Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia

WALT/NAALT Conference rescheduled to 2021

“Breakthroughs in Photobiomodulation Conference” is moving to August 4—August 8, 2021

Dear Conference Attendee,

You will not be surprised to learn that we are moving the conference to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your paid Registration fees will be applied towards next year’s meeting, including all pre-conference courses. You will not be required to pay any additional fee.

Refunds are available, but please bear in mind that the cost of conference attendance in 2021 will likely increase by 20% or more, translating to about $100 to $200 higher conference registration fee plus a fee of $100 for each pre-conference attended.

Anyone requesting a refund will receive a credit card reimbursement. If you would like to proceed with a refund, please send an email to

For those that may have booked travel, please follow-up with your travel agent or air carrier directly.

If you made a hotel reservation made through the NAALT-WALT website it has been canceled by the hotel.

If you booked your hotel via another route you will need to contact the hotel directly yourself.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

We wish you and your family good health and safety through this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Thank you.

NAALT-WALT 2020/2021 Scientific Committee


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NAALT-WALT 2021 Conference

1. Plenary sessions: Mornings

  1. Taking PBM to Mainstream Medicine
    1. National Coverage Determinations– a major roadblock to PBM adoption. Negative coverage has had significant impact on acceptance of PBM what do we need to do to change this?
    2. FDA regulatory – What is needed to make meaningful new claims – (as opposed to current 510K claims), process, clinical trials, options based on new regulations?
    3. What evidence do we have for PBM and how do we convince regulators of its validity? Focus on Pain and Tissue repair
    4. Cost effectiveness of PBM
    5. Integration of PBM into clinical treatment pathways
    6. What’s the roadmap for mainstream adoption of PBM?
  2. PBM and Pain Management with a view on the opioid crisis
    1. Where are we really at in the opioid crisis – have we just shifted it to the street?
    2. What is the evidence and cost effectiveness for PBM in pain management
    3. Acute treatment for prevention of the development of chronic pain and addiction – Stop it before it starts!
    4. Chronic musculoskeletal pain – integrated clinical pathway
  3. PBM Mechanisms
    1. Review of known and speculated/likely mechanisms of PBM
    2. Wavelength, chromophore activation, signaling and depth of penetration is the view accurate?
    3. Dosage-Dosage-Dosage… What is the consensus?
    4. What we know and how to use that use the science to improve of clinical outcomes
    5. Where do we go from here? New frontiers
    6. Stem cells

2. Breakout sessions: Afternoons

  1. Musculoskeletal – Pain Management
    1. Treatment of acute injury – prevention of addiction
    2. PBM in Tendinopathy, ligamentous and arthritic disease
    3. Myofacial syndrome – trigger and acupuncture point approaches
    4. Peripheral Neuropathy
    5. Phantom limb pain – dealing with the amputee – wounds and pain
    6. Integration in chronic pain treatment programs
    7. Dealing with opiate addiction
  2. Sports, Emergency and Industrial Medicine
    1. The need for immediate treatment to prevent the sequelae
    2. Recovery after injury – the impact of PBM
    3. Performance recovery and enhancement
  3. Wound Healing and Dermatology
    1. Post-operative management of wound healing implications of PBM in pain management, accelerated healing and infection management
    2. Advances in bacterial management with PBM how it works and optimal dosing
    3. Chronic wound treatment – integrated pathways with PBM
    4. Treatment of acne – new protocols and outcomes
    5. Scar tissue treatment with PBM
    6. Psoriasis
    7. Cosmetic applications skin brightening and wrinkle treatment
  4. Dental PBM
    1. Oral Mucositis – update, reimbursement, cost effectiveness and outcomes
    2. Management of orofacial pain, TMJ
    3. Post-Surgical Wound healing
    4. Oral Surgery
    5. Periodontal and implant disease
    6. Oral Health
  5. Veterinary Medicine
    1. Chronic pain management in locomotor dysfunction
    2. Acute and chronic wound care applications
    3. Tendinopathy and arthritis
    4. Internal organ disease
  6. Ophthalmology
    1. Macular disease management with PBM – what the evidence and when will this be ready for clinical use?
    2. Treatment of corneal damage with red light PBM
  7. Young Researcher Presentations and Awards
  8. Antimicrobial and Cancer Therapy
    1. Endogenous and exogenous photosensitizers
    2. PBM effects in Apoptosis of Cancer Cells
    3. Immune responses
    4. Contraindications
    5. New developments in the field
  9. Technology and PBM Delivery Systems
    1. Laser safety
    2. Intravenous
    3. Light Patches
    4. Percutaneous
    5. Light beds
  10. PBM Guidelines and Position Papers
  11. Biohacking

