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2010 Student Research Grant Recipients


David Bennett, BS, MS

University of California

Center for Advanced Surgical and Interventional Technology (CASIT)

Los Angeles, CA

Supporting ASLMS Member

Warren S. Grundfest, M.D.

“Improvement of the Ablation Accuracy of LASIK Using Continuous Terahertz Hydration Monitoring”

The goal of this research is to demonstrate that hydration monitoring by THz imaging can be used to provide corrective feedback to a clinical excimer laser system in order to increase the ablation accuracy and predictability.


Tina S. Chen, M.D.

University of California

Irvine, CA

Supporting ASLMS Member

Christopher B. Zachary, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.

“Evaluation of Angiogenesis associated with Laser Treatment of Cutaneous Vascular Lesions”

The specific objective of this project is to determine the presence of specific angiogenesis mediators in cutaneous vascular lesions before and 4 days after laser treatment. The long term goal is to inhibit production of these growth factors in order to enhance treatment effects. This project has the potential to significantly impact light-based therapeutics.


Joshua E. Schoenly, BSc

University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

Supporting ASLMS Member

Raymond J. Lanzafame, M.D., M.B.A.

“Study of the Selective Ablating Mechanism for Dental Calculus in the Near-Ultraviolet”

The goal of the proposed research is to measure the selective removal rate (depth of tissue removed per laser pulse) of supra- and sub- gingival calculus in vitro at various laser fluencies (J/cm2).


Edward C. Kuan, MD, MBA

University of California

Irvine, CA

Supporting ASLMS Member

Brian J.F. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.

“Laser Auricular Cartilage Reshaping with Carbon Dioxide Spray Cooling”

Hypotheses/objectives are to identify optimal parameters to perform LCR with CO2 in ex vivo rabbit auricular tissue; to determine the effects of laser dosimetry and CO2 cooling parameters on: 1) the spatial and temporal evolution of surface temperature; 2) cartilage viability and mechanical behavior; and 3) cutaneous and cartilaginous thermal injury; and to identify and select candidate laser dosimetry and CO2 cooling parameters for auricular reshaping in vivo and evaluate its long-term effects on cartilage tissue.

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