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Platform technology for spectroscopic identification of diseases: saliva-based infectious disease screening

Professor Jinyang Liang and the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre invite the community to Frédéric Leblond's lecture "Platform technology for spectroscopic identification of diseases: saliva-based infectious disease screening, surgical-guidance and diagnostic applications in oncology" on Friday, December 10, 2021 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. online on Zoom platform.

December 10, 2021

02:30 am

Online on Zoom platform

Open to all

Summary from Frédéric Leblond

I will describe recent advances in our laboratory that led to the development, technology transfer and clinical translation of optical spectroscopy instruments to guide surgical procedures, including the resection of tumors (brain, prostate, breast, ovaries/uterus) and targeted brain needle biopsies. Other work will be presented using optical spectroscopy for rapid saliva-based COVID-19 screening and diagnostic/prognostics approaches for improved prostate cancer patient stratification and pediatric focal cortical dysplasia detection using Raman micro-spectroscopy.


Frederic Leblond, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Montreal and Director of the Laboratory for Radiological Optics (LRO). He is also a research scientist at the CRCHUM medical research center and co-founder of the company ODS Medical. Professor Leblond holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Polytechnique Montreal, a Master’s degree in Physics from Laval University and a PhD in Physics from McGill University. After his Ph.D., he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago. He was then a senior researcher for three years and worked on the development of medical instruments at a Montreal medical imaging company. Prior to joining Polytechnique, Professor Leblond was a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, for five years, where he was also affiliated with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr. Leblond’s research is related to the development of light-based medical devices to characterize biological tissues to improve the accuracy and safety of surgical procedures, as well as to develop techniques to improve the accuracy of medical diagnostics.