The Photodynamic Symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK, organised by the RSM Professionals and the UK PDT Charitable Trust, has become an important fixture in the calendar of events at the RSM.
PDT is neither part of any of the Section of that illustrious establishment nor structurally is affiliated to one. However the symposium has been filling a gap within the education programme of the RSM.
Enormous thanks must go to all who presented at this year’s PDT symposium, helping to make it even more of a success than in previous years.
The programme served to demonstrate how the interaction between lab and clinical work can offer patients the newest, and ever improving, technologies and treatments. It truly underlined how inter-departmental co-operation works for the benefit of the patient.
Beginning with some ‘basics of PDT’, presenters from the UK and Switzerland demonstrated innovative aspects of mechanisms, dosimetry and enhancers. Following this were some exciting and thought provoking ideas about the use of PDT in micro-biology and the morning closed with work on the newest and the most unusual applications of PDT in Dermatology.
The afternoon brought us Imaging and Image Guided Surgery in oncology, followed by PDT in Lung Cancer and in Head and Neck.
The day rounded off with the Research in Progress; the PEARL trial and work on ABCG2 as a mechanism of resistance to PDT in 3D models of colo-rectal cancer.
The in-programme discussions were animated and far-reaching; the interest that had been aroused was palpable & All told, an educational and inspiring programme.
Sincere thanks to all concerned, not least our sponsors, but not forgetting the delegates who took the time to attend in the cause of furthering their continuing education.
For those that weren't able to make the symposium, below are links to the videos taken on the day.