August 5-7, 2010

Second International Conference on Vibrational Optical Activity (VOA-2)
and Bio-Medical Applications of Raman Spectroscopy (BMARS)

as a joint satellite meeting to ICORS 2010 to be held at the University at Albany State University of New York

Plenary and invited speakers confirmed their participation:
  • Sergio Abbate, University of Brescia
  • Sandy Asher, U of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Ewan Blanch, U. Manchester, UK
  • Patrick Bultinck, University of Ghent
  • Thomas Burgi, University of Neuchatel
  • Volker Deckert, Jena, Germany
  • Max Diem, Northeastern University, USA
  • Changning Guo, FDA, USA
  • Lutz Hecht, Glasgow University
  • Jan Helbing, University of Zurich
  • Anatoly Ianoul, Carleton University, Canada
  • Christian Johannessen, Glasgow University
  • Pedro Joseph-Nathan, CINVESTAV- Mexico
  • Tim Keiderling, UIC, USA
  • Christoph Krafft, Jena, Germany
  • John Kulp, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Honggang Li, BioTools
  • Vincent Liegeois,  Belgium
  • Shaul Mukamel, UC Irvine
  • Don Pivonka, USA
  • Juergen Popp, Jena, German
  • Mrinalini Puranik, India
  • Dor Ben-Amotz, Purdue U, West Lafayette, USA
  • Marcus Reiher, ETH Zurich
  • Petra Rösch, Germany
  • Kenneth Ruud, Tromso, Norway
  • Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, Drexel University
  • Siva Umapathy, IIS Bangalore, India







Prof. Igor K. Lednev
Department of Chemistry
University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222
Phone: (518) 591-8863
Fax: (518) 442-3462 (Chemistry)

Prof. Laurence A. Nafie
Department of Chemistry
2-016B Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-4100 Phone: (315) 443-5912, Fax: (315) 443-4070 E-mail: or

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Preliminary Schedule

The conference will be held at Constance & Thomas D'Ambra Auditorium,
Life Sciences Building (LSRB), University at Albany, SUNY
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222

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Wednesday PM, August 4



Informal Opening Reception and Registration at the Standish Board Room on the third level of the The Science Library,
SUNY, Address: 1400 Washington Avenue City: Albany, NY 12222. (Wednesday only)
Thursday AM , August 5  
AM Session: Overlap of Biomedical Science and Biomedical Spectroscopy




Registration continuous as needed

The registration on Thursday will continue in the hall near The Constance & Thomas D'Ambra Auditorium, Life Sciences Building (LSRB)


Conference Opening

Igor Lednev, Presiding

Hugh Barr, Consultant General Surgeon, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, UK

9:15-10:00 Max Diem, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
10:00-10:30 Coffee and Refreshment Break
AM Session: Overview of Biological VOA

Larry Nafie, Presiding

10:30-11:15 Tim Keiderling, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
11:15-12:00 Ewan Blanch, University of Manchester, UK
12:00-12:20 Saeideh Ostovar Pour, University of Manchester, UK
  Lunch and Poster Viewing 12:00 to 2 PM
Thursday PM , August 5  

PM VOA Session: Biological Applications


Tim Keiderling, Presiding

2:00-2:30 Christian Johannessen, Glasgow University, U.K.
2:30-3:00 Shaul Mukamel, University of California, Irvine,USA
3:00-3:30 Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA
3:30-4:00 Coffee and Refreshment Break
PM BMARS Session: Biomedical Raman Spectroscopy  
  Sanford Asher, Presiding


4:00-4:30 Juergen Popp, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany
4:30-5:00 Siva Umapathy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
5:00-5:20 Mrinalini Puranik, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India
5:20-5:40 Sergei Bykov, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Free Time.  Meeting of the International Steering Committee
Friday AM, August 6  

AM VOA Session: Pharmaceutical VCD Applications

  Ewan Blanch, Presiding
8:30-9:00 Don Pivonka, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Pedro Joseph-Nathan, CINVESTAV, Mexico

9:30-10:00 Patrick Bultinck, University of Ghent, Belgium
10:00-10:30 Coffee and Refreshment Break

AM VOA-BMARS Session: Biological Applications


Juergen Popp, Presiding

10:30-11:00 Volker Deckert, University of Jena, Germany
11:00-11:30 Changning Guo, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
11:30-12:00 John Kulp, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
12:00-12:30 Christoph Krafft, IPHT, Germany
  Lunch and Poster Viewing 12:00 to 2 PM

Friday PM, August 6


 PM VOA Session: Theoretical Methods

  Patrick Bultinck, Presiding
2:00-2:30 Kenneth Ruud, University of Tromsø, Norway
2:30-3:00 Vincent Liegeois, University Faculties of Notre-Dame de la Paix, Belgium
3:00-3:30 Marcus Reiher, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
3:30-4:00 Coffee and Refreshment Break

PM BMARS-VOA Session: Structure and Dynamics of Biomolecules

  Siva Umapathy, Presiding
4:00-4:30 Sanford Asher, University of Pittsburgh, USA

Petra Rösch, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany       

5:00-5:20 Sophia C. Hayes, University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus
5:20-5:40 Rina K. Dukor, BioTools, Inc., Jupiter, Florida, USA

Conference Dinner 6 PM to 8 PM

Saturday August 7  

AM VOA Session: Advanced VOA Techniques 

  Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, Presiding
8:30-9:00 Sergio Abbate, University of Brescia, Italy
9:00-9:30 Jan Helbing, University of Zurich, Switzerland
9:30-10:00 Thomas Bürgi, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland
10:00-10:30 Coffee and Refreshment Break
AM BMARS Session: Advances in instrumentation for biological spectroscopy
  Rina K. Dukor, Presiding
10:30-11:00 Dor Ben-Amotz, Purdue U, USA
11:00-11:30 Lutz Hecht, Glasgow University, UK
11:30-12:00 Anatoli Ianoul, Carleton University, Canada
Honggang Li, BioTools, Jupiter,  Florida

Conference Conclusion 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Saratoga Racetrack. The WHITNEY Handicap. Afternoon.

Sunday AM August 8


Busses to Boston to attend ICORS 2010. Schedule TBA.

We plan to arrange a shuttle from Albany to Boston at Sunday morning. Please indicate your plan/preference by e-mail The shuttle ticket of about $25 could be purchased on the site after your arrival. We accept cash and travel checks only.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center - indicate your willingness, please,


Hotel's shuttles are not available, please, take a taxi to reach your destination (approximately $18 from the Albany airport and $17 from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station)


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