Scientific Program

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October 1st 2021

  • 8:00am – Opening Ceremony 
    1.  Welcome from the President of NAALT and WALT
    2.  Welcome from the PBM 2021 Organizing Committee
    3. Dr. Tara Schwetz
      Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H): A New Paradigm for Biomedical and Health Research
    4. Prof. Michael Hamblin
      History and mechanisms of photobiomodulation, with a focus on treatment of brain disorders
  •  9:37am – Neuromodulation
    1. Dr. Lew Lim
      Quantum Elements in Brain Photobiomodulation
    2. Prof. Jack Tuszynski
      Biophysical Mechanisms of Red and Near Infrared Light Interactions with Living Cells and Microtubules in Vitro and Implications for Brain Stimulation
  • 10:37am – Coffee Break
  • 10:46am – Neuromodulation (cont)
    1. Prof. Juanita Anders
      Updates on Light penetration, parameters and biology
    2. Dr. Reza Zomorrodi
      Exploring the Brain Response to the Pulsed Transcranial Photobiomodulation in Randomized Sham-Controlled Crossover Studies using Resting-State EEG
    3. Paolo Cassano, MD
      Photobiomodulation for Depression, Anxiety and PTSD: the −MGH Brain PBM Clinic− Dose Map
  • 12:07pm – PBM Workshop 
    1. Dr. Clark Tedford
  • 12:18pm – Lunch Break
  • 12:49pm – PBM Workshop
    1. Paulo Stanga, MD; Carlos Orduna, MD; Hakan Kaymak, MD;
  • 1:00pm – Neuromodulation (cont)
    1. Dr. Sanjay Manchanda
      Altered States in Photobiomodulation and other Extraordinary Observations in Brain PBM
    2. Dr. Marvin Berman
      Shining New Light on Dementia Treatment: ADAS-Cog and Quantitative EEG Evidence of Cognitive Improvement in Early and Mid-stage dementia using self-administered 1070nm Transcranial Near-Infrared Photobiomodulation
    3. Dr. Volkmar Kreisel
      Pilot Study: The Effects of NIR Photobiomodulation on the Autonomic Nervous System depending on Continous Wave or Pulsed Mode
    4. Dr. Ann Liebert
      Transcranial and remote photobiomodulation treatment for the clinical signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease: The microbiome connection
    5. Prof. Linda Chao
      Effects of Transcranial Photobiomodulation (PBM) on Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease: a Pilot Clinical Trial
  •  2:58 – Coffee Break
