Monthly Archives: September 2014

European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant awarded to VioBio Lab


The Visual Optics and Biophotonics Lab has been awarded one of the six ERC Proof of Concept Grants granted in Spain in the last call of the European Research Council ERC PoC are awarded to ERC grant holders that demonstrate commercial potential of the results. The ERC PoC OCT4IOL, linked to ERC AdG Presbyopia (PI: Susana Marcos) proposes a new paradigm in cataract surgery.

CSIC Press Release: Link

Spanish Government Press Release: Link

ERC Press Release: Link

VioBio Lab on TV, on new ERC Grant

Brief appearance of VioBio Lab and interview to Susana Marcos in La Sexta News, concerning new ERC Grant in the context of national research funding.

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VioBio Lab alumna Judith Birkenfeld 2014 M+Vision Fellow



The Madrid–MIT M+Visión Consortium announced this month the selection of its fourth cohort of M+Visión Fellows in Translational Biomedical Imaging. Judith Birkenfeld awarded one of the fellowships. The Fellowship is modeled on an unconventional interdisciplinary program pioneered by the Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). It is integral to the Consortium’s mission to catalyze change in Madrid’s healthcare innovation ecosystem, and to accelerate international healthcare innovation. Read full announcement:

Manbir Nagra new VioBio visitor, under the Erasmus Mobility Program.

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Dr. Manbir Nagra will be joining VioBio Lab for a 3-week stay, under the Erasmus Mobility Program. Manbir comes to us from Aston University, Birmingham. A postdoctoral visual scientist, her research interests include myopia development, ocular biometry, and myopia control.

M + Vision Mini course on Optical Imaging Applications in Ophthalmology


Join us October 14 for a full day course of Research, Applications, Translation and Clinics of Optical Imaging in Ophthalmology. Faculty from Instituto de Optica CSIC, MIT and Fundacion Jimenez Diaz will guide you through unmet clinical needs, exciting new technologies and a real clinical practice . The course will take place in Madrid ( IO – CSIC and FJD), and is sponsored by M+ Vision. Registration is now open.

Download course flyer: MVision 2014 MiniCourses Omnibus

General information and registration:

OCT-based topography of isolated crystalline lenses, published in Biomedical Optics Express


Elevation maps of the anterior and posterior crystalline lens surfaces were obtained from custom quantitative OCT on isolated lenses of different ages. Age related trends and correlation between anterior and posterior low and high order terms were explored. The study can be found in Sun et al. Biomedical Optics Express, Vol. 5, Issue 10, pp. 3547-3561



VioBio Lab at ESCRS 2014 and other satellite meetings in London


Susana Marcos will be representing VioBio Lab at the XXIII Conference European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and other conferences held in London in the next days.  Mark your calendars with the following lectures:

Thursday Sept 11, 16:00 ” Finite Element Modeling of air puff corneal deformation: reconstructed biomechanical parameters and sensitivity analysis “, Corvis Research Meeting, Hilton London Docklands

Friday Sept 12, 8:45 “Testing vision with multifocal lenses using a simultaneous vision device”, Presbyopia International 6th Conference, Crystal Royal Victoria Dock

Saturday Sept 13 8:30 “Measuring tilt and decentration in the eye” in Clinical Research Sym 1.01; Hall Boulevard B , Excel

Sunday Sept 14 8:30 “Aberrations of the optical system” in  Workshop on Visual Optics 1.03, Hall Boulevard F, Excel

Sunday Sept 14 14:30 “Aberration induction in surgery in presbyopia: benefits and detriments to visual function in cataract and corneal refractive surgery” Capital Suite 17 (Level 3), Excel

Justiniano Casas Award Ceremony at ICO Conference



Sergio Ortiz (and PhD supervisor Susana Marcos) honored at International Comission for Optics Conference in Santiago de Compostela, where the Justiniano Casas Award Ceremony took place). The Award recognizes the best PhD thesis in the field of Optical Imaging.  The Award is given by the Spanish Optical Society (Image Sciences Committee) and financially supported by Infaimon:
Award Ceremony Press Note

Link to awarded PhD thesis.





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