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President’s Lecture Series features photobiomodulation

Pictured (l. to r.) are Karen Rice, Dr. Juanita J. Anders, and President Mary J.C. Hendrix.

The President’s Lecture Series presented the lecture “Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT): What is it? How does it work? What can it do for you?” by Dr. Juanita J. Anders on September 18. Photobiomodulation is an emerging and rapidly expanding area of light-based photonic research with therapeutic applications that has the potential to revolutionize modern health care.

The presentation described the basics of PBMT, mechanisms by which it alters physiology and response to injury and disease, and its clinical potential. Anders is internationally recognized as an expert in photobiomodulation research and has served as an invited chair and speaker globally. Her specialty is peripheral and central nervous system injury and repair mechanisms, and light tissue interactions.

Anders received her Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Maryland Medical School, then joined the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Neuropathology and Neuroanatomical Sciences. She is affiliated with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences as a professor of anatomy, physiology, and genetics and is a professor of neuroscience.