  •  3:09pm – Musculoskeletal – Pain Management
    1. Dr. Euahna Varigos
      PBM in the peri-operative management of surgery
    2. Dr. Shikha Parmar
      Successful PBM Pain Management in Medical Practice – Disrupting the Paradigm
    3. Dr. Claudia Frederice Teixeira
      Photobiomodulation therapy in woman with pelvic floor myofascial pain and intestinal constipation
    4. Prof. Cassia Fukuda Nakashima
      Photobiomodulation for Wound Healing and Compartment Syndrome
    5. Dr. John Hayes Jr
      A Comparison of the Clinical Effectiveness of Specific Neurostimulation and Photobiomodulation Modalities with Therapeutic Nutrition in the Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy
    6. Prof. Ashfaq Ahmad
      Effectiveness of low level laser therapy in healing of partial tear of supraspinatus tendon; A single blind randomized controlled clinical trial
  •  5:30pm – Small Break
  •  5:40pm – PBM in Cancer Supportive Care Applications
    1. Prof. René-Jean Bensadoun
      New Photobiomodulation device for prevention and cure of radiotherapy-induced oral mucositis and dermatitis: Results of the prospective SAFEPBM study with CareMin650 device
    2. Dr. Jolien Robijns
      The safe use of photobiomodulation therapy in an oncological setting
    3. Prof. René-Jean Bensadoun
      Place of Photobiomodulation in the prevention of OsteoNecrosis of the Jaw for patients treated with Denosumab (XGEVA*)
    4. Damien Vila, Dr. Ann Liebert, Prof. Pierre Mares, Dr Terrance Baker
      University diploma: PBM for the management of pain, inflammation, wound healing and relative diseases
  • 6:40pm – Dinner Break
  • 7:20pm – PBM in Cancer Supportive Care Applications (cont)
    1. Prof. René-Jean Bensadoun
      Place of PBM for cancer patients with vulvovaginal xerosis, atrophy, stenosis or fibrosis
    2. Prof. René-Jean Bensadoun
      Efficacy of PBM in the treatment of mandibular osteoradionecrosis
    3. Camelia Billard-Sandu, MD
      Presentation of the French University Diploma on PBM in Cancer Supportive Care
    4. Mr. Victor Tam
      Management of oral mucositis and radiation dermatitis using photobiomodulation therapy in nasopharyngeal cancer patients receiving chemo-radiotherapy
  •  8:21pm – PBM Feature – Vielight
  •  8:32pm – Wrap Up Day One
    1. Dr. Terrance Baker
      Closing remarks

