The Innovative Training Networks (ITN) aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.
Optical imaging has huge potential to address unmet clinical needs by combining non-invasive and real-time capture of biomedical information, thus enabling earlier onset of treatment, reduced therapy costs, reduced recurrence rates, and improved clinical outcomes.
In FBI, a selection of modalities are combined into one multimodal platform: optical coherence tomography, optoacoustic tomography, multi-photon microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Enabling said modalities in endoscopes to be clinically applicable is the main challenge, due to the integration of different imaging concepts, scanning and detection methods, and laser sources.
This is addressed by FBI through research and development of novel photonic components and systems, through educating ESRs in understanding clinical, biological and commercial approaches, and through developing tailored technical solutions and efficient translation of technology within a strong network.