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Iranian Scientist Receives Optics Award

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Active ImageAn Iranian researcher has been honored the 'DJ Lovell Award', the largest and most prestigious award of the Optics & Photonics (SPIE) society.

Babak Shadgan, a PhD candidate in the University of British Columbia, was awarded the International SPIE Society's Scholarship based on his long-range contribution to optics, photonics and related topics.

Shadgan has discovered a new technique for the early and accurate diagnosis of the ischemic muscle injury using non-invasive laser; his findings have been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

The former president of the International Olympic and Paralympics Committee of Iran will receive his award during the 2010 International Congress of Optics and Photonics in San Diego (1-5 August).

SPIE is a non-profit international society for the exchange, collection and dissemination of knowledge in optics, photonics, and imaging engineering.

To date, SPIE has distributed over $3 million dollars in individual scholarships. This ambitious effort reflects the Society’s commitment to education and to the next generation of optical scientists and engineers around the world.

SPIE organizes conferences, courses and exhibitions covering all aspects and applications of optical engineering. SPIE publishes six refereed journals, a member magazine SPIE Professional, the technical news website SPIE Newsroom, as well as conference proceedings and peer-reviewed handbooks, reference books, and tutorials.

Shadgan is a medical doctor specializing in sports medicine originally from Iran. He received his MD degree in 1994 and an AO-International Orthopedic Fellowship in 1998. In 2001, he was granted a Post-graduate Master degree in Sports Medicine from the University of London and a year later (2002) he obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in Football Medicine from the England Football Associations.

As a sports physician he is associated with several international sports federations. He is a medical committee member of the International Wrestling Federation (FILA), and also chief medical officer of the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID). Aside from the sport medicine field, he works as an Independent Observer for World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

In September 2006, he joined the Experimental Medicine Program under the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, where he is currently pursuing a PhD degree under the supervision of Dr. Darlene Reid. He recently completed a visiting fellowship course on NIRS-Diffused Optical Tomography at Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging of Harvard University.

During his last year of medical school in Iran, he became involved in the research field. The title of his MD thesis was “Review of 421 cases of intertrochanteric fractures of the hip joint at the Shafa Orthopedic Hospital”.

He continued his research activities as a research assistant in a number of orthopedic research projects until 2000, when he moved to London to study sports medicine.

His master’s thesis was a research study on tennis injuries: “The effects of racquets on the development of tennis elbow injury”. From 2002 onwards, his main research area fell within sports medicine & orthopedics. In this field, he was most interested in studying musculoskeletal injuries, overtraining, muscle fatigue syndrome, functional rehabilitation, and prevention of sports injuries.

His collaborations with international sports federations have given me opportunities to be actively involved in medical and doping control coverage of Olympic & Paralympic Games and World Championship.

He has conducted a number of surveillance studies on the nature and incidence of wrestling injuries during 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

His present research focuses on skeletal muscle ischemic conditions and injuries. The main goal of his research project is to find specific, sensitive, reliable and non-invasive diagnostic methods for early detection of muscle ischemia.

As a research assistant of the UBC Orthopedic Trauma Division, he is examining the values of a new laser intervention to monitor intra-compartmental oxygenation for early diagnosis of acute compartment syndrome in high-risk patients. Applying the same technology, he studied inspiratory muscle deoxygenation during resistive threshold loading breathing.

Source: Press TV & ISNA

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