The Second Britton Chance International Symposium on Metabolic Imaging and Spectroscopy


June 11-13, 2018
Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research

Dear colleagues and friends,

Happy New Year!

The Second Britton Chance International Symposium on Metabolic Imaging/Spectroscopy will be on June 11-13, 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania. The event will honor the 105th birthday of Britton Chance in a way that he would have loved: with a multi-disciplinary scientific program.

Complete program

As you know, the scientific career of Britton Chance spanned eight decades and has been recognized by the US National Medal of Science and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences of six countries. It is rare for a scientist who achieves so much in so many disciplines, as well as excelling at the Olympics. Most importantly, his career was characterized by an extraordinary range of research insight and innovation, as well as a tenacious pursuit of clinical translation of new technologies. In this spirit, we invite you to attend and participate in the symposium.

Metabolism was a central theme of Dr. Chance’s research. In the 1930s, he invented miniature stop-flow instruments and used them to make seminal contributions to our understanding of enzymatic kinetics. In the 1950s, he invented the dual-beam spectrophotometer and used it in pioneering investigations of bioenergetics and the redox state in mitochondria. In the 1960s he discovered electronic tunneling processes in biological systems. In the 1970s he identified hydrogen peroxide released by the respiratory chain in mitochondria. In the 1970-80s, he was a key player in the development of in vivo NMR spectroscopy, and in the 1990s he was a founding father of the field of biophotonics, especially for biomedical research and clinical practice. His students, collaborators, and colleagues have had a profound impact on a variety of fields.

This symposium aims to showcase cutting-edge research innovation and clinical translation in metabolic imaging and spectroscopy by methods such as optics, NMR, nuclear medicine, mass spectrometry, ultrasound. To this end, it will bring together physicists, engineers, biologists, and clinicians for discussion and presentation of recent innovations and clinical progress.

We specifically encourage student and trainee participation in the conference presentations and networking opportunities. We sincerely request supervisors forward this opportunity to their trainees and support their participation. The organizers will provide a number of travel stipends and poster awards to selected junior investigators.

In addition, everyone is invited to contribute manuscripts to journal issues on metabolic imaging/spectroscopy in the Journal of Biomedical Optics and Molecular Imaging and Biology.

We hope to see you in Philadelphia in June.

Best regards,
Britton Chance Symposium Organizing Committee 2018