September 15, 2016 - Darren Roblyer

Click to Signup Location: Rebecca's Cafe, 275 Grove St., Auburndale, MA 02466
Dinner Reservation Deadline: Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 6pm

Wearable Diffuse Optical Imaging Probes for Guiding Cancer Treatment


Diffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging techniques provide quantitative measurements of human tissues up to several centimeters in depth using near-infrared light. These measurements are non-invasive, safe, and provide quantitative assessments of fundamental aspects of the in vivo tissue state without the use of exogenous agents or ionizing radiation. My research group is rapidly advancing these devices towards wearable probes, allowing a level of patient access unparalleled with most currently available medical imaging modalities. We are applying these new diffuse optical technologies to several major challenges in clinical oncology, including chemotherapeutic drug resistance and the personalization of therapies. Diffuse optical probes provide an in vivo macroscopic view of the tumor state in real time with supreme sensitivity to the dynamic effects of a diverse array of chemotherapeutic agents. We anticipate this will provide a plethora of new possibilities for better understanding of the dynamics of treatment response, including indications of the best times for interventions and/or altering the drug regimen. I will present developments my lab has made in new clinical and preclinical diffuse optical technologies and discuss their applications and potential to change the standard of care.



Darren Roblyer, Boston University

Darren Roblyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.  After receiving a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2004, Darren received his Ph.D. as a HHMI Med-into-grad fellow in 2009 from the Bioengineering Department at Rice University where he studied under Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum. Prior to starting his faculty position, Darren was a Department of Defense Postdoctoral Fellow at the Beckman Laser Institute at the University of California, Irvine studying under Professor Bruce Tromberg. Darren’s group is currently funded by the American Cancer Society and the Department of Defense to develop new optical technologies for better understanding and monitoring systemic chemotherapies in cancer patients.



Dinner & Meeting reservations must be made by 6 PM, Monday, September 12, 2016.  We can no longer accept dinner reservations after this cutoff.
Meeting-Only registrations are appreciated by Wednesday, September 14, 2016.  Walk-ins are acceptable for the meeting-only.

Please make online reservations via the "Click to signup" button above.

Reservations may also be left on the answering machine at (617) 584-0266. We no longer have an email address for reservations due to SPAM.

When making reservation requests, please provide the following information:

  • DINNER AND MEETING or meeting only
  • Name(s) and membership status
  • Daytime phone number where you can be reached (in case of change or cancellation)


Rebeccas Cafe (Located in back of the office complex)
275 Grove Street
Auburndale, MA 02466

(617) 969-3282

(Map to Rebecca's).

Networking—5:45 PM, Dinner—6:45, Meeting—7:30 PM.


Vegetarian option available on request

Dinner Prices:

   Register on/before
 DINNER Reservation Date 
 Late Reservations
Based on Availability
 NES/OSA Members and their guests   $30.00 each   $35.00 
 Non-members   $35.00 (See NOTE Below)   $40.00 
 Students   $5.00   $5.00 
 Post-Docs   $15.00   $15.00 









NOTE: The NES/OSA has not changed dinner prices in several years but has been facing higher costs. We have increased the cost of dinner by $5 this year. We will try to accommodate late reservations but cannot not guarantee that a meal will be available.

General Information on NES/OSA Meetings

Cancellations and No-shows:

If the meeting must be cancelled for any reason, we will try to call you at the phone number you leave with your reservation. Official notice of cancellation will be on our answering machine.

We have to pay for the dinners reserved as of the Tuesday before the meeting, so no-shows eat into our cash reserve. If you will not be able to attend, please let us know as early as possible. Otherwise, no-shows will be billed.

Membership Rates:

Regular members $15.00
Student members free




NOTE: The extra $5.00 of the non-member dinner fee can be used toward membership dues if the nonmember joins and pays dues for the current year at the meeting.