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Shining light on melanoma

The rapid increase in the incidence of malignant melanoma and its high associated mortality necessitates improvements in diagnosis and therapy. This workshop will feature the contributions that can be made in managing this disease by biomedical optics. Although melanoma is highly visible macroscopically, non-invasive optical imaging techniques can improve microscopic detection. Laser-induced thermotherapy can give effective local control and at the same time stimulate the host immune response.

Framing the problem of melanoma diagnosis 
Arthur J. Sober, Assoc Chief of Dermatology, MGH

Photoacoustic imaging of melanoma
Lihong Wang , Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Clinical imaging of melanoma
Zeina S. Tannous, MGH Dermatology

Laser Immunotherapy for melanoma
Mark F. Naylor, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 4:00-6:00 pm
Richard B. Simches Research Center, Room 3110
185 Cambridge St. Boston
(Located in Charles River Plaza next to Whole Foods Market and CVS)

Refreshments served at 3:30 PM

Sponsored by the George R. Harrison Spectroscopy Laboratory, MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, and CIMIT (Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology)