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U051 - Light Based Devices: Photobiomodulation and Hair Growth

Sunday, March 3; 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Learning Objectives

Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Discuss the different photobiomodulation devices available to patients.
  • Recognize which type of hair loss patient might benefit most from using a photobiomoduation device.
  • Describe to patients and colleagues why a photobiomoduation device may work to treat their hair loss.


Dr. Maria Hordinsky will open the session with a discussion on the use of light therapy or photobiomodulation for patients with thinning hair. Dr. Anderson will discuss the basic science behind light based devices and hair growth. He will review the theory behind photobiomodulation (low level laser therapy) and review recent research on other light based devices for hair growth. Dr. Ronda Farah will provide a detailed overview of FDA-cleared photobiomodulation devices and present the experience with these devices at the University of Minnesota. The session will close with a Q&A.


  • Anderson, Richard Rox, MD: AVAVA, LLC – B(ST); Blossom Innovations, LLC – B(ST); Cytrellis Biosystems, Inc – C(SO); Massachusetts General Hospital – E(IP); MOE Medical Devices LLC – C(H); Seven Oaks – C(IP); Seventh Sense BioSystems – C(SO); Sofregen Medical, Inc. – C(SO);
  • Farah, Ronda S., MD: Capillus Laser Caps – O(EQ); Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae LLP – C(NC); Eclipse Medical – O(Grants/Research Funding); Gilead Sciences – SH(NC); HairMax – O(EQ); Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc – SH(NC); LaserCap – O(EQ); Pfizer Inc. – SH(NC); Syneron Candela – O(Grants/Research Funding); Theradome – O(EQ); WEN – I(Grants/Research Funding);
  • Goldfarb, Noah, MD: no financial relationships exist with commercial interests.
  • Hordinsky, Maria K., MD: Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Allergan, Inc. – I(Grants/Research Funding); Astellas Pharma US, Inc – I(Grants/Research Funding); Concert Pharmaceuticals – C(Fees); Incyte Corporation – O(Grants/Research Funding); Procter & Gamble Company – C(H); UpToDate, Inc – I(Grants/Research Funding);
Sunday, March 3
7:30 AM
All faculty / Light Based Devices: Photobiomodulation and Hair Growth
Event Details
  • Date
    Sunday, March 3
  • Time
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Location
    Room 146B
  • CME Credits
  • Type
  • Maria K. Hordinsky, MD, FAAD
  • Noah Goldfarb, MD, FAAD
  • Richard Rox Anderson, MD, FAAD
  • Ronda S. Farah, MD, FAAD