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February 4th-6th 2017
Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, Coronado, California

The Annual meeting of the North American Association of PhotobiomoduLation Therapy (NAALT) was held from February 4th-6th, 2017, Coronado Island, just outside of San Diego, California. The growing excitement and enthusiasm for this innovative therapy has spurred rapid progress in both clinical research as well as manufacturing with new PBM devices becoming available. The dates and venue were strategically chosen to enable national and international attendees to attend two key meeting  - SPIE and NAALT as well as take a mini vacation along the fabulous California coast. Details are available on this website.    

The scientific committee under the able leadership of Prof. Jeri-Anne Lyons, NAALT Scientific chair, has prepared a comprehensive scientific program encompassing broad range of topics on Photobiomodulation. Building on the success of the pre-conference programs at Arlington in 2014, as termed by one of attendees as one of the most useful ‘practical aspects of PBM therapy’, we now have a larger range of topics that were most attractive to past attendees. A concerted effort is being made to engage our industry partners at this meeting who are at the forefront of making PBM science a practical clinical tool. We hope you will join us and participate in exciting new sessions such as the 'Tech Connect' sessions.

As in every large organizational effort, this has been a great team effort. I would like to thank our executive NAALT board especially our treasurer, Dr. Randolph Merrick, incoming President, Dr.Terrence Baker and Vice-President Dr. Narda Robinson who have helped shape this exciting meeting. I also extend my sincere gratitude to our dedicated officials, NAALT secretary Ms. Molly Jenkins and NAALT membership coordinator, Ms. Donna Pattison whose dedication and hard work keep the organization actively functioning. A special thanks to Dr. Nicholas Wise who has steered the regular NAALT newsletter to provide us with the latest and most exciting developments in our field.   

I hope you all will avail of this fantastic opportunity and join us for the meeting. Look forward to seeing many of you in California! 

Praveen R. Arany B.D.S., M.D.S., M.M.Sc., Ph.D.,
President 2014-2016. 

Awards

AWARD CATEGORIES                                                                   
  1. NAALT Endre Mester PBM Lifetime Achievement Award  
  2. NAALT Chukuka Enwemeka PBM Leadership Award  
  3. NAALT Tiina Karu Excellence in Basic PBM sciences   
  4. NAALT Mary Dyson Excellence in Clinical PBM sciences  
  5. NAALT Poster and Travel Awards 

 Mod lyset

This sculpture is a memorial to Niels Ryberg Finsen (December 15, 1860 – September 24, 1904) who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1903 "in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especiallylupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation. This sculpture was designed by Rudolph Tegner was installed in Copenhagen in 1909 showing a standing naked man flanked by two kneeling naked women reaching up to the sky entitled Mod lyset (Towards the Light). It is meant to symbolise Finsen's principal scientific theory that sunlight can have healing properties. (From Wikipedia)

 

Eligibility and Criteria for individual awards                                                     

 1. NAALT Endre Mester PBM Lifetime Award

(Senior Investigator - Clinician)                                                              

A call for nominations will go out to NAALT board and general membership soliciting nominations in a specific format (below). Nominations have to be made by a NAALT member in good standing but the nominee does not have to be a NAALT member. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Eligibility

  1. Senior level scientist (Age > 60years, as of Jan 1st of that year)
  2. Significant contributions to laser biology as a clinician or researcher as evidenced by (but not limited to) publication, talk invitations, journal editorial board membership, leadership positions in laser organizations, patents, honors, etc.
  3. Industry affiliates will be eligible and will be held to same meritorious standards.  
  4. Does not have to be a NAALT member
  5. The awadree must be present in person to accept this award

Application

  1. Cover letter by NAALT member addressing merit of applicant
  2. Biographical sketch (NIH format: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html)  
  3. Three letters of reference from colleagues/peers

The application package should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selection Procedure: Applicants will be screened by current NAALT executive board and suitable candidates will be forwarded for electronic voting by NAALT board. A simple majority decision will be used to select the honoree. Any ties will be resolved by majority vote from current NAALT President, Vice-President and Science Chair. All the nomination and assessment including a final report explaining how the candidate was chosen must be on record and submitted to the NAALT secretary within a month after the Annual conference for future references. The award must be formally announced during the dinner gala and will be preceded by a brief description of Dr. Mester’s seminal contributions to the field of photobiomodulation therapy. The awardee must be intimated before the conference to ensure they can attend the conference in person and accept the award.

