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Virtual BIOCOMM 2021

Virtual BIOCOMM 2021


Meeting Overview

For the first time ever, BIOCOMM will be held online in a virtual setting. Events will be spread out over the year, holding monthly Zoom sessions for workshops, plenary presentations, Infoshare, and our annual Business Meeting and TownHall meetings.

There will be no charge for these monthly online educational sessions. All are welcome to attend!

Online or Virtual BIOCOMM provides a unique opportunity to continue learning, networking, and establishing new and old connections. Scroll down to see what's planned each month or click on the buttons below.

           
       


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Watch on our YouTube channel.January 19, 2021
7:00 pm EST

Producing Architectural Images using Lightroom and Photoshop Workshop

Adam Cooper, RBP, FBCA
Delray Beach, FL

The process developed and presented here will show how this can be easily produced in order to set the business apart and demonstrate how professional photography can elevate sales for realtors and architects. This process shown can also be very important for medical facilities and health system marketing goals. When producing interior architecture photo with mixed lighting and window or glass doors, a single photo is not sufficient. The shadow details would be fine but the highlight details would not. This bracketing and HDR technique will demonstrate how to produce images with both highlight and shadow detail. Additionally, the vertical lines which are very important in architectural photography and marketing will be demonstrated.


The final touch will be to show how Lightroom and Photoshop interact when you've reached the limit of the capabilities of Lightoom.

This presentation will be in the form of a virtual workshop. All materials will be available for download prior to the workshop so that the attendee will be able to run through this process thereby creating a more immersive learning experience.

Download the materials here: https://www.acvideophoto.com/Clients/2021/BIOCOMM-2021-JANUARY-PROGRAM-MATERIALS/n-QCBX73/

Adam Cooper RBP, FBCA is the current President of the BCA. He has been producing interior and exterior architecture photos in the medical setting for over 30 years. Mr. Cooper is currently focusing on real estate and architecture clients in Florida.


Watch on our YouTube channel.February 9, 2021
1:00 pm EST

Forensic Radiography

Professor Nazeema Ebrahim
Cape Town, South Africa

Every image produced in a radiology department is a potential forensic document. It may be required in a court of law as evidence for a crime committed, a motor-vehicle accident or for medico-legal purposes. Radiography in forensic investigations is not new. It is used primarily as a process of evidence collection in determining the types of injuries and also the possible reason(s) for death. This presentation will demonstrate images related to politics, despair and deception.

Nazeema Ebrahim, MSc(Diag) Radiography and PGDip International Research Ethics retired as Director of School of Medicine, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. She has presented 71 papers. She also mentored MMed students with protocol development and publications. She was awarded the JJ Wesselo Award jointly with her husband Hoosain M Ebrahim by the Professional Photographers of Southern Africa (PPSA), for furthering the interest of the Police Photographer's Group within the PPSA (1996) after her presentation in Forensic Radiography.



March 9, 2021
7:00 pm EST

InfoShare

Jim Koepfler, FBCA
Moderator

Do you have a favorite app that you can't live without? A really cool technique that speeds up your workflow? Repurposed some old equipment to perform new tasks? Found a new toy? Made a new toy? If so, we all want to hear about it!

You are invited to share a 5 minute "show and tell" of your idea, gadget, or technique. If you have something to share please let us know. You can email Connie Johansen your idea and she will put you on the program. We will also be accepting "unplanned" presentations during our Zoom meeting in case the feeling moves you!


Watch on our YouTube channel.April 13, 2021
1:00 pm EST

Kirlian Photograhy: A Scientific Basis for Recording the Energy Fields of the Physical Body

Hoosain Ebrahim, FBCA, FIMI(Hon), ASIS FRPS
Cape Town, South Africa

Kirlian photography is a method of obtaining a photographic image of high energy interaction between a subject and an applied electric field. The image captured on the film reflects the dynamic relationship between the externally generated electric field and the energy emitted from the subject. No external light source is used for this technique. The light emitted as photons by the electric discharge from the charged subject produces the latent image in the photosensitive layer of the recording material. All the images produced used a standardized technique developed over many years taking various variables into consideration to obtain near reproducibility.

Kirlian images of medical abnormalities including the affected acupuncture points will be shown. It is quite evident that despite using a highly standardized imaging technique the aura varies according to the subject's state of physical or mental health. It is the author's opinion that the Kirlian image obtained is a simple cold electron emission related to the amount of free electrolyte on the skin.

