American Laser Society to Host 35th Annual Conference
World’s Leading Laser and Energy-Based Technology Professionals to Convene in April
Wausau, WI - Laser 2015, the 35th Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) will take place April 22-26, 2015 in Kissimmee, Florida.
The ASLMS Annual Conference is recognized as the premier international forum for a multidisciplinary array of scientists, clinicians, nursing and allied health care professionals, residents, students, and industry representatives. The conference provides the opportunity for all disciplines to come together to learn, share, investigate, and create ideas to advance biomedical application of lasers and energy-based devices.
"At the ASLMS Annual Conference, we are able to interact with leaders and pioneers in the field of laser and energy-based medicine in an intimate setting. It is a wonderful opportunity to see where the field is heading in terms of new technology," said Paul M. Friedman, M.D., Laser 2015 Program Co-Chair. "The 2015 program promises to be exceptionally strong. We have allocated more time to abstract breakout sessions. We have received and reviewed over 400 abstracts and are pleased to say that the cutting edge research to be presented this year is outstanding."
Research and development in the field is presented not only in the form of abstracts, but also in clinical application courses, controversy sessions, and cutting edge sessions. Topics will be presented in the core areas of laser fundamentals, cutaneous laser surgery, basic science and translational research, and nursing and allied health. There is also a keen focus on the exciting fields of photobiomodulation and photodynamic therapy. New courses for 2015 include Aesthetic Practice and Compliance, Laser Dental Applications, Pediatric Laser Focus, Veterinary Applications, and Laser-Assisted Drug Delivery.
Laser 2015 offers a full program for students, residents, and fellows as well. During a concept review session, clinical experts in laser medicine will share treatment pearls with the assembled trainees, and faculty will also be available to take questions at length. Residents and fellows also have the opportunity to present their research abstracts during a half-day session. Students, residents and fellows are offered free membership to the ASLMS for the duration of their training and can take advantage of waived conference fees.
"This is a new opportunity to engage the future leaders of ASLMS and offer residents and fellows the opportunity to learn and present their research in a no pressure interactive environment," stated Jeremy B. Green, M.D., who is a 2015 ASLMS Resident/Fellow Co-Chair and 2016 Annual Conference Co-Chair.
A highlight of the 2015 Annual Conference will be the International Year of Light 2015 (IYL 2015), for which ASLMS is a bronze sponsor. IYL 2015 is a global initiative focusing on the importance of light and optical technologies for the lives and futures of all people. The International Year of Light 2015 speaker is Thanh-Nga Trinh Tran, M.D., Ph.D. She is a co-founder of the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center, a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to the care of underserved children with vascular anomalies, pigmented birthmarks, scars and wounds. Dr Tran will present "From Vietnam to the US and Back Again: Helping Kids with Disfiguring Vascular Birthmarks in Vietnam, a Humanitarian Medical Collaboration" during the conference plenary session.
"Dr. Tran is bringing to Vietnam modern methods including laser and light technologies for treating disfiguring conditions and has helped to train and educate staff and improve patient outcomes for many children in her native country," stated Juanita Anders, Ph.D., ASLMS President. "Her efforts exemplify how the use of lasers can improve the quality of life and help mankind."
Laser 2015 will also feature the inaugural event for the new ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices group. The evening event will include speakers, a panel discussion and networking opportunities. In explaining the intent behind the formation of the ASLMS Women in Energy-Based Devices Group, Dr. Anders said, "Our goals for this group are to highlight the excellence of women involved in ASLMS, and advance networking and training opportunities for women within our organization. Through networking, we can address the gender-bias challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings. We will also look for opportunities to encourage young women to choose STEM careers especially those involving energy-based technologies."
Laser 2015 Program Co-Chair, David Baxter, TD, DPhil stated, "The ASLMS Annual Conference is rightly recognized as the premier international meeting in the field. The conference provides unparalleled opportunities to earn CME credit and find out about the latest research findings."
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The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) is the world's largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participates in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.