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Childhood leukemia … Preventable?
Mina Morcos (Postdoctoral researcher at the Children’s Cancer Research Center from Klinikum rechts der Isar (TUM))
The most common type of childhood cancer is a type of leukemia called B-ALL. This cancer has an age peak between 2-6 years of age. The good news is that most cases are curable, but at the cost of therapy-related toxicity, morbidity, and psychological consequences. Unfortunately relapse cases are much more intense and difficult to treat. In this talk, I will share with you current efforts to understand the early pre-leukemic stages of disease development and initiatives for its prevention.
Seeing the Unseen: how light, ultrasound and blood vessels can help detect skin cancer
Chiara Fischer (Researcher at the Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging)
Summer is just around the corner and dermatologists, cosmetic companies and product testers are campaigning for sunscreen to protect our skin from skin cancer. But what if conspicuous areas of skin could be visualized in 3D and assessed for good and bad? What if we could use ultrasound to detect skin diseases? I will share with you the exciting promise of photoacoustic imaging: a painless and highly precise method of converting light into ultrasound to create three-dimensional high-resolution images of structures beneath the skin’s surface.
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