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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.

We are now accepting applications for 2024. All pre-applications and student applications are due January 15, 2024.


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.

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.

2023 Research Grant Recipient

Yongli Li, PhD

Yongli Li, PhD

Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston, Massachusetts

Supporting ASLMS Member: R. Rox Anderson, MD

“Selective Imaging and Killing of Wound Bacteria by a Novel Pro-Photosensitizer”

2023 Student Research Grant Recipient

Shangbang Luo, MSE

Shangbang Luo, MSE

University of California, Irvine

Supporting ASLMS Member: Brian J.F. Wong, MD, PhD, FACS

“OCT Evaluation of the Femtosecond Laser Channel Creations in Human Donor Eyes: Optimizing the Pulse Energy for the Treatment of Glaucoma”

2022 Research Grant Recipients


Caroline dos Anjos, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine

Supporting ASLMS Member: R. Rox Anderson, MD

"Application of a novel 'Optical-tympanostomy Tube' to prevent and treat tympanostomy tube otorrhea"

Nitesh Katta, PhD, MSc, BTech

Nitesh Katta, PhD, MSc, BTech/MTech

University of California Irvine, Beckman Laser Institute

Supporting ASLMS Member: Thomas E. Milner, PhD 

"Image-guided intravascular laser lithotripsy for improving coronary artery compliance" 

2022 Student Research Grant Recipient

Nitesh Katta, PhD, MSc, BTech

Jameson T. Loyal, MD

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology: A West Dermatology Company

Supporting ASLMS Member: Mitchel P. Goldman, MD

"A Prospective, Single-center, Double-blinded, Randomized, Split-face Study Evaluating 1064 nm versus 755 nm Picosecond Lasers with Diffractive Lens Array for Improvement of Skin Quality"  


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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