Biophotonics Research Unit

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The Biophotonics Research Unit's goals are to pioneer the field of novel optical diagnostics within the clinical environment.  We lead research into vibrational spectroscopy (Raman and FT-IR), diagnostics for in vivo and in vitro discrimination of early cancers, degenerative diseases and local and systemic disease studies in body fluids.

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Research areas

  • mid-IR hyperspectral imaging of tissues for pathological diagnostics and biochemical analysis
  • optical coherence tomography for real-time surgical targeting of disease and biopsy selection
  • photodynamic therapy for early cancers and dysplasia;
  • volatile analysis techniques for detection of infections.
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Laser Safety Course

A laser safety course covering the MHRA Core of Knowledge is run twice a year (normally in May and November).

Contact us for more information.


Upcoming Meetings

Members of the team will be presenting their research at several international conferences this year.



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BMJ Awards 2016

Professor Hugh Barr and his team were shortlisted for this year's The BMJ Awards Cancer Care Team of the Year category - well done team!

BMJ Awards 2016

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Our Research

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Current projects
Find out more about our current research projects

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Journal articles / book chapters
See our most recent research publications 

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Contact details
Who we are and how to contact us



A list of our previous projects can be found here.