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ASLMS presents Furumoto Awards at the 38th Annual Conference

Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Awards were presented at ASLMS 2018, the 38th Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

By Andrea Alstad | May 30, 2018

Two distinguished research scientists received the Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Awards at ASLMS 2018, the 38th Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) in Dallas April 13. G. David Baxter, TD, DPhil, MBA was the recipient of the Distinguished Contributor Award and Zeev Zalevsky, PhD, received the Young Investigator Award.

Since 2008, the Dr. Horace Furumoto Innovations Awards have recognized and encouraged the development of future technology innovators and leaders. It is given in memory of the genius, leadership, and commitment of Dr. Horace Furumoto, a pioneer in medical laser technology innovation.


G. David Baxter, TD, DPhil, MBA

During the Plenary Session at the conference, Dr. Baxter's presentation, Photobiomodulation: From ‘Hype and Hokum’ to ‘New Hope focused on the genesis of the field of photobiomodulation over the last thirty years, highlighting the key contribution of high quality research to the development of contemporary evidence-based light therapies.

 “I am very honored to be recognized by the Society. I first attended the ASLMS meeting in 1991. It was the place to go to present your research. I am glad to say that it has been for me the forum for dissemination of results ever since. ASLMS has been a large part of my career and to be recognized in this way for the contributions I have made to the field over the year is an honor to me. ”

Dr Baxter is Professor at the University of Otago, and Director of New Zealand’s National Science Challenge for Ageing Well. He is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University (UK), where he completed his doctoral training; he also holds an MBA from the University of London. David’s current projects include research on the effectiveness of photobiomodulation in the management of breast cancer-related lymphoedema. He has authored or co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed to various textbooks.


Zeev Zalevsky, PhD

During Dr. Zalevsky’s award presentation, Usage of Laser in Non-contact Bio-medical Diagnosis, he discussed how laser-based remote biosensing technology can be used for a large number of biomedical parameters simultaneously and how usage of those parameters can obtain more comprehensive medical evaluation and diagnosis.

Dr. Zalevsky received his B.Sc. and direct Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 1993 and 1996 respectively. Zeev is currently a full Professor in the faculty of engineering in Bar-Ilan University, Israel. His major fields of research are optical super resolution, biomedical optics, nano-photonics and electro-optical devices. Zeev has published more than 450 refereed journal papers, about 300 conference proceeding papers, has more than 50 issued patents, 6 authored books, 3 books as an editor and 30 book chapters.

The Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, Inc. is regarded as the top meeting for the exchange of information on the latest discoveries, applications and research involving medical lasers and energy based sources.  2018 marks the 38th year of the ASLMS Annual Conference.

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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