No Research About Us Without Us

EPSRC InLightenUs have partnered with the UK charity Versus Arthritis to champion research that is co-developed by both academic researchers and people living with joint and bones disease.

Event Poster listing speakers

The word arthritis is used to describe pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint or joints. Arthritis isn’t a single condition and there are several different types. Around 10 million people in the UK are thought to have arthritis. It can affect people of all ages – even children and teenagers. Some forms of arthritis are more common in older people.

Although there’s no cure for arthritis, diagnosis and treatments have improved greatly in recent years. The research that the InLightenUs team are developing will improve detection and diagnosis in ways that do not cause discomfort for patients and will use world leading technology to improve joint and bone health.

Arthritis can make life tough by causing pain and making it harder to get about. The symptoms of arthritis can vary from week to week, and even from day to day. Many types, such as osteoarthritis are long-term conditions.

It is estimated that around 8.75 million people in the UK have seen a doctor about osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis starts with the roughening of cartilage. If this happens, the body can put in place a ‘repair’ process to try to make up for the loss of this important tissue. Sometimes, the early stages of osteoarthritis can happen without causing much pain or trouble. However, it can lead to damage inside a joint, as well as pain and stiffness.

Online Patient Engagement Event

EPSRC InLightenUs and Versus Arthritis will host a special online patient engagement event - Research Insights – Arthritis and Pain that is ‘Impossible to Ignore’. This event brings people living with joint and bone diseases

Together in conversation with clinicians and researchers who are working in this field to create healthier, happier lives.  

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Frontiers in Biophotonics and Imaging

28 - 30 September 2021

Call for papers

Conference Chair: Sumeet Mahajan, University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Programme Committee: Balpreet Singh Ahluwalia, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Norway); Francesca Palombo, University of
Exeter (United Kingdom); Ilias Tachtsidis, University College London (United Kingdom)

The advancements in biophotonics and imaging have led to many of the step change discoveries in medicine and biosciences.
Innovations in instrumentation, methodologies and analytical methods drive the evolution of this discipline enabling
deeper insights into life sciences. Topical challenges in imaging include improving resolution, speed, information, throughput
and depth which are required to improve fundamental biological understanding, diagnostic accuracy, early detection and prognostic
capability for timely interventions and improving health and well-being. New imaging modalities, advances in optical
hardware, the ongoing evolution of improvements in algorithms and the introduction of AI/ML in data collection and analysis all
combine to provide exciting new capabilities to overcome the above challenges and to provide solutions in biomedicine and
health. This conference provides a forum for the international research community in academic, industry and government
labs to disseminate and discuss the latest findings on research frontiers and emerging biophotonics technologies. Authors are
encouraged to submit original papers related to all aspects of biophotonics and imaging with the following topics being of particular
interest for inclusion in this conference:

• Label-free microscopy
• Non-linear imaging
• Deep tissue imaging
• Volumetric imaging
• Integrated biophotonics
• Correlative imaging, particularly as it applies between different optical techniques/instruments and scales
• Multiscale imaging
• Micro-endoscopy including methods and instrumentation combined with label-free and non-linear imaging techniques
• New approaches in Adaptive Optics for Imaging/Microscopy
• Novel physics-based artificial intelligence (AI) in imaging
• Computational analytics in imaging/microscopy
• Artificial intelligence in optical systems design and architecture

The conference will be comprised of sessions consisting of contributed talks, invited presentations and a poster session to encourage
networking, discussion and sharing of information. Two poster awards, one voted on by the conference program chairs
and committee members and another voted on by conference delegates, will be given to student authors at the conclusion of
the conference.