Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications: Faraday Discussion

21 - 23 March 2016, Cambridge , United Kingdom



There have been significant advances in vibrational biomedical spectroscopy and many aspects of associated biophotonics in recent years. Large array detectors suitable for rapid scanning FTIR are now common place, tuneable infrared quantum cascade lasers are now available, deep Raman spectroscopy has emerged as a significant breakthrough technique and nonlinear Raman microscopes offer exciting new possibilities in the area of cell biology. There has also been a revolution in near field methods (e.g. tip enhanced Raman and Infrared, TERS AFM-IR, SNOM) all of which have been used on biomedical samples and accelerator based infrared sources continue to evolve. The time is right to hold a discussion meeting on this rapidly changing dynamic field. Diagnostic and prognostic tools based on these new technologies have the potential to revolutionise our clinical systems leading to improved patient outcome, more efficient public services and significant economic savings for healthcare providers and society. There are, however, many fundamental scientific and technological questions that we need to address before such techniques can be incorporated into the clinical arena.


  • Spectral Pathology 
    This theme focuses on infared and Raman analysis of tissue. This will include types of tissue but we would expect the focus to be predominantly on biopsy tissue. We are interested in new methodologies in rapid scanning FTIR and Raman as well as QCL based systems. Technological developments have been made in all these areas but there are still significant issues related to collecting and anglicising data on a realistic clinical timeframe. In addition this session will focus on how the analytical techniques can be translated into diagnostically useful tools.
  • Single cell analysis/Data handling
    This session deals with infrared and Raman spectroscopy of single cells and with the issues of sample preparation and spectral artefacts. Topic for consideration would be using either infrared or Raman for in vitro cytological screening, including studies of stem cells/ stem cell differentiation, drug cell interaction, radiation and toxicological studies. Other areas would be related to spectroscopic cytology where cells are characterised according to disease state. This session would also deal with data analysis problems associated with single cell spectroscopy and in particular how to deal with the water problem in infrared.
  • Clinical Spectroscopy
    In this session, we will discuss in vivo Raman and intra-operative spectroscopic methods. This area is starting to rapidly advance; however, there are still many fundamental and technological challenges of using infrared and Raman probe in the clinic and especially in the operating theatre.
  • Biofluids and other techniques
    Biofluids, particularly blood and urine, represent readily accessible and relatively non-invasive samples for analysis. Vibrational spectroscopic techniques, both infrared and Raman, are ideally suited to the analysis of a range of such samples for the identification of specific diseases. In some cases a multivariate approach is required looking for a range of spectroscopic markers. In other cases specific analytes may be targeted. In this regard the development of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) has been at the forefront of this development.


This discussion meeting aims to bring together scientists involved at the cutting edge of vibrational spectroscopy and development of clinically relevant diagnostic tools to discuss the current challenges and emerging opportunities

Poster Prize

The Faraday Division poster prize was won by two presenters

  • Infrared spectroscopy for the biomolecular assessment of vulval intraepithelial neoplasia and lichen sclerosus found in association with squamous cell carcinoma
    Jonathan Frost
    Biophotonics Research Unit, UK
  • Targeted SERS nanosensors in live 3D cell cultures as a new tool for drug discovery
    Lauren Jamieson
    University of Edinburgh, UK
Abstract Submission
Abstract Submission for Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications is now open

Submit your oral/paper abstract by 06 July 2015
Submit your poster abstract by 11 January 2016

Oral Abstracts and Research Papers 

A full research paper containing new unpublished results always accompanies oral presentations at Faraday Discussions. Submit an oral/paper abstract if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation and associated published paper. The oral/paper abstract should outline current research in progress. Authors of the selected abstracts must then submit a full research paper with a significant amount of new, unpublished work by 02 November 2015. 

The research papers are reviewed upon submission and are sent to all delegates 4 weeks before the meeting so they can be read in advance. At the meeting the presenting author is allowed five minutes to highlight the main points of their paper, and the rest of the time is for discussion. The discussion is recorded and will be published alongside the research paper in the Faraday Discussion Volume. 

Poster Abstracts 

Submit your poster abstract by 11 January 2016. Posters are displayed throughout the meeting and a poster session is held on the first evening. The Faraday Division Poster Prize will be awarded to the best poster presented by a student at the conference. 

Additional Information

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 6 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. 
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Registration includes

  • Attendance at the sessions
  • Refreshments throughout the meeting
  • Lunch on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 March
  • Attendance at the poster drinks reception on Monday 21 March
  • Attendance at the conference dinner on Tuesday 22 March
  • A copy of the discussion pre-prints
  • A copy of the final theme issue of Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy for Biomedical Applications: Faraday Discussion containing papers presented at the Discussion (issued approximately 6 months after the meeting)**
  • For non-member registrants, membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2015

Registration fees are as follows: 
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(By 22 February 2016)
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In order to encourage undergraduate or postgraduate students to attend the Discussion, a reduced conference fee (to include a set of pre-prints but not the final Discussion Volume) is available. This fee applies to those undertaking a full time course for a recognised degree or a diploma at a university or equivalent institution.

A copy of the publication may be purchased at less than half price, only for orders placed at the meeting where an application form will be made available.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet on Tuesday 22 March is included in the registration fee.
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There are a number of Royal Society of Chemistry bursaries available to student and younger members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the early stages of their career (typically within 5 years of completing a first or postgraduate degree) who do not have support available from their employer or a research grant. 

Applicants should be Royal Society of Chemistry members at the time of application and at the meeting for which the travel bursary is being given.

The bursary is £150 per applicant and funding is supplied by the RSC Travel Grant Scheme.

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Deadline for applications: 01 February 2016
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Once available, the preprints are available to download from this page by clicking the 'Link' after each article title.
These will be password protected downloads and only available to those who have registered for the meeting.
You will also be able to download the preprints by session or as one pdf from the Introduction section.

Presenting authors are indicated in the programme by an underline. The affiliation is for the presenting author. If the presenting author of your paper has changed since abstract selection please email Please note that this is a draft programme and timings may change.
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We are pleased to announce that Anasys Instruments, LOT-Quantum Design, Neaspec and Princeton Instruments will be exhibiting at this event


We are please to announce that Agilent Technologies are sponsoring the conference dinner, AstraZeneca are supporting the attendance of 10 students to the meeting, Thermo Fisher Scientific are providing the lanyards for this event,  Sponsorship Menu
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