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  • Duke photonics expert Tuan Vo-Dinh, director of the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson professor of biomedical engineering and professor of chemistry, will be among a distinguished roster of speakers in Paris on May 16, inaugurating the first “International Day of Light” at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) headquarters.

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  • By combining an FDA-approved cancer immunotherapy with an emerging tumor-roasting nanotechnology, Dr. Vo-Dinh and group improved the efficacy of both therapies in a proof-of-concept study using mice.

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    A group of gold nanostars under an electron microscope. The nanostars' size causes them to accumulate within tumors, where researchers use infrared light to heat them and destroy cancerous growths.

  • Dr. Vo-Dinh presented a plenary lecture at the IPA 2015 / SPIE Biophotonics South America Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 22 - May 26, 2015. 

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  • Nanophotonics is now a major research theme in optical physics and engineering. Driven by the dream of untapped device functionality, nanophotonics studies the exciting science of the interaction of light with nanostructures, at the size scale where optical, electronic, structural, thermal and mechanical properties are deeply interdependent.

    Some experts believe that nanophotonics will continue to boom for the next decade on the ticket of a green enabling technology, and that with an outlook of 10 years plus, we will see “nanophotonics inside” solutions for telecoms, sensor and data-processing applications.

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  • Dr. Vo-Dinh was a keynote speaker at the 5th International Conference on the Development of Biomedical Engineering in Vietnam from June 16-18, 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This conference follows the last four successful International Conferences in 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2012. It reflects the progress of Biomedical Engineering in Vietnam and elsewhere. It also constitutes a platform to spearhead the efforts to stimulate third world countries to make progress in this emerging field.

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  • Dr. Vo-Dinh chaired two conferences at BiOS SPIE Photonics West 2014 Conference in San Francisco, California, USA, 1 - 6 February 2014:

    - Plasmonics in Biology and Medicine XI, Saturday - Sunday 1 - 2 February 2014. Read more

    - Advanced Biomedical and Clinical Diagnostic and Surgical Guidance Systems XII, Sunday - Tuesday 2 - 4 February 2014. Read more

  • The optical technique of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has been used to detect signs of infection in tissue samples before patients even show symptoms of viral disease. The system could be further developed into a portable lab-on-a-chip (LoC) devices for use in the clinic with potential for applications in the developing world.

    A group of biomedical engineers and genome researchers - Hsin-Neng Wang, Andrew Fales, Aimee Zaas, Christopher Woods, Thomas Burke, Geoffrey Ginsburg and Tuan Vo-Dinh - at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, have developed what they refer to as a proof-of-principle approach to using light in order to detect infections before patients show symptoms.

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  • Tuan Vo-Dinh and collaborators at Duke’s Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics are moving the field of photonics forward fast, developing an array of optical technologies that make detecting and treating disease faster, cheaper, more accurate and less invasive.

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  • On May 14-16, 2012 Dr. Vo-Dinh presented a keynote lecture entitled “Nanosensors and Nanoprobes: From Cell Exploration to Medical Diagnostics” at the 2012 International Conference on Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Las Vegas, NV.

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  • Dr Vo-Dinh was a distinguished speaker for the Advances in Biomedical Optics Series at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN) and presented a talk entitled "Biophotonic Nanosensors and Nanoprobes: From Cell Exploration to Medical Theranostics" on April 2, 2012.

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