2017 ASP Presidential Evening Symposia: ‘Photo-excited States: From Tissue Damage to Photomedicine’

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The American Society for Photobiology is pleased to announce:


2017 ASP Presidential Evening Symposia: ‘Photo-excited States: From Tissue Damage to Photomedicine’




Come visit us in San Diego, exploring  the frontiers of research on photoexcited states and their mechanistic role in skin photodamage and photomedicine !


This ASP focus symposium gathers basic and translational researchers that will present cutting edge talks in high quality oral sessions held on two evenings.


Symposium I (Thursday, April 6, 2017, evening): ‘Excited states in skin and other tissue damage: Photodamage, photocarcinogenesis, and photochemoprevention’
6.30 p.m.: reception
7-10 p.m. scientific session (with dinner break)


This symposium examines the mechanistic role of excited states in mediating tissue damage (focusing on skin and solar exposure) and explores avenues for preventive and therapeutic intervention.

Confirmed Speakers:
Douglas E Brash, Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University
Zigang Dong, The Hormel Institute, The University of Minnesota
Jean Cadet, University of Sherbrooke; Editor, Photochemistry and Photobiology
Additional speakers to be selected from the submitted abstracts
Symposium II (Friday, April 7, 2017, evening): ‘Excited States in Photomedicine: from Mechanisms to Translation’
6.30 p.m.: reception
7-10 p.m. scientific session (with dinner break)


Activation of extrinsic photosensitizers and cellular biomolecules by visible light can trigger a complex array of biologic and physiologic processes.  These effects include changes in the balance of tumor cell death versus survival, the development of inflammation and anti-tumor immunity, and the remodeling of vascular microenvironment.  This symposium will explore exciting new developments in the mechanisms and application of photoexcited states in medicine.


Confirmed Speakers:
Conor L Evans, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School
Thomas S Mang, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Tayyaba Hasan, Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School
Additional speakers to be selected from the submitted abstracts




Event Venue: Spring Hill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront
This brand new premier hotel is located at 900 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA 92101 and will provide a vibrant setting to host the 2017 ASP Presidential Symposium.
For online reservations at the special group rate visit the hotel page on our 2017 meeting mini-site.


Program, abstracts, and registration:


Special rates for ASP members and ASP associate members:


US $ 100 (for ASP members)
US $ 220 (for non-members; ASP 2017 membership included)
US $ 50 (for ASP associate members)
US $ 95 (for associate level non-ASP members; ASP 2017 membership included)


– Registration will include two extraordinary events: the ‘ASP Presidential’ reception (evening I) and the ‘Meet the editor: Photochemistry & Photobiology’ reception (evening II).


ABSTRACT submission guidelines:
Abstracts must be submitted via email to the ASP secretariat: asp2017abstracts@photobiology.org
Abstract submission deadline March 24, 2017.
– When submitting your abstract, please use the following subject line: ‘Abstract: ASP 2017 Presidential Symposium, San Diego, CA’.
– When submitting please indicate the target symposium, ‘symposium I’ (April 6) or ‘symposium II’ (April 7), that bests fits your abstract.
– Two (!) files are requested per abstract: Please submit your abstract as (1) a docx and also include (2) the respective pdf file.


Abstracts should contain:
(1) author list (- presenting author in bold),
(2) author affiliations (plus email contact of corresponding author),
(3) title,
(4) abstract body (no more than 400 words),
(5) optional: graphical abstract or other illustrations/schemes/graphs.


Abstract font should be Times New Roman;
title size: 16 (bold);
author names and affiliations: 14;
abstract body: 12;
line spacing: single.


The combined abstract should fit on one page (US-letter; 8.5 by 11 inches) with at least1 inch margins (top/bottom) and 0.5 inch margins (left/right).


– Program will be updated continuously.

We are looking forward to an exciting ASP focus meeting in San Diego, CA.
With our warmest regards

Georg T. Wondrak, University of Arizona, ASP President
Keith A. Cengel, University of Pennsylvania, ASP Past president
Yu-Ying He, The University of Chicago, ASP President Elect
Theresa M. Busch, University of Pennsylvania, ASP Treasurer
ASP Secretariat