News and Events

September 22, 2017

NESBO 2017 – Registration Open

The Center for Biomedical OCT Research and Translation, is hosting NESBO 2017, a symposium intended to bring young researchers (graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and junior non-independent faculty) from around the New England area together to explore the latest advances in biomedical optics.

Speakers will showcase their latest discoveries and attendees will be able to interact throughout the day to promote collaboration.  It is truly a great opportunity to interact with other young researchers in a vibrant and relaxed event.  Space is limited and will be closed for registration once capacity is reached.  Continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee is provided.  An evening networking event with drinks and appetizers will be at the Asgard Pub in Cambridge for registered attendees who check-in for the morning and afternoon sessions.

When:  October 16th, 2017 from 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: 65 Landsdowne Street, Room 103A, Cambridge, MA USA

The program will include the following sessions:

  1. Advanced Optical Microscopy & Sensing
  2. Novel Technology in Biophotonics
  3. Biology-Inspired Photonics
  4. Clinical & Translational Imaging




September 16, 2016

NESBO 2016 – Registration Open

The Center for Biomedical OCT Research and Translation, is hosting NESBO 2016, a symposium intended to bring young researchers (graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and junior non-independent faculty) from around the New England area together to explore the latest advances in biomedical optics.

When:  October 27th, 2016 from 8:30am – 4:45pm

Where: 65 Landsdown Street, Room 103A, Cambridge, MA USA

The program will include the following sessions:

  1. Technology development & basic science
  2. Applications in biology and pre-clinical studies
  3. Clinical & translational imaging
  4. Rapid fire research presentations         

Key to the program will be networking opportunities throughout the day for program attendees.  The last session of the day will provide registrants the opportunity to showcase their research in rapid fire talks.  A rapid fire talk is a short (maximum 5 minute) big picture research overview aimed toward stimulating discussion rather than an in depth description of an individual’s research.  Interested registrants are asked to submit a research project synopsis (Title & ~3 sentences) to be randomly selected.  Details will be sent out following selection.  

Space is limited and will be closed for registration once at capacity. Continental breakfast, lunch, coffee, networking drinks and appetizers at the Asgard Pub in Cambridge will be provided for registered attendees. For more information and to register, email

Please indicate the following in your registration:

Interested in rapid fire talk –  Y/N

Will attend breakfast – Y/N

Will attend lunch – Y/N

Will attend social networking at Asgard (5-7pm) – Y/N

August 1, 2015

CBORT Partnering with IIBI

The Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging (IIBI) was formed in 2007 as an acknowledgment of a long history of interdisciplinary collaboration at the University of Iowa. The formation of the institute reflects a strong institutional support to biomedical imaging and image analysis as well as translational medical research. The IIBI brings together more than 40 faculty members (out of which over 25 hold faculty positions in the Carver College of Medicine, 15 hold faculty positions in the College of Engineering with a primary expertise in biomedical image analysis) and over 60 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The mission of IIBI is to foster efficient and cooperative inter-disciplinary and cross-college research and discovery in biomedical imaging, and to improve training and education within the broader community at the University of Iowa.  CBORT is working with Milan Sonka, Director of the Institute, to make our OCT technology available to investigators throughout the University as well as work with investigators to further develop novel methods for image processing and analysis.


February 1, 2015

CBORT Accepting Applicants for On-Site Training

CBORT is now accepting applicants for 1:1 and small group training opportunities at our lab space in Boston through the individual and small group training program made possible with our NIBIB-NIH BTRC Funded Program (P41EB015903).  We are currently able to accommodate individuals or small groups who are interested in becoming proficient in advances in swept-source laser designs, development and fabrication of customizable OCT imaging probes and rotary junctions, as well as full OCT system integration and application based imaging techniques.  If you are interested in this program please contact Jacqueline Namati PhD, at, for more information.

January 10, 2015

Martin Villiger Leading Advancements in Polarization Sensitive Optical Frequency Domain Imaging (PS-OFDI)

Martin Villiger, Instructor at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine is leading research in advancing polarization
sensitive optical frequency domain imaging (PS-OFDI). Polarization sensitive imaging provides measures of tissue birefringence and depolarization. Both parameters are largely determined by the amount and structure of collagen and offer a path to quantifying the collagen content of a tissue. Martin is developing advanced reconstruction algorithms to separate the polarization signature of the tissue from system induced polarization distortions. He is also performing clinical and pre-clinical studies using PS-OFDI for the quantification of collagen in the coronary arteries of human patients, the characterization of blood clots in a model of deep vein thrombosis in rats, and monitoring the healing of incisional and burn wounds in rats.

October 10, 2014

CBORT Downloads

CBORT has made available manuals and tools for researchers to download free of charge.  Downloads can be found here.

March 25, 2013

OCT 2013 Symposium

The Center for Biomedical OCT Research and Translation (CBORT) would like to announce OCT2013, Illuminating the Body: New Frontiers in Medical Imaging using Optical Coherence Tomography.

The symposium will be held on July 29th, 2013 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. Check back the end of April for complete program and registration information.

OCT 2013 Symposium (PDF)

December 15, 2012

The Suter Lab is Pioneering the Use of Advanced OCT Techniques for Improved Understanding of Lung Pathologies and Diagnostics

Melissa Suter, assistant Professor in Medicine and Principle Investigator of the Pulmonary Optical Imaging Laboratory, is focused on the development and translation of novel optical diagnostic tools for evaluating the airways and lung. Of particular interest in Professor Suter’s research, is the use of the second generation Optical Coherence Tomograhy (OCT) technology called Optical Frequency Domain Imaging (OFDI). The lab is currently investigating the use of OFDI in studying lung cancer, asthma, and smoke inhalation injury in ex vivo, preclinical and clinical studies.

Recent Publications Include:

Seeing beyond the bronchoscope to increase the diagnostic yield of bronchoscopic biopsy.

Hariri LP, Villiger M, Applegate MB, Mino-Kenudson M, Mark EJ, Bouma BE, Suter MJ.

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Jan 15;187(2):125-9. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201208-1483OE. No abstract available.


Volumetric optical frequency domain imaging of pulmonary pathology with precise correlation to histopathology.

Hariri LP, Applegate MB, Mino-Kenudson M, Mark EJ, Medoff BD, Luster AD, Bouma BE, Tearney GJ, Suter MJ.

Chest. 2013 Jan;143(1):64-74.

PMID: 22459781

July 30, 2012

CBORT Recently Hosted its 1st Annual Summer Workshop

On July 30-31st, 2012 CBORT hosted a 2 day workshop, OCT Technical Foundations and Systematic Implementation. The workshop brought together a highly selective group of trainees from around the world from both academia and industry for intense theoretical and practical training on OCT principles and functionality. Topics included light source development, signal processing & system calibration, system integration, imaging probes, and image processing & interpretation. Future workshops will be hosted that focus on these topics as well as training specific to clinical imaging, technology development & translation, and small animal imaging.

Gold Exhibitors     Silver Exhibitors  
Princetel Terumo   Nine Point Medical Thorlabs


CBORT is a National Biomedical Technology Research Center (P41EB015903) funded by the NCRR and NIBIB Institutes of the NIH.