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Final Thoughts on AIO 2014....and the Best Talk Winner!

Posted by Arlene Smith | Sep 17, 2014 7:40:00 PM

Some time has passed since another successful AIO, with 2014 seeing the meeting’s highest attendance to date.  Looking back over three and half days of sessioning, I have tried to select my favorite talks. I have narrowed the longlist down to two – the committee-voted Best Talk at AIO 2014, and a personal favorite.


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Topics: Applied Optics, AIO Meeting

Bumper Sticker Wisdom for Optics & the Nobel Prize for Math

Posted by Arti Agrawal | Sep 17, 2014 7:33:04 PM

"When I grow up I want to be a Mercedes"

I read this on a bumper sticker of a small Maruti Suzuki car in India way back in the ‘80s. I thought it was cute and hilarious. I still do.

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Topics: Careers

Low Level Light Therapy: What Comes Next

Posted by Elieza Tang | Aug 22, 2014 5:30:00 PM

The agenda of this Low Level Light Incubator has taken a bottom up approach to light therapy. We began by establishing the foundation through explaining the basic mechanism and science of LLLT, then moving on to preclinical data and research and finally day two brought us to the application of LLLT in the clinical setting. Today the current use of LLLT for pain management, improving cognitive function in chronic traumatic brain injury and treatment of oral mucositis were addressed. In addition, a social and ethical session addressed the need to on develop a consensus on professional commitments for a new collaborative initiative in health care in order to bring LLLT to the forefront of clinical care.

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Topics: OSA Incubator, Low Level Light Therapy, Incubator: Low-Light

Low-Level Light in the Clinical Setting

Posted by Elieza Tang | Aug 22, 2014 10:19:00 AM

As the Low-Level Light Incubator continued, the focus turned to pre-clinical and laboratory studies that demonstrate the biostimulatory effects of photobiomodulation (PBM) and the possibility of LLLT to be used as a standard treatment modality in the clinical setting.

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Topics: OSA Incubator, Low Level Light Therapy, Incubator: Low-Light

Low Level Light Therapy: the Path Forward

Posted by Elieza Tang | Aug 21, 2014 5:36:00 PM

OSA’s 15th Incubator, focusing on Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) is up and running. LLLT/PBM describes the use of light therapy in the visible and near-infrared spectrum for stimulating biological responses. Extensive laboratory experiments and clinical trials have demonstrated PBM to be efficacious in tissue regeneration including the skin, muscle, nerves, bone, spinal PBM has been shown to produce an analgesic effect, anti-inflammatory effect and promote angiogenesis. The results from these controlled clinical trials and laboratory studies provides exciting and convincing evidence for the use of PBM as an efficacious, noninvasive treatment modality in the clinical setting. Many of these studies have demonstrated improved results and recovery with conditions such as traumatic brain injury, chronic wounds, spinal cord injury and many other injury models.

However, PBM has yet to be adopted by mainstream medicine. Why you ask? There are different answers based on who you ask.

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Topics: OSA Incubator, Low Level Light Therapy, Incubator: Low-Light