Section A. Advanced laser medical systems and technologies

Co-chairs:
D.G. Kochiev (GPI RAS, Moscow, Russia), V.P. Minaev (NTO "IRE-Polus", Fryazino, Moscow reg. Russia)

Topics include but are not limited to: New medical applications and advanced laser medical systems for  ophthalmology, dermatology, urology, endoscopic and microsurgery, dentistry and other specialties.

Section B. Laser interaction with cells and tissues: clinical imaging and spectroscopy

Co-Chairs:
A.V. Priezzhev (MSU, Moscow, Russia), V.V. Tuchin (SSU, Saratov, Russia),
E.Borisova (IE BAS, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Topics include but are not limited to: optical clearing and light transport in cells and tissues, laser trapping and manipulation of biological particles, nonlinear interactions of light and tissues,  speckle phenomena in tissues, quantification and imaging of cells, blood and lymph flows; terahertz waves interaction with cells and tissues, autofluorescence and photodynamic diagnosis, optical coherence tomography and diffuse optical imaging, new developments in non-invasive optical technologies, laser microscopy and spectroscopy of tissues.

Section C.  Photonics and nanobiotechnology

Co-chairs: 
P.I. Nikitin (GPI RAS, Moscow, Russia)

Topics include but are not limited to: analytical biophotonics, chemical and biosensing principles and instrumentation, nanomaterials, methods and systems for diagnostics and therapy.

Section D.  Photodynamic processes in biology and medicine

Co-chairs:
 I. M. Belousova (S. I. Vavilov State Optical Institute), A. A. Krasnovsky Jr. (Federal Center for Biotechnology, Russia),
Gabriele Ferrini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy)

Topics include but are not limited to: photosensitizers for biology and medicine, direct optical single oxygen generation,  photodynamic therapy, photothermal action of laser radiation on bio-objects, protection of organs and tissues against powerful and laser radiation, photodynamic diagnosis, new photosensitizers for theranostics, photodynamic action on pathogenic microflora.

Section E. Nanophototheranostics

Co-chairs:
V.B. Loschenov (GPI RAS, Moscow, Russia), R. Steiner (Institut für Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Meßtechnik an der Universität Ulm, Ulm, Germany)

Topics include but are not limited to: laser radiation interaction with nanophotosensitizers, spectral and luminescent properties of nanophotosensitizers, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of nanophotosensitizers,  influence of the microenvironment on the nanophotosensitizers optical properties, fluorescence diagnostics in vivo using nanophotosensitizers, photodynamic therapy and hyperthermia with nanophotosensitizers, crystalline organic nanophotosensitizers, rare-earth-doped nanophotosensitizers, bioimaging using nanophotosensitizers.