American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Hosts Annual Scientific Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, April 3-5, 2009

Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:40am EDT

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Educational Program Offers Monumental Sharing of Laser Innovation
WAUSAU, Wis.--(Business Wire)--
The world`s top laser experts will gather in National Harbor, Maryland, to share
innovations in lasers and emerging technologiesat the 29th Annual Scientific
Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)."LASER
2009" will be held April 3-5, 2009, at the Gaylord NationalTM Resort and
Convention Center. Headlining the scientific program are acknowledged leaders in
the field who will unveil the latest research developments and clinical studies
in laser medicine, as well as present promising devices poised to enhance
disease detection and management. 

As the ASLMS Annual Conference is traditionally regarded as the premier forum
for the introduction of the newest breakthroughs in laser diagnostics and
technology, some of the research and techniques are only in the early stages of
development. In addition to nearly 1,500 laser specialists in aesthetic surgery,
otolaryngology, ophthalmology, oncology, dermatology, photobiomodulation and
urology, about 130 industry exhibitors will be on hand to showcase their latest

Scientific Highlights

This year`s "hot topics" include the following featured presentations:

* Pilot Study Finds Low-Level Laser Irradiation Significantly Reduces
Cholesterol and Triglyceride Serum Levels - Recent studies of the ability of
laser irradiation to alter the function of certain transcription (i.e.,
communication) factors involved in the expression of specific genes prompted
researchers to evaluate the efficacy of laser therapy in the reduction of
cholesterol and triglyceride serum levels. Early findings of a non-controlled,
non-randomized pilot study showed that 75 percent of study participants
experienced an overall reduction in cholesterol serum levels. 
* A Light-Activated, Sutureless Technology For Bonding Corneal Tissue
Transplants Offers Superior Wound Healing - Results of randomized testing of two
techniques for repair of corneal defects in rabbits - one invasive using
traditional sutures; the other using a newly developed laser-activated,
sutureless technology called photochemical tissue bonding (PTB) that uses
photochemical reactions to create a tight seal will be presented. 
* Innovations in Laser Surgery Enhance Treatment of Benign and Malignant
Laryngeal Disease - Recent advances in fiber-based laser and endoscopic
technologies are moving laryngeal surgeries from the operating room to the
doctor`s office using local anesthesia. Researchers expect this style of
minimally invasive laser surgery will likely lead to enhanced treatment of a
number of benign and malignant laryngeal diseases thanks to the clinical
benefits of earlier surgical intervention, better conservation of normal tissue,
and improved vocal function for patients. 
* First Human Study of Non-Invasive Cryolipolysis Yields Promising Results in
Patients with Love Handles and Back Fat - Findings from the first multi-center
study of non-invasive cryolipolysis, a breakthrough technology that is based on
the natural biologic vulnerability of fat cells to the effects of cold via
controlled energy extraction, confirmed that the procedure is safe and provides
fat layer reductions when performed in routine clinical settings. Data based on
interim results from evaluations of 32 male and female study subjects will be
* New In Vitro Research Shows Laser Therapy Increases Efficiency of Certain
Nanoparticles to Target Cancer Cells - Researchers investigating new
applications of nanoparticles known as single walled carbon nanohorns (SWNHs)
found that when they are exposed to infrared radiation, they have the capability
to conduct heat and create local chemical reactions - resulting in enhanced
tumor destruction. Laboratory results demonstrating the anti-cancer efficiency
of nanoparticles will be discussed.

Keynote Speaker

This year's keynote speaker is Thomas Gunderson, a managing director and senior
research analyst at Piper Jaffray, who follows medical technology companies. Mr.
Gunderson`s lecture entitled "Aesthetic Technology and Wall Street: Looking Good
in Tough Times" will be delivered on Saturday, April 4th. 

Awards and Achievements

The ASLMS recognizes the outstanding achievement of its members with annual
recognition awards for their vast contributions to laser medicine and surgery.
This year`s recipients include:

* Christopher B. Zachary, MD, FRCP, will be bestowed the 2009 Leon Goldman
Memorial Award. 
* Suzanne L. Kilmer, MD, is this year`s recipient of the Ellet H. Drake
Lectureship Award. 
* J. Stuart Nelson, MD, PhD, will receive the 2009 Caroline and William Mark
Memorial Award. 
* Sue Terry, RN, CMLSO, will be honored with the 2009 Nursing/Allied Health
Excellence Award. 
* Kristen M. Kelly, MD, is the recipient of the 2009 Dr. Horace Furumoto
Innovations Professional Development Award.

ASLMS Officers

The Society`s 2009-2010 slate of officers will be inaugurated at the Business
Meeting on April 4th with R. Rox Anderson, MD, from Boston, Mass., installed as
the new ASLMS President. E. Duco Jansen, PhD, Nashville, Tenn., serves as the
President-Elect; and Brian D. Zelickson, MD, Minneapolis, Minn., assumes the
Vice Presidency. Jason N. Pozner, MD, Elizabeth L. Tanzi, MD, and Robert A.
Weiss, MD, will be installed as representatives to the Board of Directors. 

About the ASLMS

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) is the world`s
preeminent resource for laser research, safety, education, and clinical
knowledge. Founded in 1980, ASLMS promotes excellence in patient care by
advancing clinical application of lasers and related technologies. For more
information and physician referrals, please log on to the Society`s website: 

For more information regarding press registration or to schedule interviews with
Society experts, please contact Nadine Tosk at 847.920.9858;
or Karen Sideris at 219.922.7537; 

Nadine Tosk, 847.920.9858
Karen Sideris, 219.922.7537

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