 

2. NAALT Chukuka Enwemeka PBM Leadership Award      

(Mid / Senior Investigator - Clinician)     

A call for nominations will go out to NAALT board and general membership soliciting nominations in a specific format (below). Nominations have to be made by a NAALT member in good standing but the nominee does not have to be a NAALT member. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Eligibility

  1. Mid-senior level scientist (Age > 45years as of Sep of that year)
  2. Significant contributions to PBM leadership as evidenced by talk invitations, journal editorial board membership, leadership positions in laser organizations, patents, honors, publications, grants, etc.
  3. Industry affiliates will be eligible and will be held to same meritorious standards.  
  4. Does not have to be a NAALT member
  5. The awadree must be present in person to accept this award

Application

  1. Cover letter by NAALT member addressed to Chair, SEC, explaining merit of applicant
  2. Biographical sketch (NIH format: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html)  
  3. Three letters of support from colleagues/peers

The application package should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selection Procedure: Applicants will be screened by current NAALT executive board and suitable candidates will be forwarded for electronic voting by NAALT board. A simple majority decision will be used to select the honoree. Any ties will be resolved by majority vote from current NAALT President, Vice-President and Science Chair. All the nomination and assessment including a final report explaining how the candidate was chosen must be on record and submitted to the NAALT secretary within a month after the Annual conference for future references. The award must be formally announced during the dinner gala and will be preceded by a brief description of Dr. Enwemekar’s leadership in the field of photobiomodulation therapy. The awardee must be intimated before the conference to ensure they can attend the conference in person and accept the award.

3. NAALT Tiina Karu Excellence in Basic PBM Sciences Award

(Young Investigator Competition)

A call for scientific abstracts for the annual meeting will go out to general membership and awards will be advertised widely. This award is meant for a young investigator based on both scientific merit as well as ability to communicate their science to the audience effectively.    

Eligibility

  1. Young investigator (Age < 45years as of Jan of that year)
  2. Must be a NAALT member
  3. Must be the first (primary) author on the submitted abstract in Basic PBM sciences*
  4. Must attend annual conference and present work in person
  5. Can be affiliated from academic or industry
  6. Work must be original, novel or innovative and recent (unpublished in journals)

Basic PBM sciences*: as judged by SEC to include work on basic light physics, chemistry or biology, in vitro biological or biochemical analyses, all small and large animal work for research purposes (excluding large or companion animal and human studies), instrument manufacturing or innovation,    

Selection Procedure: One award will be given each year. Abstracts are reviewed by atleast three independent reviewers and scored for originality, content and novelty-innovation. The best three eligible abstracts will be invited to present their work in a special session at the Annual meeting which will be judged by 6 to 10 members compromising of the SEC and NAALT board but must include atleast 2 members from the general membership. The nominee will be judged on a standardized scoring sheet provided by SEC chair on scientific merit, presentation skills and addressing audience and/or judges questions. A majority decision will be used to select the awardee. Any ties will be resolved by majority vote from the NAALT President, Vice-President and SEC Chair. All the assessment forms including a final report from the SEC chair outlining how the awardee was chosen must be on record and submitted to the NAALT secretary within a month after the annual conference for future references. The award must be announced during the dinner gala and will be preceded by a brief description of Dr. Karu’s seminal contributions to our understanding of laser basic sciences.

 

4. NAALT Mary Dyson Excellence in Clinical PBM Sciences Award

(Young Investigator Competition)

A call for abstracts for the annual meeting will go out to general membership and advertised widely. This award is meant for a young investigator based on both scientific merit as well as ability to communicate their science to the audience effectively.    