October 2nd 2021

  • 8:15am – Welcome 
    1. Welcome from the President of NAALT
    2. Congressman Jim Hagedorn
  • 8:32am – Taking PBM to Mainstream Medicine 
    1. Dr. Roberta Chow
      PBM in Real World Practice
    2. Mr. James Carroll
      Photobiomodulation: The Roadmap to Mainstream Acceptance
  • 9:17am – Coffee Break
  • 9:27am – PBM Mechanisms 
    1. Dr. Praveen Arany
      Mechanisms of Photobiomodulation
    2. Dr. Lilach Gavish
      Near Infrared Photobiomodulation Promotes Mitochondrial Trafficking in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells
    3. Prof. Stefano Benedicenti, Prof. Manuela Marcoli
      Photobiomodulation and release of the neurotransmitter glutamate
  • 10:40am – Small Break
  • 10:45am – PBM Mechanisms (cont)
    1. Prof. Reem Hanna
      Molecular and cellular impact of 980nm photobiomodulation on bone regeneration
    2. Prof. Ann Liebert
      Mechanisms of photobiomodulation beyond cytochrome-C-oxidase
    3. Dr. Daiane Meneguzzo
      Benefits and Therapeutic Modalities for Systemic Photobiomodulation (PBM)
    4. Arne Grinsted and Maja Grinsted Hillegass
      PhotoBioModulation for Infertility
  • 12:00pm – PBM Workshop 
    1. Mr. James Carroll
      St. Jude Pediatric Oral Mucositis Study Results
  • 12:20pm – Lunch Break 
  • 12:50pm – PBM Workshop
    1. Mr James Carroll
      New PBM Tools from THOR
  • 1:08pm – Wound Healing and Dermatology 
    1. Dr. Nooshafarin Kazemihhoo
      The effects of Photobiomodulation on Diabetic distal symmetric polyneuropathy
    2. Prof. Nicolette Houreld
      Photobiomodulation at 660 nm Modulates the PI3K/AKT Signaling Pathway in Diabetic Fibroblast Cells In Vitro
    3. Prof. Heidi Abrahamse
      Photobiomodulation for Enhanced Stem Cell differentiation: New Insights
    4. Dr. Nooshafarin Kazemihhoo
      Effect of photobiomodulation on the healing process of donor site in patients with grade 3 burn ulcer after skin graft surgery (a randomized clinical trial)
  • 2:30pm – Coffee Break
  • 2:40pm – Antiviral, Antimicrobial / Covid-19 Therapies 
    1. Prof. Chukuka Enwemeka
      Photo-eradication of Bacteria, Viruses and Other Microbes
    2. Dr. Michael Weber
      Photodynamic Therapy with Riboflavin in COViD-19 Management
    3. Dr. Violet Bumah
      Pulsed Blue Light inactivates Coronaviruses in Saliva and Curcumin
  • 4:25pm – Small Break
  • 4:30pm – Antiviral, Antimicrobial / Covid-19 Therapies (cont)
    1. Dr. John Chris Castel
      Pulsed Blue Light Technologies for Environmental and Human Microorganism Deactivation
    2. Prof. Aline Menezes Araújo Penno
      Photobiomodulation In COVID – SARS COV2 – Brief report of 10 Hospitalized Patients
    3. Dr. Debora Bittencourt
      Photodynamic THerapy and Photobiomodulation in Patients Hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit with Orofacial Manifestations and Tested Positive for COVID-19
    4. Dr. Lew Lim
      A Pivotal Clinical Trial Evaluating a Home-used Photobiomodulation Device in the Treatment of COVID-19 Respiratory Symptoms
  • 6:00pm – Dinner Break
  • 6:40pm – Dental PBM
    1. Prof. Reza Fekrazad
      How Can Photobiomodulation Manage Oral & Maxillofacial Nerve Injury
    2. Prof. Leila Gholami
      Photobiomodulation Therapy in Periodontology and Implant Dentistry
    3. Prof. Chandrashekar Yavagal
      FAST BUT NOT FURIOUS! Photobiomodulation therapy in Alleviating Pain and Accelerating Orthodontic tooth movement in Children – A systematic review and meta-analysis.
  • 7:55pm – Small Break
  • 8:00pm – Dental PBM (cont)
    1. Prof. René-Jean Bensadoun
      Photobiomodulation for the prevention and treatment of Oral Mucositis: Clinical experience of a general hospital in France
    2. Prof. Steven Parker
      Photobiomodulation Delivery Parameters in Dentistry: An Evidence based Approach
    3. Prof. Katayoun AM Kalhori
      The Role of Photobiomodulation in Oral Diseases
    4. Prof. Arun Darbar
      Photobiomodulation Therapy in General Dentistry: A 20-Year Synopsis
    5. Prof. Aldo Brugnera
      Hemolasertherapy –  A Novel Procedure For Gingival Papilla & Bone Regeneration: Clinical Cases
  • 10:14pm – Wrap Up
    1. Dr. Terrance Baker
      Closing remarks

