Outcomes & Objectives

By the end of this one-day course, attendees will have a thorough grounding in the photobiological basics underpinning low level light therapy, including an understanding of the relevant light/tissue interactions. They will be able to identify appropriate systems to deliver LLLT safely and effectively, both laser- and non-laser-based. They will understand the basic mechanisms behind LLLT for the two major indications: wound healing, which underpins almost all other indications, and pain attenuation. Finally, they will have the basic core knowledge to enable them to consider applying LLLT safely and effectively in clinical practice, either as stand-alone monotherapy, or as an adjunct to all surgical and aesthetic procedures.


Born in Scotland, Dr. R Glen Calderhead attended the University of Glasgow. From 1978 he worked in Dr. Toshio Ohshiro’s Japan Medical Laser Laboratory and the Ohshiro Clinic of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After a 5-year spell (1982-1987) in the USA with the newly-formed Laserscope company in Silicon Valley Dr. Calderhead returned to Japan and worked again with Dr Ohshiro, concentrating on research into and application of the therapeutic laser. This culminated in 1988 in the publication by the renowned medicoscientific publishers, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK, of the first of a series of books dedicated to phototherapy by Ohshiro and Calderhead,‘Low Level Laser Therapy: A Practical Introduction’.

Calderhead first introduced the terminology ‘ low level laser therapy’, or LLLT, through this book. Now that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have attracted a great deal of attention, LLLT is still the preferred acronym, but now stands for low level LIGHT therapy, thus encompassing all light sources used in phototherapy. Dr. Calderhead is a prolific lecturer at national and international congresses, having given many keynote and special invited lectures over the last four decades.

He has published many scientific papers and is the author and coauthor of, and contributor to, several books on laser therapy, laser surgery and simulation surgery. Calderhead is currently the Secretary-General of the European  Society for Laser Aesthetic Surgery (ESLAS), the World Anti-Ageing Medical Association (WAMA) and the International Society for Simulation Surgery (ISSiS). He is a Life Member of the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine (ISLSM) and is a founder-member of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) and the International Phototherapy Association (IPTA). He has been an International Research Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM) in London since 1998, and has been a biographee in Marquis’s ‘Who’s Who in the World’ and ‘Who’s Who in Science and Medicine’ since 2007. Dr. Calderhead is currently based in South Korea where he is the Vice-President, Medicoscientific Affairs for Lutronic Corporation, and also heads up the research division of the Korean Clinical Institute of Photosurgery and Photomedicine Research, designing and running clinical trials and research projects into the effects of photosurgery and phototherapy at various wavelengths and doses on animal, cellular and subcellular targets.


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