The Photonic Engineering Group (GIF) is an R & D & I group that focuses its activities on Light Sciences and Technologies (Photonics), horizontal (transversal) field, considered one of the six key technologies (KET's) for the development of Europe. Being horizontal, the GIF applies its platform of knowledge, technique and resources (obtained or generated in any sector of application) to solve real problems in any sector of application among which is the health and medicine. Due to the structure of the GIF, to which it works in a horizontal field and its philosophy of action the GIF must be judged and valued for its global production in the period of time considered.
In addition to the above and indicated in the different sections of this report, the activity of the group in the strategic lines defined in its program "Photonics for Life and Health" is increasing over time both in terms of collaborations with researchers and clinicians from different specialties from regional, national and European institutions and companies. The most relevant are described very succinctly:
Within the strategic line of Medical Diagnostic Tools based on photonic imaging techniques, activities have been developed in two INNVAL projects (DICUTEN and DAPatOO) and one Art. 83 project (DiFoMO) associated with another INNVAL (INNVAL17 / 10) in a DTS project (INTRACARDIO) and in an intramural project with another group of the CIBER-BBN of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (MultiCardio3D-OCT) and in the project funded by the Parliament of Cantabria (POS-UC-2018-16) which deals with transfer the optical biopsy by optical coherence tomography to clinical practice.
A) Within the strategic line of devices and systems (including the smart ones) for better diagnosis and monitoring of diseases with special emphasis on the elderly population, activities are developed within the INNyCRON project (INCVAL 17/05 directed by Carlos Viadero trying to assess the chronicity, sarcopoeia and frailty of the elderly through a structured light tool, as well as the activities included in the project Challenges- Collaboration TeDFES (RTC-2017-6321-1) recently presented at a press conference given its scope.
B) Within the line of light-matter interaction as a basis for new light-based therapies, the European project ENM JTC 2018 (PANIPAC) of the hypercompetitive EURONANOMED III program has been achieved to develop a nanomedicine based on functionalized nanoparticles activated by light to activate the immune system against pancreatic cancer. On the other hand, at the national level, the CIBER-BBN and CIBER-ONC (NaTBiL) seed project has been obtained in a competitive public call (including oral defense before a jury of 24 members in ISC III), in which, in collaboration with an ONCOMET research project in Santiago de Compostela, is to demonstrate the feasibility of performing PDT internal therapies activated by light generated by bioluniscence. Likewise, work is being done on the CIBER-BBN intramural project (ACTI-BUBBLE) with nine other CIBER-BBN groups focused on the development of a
nanomedicine to fight tumors in the brain.
C) Also within the framework of projects financed with funds from the national plan, companies and their own, work is being carried out on the development of detection and measurement systems of interest for health, being explicitly mentioning what concerns optical devices to guarantee quality. food
About PEG-JM-Review CHUs-JM (16-03-2017)
Photonics (Light Sciences and Technologies) has been declared by the European Union one of its six Key Enabling Technologies and by USA one of its essential technologies for its development. It is a horizontal (or transversal) field of knowledge with impact in all the application sectors.
The Photonics Engineering Group (PEG) of the University of Cantabria generates knowledge and technique in the Photonic field with a special focus on solving real problems (not yet resolved or insufficiently determined) and, in the search for their solution, generate knowledge and technique that gives rise to publications, thesis and patents. During this process Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be used as an appropriate supplement.
PEG is formed by 26 research, scientific and technical staff following a dynamic model, where a part of the members are dedicated more intensively to the generation of knowledge and training, during a period of time, and the others, to the application of knowledge and technique performing development and innovation for the optimization of their interaction and the transference of results to the productive sector. This, in turn, feedback the group with real problems to be solved and resources to best carry out their mission.
PEG has a R&D&I Photonics Laboratory (457 m2) equipped with facilities of Optical Fiber, Optical, Opto-Electronic, Electronic, Climatic, Thermal imaging characterization, Additive Manufacturing, Lasers, etc.
More than 50 R&D&i projects have been carried out with companies to improve their production processes or the quality of their products; or even, to innovate or to develop new products. The developed (and transferred) knowledge and technique have been able to improve their productivity and/or ensure their qualities. In addition, four spin-offs have emerged from PEG: TELNOS, Optical and Telecommunications systems (2005); Empiric Technologies, SL (2010), Sadiq Engineering (2011) and Edronica (2016).
Main Research Lines
Since its foundation (1992) PEG has been focused on Photonic/Optical/Fiber optic sensors; fiber light sources; Optoelectronics Instrumentation; Techniques of detection, Measurement and Monitoring of events and processes using image for any sector of application.Without neglecting collaborations proposed from other sectors, PEG has very recently decided to focus its work on R&D&I, mainly, in life sciences and health. This decision is backed by a great progress in the Photonics knowledge, methods and techniques able to be used in biological sciences and health that are significantly contributing to the solution of several of the "societal challenges" of our time [as defined in the Lund Declaration www.vr.se/lunddeclaration2015 ].
PEG has joined the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red (CIBER-BBN) of IS Carlos III (2016), and also joined at the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Valdecilla (IDIVAL) and set the "Photonics for the Life and Health" program which includes four strategic R&D lines:
- Medical diagnostic tools based on Photonic Imaging (Multi, Hyperspectral, OCT, Thermografy, etc);
- Devices and Systems (including those referred to as smart ) for a better diagnosis and monitoring of diseases with special emphasis in the elderly population;
- Interaction of light-matter as a basis for new therapies based on light and/or the manufacture of micro/nano structures by interaction of laser-matter for diagnosis and therapy;
- Optical devices without contact and Optoelectronic Efficient Systems (low cost or cost-effective) for quality and safety and security of food.