The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Metropolitan Biophotonics Symposium

WHEN: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, April 6

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Pangborn Hall, Scullen Room
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


In recent years, the amount of research performed in the Washington, D.C., region in the area of biophotonics - the science of generating and harnessing light (photons) to image and detect diseases such as cancer - has increased dramatically. At this one-day symposium, chaired by Catholic University's Jessica Ramella-Roman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Josh Pfefer optical diagnostics laboratory leader at the Food and Drug Administration, more than 20 experts from CUA and other D.C.-area colleges and universities and several federal agencies will come together to discuss biophotonics.

The plenary speaker is Dr. Robert Nordstrom, program director, Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Among the presenters are Paul Lemaillet, postdoctoral fellow, and Baohong Yuan, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, both from Catholic University.

Biophotonics is an emerging area of scientific research that uses light and other forms of radiant energy to explore the inner workings of cells and tissues in living organisms, enabling researchers to see, measure, analyze and manipulate living tissues in ways that have not been possible before.

It is used in medicine to study tissue and blood at the macro (large-scale) and micro (very small scale) organism level to detect, diagnose and treat diseases in a way that are non-invasive to the body.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5181 or visit the symposium Web site,

SPONSOR: CUA's Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

MEDIA: To cover the event, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.