Through a combination of efforts involving the Brazilian Bank for Development ( BNDES ), the University of Sao Paulo and two private companies: MMOptics and PDT-Pharma, a program to implement Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for skin cancer diagnostic and treatment is being launched in Brazil. The program involves the distribution of a new equipment containing Photodiagnostic using fluorescence and unit of treatment and the production of ALA, M-ALA and the ALA-mix. In one year the programa will treat close to 8000 small lesions, producing the report to start the inclusion of the technique in the public health system. We will discuss details of the program as well as scientific details of the developed protocols. Brazil has over 140.000 new cases of non melanoma skin cancer every year and possibilities for treating small lesion in a easy and economic way is urgent. The continuation of the program for other modalities will also be discussed.
Nov. 9, 2010, 8:00 – 9:00 am (PST), 11:00 – 12:00 am (EST), 2:00 – 3:00 pm (BRST)
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Dr. Vanderlei S. Bagnato received his PhD from MIT (1987) and is a Professor at the University of São Paulo. His research interests include laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms, and applications of optics and lasers in dentistry and medicine. Dr. Bagnato’s research group implemented for the first time the clinical use of Photo-Dynamic-Therapy for the treatment of cancer in Brazil. The group has been responsible for establishing strong relationships between basic research and industry, ending with the implementation of high technology industries in the field of optics. Dr. Bagnato published over 300 papers in international journals, with more than 2300 citations. He has supervised more than 50 graduate students. Dr. Bagnato is a member of the Brazilian Academy of Science and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).
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