Demonstrating the Use of Optical Fibres in Biomedical Sensing: A Collaborative Approach for Engagement and Education

Katjana Ehrlich, Helen E. Parker, Duncan K. McNicholl, Peter Reid, Mark Reynolds, Vincent Bussiere, Graham Crawford, Angela Deighan, Alice Garrett, András Kufcsák, Dominic R. Norberg, Giulia Spennati, Gregor Steele, Helen Szoor-McElhinney, Melanie Jimenez

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This paper demonstrates how research at the intersection of physics, engineering, biology and medicine can be presented in an interactive and educational way to a non-scientific audience. Interdisciplinary research with a focus on prevalent diseases provides a relatable context that can be used to engage with the public. Respiratory diseases are significant contributors to avoidable morbidity and mortality and have a growing social and economic impact. With the aim of improving lung disease understanding, new techniques in fibre-based optical endomicroscopy have been recently developed. Here, we present a novel engagement activity that resembles a bench-to-bedside pathway. The activity comprises an inexpensive educational tool (<$70) adapted from a clinical optical endomicroscopy system and tutorials that cover state-of-the-art research. The activity was co-created by high school science teachers and researchers in a collaborative way that can be implemented into any engagement development process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number402
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2020


  • Endoscopic imaging
  • Fiber optics
  • Fluorescence imaging
  • High school/introduction medicine
  • Interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary
  • Lung disease diagnostics
  • Medical imaging
  • Medical optics instrumentation
  • Public understanding/outreach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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