Focus on Basic Science, Research and Engineering

The 2024 conference will feature a greater emphasis on the science and engineering behind the devices.


Fundamentals of Lasers for Clinical Applications (pre-conference $)

Date | Time:  April 10, 2024 | 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Course Directors:  Kristen M. Kelly, MD; Nazanin Saedi, MD

This full-day session will cover the following topics:

  • Basic principles of lasers and related technologies
  • Laser safety
  • Laser endpoints
  • Laser for tattoos and pigmented lesions
  • Laser for follicular conditions: hair removal, acne, etc.
  • Vascular laser treatment
  • Non-ablative resurfacing and skin tightening
  • Fractional and full ablative laser resurfacing
  • Laser-assisted drug delivery
  • Laser treatment of scars
  • The cherry on the cake: best results of combination therapy
  • Laser complications
  • Clinical laser pearls for treatment of skin of color
  • Laser pearls and common conditions
  • Laser practice for newbies: setting up a pathway to success

ABSTRACTS:   Basic Science and Translational Research

Date | Time:  April 11, 12 and 13, 2024 | See Program-at-a-Glance for details
Section Chairs: Imran Rizvi, PhD; Emily Wenande, MD, PhD

The abstract sessions are where authors first present their cutting-edge research in the field of lasers and energy-based devices. Learn the latest developments and newest devices on the market.


Transdermal Drug Delivery with Lasers and Energy-Based Devices

Date | Time:  April 11, 2024 |  7:00 AM – 7:45 AM
Course Director:  Merete Haedersdal, MD, PhD, DMSc

Energy-based devices are used to increase transepidermal and transdermal delivery of molecules large and small. While device-assisted drug delivery is generally off-label, healthcare providers can and do provide these treatments in their capacity of practice of medicine. This session will review data and open questions regarding outcomes with device-assisted drug-based therapy.


Best of LSM

Date | Time:  April 12, 2024 | 7:00 AM- 7:45 AM
Course Directors:  Jessica G. Labadie, MD; Brian J F Wong, MD, PhD, FACS

Lasers in Surgery and Medicine is the official journal of ASLMS. The content reflects the breadth of applications across specialties and includes both basic science and clinical reports. This session will highlight published works that are impactful, unique, and otherwise valuable for laser-based clinicians. 


How Does It Work? Inside the Machines

Date | Time:  April 12, 2024 | 7:00 AM- 7:45 AM
Course Directors: Shlomit Halachmi, MD, PhD; Gregory Altshuler, PhD

Clinicians are trained in clinical use and outcomes, but much of the knowledge is based on experience, recommended settings, and trial and error. This session will delve into how the device generates energy, how the energy is regulated for dosing considerations, and how the technically-savvy clinician can apply this knowledge to optimizing outcomes. The technologies featured include not only light-based technologies but energy-based devices based on electrical currents, ultrasound, and magnetic field generation.


Fundamentals and Applications of Photobiomodulation (LLLT)

Date | Time:  Friday, April 12, 2024 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Course Directors:  Juanita J. Anders, PhD; Joshua Tam, PhD


Think Tank: Beyond the Shark Tank 

Date | Time:  Friday, April 12, 2024 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Course Directors:  Shlomit Halachmi, MD, PhD; Yakir Levin, MD, PhD

So you've pitched your idea and got a bite. What next? This panel-format session will discuss considerations in product development: reliable proof of concept in validated models; regulatory; IP, reimbursement; competitive landscape; funding; etc.


Lasers in Surgical Specialties: Basic Science and Translational Applications

Date | Time:  April 13, 2024 | 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Course Director:   Thomas E. Milner, PhD


Photodynamic Therapy: New Technologies and New Applications

Date | Time:  April 14, 2024 |  7:00 AM – 7:45 AM 
Course Directors: Huang-Chiao Huang, PhD; Xiuli Wang, MD 


View the full program for more details on these sessions.