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An Urgent Message from the WALT President

Dear Colleagues,

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we appreciate the PBM practitioners, healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain this coronavirus.
I write to you with two important updates.

First, we are vigilantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and directives from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health agencies for the latest developments and guidance. The joint NAALT-WALT 2020 meeting in Washington DC in Aug 4-6th 2020 is currently still planned. The program committee is poised to make a final decision in 1st week May as we remain optimistic this crisis will resolve over the next few weeks with the tremendous, impressive global efforts.

Second, we have been receiving several requests to showcase the possible benefits of PBM treatments in this current health crisis. Many of us have clinical and, perhaps personal experiences with PBM treatment have clearly noted its ability to improve anti-viral response and host immunity showcasing the potential utility of this treatment in the current health crisis. Nonetheless, as far as we are aware there have been no direct, controlled studies to date on the Covid-19 specifically. I urge each and every one of you to be diligent in outlining the ‘broader’ PBM evidences and be very careful of specific claims that will – in the long run – be detrimental to the integrity and reputation of the field.

On behalf of your WALT family, I hope you all take suitable precautions as you are on the frontlines as PBM practitioners or advisors to Covid-19 patients and exposed colleagues. We wish you and all your dear ones good health. We hope to meet in Arlington this August.

Yours sincerely,
Praveen Arany


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NAALT-WALT 2020 Conference

1. Plenary sessions: Mornings on Thursday-Friday, August 6th-7th

  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 on Thursday-Friday, August 6th-7th

  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, August 8th

  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 Thursday August 6th, Friday 7th and Saturday 8th

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 (