Hoosain Ebrahim was the 1982 recipient of the British Medical Journal Award for "Kirlian Photography in Medicine" exhibit awarded by the Medical Group of the Royal Photographic Society.

Hoosain Ebrahim retired as Director of Medical Illustration and AV Services at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa. He has been a member of the BCA since 1984. He has served for 45 years as a medical and forensic photographer. He belongs to seven other professional societies. He has several awards including the British Medical Journal Award of the RPS. He has delivered 238 oral presentations.


May 11, 2021
7:00 pm EST

Town Hall and Business Meeting

The BCA Annual Business meeting provides members the opportunity to add their voice to the important business of governing the association. The Executive Board and Directors review the year's major accomplishments, the association's financial condition, and new program initiatives for the coming year.

The business may include such things as certifying elections, making important decisions regarding the organization, and informing the members of previous and future activities. As material becomes available, BCA will upload the information to this website for members to review prior to the meeting.

Everyone is welcome at the business meeting but only members can vote.

The BCA Town Hall is our forum to engage directly with BCA Association leadership about key issues facing BCA. This is the place to address concerns or ask questions, gather information and help guide the Association's direction. All are welcome at this informal meeting.


Watch on our YouTube channel.June 23, 2021
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Confocal Microscopy Workshop – Live!
Part 1: 2D Acquisition and Spectral Separation

James Hayden, RBP, FBCA
Managing Director / Imaging Shared Resource
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Confocal is an advanced form of fluorescence microscopy which allows researchers to non-destructively focus through a cell or tissue specimen while acquiring a stack of extremely sharp images. These "optically sectioned" slices can be captured in multiple wavelengths, with fixed or live specimens at one point in time or in a time-lapse sequence. The images are so clear because the confocal process removes the out-of-focus light from each slice while the spectral qualities of the instrument can eliminate problems with overlapping signals.

In Part 1 of this virtual demonstration workshop, we will take advantage of the need to meet remotely by inviting you to see how confocal images are created in our lab. This is an exciting opportunity to gather and take a look under the hood at what has become a staple instrument in biological microscopy. In this first presentation, we will discuss choices for acquisition parameters and take full advantage of the spectral capabilities of the Leica SP5 laser scanning confocal microscope to create ideal 2D multicolor images of fluorescently labeled cells. We have not had the opportunity to show this technology live in previous BIOCOMM meetings because the instruments are not portable, so tune in to watch and ask questions as we work through the process together. In preparation for the workshop, you will also have access to the training videos we use in our lab to provide initial orientation to the instrument as well as proper placement of the samples to avoid damage.

Tune in to part 2 of our workshop in July to see how we can apply this technology to 3D rendering using an upgraded Leica SP8 laser scanning confocal microscope.

James Hayden, RBP, FBCA is the current BCA Vice President and has been Managing Director of the Wistar Institute Imaging Shared Resource for 19 years. He is a long-time presenter at past BCA meetings in topics ranging from imaging ethics to 2-photon microscopy. His lab provides a wide range of imaging services to support cancer research and vaccine development, using basic and advanced forms of photomicrography, including widefield, time-lapse imaging, confocal microscopy and 2-photon microscopy.

Confocal Training Videos

To get the most out of these workshops, please watch these two confocal training videos.

  


July 21, 2021
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Confocal Microscopy Workshop – Live!
Part 2: 3D Acquisition and Rendering

James Hayden, RBP, FBCA
Managing Director / Imaging Shared Resource
The Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Confocal is an advanced form of fluorescence microscopy which allows researchers to non-destructively focus through a cell or tissue specimen while acquiring a stack of extremely sharp images. These "optically sectioned" slices can be captured in multiple wavelengths, with fixed or live specimens at one point in time or in a time-lapse sequence. The images are so clear because the confocal process removes the out-of-focus light from each slice while the spectral qualities of the instrument can eliminate problems with overlapping signals.

In part 1 of our virtual demonstration workshop, we went through the process of creating well-separated, sharp images of a single confocal section. This month, in Part 2, we will explore what it takes to apply those lessons and modify them for good 3D acquisition. In addition, we will delve into processing and presentation options because it can be challenging to present 3D data in a 2D environment like your computer screen or as a figure in a paper.

