Tayside Health Board, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School

The Photobiology Unit was founded for the advancement of photo dermatological diagnosis, treatment and research. Through their clinical research program they have attempted to refine photo-therapeutic treatment protocols with evidence based recommendations for patient management. Concern over the photo carcinogenic potential of light therapy emphasizes the importance of optimal treatment to limit unnecessary photo exposure. They regularly publish some 20 to 30 peer-reviewed papers per annum and have extensive experience of photo testing for the pharmaceutical industry. The Scottish Photodynamic Therapy and Photo diagnostic Centre is co-ordinated from the Photobiology Unit.

Head of the Unit, Professor James Ferguson, is a Consultant Dermatologist with interest in development of new photo-diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. A recent collaboration between Professor Ferguson and the University of St Andrews has given rise to an organic LED for the treatment of skin cancer – the so-called ‘optical bandage’. Professor Harry Moseley is Head of Scientific Services in the Photobiology Unit and has interests in development of new laser and optical radiation applications for diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of cancers, both in skin and throughout the body. The Scottish Photodynamic Therapy and Photo diagnostic Centre is co-ordinated from the Photobiology Unit and this involves PDT for cancer in the lung, brain, GI tract and bladder Professor Moseley has received over 30 research grants, has delivered over 150 invited lectures and is author of over 300 published works including peer-reviewed papers, chapters, and abstracts. The Photobiology Unit has a successful history of collaboration with the commercial sector attracting commercial contracts worth approximately 1,000,000 euros each year.

More information: Ninewells Hospital

FP 7-SME-2013-3
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