October 3rd 2021

  • 8:10am – Day 3 Welcome
    1. Welcome from the President of WALT
    2. Congressman Alex X. Mooney
  • 8:18am – Taking PBM to Mainstream Medicine
    1. Mr. James Carroll
      Roundtable – Taking PBM to Mainstream Medicine Roundtable
  • 9:00am – Neuromodulation
    1. Dr. Joanne Bullock-Saxton
      Exploring the Effect of Photobiomodulation Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease: A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled pilot study
    2. Prof. Sungkyo Lim
      Considerations on the optical and electrical parameters of photobiomodulation therapy devices for treating neurodegenerative brain diseases
    3. Dr. Cécile Moro
      Photobiomodulation clinical trial for Parkinson disease
  • 10:10am – Coffee Break
  • 10:20am – Neuromodulation (cont)
    1. Prof. Margaret Naeser
      Transcranial PBM for chronic TBI, and four Ex-Football Players possibly developing CTE
    2. Prof. Greg Hipskind
      Pulsed Transcranial Red/Near-Infrared PBMT Using Light-Emitting Diodes Improves Cerebral Blood Flow and Cognitive Function in Veterans with CHronic Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Series
    3. Dr. Joseph DiDuro
      Acute Effects of Intranasal Photobiomodulation on Blood Flow and Cerebral Oxygen Delivery
    4. Prof. Jeri-Anne Lyons
      Photobiomodulation Therapy for the Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis: The Effect of PBMT on the Immune Response and Muscle Function
    5. Dr. Farzad Selehpour
      Photobiomodulation for the Brain: A Systematic Review
  • 12:40pm – Lunch Break
  • 1:10pm – PBM and Pain Management with a view on the opioid crisis
    1. Dr. Terrance Baker
      Practical Pain Management in Daily Clinical Practice – Optimizing Outcomes and Addition Reduction
    2. Leslie Carmen & Dr. Olga Maric
      Photobiomodulation Therapy for Chronic Pain: a randomized clinical trial
    3. Prof. Liisa Laakso
      Efficacy  of Photobiomodulation Therapy Using a Novel Light Patch System for Knee  Arthroplasty: Case Series Report
  • 2:26pm – Small Break
  • 2:32pm – PBM and Pain Management with a view on the opioid crisis (cont)
    1. Prof. Fredric Schiffer
      Unilateral Transcranial Photobiomodulation Very Significantly Reduces Opioid Craving and Use
    2. Dr. Terrance Baker
      Medical/Legal the Growing Risk in Energy Medicine
  • 3:29pm – Technology and PBM Delivery Systems
    1. Dr. John Chris Castel
      Technology, Dose & Safety in PhotoBioModulation Therapy Systems
    2. Dr. Dennis Sourvanos
      Histomorphometric Hard Tissue Formation Induced by Adjunctive Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy, A Review and Quantitative Irradiation Analysis of Total Cumulative Dose.
  • 4:12pm – Coffee Break
  • 4:22pm – PBM in Sports, Emergency and Industrial Medicine
    1. Prof. Ernesto Leal Junior
      Photobiomodulation therapy for exercise performance enhancement and post-exercise recover: How it started, where are we now, and where should we go next
    2. Prof. Justin Rigby
      Photobiomodulation in Sports and Recreation Performance and Recovery
    3. Dr. Aaron Wells
      Photobiomodulation Therapy for Thigh Contusion and Soft Tissue Injury: A Randomized Controlled Trial
  • 5:50pm – PBM in Veterinary Medicine 
    1. Ronald Hirschberg, DVM
      Photobiomodulation in an Integrative Medical Approach to Chronic Renal Disease in Companion Animals
    2. Jessica Turner, DVM
      Photobiomodulation Therapy as a Key Modality of a House Call Veterinary Practice
  • 6:52pm – Dinner Break
  • 7:32pm – PBM in Ophthalmology
    1. Dr. Clark Tedford
      Photobiomodulation Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Update from LumiThera’s LIGHTSITE I, II and ELECTROLIGHT studies
    2. Prof. Roberto Pinelli
      PBM for dry AMD : a new protocol proposal based on 500 cases performed
  • 8:26pm –  PBM in Laser Acupuncture 
    1. Dr. Steve Liu, Dr. Volkmar Kreisel
      Taking Laser Acupuncture to Mainstream Medicine: An Interview with Steve Liu, L.Ac. and Volkmar Kreisel, MD
    2. Dr. Steve Liu
      Integrative Treatment for Chronic Soft Tissue Injury and Arthritis in Knees
  • 9:22pm – Poster Presentations
  • 11:11pm – Day 3 Final Wrap Up
    1. Dr. Terrance Baker 
      Closing remarks 

Poster Program

The poster session is a parallel session that can be viewed at any time during the conference (October 1-3). You will find it in the On Demand section on the PBM2021 BigMarker platform.

