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ASLMS Research Grant

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) supports research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications. Learn more about the ASLMS Research Fund and its contributors.

Applications for 2025 grants will open later this fall.


The primary purpose of the ASLMS Research Grant Program is to conduct research which can be applied to medical and surgical care of patients. Preference will be given to proposed research projects which have a direct implication for medical or surgical applications. While the best research projects will be given priority, a concerted effort will be made to award a balance of basic science and clinical research. Learn more about past research grants awarded. 


Standard Research Grant

To be eligible, applicants must presently be enrolled in or have completed post-doctoral and/or residency training after January 1, 2017. All non-ASLMS members will be required to apply for and be accepted into ASLMS membership. 

Student Research Grant

For ASLMS Student Research Grant application purposes, a Student is defined as an undergraduate student, graduate student (including residents and fellows) or any individual who is employed by an organization in a capacity or classification due primarily to their student status. Students cannot serve as the principal investigator for non-student research proposals.  

No grant will be awarded to any person if the award would be contrary to any United States law, including but not limited to trade embargoes or sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

For questions regarding the grant submission process, please contact the Central Office via email or call (715) 845-9283 or Toll Free (877) 258-6028.

Learn More About the Grant Writing Process

In this grant writing interview, ASLMS Early Career Student Board Representatives Bonnie Carney, PhD and Nitesh Katta, PhD speak with Melissa Harris, PhD to gain insight on grant applications. 

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General Information

The following pertain to the 2024 grant applications.

Standard Research Grant

Student Research Grant

ASLMS Research Grants for Early Career Professionals

Edward C. Kuan, MD, MBA, former ASLMS Resident/Fellow Student Board Representative, talks about the benefits of receiving an ASLMS Research Grant.

2024 Research Grant Recipients


Carlos A. Lohmann, MD 

Massachusetts General Hospital

Supporting ASLMS Member: Margaret A. Naser, PhD

“Transcranial Photobiomodulation with Near-infrared Light: a Potential Non-invasive Tool to Enhance Glymphatic Function”


Moriel Tagar Sar-el, MD

Harvard Medical School, MGH, Wellman Center for Photomedicine 

Supporting ASLMS Member: R. Rox Anderson, MD

“Cryoprotectant-assisted Cryotherapy for Congenital Melanocytic Lesions”

2024 Student Research Grant Recipients


Michael Chang, MD

The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.

Supporting ASLMS Member: Hye Jin Chung, MD, MMSc

“Characterizing in Vitro Rheologic Properties of Thermally-Damaged Hyaluronic Acid Fillers”


Lauren Linquest, BA

LSU Health Shreveport

Supporting ASLMS Member: Karuna Dewan, MD

“Laser for Leukoplakia: Which Office Laser Treatment is Better?”

Shangbang Luo, MSE

Grant Swajian BS, MS, PhD Student

The Regents of the University of California, Riverside Campus

Supporting ASLMS Member: Bahman Anvari, PhD

“Near Infrared Erythrocyte-Derived Transducers (NETs) for Effective Photocoagulation in Port Wine Birthmark Treatment: A Preclinical Study Using a Pigmentation-Controlled Transgenic Mouse Model”


The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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