“Inventing a technology is one thing but putting it into practice is quite another. ICTER allows both worlds to meet,” an interview with Dr. Bartosz Sikorski, an ophthalmologist and long-time ICTER collaborator

Dr. Bartosz Sikorski’s 20-year friendship with Prof. Maciej Wojtkowski resulted in several joint projects and patents that today facilitate the diagnosis of eye diseases worldwide. Without them, there would be no spectral OCT or OCT angiography, among others, which have changed the face of ophthalmology. But the exciting adventure continues! They are currently working together on two-photon vision, optoretinography (functional examination of the retina), and STOC (Spatio-Temporal OCT), which open up entirely new horizons.

How can modern ophthalmology be improved with new diagnostic methods? What does this mean for patients and, more broadly, for the whole of the society? You will learn about this from our interview with Dr. Bartosz Sikorski, an ophthalmologist, vitreoretinal surgeon and long-standing ICTER collaborator, a clinical expert in the field of eye imaging.

Interview with Dr. Bartosz Sikorski, an ophthalmologist and long-time ICTER collaborator


Bartosz L. Sikorski, MD, PhD graduated in medicine from NCU. He also studied at ICL, University of Oxford, and Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (Paris) and a Member of the Optical Biomedical Imaging Team at the Institute of Physics, NCU, which developed and commercialized Spectral-Domain OCT technology. Dr. Sikorski is the Medical Director of the AI detection project for retinal diseases.

Maciej Wojtkowski, PhD graduated in physics at NCU, where he then headed the Optical Biomedical Imaging Team. Professor Wojtkowski also worked at the University of Vienna and MIT. He and his co-workers developed the first Spectral-Domain OCT laboratory set-ups and clinical prototypes, and co-commercialized the technology. He is currently Chair of ICTER and the Physical Optics and Biophotonics Group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.

Anna Przybyło-Józefowicz, PhD is responsible for fine-tuning and implementing the internal and external communication strategy for ICTER. She has 18 years of experience in the public and private sector, where she developed as a diplomat, manager, consultant, translator, writer, and university lecturer. She interviewed Dr. Bartosz Sikorski.

Karol Karnowski, PhD graduated in physics (MSc) and biophysics (PhD) at NCUr. From 2015 to 2018, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Western Australia, where he still holds the honorary position of Adjunct Senior Lecturer. Since 2018, he has led a project group working on the use of polarization contrast and miniature imaging probes. In addition, he led the group responsible for the design of a clinical prototype for multi-spot assessment of corneal biomechanics. At ICTER he is a senior researcher actively involved in research activities of IDoc and POB groups and supports the centre as PR photographer. He recorded and edited the video.

Marcin Powęska, MSc is a biologist, popular science journalist, author of numerous medical publications, and ICTER’s research editor. He crafted the title and social media material for this interview.

The International Centre for Translational Eye Research (www.icter.pl) is a centre of excellence hosted by the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences (https://ichf.edu.pl/) and carried out within the International Research Agendas programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.


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