Objectives & Outcomes

1. To learn about the causes, development and course of the addressed diseases

2. To understand the principles of PDT and the difference between topical and systemic photosenzitation

3. To learn how to discriminate different stages of the diseases by inherent optical diagnostics (OCT, Fluorescence)

4. To understand why and how dosimetry of the drug and light interferes with each other, and when to use which light system (LED vs. Laser), and get to know the different available photosensitizers and their advantages and disadvantages

5. To learn when to use topical or systemic PDT would be appropriate, or the combination of both

6. To extend the gained knowledge into the field of oral cancers and to adopt to special dosimetry requirements

7. To understand the difference between surgery and PDT and settle the right indication for the individual patient


Currently Dr. Carsten Philipp is the head of the Center for Laser Medicine, the largest hospital based department of laser medicine in Germany. Since 1987 he has been working in clinical laser applications including PDT, optical diagnostics, vascular lesions, surgery and endoscopy. He received his Dr.med. degree from Free University Berlin in 1994 for his work on cooling methods during thermal laser application. Recent research focuses on clinical PDT development, optical coherence tomography, fluorescence imaging and biophotonic assisted systems for surgery. Since 2010 he is the course director for the “Berlin course on laser medicine” for medical professionals, which is conducted four times each year.

He is currently co-editor in chief of the journal Photonics & Lasers in Medicine, vice president of the European Laser Association (ELA) and president of the Deutsche Gesellschaft Lasermedizin (DGLM).

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