Wellman Center for Photomedicine

The Wellman Center for Photomedicine, located at the Massachusetts General Hospital, is a large multidisciplinary group of scientists dedicated to biomedical actions and use of light.

Major research topics include biomedical optics, vital imaging and diagnostic spectroscopy, mechanisms of laser-tissue interactions, laser surgery innovation, photoactivated drug design and photodynamic therapy, mechanisms of skin photoaging, ultraviolet photobiology of skin, and transcutaneous drug delivery.

A partial list of research projects currently ongoing within the Wellman Center includes:

  • Target-selective laser treatment of skin diseases
  • Live tissue imaging by confocal microscopy and optical coherence tomography
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Molecular mechanisms of photosensitization and light-activated surgical repair of tissue
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of skin photoaging
  • Endoscopic optical diagnostics and laser treatment
  • Optical diagnosis and laser treatment of burns
  • Transdermal drug delivery
  • Laser induced pressure waves in medicine
  • Microscopy in medicine
  • Functional spectroscopy
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