming Yan and Gil Reinin of Cytek Biosciences write about a new tool for immunooncology (IO) research. Full-spectrum flow cytometry uses three lasers to excite fluorescent dyes that each have a distinctive spectral signature. Multiple detectors read the results and a mathematical algorithm then differentiates among the fluorescent signatures. This can enable researchers to profile several cell subsets from a single assay of whole blood and may prove useful in evaluating IO therapies. “Full-Spectrum Technology Deepens the Reach of Flow Cytometry”(read article).

• A story on Dodt gradient contrast microscopy, or DGC, by John Wingerd of Siskiyou Corp. introduces a new means of imaging colorless specimens. DGC relies on diffraction using a diffuser and a condenser with a curved mask. As a result, any transparent object with edges that diffract light will be visible, and the Dodt image will be similar to normal images of a sample, with dark and light edges highlighted. The story also features a case study of how the technology was used to analyze the neurological basis of alcohol dependency in mice. “DCG Helps Illuminate Mechanisms of Alcohol Dependency” (read article).

• In our Biopinion this month, John Maynard, a medical device and diagnostics consultant, outlines steps for designing a biophotonic publication and patent strategy. The more patents a company has, the more territory it can claim, he writes. When it comes to publications, he adds, secrecy can have diminishing returns. As biophotonics companies bring out new products, they can benefit from actively educating the market on how — and how well — their technology works. “Design a patent and publication strategy” (read article).

• And don’t miss this issue’s special Imaging Sourcebook (read article).

Enjoy the issue.
Karen Newman
Group Publisher Karen Newman has had a career in business-to-business and association publishing, much of it spent covering technical, scientific and life sciences subjects.
Mike Wheeler
An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, Managing Editor Michael D. Wheeler oversees editorial content for Photonics Spectra, EuroPhotonics, BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics magazines.
Marcia Stamell
Associate Managing Editor Marcia Stamell is the editor of BioPhotonics and Industrial Photonics. She has worked for general interest newspapers, the business press and national magazines as a writer and editor.
 
Justine Murphy
Senior Editor Justine Murphy is an award-winning journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. She serves as editor of EuroPhotonics, host of Light Matters and producer of podcasts. She also leads development of magazine special sections and marketing projects.
Autum Pylant
News Editor Autum C. Pylant is an Air Force Veteran with 10+ years of award-winning broadcast journalism experience. She is responsible for the steady flow of news and new product announcements to web and print and is the producer of the Light Matters video newscast.
Robin Riley
Multimedia/Web Editor Robin Riley has 30+ years of experience in communications and marketing for a range of technical industries. She is a regular contributor to web content and social media, and organizes and produces custom and editorial webinars.
 
Hank Hogan
Contributing editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Hogan worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing editor Marie Freebody is a free-lance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
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