Research Partnership

The principal investigator and project team acknowledge research partnership with

Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski's laboratory
Medical Physics Group
Aleksander Jablonski Institute
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

The Medical Physics Group is a part of the Biophysics and Medical Physics Division , Aleksander Jablonski Institute, Nicolaus Copernicus University. It was established in 1999 by Prof. Andrzej Kowalczyk and is one of the few European research teams pioneering in development of the Fourier domain OCT technique. The Group was one of the first to demonstrate the possibility of retinal imaging with FdOCT. In the past decade of the development of FdOCT the Group has been introducing new methods and solutions which paved way to clinical applications and commercialization of this technology. The research included development of new imaging methods, application of new photonics technologies, development of image processing methods and new OCT imaging techniques. Since 2005 NCU group is developing the swept source OCT technique based on the idea of the Fourier Domain Mode Locking developed initially at MIT with contribution of dr M. Wojtkowski. The Group has a history of collaboration with a medical partner (Collegium Medicum, NCU), and an industry partner (Optopol Technology). The Group members have experience in work in international research institutions (e.g. Prof. J.G. Fujimoto's group at MIT, where the OCT technique was invented, Prof. A. Fercher's group in Medical University of Viena, where spectral OCT technique was demonstrated). The experience combined with original ideas of the Group staff enabled establishment of an internationally recognized group.
Collaborations were established with Medical University of Vienna, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid. The scientists were awarded grants by EU, Foundation for Polish Science, National Center for Research and Development, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Well organized structure of the Group helps promoting doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who play a key role in all projects. Their research was recognized by a number of scholarships.
The Medical Physics Group group has 80 publications in international journals, 130 conference talks and posters, more than 10 patent applications.
The funds gained by the Medical Physics Group enabled rapid development of the research infrastructure. Presently the Group has 5 fully equipped modern optical laboratories with state of the art optical, electronic and photonics instruments and test equipment. Two more laboratories and biomedical preparation room will be available for the Group in 2011 after completion of the construction works of the COK (Quantum Optics Center) at the Aleksander Jablonski Institute. The laboratories are dedicated to development of biophotonics. The group has also 7 offices, a seminar room and administrative assistant's office furnished with basic office equipment.

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