Grant for students supports OCT-related travel expenses

OCT News, in collaboration with Sensors Unlimited – Goodrich ISR Systems (Princeton, NJ), has launched its annual Student Travel Grant Awards program, which assists students with travel expenses for optical coherence tomography (OCT)-related conferences or meetings, according to publisher Eric Swanson. Such conferences and meetings include SPIE BiOS/Photonics West in San Francisco, CA (this year's will be held January 21–26).  

Zhao Wang is one of four student applicants who qualify for the $1,000 travel award this year, based on judges’ scores for technical merit, clarity, and novelty in the field of OCT. Working with Dr. Andrew M. Rollins, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Wang's research is being conducted at CWRU's Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research objective is to propose and validate a computer-aided OCT method that can quantify the fibrous cap (FC) thickness in-vivo of vulnerable plaques in the walls of arteries. The proposed 3-D color visualization method has a great potential to be used in clinic for fast, accurate, and consistent volumetric quantification of FC. This OCT technology may advance understanding of the mechanisms behind the rupture of thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA), which now accounts for most acute coronary events.

Travel grant sponsor Sensors Unlimited – Goodrich ISR Systems designs and produces near-infrared (NIR) and shortwave near-infrared (SWIR) cameras and systems that utilize advanced indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) imaging technology for OCT and industrial, commercial, military, agricultural, and other scientific markets. For additional information on InGaAs-based SWIR detectors, arrays, and systems, please visit


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