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ASLMS Research Grant

Applications for 2020 will open this fall.

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) supports research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications. While the best research projects will be given priority for funding, a concerted effort will be made to award a balance of basic science and clinical research. Learn more about the ASLMS Research Fund and its contributors.


The primary purpose of the ASLMS Research Grant Program is to conduct research which can be applied to medical and surgical care of patients. Preference will be given to proposed research projects which have a direct implication for medical or surgical applications. While the best research projects will be given priority, a concerted effort will be made to award a balance of basic science and clinical research. Learn more about past research grants awarded. 


Standard Research Grant

To be eligible, applicants must presently be enrolled in or have completed post-doctoral and/or residency training after January 1, 2012. All non-ASLMS members will be required to apply for and be accepted into ASLMS membership. 

Student Research Grant

For ASLMS Student Research Grant application purposes, a Student is defined as an undergraduate student, graduate student (including residents and fellows) or any individual who is employed by an organization in a capacity or classification due primarily to their student status. Students cannot serve as the principal investigator for non-student research proposals.  

No grant will be awarded to any person if the award would be contrary to any United States law, including but not limited to trade embargoes or sanctions administered by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

For questions regarding the grant submission process, please contact the Kathy at the Central Office via email or call (715) 845-9283 or Toll Free (877) 258-6028.

ASLMS Research Grants for Early Career Professionals
Edward C. Kuan, MD, MBA, ASLMS Resident/Fellow Student Board Representative, talks about the benefits of receiving an ASLMS Research Grant.

2018 Research Grant Recipients


Leon G. Leanse, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital
Wellman Center for Photomedicine

Boston, MA

Supporting ASLMS Member: R. Rox Anderson, M.D.

“Synergistic action of antimicrobial blue light and quinine against multidrug-resistant bacterial infections: Efficacy and molecular mechanisms”

With the rise in antimicrobial resistance, it is essential that we look to other, ‘non-antibiotic’ strategies, e.g. antimicrobial blue light (aBL), as alternative methods to treat infections. aBL therapy is a novel and effective approach for the treatment of infections caused by different pathogens. Although aBL has been shown to be highly effective in inactivating pathogens, varied sensitivities are often observed between microbial species, with some eliciting significantly high relative resistances. Therefore, it is vital that approaches, such as aBL combination therapies, are investigated, so we may improve microbial inactivation while simultaneously providing safer and more timely care to patients.

2018 Student Research Grant Recipients


Anna-Marie Hosking, MS

University of California, Irvine – Beckman Laser Institute

Irvine, CA

Supporting ASLMS Member: Kristen M. Kelly, MD 

“Spatial Frequency Domain Imaging for Burn Wound Severity Assessment”

The proposed study will be the first to describe the use of spatial frequency domain imaging (SFDI) in the in vivo evaluation of burn patients. This study will prospectively evaluate burn patients with SFDI in addition to standard care and evaluation by a burn surgeon.


Stephanie Molina, BS

Board of Regents, NSHE, obo University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Supporting ASLMS Member: Steen Madsen, PhD

“Macrophage-Mediated Drug Delivery for the Treatment of Malignant Gliomas by PCI”

This project proposes the use of macrophage-delivered chemotherapeutics combined with photochemical internalization (PCI) to enhance cell-killing efficacy in a glioma cell monolayer. Translation of macrophage-mediated delivery to clinical application will result in site-specific distribution of large drug concentrations within the tumor microenvironment.


Jennifer Zuccaro, MSc

Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Toronto, ON, Canada

Supporting ASLMS Member: RJoel S. Fish, MD, MSc, FRCS(c

“A Pilot Study to Treat Minor Burn Scar Contractures Using Laser Therapy"

The primary objective of this study is to determine is using an ablative carbon dioxide laser (ACL) in surgical mode is effective in improving the active range of motion of a joint affected by a minor burn scar contracture as measured by goniometry in children aged 1 to 18 years.

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