Colloquium: Arthur Gmitro

    Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Meinel 307

    "Optics and Image Science in Cancer Research and Clinical Care"


    Imaging and image science are advancing rapidly and being applied in ever more effective ways to answer basic questions in cancer biology and to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. The Cancer Imaging Program is one of four core scientific programs at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. This talk will provide a brief overview of the program to show the significant breadth of activity that is directly connected to the College of Optical Sciences. Following the overview, I will discuss ongoing research in my laboratory aimed at developing advanced optical imaging tools for real-time in vivo optical biopsy. I will also present recent work on a breast cancer window chamber model that provides multimodality imaging capability and represents a powerful model to investigate basic cancer biology and to validate imaging biomarkers that can be used to rapidly assess response to cancer treatment.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Arthur Gmitro is Fenton Maynard Chair in Cancer Imaging, professor and associate vice chairman for research in the Department of Medical Imaging in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. He holds a joint appointment in the UA College of Optical Sciences and is an active member of the UA Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Biomedical Engineering. He co-leads the UA Cancer Center's Cancer Imaging Program and is the founding and current director of the National Institutes of Health-supported UA Program in Biomedical Imaging and Spectroscopy.

    Gmitro received his Ph.D. in optical sciences from the University of Arizona in 1982 under the mentorship of Harrison H. Barrett. He was an assistant professor of diagnostic radiology at Yale University from 1982 to 1987 and joined the University of Arizona faculty in 1987. He has been involved in medical imaging research for over 35 years and published more than 70 papers in the field. He is the recipient of the Rudolph Kingslake Medal from SPIE and the Francois Erbsmann Prize from the Information Processing in Medical Imaging conference.

    Gmitro's major areas of study are magnetic resonance imaging and biomedical optical imaging, in which he has done fundamental work and directs an active research program. He pioneered the development of the confocal microendoscope and continues to work to improve its spatial resolution, contrast between normal and diseased tissues, and overall imaging performance. He has mentored 20 doctoral and four postdoctoral students.

    He developed and currently co-teaches three graduate level courses in biomedical imaging: OPTI 536: Introduction to Image Science, OPTI 638: Advanced Medical Imaging and OPTI 630: Biomedical Optics and Biophotonics.