Heidi Abrahamse 
Laser Research Center, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
“Photodiagnosis and Targeted Photodynamic Therapy for the   Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma”

Prof. Heidi Abrahamse (PhD Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Wits) is the Director of the Laser Research Centre, UJ and DST/NRF SARChI Chair for Laser Applications in Health since 2016. Her research interests include, photobiology and photochemistry with specific reference to photodynamic cancer therapy, stem cell differentiation and wound healing. She was the recipient of the Faculty of Health Sciences highest research output for 2009 and the University of Johannesburg Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year, 2010 and the NLC Rental pool grant-holder best research output for 2008, most masters graduates 2013 and most IP produced 2013 and most doctorate graduates, 2014. She was runner up to the DST WISA Distinguished Scientist in Life Science award in 2015. She was the president of the international society, WALT, for 2010 to 2012 and serves on international councils, executive committees and board of directors including the World Association for Laser Therapy, World Academy of Laser Applications, European Medical Laser Association and the African Laser Centre. She serves on the editorial boards of 8 peer-reviewed internationally accredited journals while acting as reviewer for over 50 journals. Her Scopus H-index is 27 and she is the Co-Editor in Chief of the international accredited journal Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. She recently (2019) received the International Photodynamic Association Humanitarian Award to recognize those who have made selfless efforts and personal sacrifices to enhance and promote the science of Photodynamic therapy.

Boris Chichkov 
Leibniz University Hannover Institute of Quantum Optics, Hannover, Germany
“Laser printing of biomaterials and living cells”

Prof. Dr. Boris Chichkov has completed his PhD at the age of 25 years from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He has made Habilitation in physics in 1997 from the Hannover University. He is Professor at the Institut für Quantenoptik at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. Since 2004 he is Head of the Nanotechnology Department at the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. - one of the European leading institutes in laser development and laser material processing. He has published more than 400 papers in well reputed journals and has been serving as an editorial board member of “Applied Physics A”; “Biofabrication”; “International Journal of Bioprinting” and “Materials Science and Engineering: C” Materials for Biological Applications.

Eiji Ōsawa
 Toyohashi University Technol., Nano Carbon Research Institute,  
Asama Research Extension Center, Faculty of Textile Science and      Engineering, Shinshu University, Japan
“Recent Progress in the Use of Nanodiamonds in Oncology for Active Targeting Delivery of Chemotherapeutic Drugs”

Eiji Osawa is a former professor of computational chemistry, noted for his prediction of the C60 molecule in 1970. 
Osawa received his Master's of Engineering in chemistry from Kyoto University's Department of Industrial Chemistry and then became an engineer at Teijin Co., Ltd. In 1964, he returned to Kyoto University and earned a Doctorate of Engineering in chemistry under Professor Yoshida. After three years of postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin, Princeton University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, in 1970 he became an assistant professor at Hokkaido University. In 1990, Osawa became a full professor at Toyahashi University of Technology, where he retired in 2001. Upon his retirement, assisted by Futaba, Co., Ltd., headquartered in Chiba, Osawa started the research and development company Nano-Carbon Research Institute, Ltd.

Igor Reshetov 
Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Sechenov University, Moscow, Russia
“Label-free optical diagnosis of malignant and benign neoplasms with different nosologies and localizations”

 

Rudolf Steiner
Institute of Laser Technologies in Medicine and Metrology at the Univ. of Ulm, Germany
Molecular and Immunological Aspects of Photodynamic Therapy

Prof. Dr. rer. nat Rudolf Steiner, biophysicist, was former director of the Institute of Laser Technologies in Medicine and Metrology (ILM) at the University of Ulm, Germany, which he managed successfully for 22 years. ILM has strong research groups in theoretical calculations and simulations of light diffusion in scattering media, cellular biological and microscopic investigations, device development for diagnostic applications and metrology. His personal interest and extensive experience is in laser interaction with biological material, cellular reaction mechanisms and theranostics with sensitizing molecules and nanoparticles, which led to photodynamic applications in dermatology and urology.