Photodynamic therapy symposium 2018


Monday 26 November 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

RSM Professionals , UK PDT Charitable Trust


6 CPD Points

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about this event

This one-day event with specialists in photodynamic therapy (PDT) will provide you with an insight into the science and progress of this revolutionary treatment, and review future research and trends.

You will have the opportunity to network with scientists and clinicians engaged in, or interested in, PDT and PD. 

To be involved in this discussion, book your place today.

Topics covered

  • The scientific basis of PDT and its application in a range of conditions including local infection, surgical site infections, and some common cancers like skin, lung and head and neck cancers.
  • The benefits of PDT in clinical practice
  • The difference and similarities between photodiagnosis (PD) and photodynamic therapy (PDT)


Key speakers

Professor Keyvan Moghissi, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Clinical Director, Yorkshire Laser Centre. Professor Moghissi is recognised as one of the UK's leading Cardiothoracic Surgeons and pioneering experts in PDT. 

Professor Mark Wainwright, Professor of Chemistry, Liverpool John Moores University
Professor Wainwright has worked on the application of photoantimicrobials for 25 years. 

Dr Nicolas Loebel, Chief Technology Officer and President, Ondine Biomedical Inc, Canada. Dr Loebel specialises in product research and development, photochemistry and system integration. 

Standard Rates

RSM members £15 - £65

Non-members £25 - £80

*Tickets include tea, coffee and lunch.


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* Programme subject to change

Please contact Mrs Kate Dixon, Yorkshire Laser Centre for any queries relating to the programme or sponsors:  


We would like to thank our exhibitors Bentham Instruments Ltd, Biofrontera Pharma, Bioprojet and Dermalux

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09.30 am

Registration, tea and coffee

10.00 am

Welcome and introduction

Professor Keyvan Moghissi, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Clinical Director, Yorkshire Laser Centre and Honorary Consultant in Laser Surgery and Photodynamic Medicine, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

PDT Science

Professor Heinrich Walt, Group Leader, Oral Oncology Research, University Hospital Zurich and Professor Alison Curnow, Associate Professor, Science and Scholarship, University of Exeter Medical School

10.05 am

PDT mechanism of action

Professor Alison Curnow

10.25 am

Light sources in PDT

Dr Ewan Eadie, Head of Scientific Services for Photobiology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School

10.40 am

Immunological aspects of PDT

Professor Heinrich Walt, Group Leader, Oral Oncology Research, University Hospital Zurich and Professor Dr Caroline Maake, Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich

11.05 am

Question and answer session

11.15 am

European platform for photomedicine

Professor Gilles Gasser, Chimie ParisTech, PSL Research University

11.20 am

Tea and coffee break

Role of PDT in antimicrobial and local infection

Professor Mark Wainwright, Professor of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Liverpool John Moores University Professor of Chemistry, Liverpool John Moores University and Mr Colin Hopper, Consultant Oral Surgeon, Eastman Dental Hospital

11.35 am

MBDs - edging towards the clinic!

Professor Mark Wainwright

11.55 am

Clinical applications of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy

Dr Nicholas Loebel, President and Chief Technology Officer, Ondine Biomedical Inc

12.15 pm

Potentiation of antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation by inorganic salts

Professor Mike Hamblin, Associate Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital

12.35 pm

Where to next?

Professor Keyvan Moghissi

12.40 pm

Question and answer session

Professor Mark Wainwright, Dr Nick Loebel, Professor Mike Hamblin and Professor Keyvan Moghissi

12.50 pm

Experimental results on PDT for remodelling the myocardium

Dr Robert Bell, Consultant Cardiologist and Senior Research Fellow, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust

1.00 pm

Question and answer session

Dr Robert Bell

1.05 pm


PDT and Dermatology

Dr Ernest Allan, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Christie Hospital, Manchester and Professor Sally Ibbotson, Professor of Photodermatology, Photobiology Unit, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School

2.05 pm

Introduction and ambulatory PDT in dermatology

Professor Sally Ibbotson

2.25 pm

PDT in non-oncological skin lesions

Professor Yolanda Gilaberte, Chief of the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Miguel Servet, Spain

2.45 pm

PDT in vascular skin lesions

Professor Zheng Huang, Professor and Director, University of Colorado Denver, USA, and Fujian Normal University, China

3.05 pm

Photofrin PDT: An effective treatment for Folliculitis Decalvans

Dr Ernest Allan

3.15 pm

Question and answer session

Professor Sally Ibbotson, Professor Yolanda Gilaberte, Professor Zheng Huang and Dr Ernest Allan

3.25 pm

Tea and coffee break

PDT oncology

Mr Colin Hopper and Professor Keyvan Moghissi

3.40 pm

PDT for cancers of aero-digestive tracts: Tracheo-bronchial and oesophageal cancers

Professor Keyvan Moghissi

4.00 pm

Research in progress - PD/PDT in lung cancer

Dr Ricky Thakrar, Clinical Research Training Fellow, University College London Hospitals

4.10 pm

Theranostic silica nanoparticles for targeted fluorescent imaging and PDT of colorectal cancer

Mr Yazan Khalad, Clinical Research Training Fellow, University of Leeds

4.20 pm

Question and answer session

4.30 pm

PDT in prostate-urology

Professor Mark Emberton, Professor of Interventional Oncology, University College London

4.50 pm

PD/PDT in head and neck and maxi-facial

Mr Colin Hopper

5.10 pm

Question and answer session

Professor Moghissi, Professor Mark Emberton and Mr Colin Hopper

5.20 pm

Closing remarks and evaluation forms

Professor Keyvan Moghissi

5.30 pm

Close of conference

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