Graduate Seminar Series: Clinical Stream
Graduate Seminar Series for the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (BME). This day is for clinical stream presenters.
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Presentation Title: Combined photothermal therapy
Abstract: Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death among Canadians and continues to place a heavy cost on the health care system. Screening programs have significantly increased early-stage detection; this has been key in reducing mortality, and in driving the need for innovation in minimally invasive treatment methods. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and Photothermal Therapy (PTT) are novel treatment modalities that may fill that need. PDT relies on the interaction of light with a cancer targeting particle to create reactive molecular species which damage vital structures required for cell survival. PTT generates heat in tissue through light absorption, which results in protein unfolding and eventually, cell death. In isolation, their efficacy is limited based on application. A combination of the two treatments is garnering interest due to the potential for synergistic effects. In this project, we are working towards developing a treatment protocol for this combination therapy.
Supervisor Name: Dr. Yasufuku & Dr. Weersink
Year of Study: 2
Program of Study: PhD
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89610372821?pwd=azd4SCtYVWtreVovaGNPV1c2NGY2Zz09
Meeting ID: 896 1037 2821
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