SSE #8 - Photonics for health

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“The European photonics industry is thriving; light technologies have a proven track record as a long-term driver of growth not only in Europe but also across the world. With a compound annual growth rate of 7 %, photonics is growing faster than many other high-tech industries; for example, the IT industry (4.5%), Medtech (4.9%), and Microelectronics (4%).”
Giorgio Anania, Vice President of Photonics21

Bone tissue dynamic in mice, In green, porosities & cells, in red & blue, sequential bone deposition
Bone tissue dynamic in mice, In green, porosities & cells, in red & blue, sequential bone deposition - © Mathieu MAALOUF, SAINBIOSE

light for health and space exploration

     The use of light has revolutionised biology and medicine several times in History. First pioneered back in the 17th Century, optical microscopes gave a new start to our knowledge of biological tissues, the origin of diseases, and our ability to diagnose and cure them. In the last decade, biophotonics research has created new solutions for clinical diagnosis and therapies and paved the way to new discoveries in fundamental research. From laser eye surgery to CT scans, photonics can be credited for medical advances that impact millions of lives. The current applications of photonics to healthcare are therefore very broad.
Photonics is also quickly integrating the space domain, allowing not only to design the future high bandwidth free space optical communications but also revolutionising the Space and New Space applications by offering a variety of image sensors and optical sensors.


During this 8th edition of the SLEIGHT Science event dedicated to photonics for health and space, we will welcome experts in photonics-related research domains:

Medical imaging from preclinical research to clinical diagnosis and treatment monitoring as it allows detecting, visualizing and treating tumors
Lucie SANCEY - IAB, Grenoble

Clearing technologies to improve in depth imaging of tissues, as well as live imaging and deep learning for cell tracking
Nicolas RENIER - Institut de la Vision, France
Ko SUGARAWA - IGFL, ENS Lyon, France

♦ Lasers-based biofabrication of replicate of human tissues and the design of new biosensors, all paving the way to personalized medicine
Charles HANDSCHIN - Université de Bordeaux, France
Norbert DANZ - IOF, Germany
Emilie LAFFONT - Hubert Curien lab, France

The diagnosis and treatment of disorders in Ophthalmology and Dermatology
Elisa CINOTTI - University of Sienna, Italy
Olfa BEN-MOUSSA - BIIO lab, France

Mechanical property measurements of transparent or colored biomaterials or tissues
Carlo BEVILACQUA - EMBL, Germany
David EGLIN, Mines Saint-Etienne and SAINBIOSE lab, France

Biology in space
Jean-Luc MOREL - Institute of Neurodegenerative Diseases, France
Laurence VICO - SAINBIOSE lab, France

Fiber-based dosimetry in space
Florence CLEMENT - Cadmos, France
Pierrick CHEINEY - IXBlue, France
Sylvain GIRARD - Hubert Curien lab, France

Image sensors for space missions
Valerian LALUCAA - CNES, France

New challenges in space programs
Philippe ADELL - NASA / JPL, USA


A focus on industrial partnership will be offered in collaboration with the regional clusters on micro and nanotechnologies and on innovation for health, respectively Minalogic and Novéka.

Everyone in the Manutech-SLEIGHT community has been offered the possibility to contribute to the poster session and present some recent research or outstanding piece of equipment.

As an important component in the Manutech-SLEIGHT networking opportunities, the younger members of the consortium will be given the floor in two additional sessions: a “Pitch” session where master students can report on their latest directed research projects, and a "Junior scientists" session devoted to oral presentation by younger scientists of the Manutech-SLEIGHT partner laboratories.

As usual in the SLEIGHT Graduate Interdisciplinary Sessions, each of the three SLEIGHT “scientific axes” will hold a half-day meeting on their current work and thereby foster future collaboration within the consortium.

In addition, there is currently a plan to start a Manutech-SLEIGHT student association that could apply for the status of a Student Chapter in Learned Societies. One time slot has been scheduled for a presentation and discussion of the project.