  • Dental PBM
    1. Chandrashekar Yavagal (#30)
      PBM Pulpotomy in Pediatric Endodontics. From Research Labs to Clinical Portals. A Comparative histological evaluation of the effect of PBM on Dental Pulp of Animal Tissues and a Case series on Human Interventions.
    2. Vitor Hugo Panhoca (#91)
      Dental Bleaching Using Violet Light: A New Perspective for Aesthetic Dentistry.
    3. Rhythm Bains (#5)
      Photobiomodulation: An effective tool for improving oral health related quality of life
    4. Ann Liebert
      Photobiomodulation Therapy for the Prevention and Management of Oral Mucositis – A Pilot Study
  • Neuromodulation
    1. Fabiola Arantes Ferreira & Cassia Fukuda Nakashima
      Low Intensity Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Cranial Region: Experience Report
    2. Ronaldo Santiago
      Treating Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms with Photobiomodulation Therapy: Improvement in Cognition and Other Symptoms both Subjectively and Objectively by ImPACT® Test.
    3. Ana Paula Samways
      Effects of PBM in MS (Multiple Sclerosis)- Case Report
    4. Jocelyn Myra Caja
      Photobiomodulation (PBM) Adjunct to Intracerebral Hemorrhage – A Case Report
    5. Ana Paula Samways
      Systemic Photobiomodulation in the manifestations of COVID19 – Report of two clinical cases
  • Wound Healing and Dermatology
    1. Marianne Degerman
      Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) in addition to traditional dressing of difficult to heal ulcers, in frail elderly subjects in municipality home healthcare
    2. Ana Paula Ferro
      Influence of different photobiomodulation parameters on multipotent adipose tissue mesenchymal cells in vitro.
    3. Vanessa Coelli & Cássia Fukuda Nakashima
      Use of photobiomodulation in patient care with multiple injuries in a favela in the city of Rio de Janeiro
    4. Valentin Yabes
      Photobiomodulation in critical limb ischemia case series
  • Laser Acupuncture
    1. Steve Liu
      Integrative Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Sports, Emergency and Industrial Medicine
    1. Carlos Girasol
      The incremental dose of photobiomodulation in muscle performance. A randomized controlled trial
    2. Luana Dias
      Short-term effects of combination of photobiomodulation therapy and magnetic field in chronic neck and shoulder pain: a randomized, placebo-controlled and triple-blind clinical trial
    3. Adeilson Teixeira
      Photobiomodulation therapy and pharmacological therapy in experimental model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
  • PBM in Cancer Supportive Care Applications
    1. Rene-Jean Bensadoun
      Effects of photobiomodulation on cancer-related lymphedema (CRL): A Review of the literature
    2. Leung Wan Shun
      Management of long-term radiation side effects of head and neck cancer survivors using photobiomodulation therapy: study protocol for a prospective interventional study
    3. Maria Luciana Bunemer
      Effectiveness of photobiomodulation in preventing osteonecrosis in patients with multiple myeloma
  • PBM Mechanisms
    1. Anaeliza Figueiredo
      Red and infrared laser irradiations applied consecutively or simultaneously cause different oxidative stress modulation in human gingival epithelial cells and fibroblasts
    2. Flávia Cristina Rosin Prado
      Effect of photobiomodulation therapy on DNA damage in 5-Fluorouracil-treated gingival fibroblasts: an in vitro study
  • Technology and PBM Delivery Systems
    1. Marina Lua Abreu
      Photobiomodulation versus Classical Pharmacological studies: should they be the same?
  • Antiviral, Antimicrobial / Covid-19 Therapies
    1. Cassia Fukuda Nakashima
      Use of transthoracic photobiomodulation Class IV and ILIB in carotid artery in a patient with COVID-19. Case report.
    2. Claudia Fussi Campos & Cassia Fukuda Nakashima
      Benefits of Photobiomodulation in the recovery of smell and taste in patents after COVID-19 Infection
  • Veterinary Medicine
    1. Ram Ben Yehuda
      PBMt improves induced Inflammatory Bowel Disease in animal models
    2. Chandrashekar Yavagal
      PBM Pulpotomy in Pediatric Endodontics
  • PBM and Pain Management with a view on the opioid crisis
    1. Matheus Lino
      Effects of Photobiomodulation Therapy on the Relief in Patients with Low Back Pain
  • Musculoskeletal – Pain Management
    1. Rym Bouriga
      Could photobiomodulation prevent oxaliplatine induced peripheral neuropathy ? An in vitro study
    2. Richard Steele                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Low Level Laser Therapy and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


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