The new SPIE-Franz Hillenkamp Fellowship will provide an annual award of US$75,000 to translate new biomedical optics and biophotonics technologies to clinical practice for improving human health.
SPIE has partnered with four international biomedical optics laboratories and the Hillenkamp family to establish the fellowship. The labs are:
• The Wellman Center for Photomedicine,
• The Manstein Lab in the Cutaneous Biology Research Center
at Massachusetts General Hospital,
• Medical Laser Center Lübeck, and
• The Beckman Laser Institute at University of California in Irvine
The fellowship honors Hillenkamp's distinguished career as a researcher, teacher, and mentor who had an enormous international impact. A German scientist, he introduced the first medical laser applications laboratory and marked the genesis of translational research in biomedical optics in Europe in the 1970s.
Young investigators with a PhD, MD, equivalent degree, or who are soon to receive their doctoral degree are eligible to apply. There are no restrictions on geographical location; however, applicants and hosting labs must propose original research in biomedical optics that is expected to lead to new diagnostics and/or therapeutics in medicine and biology.
The annual award of US$75,000 will support the interdisciplinary problem-driven research and training opportunities.
Applications are due 27 October for the first fellowship in January 2018.