We interviewed the leading PBM researchers about their main research areas. You will find the WALT-interviews in the COLLL media center.
Watch the latest news from the front of photobiomodulation with Prof. Arany, Dr. Chow, Prof. Baker, Prof. Barasch, Prof. Bensadoun, Prof. Hamblin, Prof. Emwemeka, Prof. Nair, Prof. Yavagal, Dr. Moskvin and other pioneers of laserthrapy
Prof. Praveen Arany:
Photobiomodulation in dentistry - Where does research stand?
Contents of the interview
Stem cell stimulation in vivo, regeneration of dentine and interdental tissue, regulation of cell crosstalk by PBM, mucositis, influence of PBM on the microbiome, etc.
Prof. Praveen Arany (BDS, MDS, MMsc, PHD, University at Buffalo, NY) is President of WALT (World Association for Photobiomodulation/PBM). In this interview he talks to Prof. med. Dent Tilman Fritsch about the state of photobiological research in dentistry. Praveen's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of PBM and its clinical translations. He is an internationally recognized expert in PBM and is on the editorial board of 7 scientific journals including Photomedicine and Photobiomodulation. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed publications, holds 4 patents and has won several awards including the NCI Young Investigators Award, the WHS Young Investigators Award, the ASLMS Horace Forumoto Prize and the ALD´s Eugene Siedner Prize.
Dr. Terrance Baker.
What significance does PBM have for the future of medicine? What can it do for the various specialist areas?
Dr. Terrance L. Baker (BSc, Mac, MD, FAEEP, President and CEO of Sollay, Inc.) is the President of the North American Association of Laser Therapy (NAALT), the Medical Director of the Emergency Department of Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore and a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the American Association of Physician Specialties and his President Elect (2018).
Dr. Andrei Barasch
PBM in tumours and damage to the oral mucosa caused by radiation therapy
Dr. Andrei Barasch (DMD, MDSc, Associate Professor, Div. of Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College, NY) is a specialist in oral oncology. He is particularly interested in the effects of PBM on skin and mucous membrane damage caused by cancer therapies. He conducts basic and clinical studies on the effects of photobiomodulation on various cancer models, including radiotherapy-induced mucositis, graft vs. host disease, and solid tumors.
Prof. Rene-Jean Bensadoun
PBM in side effects of cancer therapies
Prof. Rene-Jean Bensadoun is Professor of Radiation Oncology and Chairman of the Centre for Haute Energy in Nice, France. He specializes in radiation oncology, cancer of the head and neck, supportive procedures in cancer, photobiomodulation, new techniques in radiation oncology and the toxicity of cancer treatments. He is Vice President of WALT, former Scientific Secretary of WALT, Deputy General of SFCCF and a member of numerous professional societies including APPAC, EMLA, LED Academy.
Dr. Roberta Therese Chow
The Importance of Photobiomodulation for future Pain Therapy
Dr. Roberta Chow (MB BS(Hons), FAMAC, MAppISci, PhD, Grad Cert Pain Management) is a research member at the University of Sydney and President of the Australian Medical Laser Association. She specializes in the effects of laser light on nerves. Her research over the last twenty years has focused exclusively on the use of photobiomodulation for pain management and primary care. This includes all types of pain like nociceptive and neuropathic pain. The neural effects of lasers and in general the neuromodulatory effects of light on the sensomotoric nervous system are decisive mechanisms for the pain-relieving effects of PBM. Her study on the effects of laser therapy on neck pain was published in Lancet.
Prof. Chukuka S. Enwemeka
The Importance of Photobiomodulation for the Medicine of the Future
Prof. Chukuka S. Enwemeka (PhD, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, San Diego State University) was founder and chairman of the North American Association for Laser Therapy (NAALT) and president of the World Association for Photobiomodulation (WALT) from 2000 to 2006. Prof. Enwemeka was formerly professor and dean of the School of Health Professionals at the Institute of Technology, NY.
Prof. Enwemeka is regarded worldwide as one of the leading authorities in the field of PBM.
Prof. Michael R. Hamblin
Basic research on photobiomodulation, dose-response research
Prof. Michael R. Hamblin (PhD, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Assc. Professor at Harvard Medical School) is a basic researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on photodynamic therapy and photobiomodulation. He has 420 peer-reviewed publications, is the editor-in-chief of the journal "Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery" and associate editor of another 10 journals. It has an h-factor of 90 and has been cited more than 32 000 times. He is the author and editor of 23 books on photodynamic therapy and photomedicine and a Fellow of SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics). In 2017 he received the first Endre Master Lifetime Achievement Award Photomedicine from NAALT.
Dr. Volkmar Kreisel
The potential of the application of pulsed laser light (laser frequencies)
Dr. Volkmar Kreisel is medical director of the practice for integrative medicine in Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, managing director of the Lasercenter Stuttgart, vice president of the ISLA (International Society for Medical Laser Applications) and specialized in laser phototherapy in pain management and rehabilitation. One of his main areas of research is the application of resonance frequencies in laser therapy, the effects of which he investigates using scientific methods (including VNS analysis/measurement of heart rate variability HRV). He is the author of several books on the application of laser therapy ( Laser Akupuncture – A practical handbook/ 2012 and Laser Field Therapy - The pioneering technique of laser photo therapy with the new generation resonance frequencies/ 2018) and a member of the board of COLLL (College for Laser-Phototherapy/ Photobiomodulation).
Dr. Serge Moskvin
Mechanisms of PBM and their consequences for therapy
Dr. Serge Moskvin (Dr. of Biological Sciences, PhD in Engineering Sciences) is a researcher and developer on procedures of photobiomodulation from Russia. In Russia, PBM has been a natural part of many medical applications for decades and has been researched differently than in the West. Dr. Moskvin is a specialist in the clinical context of basic research and dose-response mechanisms and their consequences for specific treatment programs. His developments are based on three decades of physiological, biophysical and technical research into PBM. He has published numerous scientific studies and books on the background and applications of PBM.
Prof. Raj Nair
Oral health and Oral Oncology - What is the significance of PBM?
Prof. Raj Nair (PhD, MS (OralMed, London), MRACDS (OrAlMed); OrAlMed/Oncol Fellow, Harvard) is Deputy Head of Research, PhD Moderator and Division Head of the Department of Oral Medicine/Oncology, Oral Pathology and Human Diseases at Griffith University and Senior Consultant for Oral Oncology, Haematology and Oncology at Gold Coast University in Australia. He is the Vice President, Editor and Director of the Board Member of the International Association of Oral Oncology of Multinational Association of Supportive Care and Cancer (ISOO/MASCC).
Prof. Chandrashekar Yavagal
How can PBM be integrated into the training of dentists?
Prof. Chandrashekar Yavagal (MDS, D.Ortho, FICD, PhD Researcher for Oral Laser Applications) is an internationally recognized clinician, lecturer and PhD researcher on oral lasers. As a pediatric dentist, he completed his international diploma in Neuromuscular Orthodontics and Gnathology. He is the Chief Mentor of the Asian Academy of Laser Therapy. He teaches at the MMNGH Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgavi, which is affiliated with Raja Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. He has over 40 publications and peer reviewed FAch journals and has conducted more than 100 workshops on laser therapy.
What significance does PBM have for the medicine of the future?
James Carroll (Electronic Engineer, founder and CEO of THOR Photomedicine Ltd.) is a recognized authority on PBM dosage, dose rate effect and the measurement and presentation of treatment parameters in PBM therapy. He is the author and co-author of 18 academic publications and three books on laser photobiomodulation. James recently presented photobiomodulation to the United Nations Global Health Impact Forum.