NAALT / WALT 2020 – Scientific Program Overview

  1. Plenary sessions: Mornings on Thursday-Friday August 6 – August 7
    1. Taking PBM to Mainstream Medicine
      1. National Coverage Determinations– a major roadblock to PBM adoption. Negative coverage has had significant impact on acceptance of PBM what do we need to do to change this?
      2. FDA regulatory – What is needed to make meaningful new claims – (as opposed to current 510K claims), process, clinical trials, options based on new regulations?
      3. What evidence do we have for PBM and how do we convince regulators of its validity? Focus on Pain and Tissue repair
      4. Cost effectiveness of PBM
      5. Integration of PBM into clinical treatment pathways
      6. What’s the roadmap for mainstream adoption of PBM?
    2. PBM and Pain Management with a view on the opioid crisis
      1. Where are we really at in the opioid crisis – have we just shifted it to the street?
      2. What is the evidence and cost effectiveness for PBM in pain management
      3. Acute treatment for prevention of the development of chronic pain and addiction – Stop it before it starts!
      4. Chronic musculoskeletal pain – integrated clinical pathway
    3. PBM Mechanisms
      1. Review of known and speculated/likely mechanisms of PBM
      2. Wavelength, chromophore activation, signaling and depth of penetration is the view accurate?
      3. Dosage- Dosage-Dosage – What is the consensus?
      4. What we know and how to use that use the science to improve of clinical outcomes
      5. Where do we go from here? New frontiers
      6. Stem cells
  2. Breakout sessions: Afternoons on Thursday-Friday August 6 – August 7
    1. Musculoskeletal – Pain Management
      1. Treatment of acute injury – prevention of addiction
      2. PBM in Tendinopathy, ligamentous and arthritic disease
      3. Myofacial syndrome – trigger and acupuncture point approaches
      4. Peripheral Neuropathy
      5. Phantom limb pain – dealing with the amputee – wounds and pain
      6. Integration in chronic pain treatment programs
      7.  Dealing with opiate addiction
    2. Sports, Emergency and Industrial Medicine
      1. The need for immediate treatment to prevent the sequelae
      2. Recovery after injury – the impact of PBM
      3. Performance recovery and enhancement
    3. Wound Healing and Dermatology
      1. Post-operative management of wound healing implications of PBM in pain management, accelerated healing and infection management
      2. Advances in bacterial management with PBM how it works and optimal dosing
      3. Chronic wound treatment – integrated pathways with PBM
      4. Treatment of acne – new protocols and outcomes
      5. Scar tissue treatment with PBM
      6. Psoriasis
      7. Cosmetic applications skin brightening and wrinkle treatment
    4. Dental PBM
      1. Oral Mucositis – update, reimbursement, cost effectiveness and outcomes
      2. Management of orofacial pain, TMJ
      3. Post-Surgical Wound healing
      4. Oral Surgery
      5. Periodontal and implant disease
      6. Oral Health
    5. Veterinary Medicine
      1. Chronic pain management in locomotor dysfunction
      2. Acute and chronic wound care applications
      3. Tendinopathy and arthritis
      4. Internal organ disease
    6. Ophthalmology
      1. Macular disease management with PBM – what is the evidence and when will this be ready for clinical use?
      2. Treatment of corneal damage with red light PBM
    7. Young Researcher Presentations and Awards
    8. Antimicrobial and Cancer Therapy
      1. Endogenous and exogenous photosensitizers
      2. PBM effects in Apoptosis of Cancer Cells
      3. Immune responses
      4. Contraindications
      5. New developments in the field
    9. Technology and PBM Delivery Systems
      1. Laser safety
      2. Intravenous
      3. Light Patches
      4. Percutaneous
      5. Light beds
    10. PBM Guidelines and Position Papers
    11. Biohacking
  3. Special Full Day Workshop Session – Neuromodulation with PBM: Saturday, August 8
    1. Brain and Peripheral Neuromodulation with PBM
      1. Laser safety
      2. Intravenous
      3. Light Patches
      4. Percutaneous
      5. Light beds

Exhibits will be open all day Thursday August 6, Friday August 7 and Saturday August 8

Scientific Program Overview and Call for Papers (Proposed)

Plenary Sessions


  1. Taking PBM into Mainstream Medicine
  2. PBM and Pain Management with a view on the opioid crisis
  3. PBM Mechanisms
  4. Technology and PBM Delivery Systems


Breakout Sessions


  1. Musculoskeletal, Pain Management & Acupuncture
  2. Sports, Emergency & Industrial Medicine
  3. Wound Healing and Dermatology
  4. Dental PBM
  5. Veterinary Medicine
  6. Ophthalmology
  7. Antimicrobial and Cancer Therapy
  8. Technology and PBM Delivery Systems
  9. PBM Guidelines and Position Papers
  10. Biohacking
  11. Brain and Peripheral Neuromodulation
The Science Committee of NAALT – WALT has made the difficult decision to move the NAALT-WALT Convention 2020 to Summer of 2021.Read More