Eligibility

  1. Young investigator (Age < 45years as of Sep of that year)
  2. Must be a NAALT member
  3. Must be the first (primary) author on the submitted abstract in Clinical PBM sciences*
  4. Must attend annual conference and present work in person
  5. Can be affiliated from academic or industry
  6. Work must be original, novel and recent (unpublished in journals)

*Clinical PBM sciences: includes studies directly involving large or companion animal and human subjects 

Selection Procedure: One award will be given each year. Abstracts are reviewed by atleast three independent reviewers and scored for originality, content and novelty-innovation. The best three eligible abstracts will be invited to present their work in a special session at the Annual meeting which will be judged by 6 to 10 members compromising of the SEC and NAALT board but must include atleast 2 members from the general membership. The nominee will be judged on a standardized scoring sheet provided by SEC chair on scientific merit, presentation skills and addressing audience and/or judges questions. A majority decision will be used to select the awardee. Any ties will be resolved by majority vote from the NAALT President, Vice-President and SEC Chair. All the assessment forms including a final report from the SEC chair outlining how the awardee was chosen must be on record and submitted to the NAALT secretary within a month after the annual conference for future references. The award must be announced during the dinner gala and will be preceded by a brief description of Dr. Dyson’s seminal contributions to our understanding of laser clinical sciences.

 

5. NAALT Poster and Travel Awards

Most meritorious abstracts submitted to the 2017 Annual meeting will be considered for Travel awards and the best poster presentations will be recognized with poster awards. More details and number of these awards will be announced based on funding availability. 

Workshops

 

Pre-Conference Workshops

As of 01/08/2017

   
     
Saturday, February 4, 2017      
7:30 AM - 1:00 PM      
       
Topic Chair Duration (hours) Time
       

Laser Safety (Intro Course)

Laser Safety: Beyond Signs and Goggles - find out what you should know to keep yourself and your patients safe."   

P. Smalley 1 10:45 - 11:45
       
Clinical Practice: Laser Acupuncture  M. Weber 1.5 7:30 - 9:00
       

Regenerative Medicine

1. Practical preparation of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and demonstration of ultrasound guided injections in shoulder, knee, hip joint and spine with intraarticular laser stimulation

2. Practical demonstrations of  PRP-injection techniques in face and skull for skin rejuvenation and hairgrowth in combination with laser irradiation.

3. Practical demonstration of Mini-Liposuction, processing of autologues fat and facial injection techniques ( microfatgrafting-facelifting with follow-up Laser Stimulation). 

M. Weber 1.5 9:00 - 10:30
       
Physical Therapy Applications N. Parizotto 4 9:00 - 1:00
       

Program

 

Preconference & Registration

As of 01/08/2017

 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

     

7:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Preconference Workshops
 

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Richard Godine Golf Outing *NEW*
 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

LUNCH

 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Welcome Keynote: Dr. John Mitrofanis
 

 

Turning on lights to stop neurodegeneration: exploring the potential of photobiomodulation in Parkinson's disease

 

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Current State of the Field of PBM
 

 

2:45 PM - Juanita Anders

 

 

3:15 PM - James Carroll

 

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

BREAK

 

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Podium Presentations & Young Investigators Competition
 

 

4:00 PM - Laser-induced immune modulation inhibits tumor growth in vivo.  G. Ottaviani

 

 

4:30 PM - Stem cell-laden wound healing dressing materials for photobiomodulation.  D. Lim

 

 

5:00 PM - Photobiomodulation therapy protects skeletal muscle and improves muscular function of mdx mice in a dose-dependent manner through modulation of dystrophin.  K. Monteiro

 

5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Acupuncture Session
 N Robinson

 

5:45 PM - Low level laser acupuncture: Laser neuromodulation for pain treatment. P. Dorsher

 

 

6:15 PM - M. Weber

 

 

6:45 PM - N Robinson  

7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Tech Connect
 

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

VieLight Welcome Reception
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Day 2: Clinical Applications

Sunday, February 5, 2017 Session Chair
     

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Breakfast

 

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM

Welcome

P Arany

8:50 AM - 11:30 AM

Clinical Research Track 

L Laakso

 

8:50 - Keynote Clinical trials: Rationale to implementation. A. Liebert

 

11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Lunch & Beach Time

 

2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Afternoon Bilingual Session

 

 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Musculoskeletal
 E. Leal-Junior

 

1:30 PM - The past, present and future of photobiomodulation therapy on exercise performance and recovery: from laboratory to clinical practice. E. Leal-Junior

 

 

2:00 PM - Photobiomodulation in treatment of sports injuries.  D. Johnson

 
 

2:30 PM - Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) and/or cryotherapy in skeletal muscle restitution, what is better?  A randomized, double-blinded placebo-controlled clinical trial. P. Vicente de Paiva

