Manipal Optical Society America hosts Symposium
Manipal Optical Society America (OSA) Student Chapter organised a one-day symposium on ‘Advances in Bio-Optics, Biophotonics and Optogenetics’ at the KMC Interact on July 29. The aim of the symposium was to delve into the application of optics and photonics in biology and medicine.
Several topics were deliberated upon by specialised professionals from Indian as well as foreign institutions, during the symposium. These included a talk on ‘Application of Photonics towards Biosecurity and Food Security’ by Dr Vinod Jyothikumar and ‘Use of Medical Devices for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease- A Challenge for Personalized Medicine’ by Dr Angela Brand, among others.
The discussions brought to light numerous advancements in technology which ultimately aid the medical field. One of the speakers, Dr Vijendra Prabhu, while speaking on the importance of using low-level laser therapy in medical practice mentioned, “This therapy helps in tissue repairing and can be used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. It is a drug-free therapy where laser alone is used.”
The symposium also aimed at broadening the reach of the Manipal OSA. The vice-president of the student chapter, Sravasti Mukherjee said, “This symposium was organised to expand the student chapter by getting students from various colleges across Manipal to attend it. Besides symposiums, OSA also organises outreach programmes for students in rural areas to teach them basic science.”
Another event by the OSA is scheduled to be conducted soon in Kerala.
Edited by Shreya Job
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