The Institute of Photonic Sciences

Center of Excellence in STORM
Light for Health Event at ICFO
Aug 6, 2011

The fields of biomedicine and biophotonics met at an event organized by ICFO last 30-31 May 201

ICFO organized the second edition of the Light for Health (L4H) Event as part of the Light for Health focus Program. This year's event focused on photonics applied to two main research areas: Neurology and Neurosciences & Oncology. The L4H Event took place last May 30-31, 2011.

This event gathered over 150 multidisciplinary participants from Hospitals, Health-care Centers, Biomedical Research Centers, Universities and Corporations in an exchange of knowledge and experience that aims to pushing the limits of knowledge.

This year’s event was co-organised by the International Center for Scientific Debate (ICSD). The ICSD is an initiative of Biocat, with support from the “la Caixa” Welfare Projects Foundation, which aims to drive first-rate international scientific events to promote dialogue, collaboration and open exchange of ideas, projects and knowledge among experts of renowned national and international prestige.

The two days event gathered 13 internationally renowned invited speakers that presented the state of the art and challenges of photonics applied to the fields of Oncology, Neurology and Neurosciences and in Advanced Imaging Techniques. Prof. David Boas from the Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA), Prof. John Detre from the University of Pennsylvania (USA), Prof. Oriol Casanovas, Catalan Institute of Oncology – IDIBEL (Spain) and Prof. Thomas Misgeld from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) were few of speakers that presented their work. From ICFO Prof. Romain Quidant has shared his latest advances in nanoplamonics applied to the early diagnose and cancer treatment.

Moreover, during the first day of the event there was the official opening of the Nikon Center of Excellence in STORM at ICFO ( and the European release of the N-STORM Super resolution Microscope. This center is a result of a partnership with Nikon Instruments Europe. Focusing on STORM super-resolution technology, this unique partnership will allow researchers access to groundbreaking Nikon N-STORM super-resolution microscopy systems to advance ICFO’s ongoing cutting edge research in this area.