January 18, 2023 - January 20, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ophthalmic Optoelectronics: From Imaging to Surgery and Neurostimulation
Daniel Palanker, PhD
Professor of Ophthalmology, and by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory Stanford University
Daniel Palanker is a Professor of Ophthalmology and, by courtesy of Electrical Engineering, and a member of the Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory at Stanford University. He received MSc in Physics in 1984 from the Yerevan State University in Armenia, and PhD in Applied Physics in 1994 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Dr. Palanker studies interactions of electric field with biological cells and tissues, and develops optical and electronic technologies for diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical and prosthetic applications, primarily in ophthalmology. In the optical domain, these studies include laser-tissue interactions with applications to ocular therapy and surgery, and interferometric imaging of physiological signals. In the field of electro-neural interfaces, Dr. Palanker is developing retinal prosthesis for restoration of sight to the blind, and implants for electronic control of other organs. In the field of imaging, he is working on interferometric detection of neural signals, including Optoretinography.
Several of his developments are in clinical practice world-wide: electrosurgical scalpel PlasmaBlade (Medtronic), ocular scanning laser PASCAL (Iridex), femtosecond cataract surgical system Catalys (Johnson&Johnson), and neural stimulator for tear secretion TrueTear (Allergan). Several others are in clinical trials, including the retinal prosthesis PRIMA (Pixium Vision).