Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia

Welcome to the NAALT/WALT
Joint Photobiomodulation Conference

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the formation of a Joint NAALT/WALT Photobiomodulation Conference, to be held at the acclaimed Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia on August 6–9, 2020. The North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy (NAALT) has joined forces with the World Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy (WALT) to host this premier event.

Under the able leadership of our scientific chair, Dr. Violet Bumah, the 2020 program builds on years of success, featuring renowned experts spanning the broad clinical and research realms of PBM Therapy.

The theme of this year’s meeting will be to showcase the tremendous excitement with PBM Therapy in a number of exciting disciplines. This year’s keynote speakers will focus on bringing PBM therapies to mainstream medicine for applications from pain management in light of the opiate crisis, to sports, dental and veterinary practice, cancer care, opthalmology, dermatology and wound care practice.

A strong practical clinical focus including demonstration-based workshops using the latest technologies will also be featured. In keeping with the growing recognition of the field and honoring seminal contributors, we have instituted a NAALT Lifetime Achievement Award named after Dr. Endre Mester. We are planning a joint award ceremony with NAALT and WALT to honor the many major contributors to the field. This will also be an opportunity to sponsor awards from industry.

This prospectus outlines various details of the program, the beautiful venue and other activities. NAALT and WALT are focusing on the practicing clinician in this year’s program, who will learn how to best integrate PBM into their daily practices. This year’s focus on bringing PBM into mainstream medicine is critical and will provide new treatment and research information on a multidisciplinary basis.



Opportunities for commercial exhibitors still exists which will give all of our exhibitors a greater opportunity to interact with conference attendees and to demonstrate cutting edge PBM equipment capable of administering clinically effective technologies to treat medical conditions. You can download the Prospectus for more information, and/or apply directly online.



Register Here for the 2020 Joint NAALT/WALT Photobiomodulation Conference.



We are also pleased to announce Abstract Submission is now open. View the Call for Papers document to learn more.

Receive Discounts on Conference Registration and Hotel Rates

Round 1: Expired

Round 2: Conference Registration $895; Hotel Room Rate $110 (per night)

  • Abstract submission second round: March 1, 2020>
  • Abstract acceptance/rejection by: March 15, 2020
  • Registration deadline: March 31, 2020

Round 3: Conference Registration $995; Hotel Room Rate $129 (per night)

  • Abstract submission final round: May 1, 2020
  • Abstract acceptance/rejection by: May 15, 2020
  • Registration deadline: May 31, 2020



The 2020 NAALT-WALT Joint Conference welcomes proposals for student research papers. Students whose Research Abstracts are Accepted will Receive 3 Nights’ Accommodation with Double Occupancy at the Key Bridge Marriot Hotel during the NAALT / WALT Joint Congress. You must be a full-time registered student, and  register at the $795 early bird conference special by December 31st.  Once you have completed registration, you will need to fill out the form here.



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Rodrigo-Lopes Martens
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Program Outline

The Conference runs from Thursday 8:00 am August 6th through Sunday August 9th at noon.

The main conference room will host General Sessions from August 6th- 8th, 9:00 am until 1:00 pm, with a one-hour exhibit / poster coffee breaks. Two afternoon sessions will run simultaneously from 2:00pm to 6:00 pm on August 6th and 7th with a one-hour exhibit / mixer coffee breaks. We expect there will be two or three specialty sessions in each room daily totalling of eight to twelve sessions.

An Executive meeting is scheduled for Saturday afternoon (August 8th) and a Consensus meeting on Sunday until noon for white paper presentations and reviews.

Exhibits will be available from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Thursday; 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Friday; and 8:00 am until noon on Saturday. Note that we are planning for the opening reception to be held in the exhibit hall and hallways surrounding the main conference and exhibit halls.

Note that this is a preliminary outline only. A more detailed program will be published in due course.

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 (