The 3rd Annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture

Thursday 24th of February 2011
12:00 PM
Beckman Laser Institute Library

Brian Wilson

Photodynamic Sciences and Medicine: An Enlightening Convergence

Brian Wilson, PhD
Professor of Medical Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Ontario Cancer Institute/University Health Network Toronto, Canada

The use of molecules that are activated by light offers many potential applications in clinical medicine, both therapeutic and diagnostic, and represents a rich convergence between the physical and life sciences. This will be illustrated by specific examples, including clinical applications in brain, prostate and bone, and emerging paradigms based on exploiting novel photophysics (2-photon activation), photochemistry (molecular beacons), photobiology (metronomic dosing) and nanotechnologies. A common thread is the significant challenge that comes from having to make diverse technologies work together in an optimal and synchronized way in order to move them along the development pathway to clinical translation via commercialization.

About the Speaker:
Brian C Wilson directs the Laboratory for Applied Biophotonics at University Health Network, a multidisciplinary R&D program in the biomedical applications of optical sciences and technologies. After obtaining his PhD in Natural Sciences from University of Glasgow, he worked at the Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden Hospital, England, and the Queensland Radium Institute and Flinders University Medical Center in Australia, before moving to Canada in 1981, first at McMaster University/Cancer Center and then Toronto. He has published some 280 peer-reviewed papers and trained more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral/clinical research fellows. His lab has worked with many different clinical specialties and companies, with a primary focus on oncology. He is the recipient of the 2009 Robert L. Noble Prize of the Canadian Cancer Society for outstanding achievements in cancer research.

About Dr. Oseroff
The 2nd Annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture
The 1st Annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture