UC Irvine's Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic has received $4.1 million from the National Institutes of Health to expand a program that gives access to advanced laser and optical imaging technologies to researchers worldwide.
The award supports the institute's Laser Microbeam and Medical Program for five years and represents a significant increase from the program's previous grant, which totaled $2 million over three years.
Researchers in the program use lasers, high-resolution microscopes and other optical technologies to examine body tissues, cells and molecules within cells. Research sheds light on causes of--and treatments for--breast cancer, brain tumors, wounds, genetic disorders and immunological diseases, among other maladies.
"The grant allows us to explore new optical methods and establish a foundation for developing the next generation of medical technology," said Dr. Bruce Tromberg, director of the laser program.