February 10, 2023
12–1 p.m. Presentation by Viktor Gruev, Ph.D.
1–1:30 p.m. Questions & Dialogue
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Minimally invasive surgeries can improve cancer management with the ability to detect smaller cancerous tissues, enhanced visualization of critical tissues and organs, reduced tissue trauma, and improved recovery time over open surgeries. Tumor-targeted fluorescent probes have further advanced minimally invasive surgical outcomes by highlighting the location of primary and secondary tumor nodules. However, due to variations in inter- and intra-tumor biomarkers, single molecular probes can circumvent tumors and lead to incomplete tumor resection. In this talk, Professor Viktor Gruev describes the development, optimization, and testing results of a new bioinspired rigid endoscopic imaging system that addresses these shortcomings. The system is capable of simultaneously imaging both color and near infrared (NIR) fluorescence from multiple, small-molecule tumor targeted probes. As the molecular imaging field moves toward multi-tumor targeted probe approach to cancer treatment, the new imaging instrument can be instrumental in evaluating these ideas in the operating room.
Viktor Gruev is a professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Carle Illinois College of Medicine at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His current research focuses on developing bio-inspired sensory technology to address medical needs in hospitals with limited resources. Prior to joining UIUC, he was an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Gruev received his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous awards for his research on imaging sensors and their application in the medical field.