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2011 Student Research Grant Recipients



Adam Boretsky

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Galveston, TX

Supporting ASLMS Member

Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, M.D.

“Adaptive Optics Retinal Imaging of Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Characterization of Cone Photoreceptor Loss and Declining Visual Acuity Associated with Progressive Geographic Atrophy”

The primary aim of the study described in the current application is to utilize high resolution Adaptive Optics retinal imaging to non-invasively quantify the reduction in macular cone photoreceptor density in patients suffering from dry AMD.


Md. Shahidul Islam

University of California

Riverside, CA

Supporting ASLMS Member

R. Rox Anderson, M.D.

“Development of a Laser Based Optical Electrode for Real Time Non-Contact Monitoring of Nerve Activity”

The research proposed in this application represents the next step in our careful evolution of this potentially revolutionary technique towards developing an optical electrode for imaging and recording nerve activity in a clinical setting.


Alexander J. Lin

The Beckman Laser Institute / University of California

Irvine, CA

Supporting ASLMS Member

Bernard Choi, Ph.D.

“Characterizing Optical Signature of Neuron Death in vivo for Alzheimer’s Disease Monitoring”

The goal of this proposal is to measure and quantify brain changes during Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis in a unique transgenic mouse model of inducible cell death.


Tony Nguyen

The Beckman Laser Institute / University of California

Irvine, CA

Supporting ASLMS Member

Brian J.F. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.

“Monitoring of Bovine Tendon Structural Changes During Electromechanical Reshaping using Optical Coherence Tomography”

The objective of this study is to 1) investigate the biomechanical changes (Young’s modulus/ stiffness and changes in strain) of bovine tendon following EMR using flat plate surface electrodes, 2) optimize the process of EMR using needle electrodes to reduce tissue damage and 3) monitor and examine structural changes in the tissue throughout the duration of EMR through optical coherence tomography.

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