First Annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture

The speaker for the first annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture was Thomas H. Foster, Ph.D., Professor of the Departments of Radiology, Physics, and Optics, University of Rochester, New York. The lecture was presented on February 26, 2009, at the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic Library.

The topic was "Photodynamic Therapy in 2009 - Working on a Vision." Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has had a complex 30-year history. There have been significant successes including numerous regulatory agency approvals in the United States and around the world. PDT was for a time the standard care for a form of macular degeneration, and it is today the only ablative therapy approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of Barrett.s esophagus with high-grade dysplasia. Advances in image guided, minimally invasive intervention have opened up new opportunities to deliver PDT to solid tumors virtually anywhere in the body. Despite these advances, it must be acknowledged that PDT continues to struggle for more widespread clinical acceptance as a contributor in the ever-expanding repertoire of cancer therapies. Commercialization has been agonizingly slow to develop. Nevertheless, the fact that PDT offers high efficacy while carrying so little toxicity for the patient creates significant opportunities for novel clinical trials and for exploring new combination therapies. The urgency of well chosen translational studies has never been greater.

In acknowledgment of Dr. Allan Oseroff's participation on the LAMMP Advisory Board for 10 years, the annual Photomedicine Lecture is presented by the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department of Dermatology, and the Laser Microbeam and Medical Program (LAMMP) of the Beckman Laser Institute, all affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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