3. Special Full Day Workshop Session – Neuromodulation with PBM: Saturday

  1. Brain and Peripheral Neuromodulation with PBM
    1. Mechanisms of transcranial stimulation or is it?
    2. How about peripheral neuromodulation with PBM?
    3. Advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s with PBM
    4. PBM for TBI, Concussion
    5. Stroke recovery
    6. Sleep and circadian pattern management

Exhibits will be open all day

Scientific Program Overview and Call for Papers (Proposed)
Plenary Sessions

  1. Brain and Peripheral Neuromodulation with PBM
  2. PBM and Pain Management with a view on the opioid crisis
  3. PBM Mechanisms
  4. Technology and PBM Delivery Systems

Breakout Sessions

  1. Musculoskeletal, Pain Management & Acupuncture
  2. Sports, Emergency & Industrial Medicine
  3. Wound Healing and Dermatology
  4. Dental PBM
  5. Veterinary Medicine
  6. Ophthalmology
  7. Antimicrobial and Cancer Therapy
  8. Technology and PBM Delivery Systems
  9. PBM Guidelines and Position Papers
  10. Biohacking
  11. Brain and Peripheral Neuromodulation

Local Area

Discover the Washington, D.C. area from Arlington hotel

Access all of Arlington and Washington, D.C. with ease from our hotel, steps from the Key Bridge
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Enjoy a day of shopping in Pentagon City, or admire the views from the scenic Mount Vernon Trailfrom hotel2.5 miles from hotel
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Visit the iconic Arlington National Cemetery, or explore National Landing during your hotel stay
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Local Attractions

White House
1.5 miles from hotel

0.2 miles from hotel

Arlington National Cemetery
1 mile from hotel

US Capitol
3 miles from hotel

Old Town Alexandria
7 miles from hotel

National Mall
2 miles from hotel

The Pentagon
2.1 miles SE from hotel

Smithsonian Institution Museums
1400 Constitution Ave, NW
2.5 miles from hotel

National Air and Space Museum
6th & Independence Aves., SW
2.5 miles from hotel

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
2 miles from hotel

Pentagon City Mall
3.6 miles from hotel

Washington Monument
3 miles from hotel

World War II Memorial
3 miles from hotel

NAALT Commercial Membership Program

NAALT’s Commercial Membership Program establishes a new Commercial Partner Advisory Board position, providing an opportunity for the PBM industry to participate with NAALT in a synergistic manner that complements NAALT’s clinical practice and research agenda.

Membership Levels:

  • Platinum – Advisory Board position (see Sponsorship Opportunities)
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze


  • Exhibitor positioning and priority
  • Access to advertising, banners and discounted membership lists
  • Platinum, Gold, and Silver positions are limited
  • Commercial members will meet at the NAALT Annual Meeting to provide input to the Advisory Board position

Function and Objectives:

  • Providing input as to opportunistic areas of research, including the industry funding of grants for research projects
  • Focus and development of reimbursement strategies for obtaining CMS payment on National Coverage Determinations (NCD)
  • Providing input to the NAALT Board of Directors relative to meetings, exhibitions and other opportunities for commercial members to meet and present their products and ideas to NAALT membership
  • Participating in Lobbying activities to promote PBM
  • Having access to the latest reimbursement and payment effective for PBM therapies

For more information, and contact NAALT President Terry Baker MD directly with any questions (