The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery announces its 28th annual seminar, “LASER 2008,” which will take place April 2 to 6, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, in Kissimmee, Fla.

At the seminar, leaders in the field will unveil the latest research developments and clinical studies in laser medicine, as well as present promising devices poised to enhance disease detection and management. In addition, 160 industry exhibitors will be on hand to showcase their latest products.

This year’s “hot topics” include:

• Laser Research Aims to Get to the Root of Acne—Early research findings on the use of a tunable free electron laser that selectively targets the chemical bond structures of acne sebum.

• Promising Research Uses Laser-Activated Gold Nanoparticles to Detect Breast Cancer Cells—Data from laboratory studies of a novel photoacoustic system that combines laser energy and nanotechnology to detect and quantify circulating breast cancer cells will be presented.
• Emerging Laser Device with an Eye for Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Could Lead to Early Diagnosis and Better Treatment Outcomes for Patients—New research will discuss a noninvasive laser eye scanning technology that combines laser-induced scatter and fluorescence measurements to detect the presence of a specific protein known to accumulate in the eyes of Alzheimer’s patients.

• The Skinny on Fat Reduction—Researchers will present key learnings on how a better scientific understanding of the physiology of fat can lead to improved clinical treatments in the future. 

• Innovations in Laser Hair Removal Expand Patient Base, Improve Results, and Offer Gentler Treatments—Ongoing advances in laser hair removal technology have expanded the patient base, enhanced patient safety, and improved clinical efficacy of this procedure. 

For more information or to register, contact Nadine Tosk at [email protected] or Karen Sideris at [email protected].

[American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, March 6, 2008]