Shining light on Flinders research

Flinders Professor John Arkwright
Flinders Professor John Arkwright will fly to San Francisco today (24 Jan) to participate in Photonics West, the world’s largest photonics technologies event.

Selected by the conference organisers for his specialist knowledge in the field, Professor Arkwright is one of two instructors who will facilitate a SPIE short-course on Biomedical Applications of Specialty Optical Fibers and Fiber Sensors on 29 January 2018.

Together with co-instructor Alexis Mendez, MCH Engineering LLC (United States), John will share his knowledge on optical fibre sensing principles and techniques for biological and medical applications.

The course will also highlight generic uses of specialty optical fibres for biomedical devices and instruments.

Professor Arkwright will then present his own research at the Photonics West Conference with fellow Flinders staff member and Mechanical Engineer, Anthony Papageorgiou also presenting a paper.

A team from Flinders, SA Photonics, UniSA and Adelaide University will co-share a booth to showcase South Australia’s expertise in the field.

Whilst in the US, Professor Arkwright will visit colleagues at Stanford University and the Boeing flight test center in Seattle.

The South Australian Premier’s Professorial Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering has received a number of accolades in recent years for his ground-breaking work, using fibre optic catheters for in-vivo diagnostics.

Joining the Flinders Medical Device Research Institute in 2014, Professor Arkwright and colleague Associate Professor Phil Dinning led a multi-disciplinary team to win the prestigious Sir William Hudson Award for Engineering Excellence for the development of a novel manometry (pressure-sensing) catheter at the 2014 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.

This award followed the team’s earlier success winning the 2011 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use in Technology.

On his return to Australia, Professor Arkwright will head to Melbourne where he has been invited to Present at the World Congress of Phlebology (4-8 Feb), to share his research on new tape sensors for compression pressure measurement.

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