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Second Annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture

Pictured from left are Dr. Stephen Hahn, Dr. Stephanie Pincus, Dr. Jennifer Holtzman, Mrs. Aviva Hoover and BLI Director Bruce Tromberg.

The speaker for the second annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture was Stephen M. Hahn, MD, Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Photodynamic Therapy Program, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The lecture was presented on February 25, 2010, at the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic Library. The topic was "The Future of Clinical Photodynamic Therapy - Bringing Science to Patient Care." Many applications of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in the clinic today are limited by a narrow therapeutic index. However, there are a remarkable number of preclinical studies that have investigated basic mechanisms of PDT action. Biologically-based studies have shown that targeting signaling pathways selectively enhance the effect of PDT in human tumor models. Optical studies have demonstrated that measurement of individual patient optical properties may increase the efficacy of light regimens. Translation of these results into clinical trials has the potential to improve the therapeutic index of PDT and by extension possibly improve patient outcome.

In acknowledgement 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, 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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First Annual Allan R. Oseroff Photomedicine Lecture