In this presentation, we will be using a newer Leica SP8 laser scanning confocal microscope that has a few more options to work with compared to the SP5 we used in part 1. It also operates with a newer version of the Leica LAS software. The comparison of the 2 instruments will give you a taste of how important it is to understand the underlying concepts of how confocal works rather than relying on simply knowing what buttons to push.

James Hayden, RBP, FBCA is the current BCA Vice President and has been Managing Director of the Wistar Institute Imaging Shared Resource for 19 years. He is a long-time presenter at past BCA meetings in topics ranging from imaging ethics to 2-photon microscopy. His lab provides a wide range of imaging services to support cancer research and vaccine development, using basic and advanced forms of photomicrography, including widefield, time-lapse imaging, confocal microscopy and 2-photon microscopy.

Confocal Training Videos

To get the most out of these workshops, please watch these two confocal training videos.

  


August 24, 2021
7:00 pm EST

New BioImages Launch

Michael Peres, RBP, FBCA

BioImages is the pre-eminent imaging competition of the Biocommunications Association. Join us on Tuesday, August 24 at 7PM EDT for the launch of the NEW BioImages!

Professor Michael Peres, BioImages Chair, will announce the NEW categories, NEW prize money and NEW BCA member benefits at this exciting online event.


Tunicate in fluorescent light © Oliver Meckes

Tune in for a demonstration of the application process and learn how it ties in with our new BCA website. For more information and to answer all your questions, we look forward to seeing you on Zoom!


September 28, 2021
7:00 pm EST

Biomedical Animation: Using 3D Animation to Tell the Stories of Biology

Dr. Maja Divjak

Many people are frightened of the biological sciences, both the ideas and the language. As 60% of our brain is devoted to processing visual information and we live in a digital world, what better way to make biology accessible than through captivating Biomedical Animation? But what actually is Biomedical Animation? What is involved in creating a Biomedical Animation? What sort of techniques are used? Join multi-award winning animator Dr Maja Divjak as she takes us on a tour of this fascinating world and learn why it is vital for communicating about biology in the digital age.

Dr. Maja Divjak is inaugural Biomedical Animator at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she is creating animations about cellular and molecular mechanisms leading to cancer. A PhD in Molecular Biology led to scientific sales, but it was a chance meeting with world-renowned Biomedical Animator Dr. Drew Berry that revealed the world of science animation. She subsequently undertook a fellowship with Dr. Berry and has been animating professionally since 2013.

DNA Damage Repair © Maja Divjak (Click to view video in BioImages 2020 Gallery.)

View more of Dr. Divjak's work at https://vimeo.com/majadivjak


November 30, 2021
6:00 pm EST

BioImages Awardees & Exhibition

Michael Peres, RBP, FBCA

BioImages is excited to invite you to the last Virtual BIOCOMM meeting of the year. Join us at 6pm on November 30th when we will announce the winners of the BioImages 2021 online exhibition.


 

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Director of Conferences

If you require additional information about presentations or if you wish to give an online presentation, please download and complete the Virtual BIOCOMM 2021 Abstract Form and send to Connie Johansen RBP, FBCA, the Director of Conferences.


Past Annual Meetings

BIOCOMM 2019 – Asilomar Park, CA

BIOCOMM 2018 – Savannah, GA

BIOCOMM 2017 – Portland, OR

BIOCOMM 2016 – New Orleans, LA

BIOCOMM 2015 – Santa Fe, NM

BIOCOMM 2014 – Rochester,  MN

BIOCOMM 2013 – Asilomar Park, CA

BIOCOMM 2012 – Bar Harbor, ME

BIOCOMM 2011 – Phoenix, AZ

BIOCOMM 2010 – Boston, MA

BIOCOMM 2009 – Park City, UT

BIOCOMM 2008 – Rochester, NY

BIOCOMM 2007 – Tucson, AZ

BIOCOMM 2006 – Knoxville,  TN

BIOCOMM 2005 – Portland,  OR

BIOCOMM 2004 – Boston, MA

View a complete list of past Annual Meetings since 1931.

About the BCA

The BioCommunications Association, or BCA, is an international association of media professionals who create and use quality images in visual communications for teaching, documentation and presentations in the life sciences and medicine. If you are interested in an organization dedicated to supporting the production of visual communications for the life sciences then welcome to the BCA. Membership Information

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