ASLMS 2021 Examines Laser-Based Treatments, Diagnosis in Online Setting

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ASLMS has moved its upcoming educational and networking events online. Courtesy of ASLMS.

ASLMS has moved its upcoming educational and networking events online. Courtesy of ASLMS.


ASLMS President Thomas E. Rohrer. Courtesy of ASLMS.

Anne M. Chapas, event co-chair. Courtesy of ASLMS.

Merete Haedersdal, event co-chair. Courtesy of ASLMS.

Nathan S. Uebelhoer, event co-chair. Courtesy of ASLMS.

Following the cancellation of last year’s event, this year’s conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) will rebound with a virtual presentation of the latest in laser-based science and research. Registration is open for the conference, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 15-16. It will feature sessions on some of the latest successes in the development of medical lasers and energy-based devices in research and treatment. Scientists, clinicians, residents, students, health care professionals, and industry representatives are all encouraged to attend.

A special plenary talk will be given on Saturday, in which J. Stuart Nelson, John A. Parrish, David H. Sliney, and R. Rox Anderson will retrace the many milestones over the society’s 40-year history. On Sunday, Fernanda H. Sakamoto will present awards in honor of ASLMS women who have achieved breakthroughs in energy-based devices.

The event will draw from last year’s slated in-person program that was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, and is being overseen by ASLMS President Thomas E. Rohrer and program co-chairs Anne M. Chapas, Merete Haedersdal, and Nathan S. Uebelhoer. It offers continuing medical education (CME) courses accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and geared toward enabling stronger patient care.

Session and workshop highlights include:

• A workshop on the latest photobiomodulation (PBM) science, including a session titled “Photobiomodulation Advances Propel Therapeutic Applications in Multiple Specialties,” led by PBM expert Juanita J. Anders.

• A workshop called “Photothermal Nanoparticles,” offered in collaboration with the Society of Thermal Medicine. Two Dazzle Talk speakers will outline their research, including David E. Fisher with “A Novel Method to Treat Melanocytic Nevi,” and Keshav Singh with “The Role of Mitochondria for the Skin Phenotype and Aging.”

• A special session titled “Magic Wand: Lab to Clinic” led by Harvard University researchers R. Rox Anderson and Lilit Garibyan.

• Basic and translational workshops, including “Imaging and Diagnostics for Cancer,” “Translating the Basic Science of Radiofrequency and Microwaves into Clinical Applications,” and “Drugs and Energy-Based Device Synergies,” along with numerous other sessions that will include interactive question-and-answer segments.

Special non-CME sessions will include “Tech Connect” and “Clinical Research Pearls: All You Need to Know about FDA, IRB, and Industry.” Virtual booth space will also be available, with instructions available on the ASLMS website for building a company profile to be viewed by virtual attendees.

Closing out the conference will be a “Cutting Edge” session, during which current and future ASLMS presidents will offer remarks.

On-demand sessions are expected to be available for viewing until July 15. For more information, visit

Published: March 2021

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