PHOTOBIOMODULATION: Mainstream Medicine & Beyond
NAALT ANNUAL CONFERENCE, WALT BIENNIAL CONGRESS
Joint Session September 9-12, 2014
In September 2014, NAALT hosted the 2014 WALT biennial Congress. Many of the leading clinicians and researchers in photobiomodulation from around the world gathered at the swank Renaissance Capitol View Hotel for four days sharing, learning and fellowship. The first day offered twenty pre-conference workshops from which to choose. There was something for everyone from the novice to the most seasoned photobiomodulation enthusiast. Three days of scientific presentations followed covering mechanistic and clinical research as well as clinical applications. 95 abstract submissions were made and reviewed by a panel of international experts leading to the best being invited to present during the conference. All were invited to present poster sessions that were set up in the foyers and manned by the authors. Much robust discussion ensued during breaks when attendees could gather around the posters and ask questions. Each day had a keynote speaker. Dr. Krisztina Valter-Kocsi from Australia spoke on “670 nm-A Stop sign for Retinal Degenerations? “ Dr. Roberta Chow, also from Australia, spoke on “Beyond Action Potentials-_Neuronal Cytoskeletal Signaling as a Mechanism for the Long-Term Effects of Low-Level laser Therapy”. Dr. Jan Bjordal from Norway spoke on “ Current Barriers for LLLT/PBM to Become Mainstream Clinical Medicine”. At the Gala Dinner, attendees were treated to talks from two of PBMs most well know pioneers, Dr. Chukuka Enwemeka and Dr. Tiina Karu. Dr Enwemeka gave an interesting account of the history of NAALT and WALT while Dr. Karu shared her perspective on the current state of PBM and where we must go. Sprinkled throughout the conference were six breakout sessions with invited key stakeholders which discussed the following topics; s1) Terminology and Definitions 2) Reimbursement and Insurance 3) Scientific Publication and Funding 4) Education 5) Clinical Trials and 6) Industry Standards and Directions. Each group identified at least three areas of need and prioritized action items to address the needs. The conference was indeed memorable for its remarkable collection of international PBM experts, its diverse offerings, and its collaborative focus on how we can move the industry forward into mainstream medicine.
- Immediate Past President, Richard Godine, DVM
NAALT Awards 2014
Chukuka Enwemeka Lifetime Award for Excellence in Photomedicine: Prof. Mary Dyson
Mary Dyson Young Investigator award in Clinical Photomedicine: Eduardo Miranda
Tiina Karu Young Investigator award in Basic Photomedicine Research: Ann Ketz
Travel Awardees (NAALT-WALT): Philip Gabel, Aya Hoshikawa Hirai, Wongbong Lim, Angela Maria Paiva Magri, Kelly Rossetti Fernandes, Claudia Cristina Biguetti, Suellen Veronez.
Poster Awards: Graham Merry, Ann Liebert and Insoo Jang
WALT Awards 2014
Senior Investigator: Uri Oron
Mid/Junior Investigator: Nicole Lohr
Poster award: Elieza Tang