3–6 October 2018, Nice, France


Dear friends and colleagues,

We warmly welcome you to the 12th International Congress for WALT—the world’s foremost convention for Photobiomodulation (Low Level Light Therapy).

It’s a great pleasure to host WALT-2018 in our beautiful city of Nice, France. With its natural beauty and mild Mediterranean climate, Nice is the perfect location for an enjoyable and engaging conference.

We are honoured to have the world’s leading authorities on Photobiomodulation—and up and coming scientists—present their latest work. Their combined expertise will be both inspiring and motivating—and contribute to the main goal of WALT-2018: the composition of clinical and technical international guidelines (or consensus statements) in all the major fields of interest; to be endorsed by all PBM Communities and Scientific Societies.

The Scientific Program includes many sessions and workshops including laser safety, veterinary, dental, physiotherapy, supportive care in oncology, acupuncture, stem cells, metabolic and immune disorders, ophthalmology, neurorehabilitation, anti-aging and cosmetics, and more.  In all the various sessions, presentations will focus on mechanisms of action, clinical trials, safety, dose-response relationships, and state-of-the art protocols.

Well over two hundred abstracts were submitted for podium and poster presentations. We sincerely thank all authors for the extremely high standard of this year’s submissions. We also thank our panel of international peer reviewers who spent many weeks assessing and evaluating each submission. Their final selections have guaranteed a world class scientific program.

New to WALT this year is our inaugural “Abstract Competition”—specifically for trainees and students. The top seven meritorious abstracts will be invited to present in a special session. Three winners will be announced at the dinner banquet, where they will be awarded a plaque and cash award.

We especially wish thank this year’s industry sponsors. Their support and contribution towards WALT-2018 cannot be overestimated. As delegates, please make sure you visit the trade displays and get to know the exhibitors.

You’ll notice dedicated social events are included in the program. Please come along and get to know your fellow delegates.  We trust your time at WALT-2018 and your stay in beautiful Nice will be memorable and enjoyable.

Wishing you an enthusiastic and fruitful Conference!

Kind regards,

Prof. Rene-Jean Bensadoun
Program Chair

Prof. Praveen Arany
Program Co-Chair


Coming to WALT in 2018 (watch this space):

PR. René Jean Bensadoun

Oncologist, Chairman at the Centre De Haute Energie, Nice France

Prof. Praveen Arany

BDS, MDS, MMSc, PhD School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, New York


University at Bergen & Bergen University College


Founder and CEO at THOR Photomedicine Ltd

Dr. Andrei Barasch

DMD, MDSc, Associate Professor, Div. of Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College

Prof. Micheal Hamblin

Wellman Centre for Photomedicine and Harvard Medical School, Boston

Prof. Ernesto Leal Junior

Nove Julho University, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Michèle Pelletier-Aouizerate

European Led Academy President

Dr. Fouque Linda

Esthetics Department in Polytech University Nice

Prof. Roberta Chow

University of Sydney

Dr. Joel Epstein

DMD, MSD, FRCD(C), FDS RCS(Edin), Diplomat, American Board of Oral Medicine

Dr. Alexander Wunsch

MD, PhD, Medical Light Consulting, Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Sharon Elad

DMD MSc, University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Steve Liu

LAc-BSEE, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Prof. Gerhard-Litscher

MSc-PhD-MDsc, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Dr. Daniela Litscher

MSc PhD, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Dr. Volkmar Kreisel

MD, Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany

Prof. Jeri-Anne Lyons, PhD

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Prof. Raj Nair

MS, MRACDS, PhD Griffith University | Menzies Health Institute Queensland

Prof. Jean Klastersky

MD, PhD Institut Jules Bordet, Brussels, Belgium

Prof. Nivaldo Parizotto

PT, MSc. PhD Federal University of São Carlos and University of Araraqura

Ronald E. Hirschberg, DVM

Medical Director , Brockton Animal Hospital

Dr. Olivier CASELLES

PhD, Institut Universitaire du Cancer Toulouse - Oncopole

Prof. Jan Tunér

DDS, President, Dala Dental AB, Sweden

Dr. Michael Weber

M.D. President of European Laseracademy

Prof. Reza Fekrazad

DDS, MSc, FLD, FICD, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Prof. Jens Büntzel

