October 26 - 28, 2021 Online. FREE Registration.

Advancing Translational OCT to Assess Eardrum Dynamics and Middle Ear Infections

Conference will begin: Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 8:00 AM EDT
Presented by: Jenny Won, University of Illinois

A middle ear infection is a prevalent pediatric disease caused by bacteria or viral pathogens in the middle ear. It is characterized by the presence of an accumulated fluid in a normally empty middle ear cavity. However, current diagnostic tools in examining the middle ear are limited. Jenny Won presents the development of a handheld OCT probe to non-invasively visualize and assess the middle ear cavity during ear infections. Won discusses recent studies on dynamic measurements of the eardrum mobility, in vivo monitoring of middle ear conditions to antibiotic therapy - the common treatment strategy for ear infections, and a compact OCT device integrated with an automated classifier for middle ear infections.

Collectively, these results demonstrate new technologies that can provide quantitative and clinically relevant information during ear infections, and form a bridge that links engineering and biomedicine in otology for further translation of the technology.

About the presenter
Jenny WonJungeun (Jenny) Won, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with Optics from the University of Rochester. Won has in-depth experience of developing portable OCT imaging systems for translational and interdisciplinary research as a well-rounded biomedical optical engineer. She is the recipient of McGinnis Medical Innovation Fellowship, Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship, Baxter Young Investigator Award, and Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award. Won's research interests include developing biophotonics tools and computational approaches for medical challenges and translating them for the clinical use. She will start a postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August 2021.

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