 
  2:45 PM - Photobiomodulation therapy improves performance and accelerates recovery of high-level rugby players in field test. H. Dantas Pinto  

 

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Joint Disease

P de Tarso 

 

3:00 PM - Effects of photobiomodulation therapy on inflammatory biomarkers in joint diseases. P. de Tarso 

 
 

3:30 PM - TBA. C. E. Pinfildi

 
 

4:00 PM - Effect of 808 nm low-level laser therapy on chondrocyte. C. Tim

 
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

BREAK

 

 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Dental Applications

G Ross

 

4:45 PM - Neuropathic pain and nerve regeneration. G Ross

 
 

5:15 PM - PAD in a clinical setting. A. Darbar

 
 

5:45 PM - TBA. M Kaplan

 

 6:15 PM - 7:45 PM

Veterinary Applications

R. Godine

 

6:15 PM - TBA

 
 

6:45 PM - Three veterinary diseases that consistently respond well to PBM. R. Godine

 

 

7:15 PM - Retrospective: pilot study on treatment of chronic renal disease using PBM. R. Hirschberg

 

8:00 PM

Banquet and Award Ceremony

 

 

With Guest Speaker Dr. Andrew Mester

 

 

 "Invention of Laser Biostimulation"

 
     

Day 3: Photobiomodulation in the Central Nervous System

Monday, February 6, 2017

Session

Chair

     

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Breakfast 

 

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Neurodegeneration

I Jang

 

9:00 AM - Keynote: Research focus. J Eells

 

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

BREAK

 
 

10:00 AM - Photobiomodulation-induced changes in Parkinson's disease: looking past the midbrain and into the striatum, the "hub" of basal ganglia circuitry. J. Mitrofanis

 
 

10:30 AM - Significant improvement in cognition in mild to moderately-severe dementia cases treated with transcranial plus intranasal photobiomodulation: A case series report. A. Saltmarche

 
 

11:00 AM - An integrative approach for Parkinson's disease treatment. S. Liu

 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Transcranial Applications

N Wise

 

11:30 AM - Transcranial photobiomodulation for stress: Why, where, and how to light up the brain. N. Wise

 
 

12:00 PM - Transcranial LED in chronic TBI, PTSD, Stroke/Aphasia with fMRI scans, and dementia - early studies. M. Naesser

 
 

12:30 PM - TBA. M. Hamblin

 

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

LUNCH

 

2:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Podium Presentations
 
  2:00 PM - Multi organ failure inflammatory response and the potential role of photobiomodulation. P. Gabel  
 

2:20 PM - PBM of sphenopalatine ganglion successfully treats migraine headaches: Clinical case series. T. Demchak

 
 

2:40 PM - PBM of sphenopalatine ganglion successfully treats trigeminal neuralgia: Clinical case series. C. Carraway

 
 

3:00 PM - Photobiomodulation improves neck range, pain, and function three years post-cancer radiation and chemotherapy: a case study. P. Gabel

 

 

3:20 PM - Photobiomodulation with a high-power red light at 640 nm: Clinical results and propagation model. D. Gendron

 

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Nitromedicine & Photomedicine

S. Halasa

 

2:00 PM - TBA. S. Halasa

 
 

2:30 PM - TBA. A. Ray

 
 

3:00 PM - TBA. F. Gersh

 
 

3:30 PM - TBA. L. Saputo

 
 

4:00 PM - Photostimulation for anxiety, insomnia, and nitrous oxide enhancement. N. Shealy

 

 

 4:30 PM - TBA. M. Hamblin

 

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

 

5:15 PM

Adjourn

 

 

 

Hotel

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Hotel

 

Special NAALT Single Room Rate: $229 / night 

 

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 Extended weekend nights at the hotel are avialable at reduced rates to enjoy the San Diego area. Do avail of this great offer!  

California

As the two meeting are scheduled on subsequent weekends in relatively close proximity, this provides a fantastic opportunity for attendees to avail of two stellar Photobiomodulation meetings AND enjoy the fabulous attractions of the Califronia coast from San Francisco via Los Angles to San Diego. 

CA Route

A possible travel itinerary from CA tourism is here http://www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/highway-one-classic

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Highway One Classic

Hearst Castle

  Big Sur

 

 

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