The International Society for Clinical Spectroscopy (CLIRSPEC) is a non-profit organisation, constituted in 2015. The Society exists to act as a platform for those individuals, teams and organisations wishing to promote the translation of spectroscopy into the clinical environment, for the general benefit of patients; for example, to improve patient diagnosis and prognosis.

SPEC 2018, 1015 June 2018

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The International Conference on Clinical Vibrational Spectroscopy—SPEC—travels to Glasgow, Scotland for its tenth anniversary meeting. SPEC2018, hosted by Strathclyde University, 10–15 June 2018, promises to be an exciting and thought provoking meeting. Abstract submission and conference registration is now open.

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Summer School, 10–13 July 2018


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The Society would like to invite all students, industrialists and postdoctoral researchers in the multidisciplinary area of clinical infrared and Raman spectroscopy to attend the 4th CLIRSPEC Summer School. The Summer School runs from Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th July 2018 and will be held at the Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel, Lake Windermere.

“It is still the best experience I have ever had. Love the location, content and people!”

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Previous meeting organised by, or in conjunction with, the Society include

CLIRSPEC Network Conference—CLIRCON17, 2–5 April 2017

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The Clinical Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy (CLIRSPEC) Network held another conference for researchers and industrialists in the multidisciplinary area of clinical infrared and Raman spectroscopy.

The CLIRCON17 Conference ran from 2–5 April 2017, hosted by the Analytical and Biomedical Spectroscopy groups at the University of Manchester, UK.

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Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde

CLIRSPEC Network Translation Day

7 September 2016,
University of Strathclyde

The Translation Day provided a forum to discuss the requirements, challenges and possible solutions to support the translation of vibrational spectroscopic clinical technologies and applications into clinical use. The day was targeted at researchers of all levels who are interested in translating promising spectroscopic technologies to the clinic.

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One of the main roles of the Society is to provide the organisational structure for the successful SPEC International Conference series.

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This international conference series brings together clinicians and scientists who are developing and improving innovative pre-clinical and clinical applications of vibrational spectroscopy that can lead to health care delivery improvements. SPEC 2018 will be held in Glasgow UK, 1015 June 2018.

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There have been significant advances in vibrational biomedical spectroscopy and many aspects of associated biophotonics in recent years. The time was therefore right to hold a discussion meeting on this rapidly changing dynamic field. Diagnostic and prognostic tools based on these new technologies have the potential to revolutionise our clinical systems leading to improved patient outcome, more efficient public services and significant economic savings for healthcare providers and society.

Papers and discussion from this meeting are now available at:!issueid=fd016187&type=current&issnprint=1359-6640

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