Head of the ENT, Südharz Hospital Nordhausen

Dr. G. Arun Maiya

PhD, Associate Dean School of Allied Health Sciences (SOAHS)

Prof. Shimon Rochkind

MD, PhD, Head of Research Center for Nerve Reconstruction, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Judith Raber-Durlacher

DDS, PhD, AMC Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Prof. Cesar A. Migliorati

DDS, MS, PhD, Professor University of Florida College of Dentistry

Rodrigo Lopes Martins

PhD, Professor University of Vale do Paraíba (UNIVAP), Brazil

Prof. Heidi Abrahamse

BSc, BSc Honours, MSc, PhD, Director Laser Research Centre, University of Johannesburg

Prof. Uri Oron

PhD, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Richard L. Godine

DVM, BA, Ruckersville Animal Hospital

Dr. J. Chris Castel

PhD, Founder CareWear Corporation

Prof. Nicolette Nadene Houreld

N.Dip, B.Tech, M.Tech, D.Tech, Biomedical Technology, University of Johannesburg

Dr. Ann Liebert

BApplSci, Grad. Dip Manip. Ther., PhD (Syd Uni)

Dr. Marty Henderson

DVM, PhD, Owner, Texas Laser Therapy

Dr. Clark E. Tedford

PhD, President and CEO, LumiThera, Inc.

Dr. Elina Aghassi

MSc,DDS. First laser dental clinic in North of Iran, Babol

Dr. Laura Marinela Ailioaie

BSc, PhD in Physics, PhD in Medical Sciences, University “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” of Lasi

Dr. Dana V. York

MSc, PhD, Dental Practice Owner, Cannes, France

Dr. Chenaitia Hichem

MD, Regenerative Medicine Expert, Medical Director, Osteoarticular Medicine Centers

Dr. Timothy Kern

PhD, Professor, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland

Prof. Chandrashekar Yavagal

MDS, D.Ortho, FICD, PhD Researcher - Oral Laser Applications

Dr. Kenneth Hu

MD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, NYU

Dr. Krisztina Valter


Mr. Pierre Saint-Girons

MBA, MEng, Co-founder and CEO of NeoMedLights

Dr. Terrance L. Baker

BSc, MSc, MD, MS, FAEEP, President and CEO of Sollay, Inc.

Dr. Ruben Wernik

MD, University of Uruguay

Dr. Phillip Gabel

PhD, MSc, Physiotherapist and Clinician, Sunshine Coast, Australia

Dr. Brian Bicknell

BSc (University of Sydney), PhD (University of New South Wales)

Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad


Dr. Jon Joensen

PT, PhD, University of Bergen

Dr. Eduardo Fregnani

DDS, MSc, PhD, Hospital Sírio-Libanês, Brazil

Prof. Xavier Dufour

PhD, Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Poitiers

Dr. Charles-Henry Canova

MD, Radiation Oncologist at Pitie Salpetriere Hospital

Dr. Jean Abouchar

PhD, Dental Surgeon, Poitiers, France

Prof. Jonathan Stone

DSc, FAA, Bosch Institute, University of Sydney

Dr. Katayoun AM Kalhori

DDS, MS, MSc, International Affairs Manager of Iranian Medical Laser Association


  • 10:00am
  • 1:30pm
    Pre-conference Workshops I: Cancer Safety / Physical Therapy / Veterinary Medicine / Scientific Publishing in PBM / Intravenous and intra-articular PBM-PDT treatments
  • 3:00pm
    Coffee Break
  • 3:30pm
    Pre-conference Workshops II: Clinical Trials Consortium / Dental PBM / Veterinary Medicine / Acupuncture / PBM Research Process
  • 5:00pm
    Opening Event: Welcome Session / Opening Ceremony / History of WALT
  • 6:00pm
    Plenary Session I – Presidential Session I: Photobiomodulation Therapy / PBM Innovations
  • 7:00pm
    Plenary Session I – Presidential Session II: Photobiomodulation Therapy / Current Advances in PBM Research
  • 8:00pm
    Welcome Reception
  • 7:30am
    Welcome Coffee
  • 8:00am
    Plenary Session I – Invited Keynote Speaker: Nivaldo Parizotto
  • 9:00am
    Parallel Sessions: Clinical Guidelines 1 – Musculoskeletal Disorders and Sport Medicine / Posters / Future Vision 1 – Metabolic and Auto-Immune Disorders / Oral Abstracts 1 – Dentistry I / Oral Late Breaking I
  • 10:30am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00am
    Parallel Sessions: Clinical Guidelines 2 – Supportive Cancer Care / Posters / Future Vision 2 – Advanced Delivery Approaches / Oral Abstracts 2 – Musculoskeletal I / Oral Abstracts 3 – Neurorehabilitation
  • 12:30pm
    Lunch and WALT Members Meeting
  • 12:30pm
    WALT General Body and Members Meeting
  • 1:30pm
    Parallel Sessions: Special Session – Low dose Biophotonics & PDT / Posters / Oral Latebreaking 2 / User’s Group – Swiss Bio Inov / User’s Group – MostLed, Neomedlight
  • 2:30pm
    Parallel Sessions: Clinical Guidelines 3 – Ophthalmology / Posters / Consensus Guidelines 1 – Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine / Oral Abstracts 4 – Cancer Care I / User’s Group – Helight
  • 3:45pm
    Coffee Break
  • 4:15pm
    Parallel Sessions: Special Session (French Session) / Posters / Future Vision 3 – Regulations, Policy, Reimbursement, Industry, Entrepreneurship / Oral Abstracts 5 – PBM Therapy I / Oral Abstracts 6 – Dose and Mechanisms / User’s Group – Clinical Entrepreneurship
  • 5:30pm
    Networking with your Region The Americas (North & South) / Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim / Middle East, Iran and Africa / Europe
  • 7:30pm
    Presidential Awards and Dinner
  • 7:30am
    Welcome Coffee
  • 8:00am
    Plenary Session I – Invited Keynote Speaker: Michael Hamblin
  • 9:00am
    Parallel Sessions: Clinical Guidelines 4 – Neurorehabilitation / Posters / Future Vision 4 – Molecular Mechanisms / Oral Abstracts 7 – Musculoskeletal II / User’s Group – Weber Medical
  • 10:30am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00am
    Parallel Sessions: Consensus Guidelines 2 – Dentistry / Posters / Consensus Guidelines 3 – Acupuncture / Oral Abstracts 8 – Cancer Care II / User’s Group – NAALT-ISLA PBM Master Class
  • 12:30pm
    Extended Lunch & Networking time
  • 2:00pm
    Parallel Sessions: Consensus Guidelines 4 – Veterinary / Posters / Future Vision 5 – PBM The Pivot of Modern Rejuvenation / Oral Abstracts 9 – Dentistry II / User’s Groups – Vielight, Omicron, EMALT
  • 3:30pm
    Coffee Break
  • 4:00pm
    Parallel Sessions: Consensus Guidelines 5 – Wound Healing / Posters / Oral Abstracts 10 – Cancer Care III / Oral Abstracts 11 – PBM Therapy II / Oral Abstracts 12 – PBM Therapy III
  • 5:00pm
    Closing Session: Conference Summary and Future Directions
  • 6:00pm
  • 7:30pm
    Get Together Party


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    The 12th Congress of the Word Association for Laser Therapy will be held October 3-6, 2018, on the beautiful French Riviera city of Nice. With its mix of real-city grit, old-world opulence, and stunning seaside location, Nice is the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Azur. 

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    Treat your taste buds to the flavors of Provençe with a walking food tour in Nice!



    The area of today’s Nice is believed to be among the oldest human settlements in the world.



    The number one tourist attraction in Nice is quite clearly the sea.



    Le Méridien Nice is set at number 1 Promenade des Anglais, the most prestigious location in Nice.

The 12th Congress will feature the world’s leading authorities and up-and-coming scientists on Photobiomodulation presenting their latest work, including data on clinical trials, mechanisms of action, dose response and much more. There will be workshops on laser safety, and the application of photobiomodulation in veterinary medicine, dental, physical therapy, oncology,  acupuncture, stem cells, metabolic and immune disorders, ophthalmology, neurorehabilitation,  hair growth, anti-aging, cosmetics and aesthetics.

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Sponsorship opportunities are no longer available. We wish to sincerely thank our sponsors for their support of WALT 2018.


We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors of the 12th Congress:


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