Director Laser Research Centre University of Johannesburg: Professor Heidi Abrahamse
This week we talk to Professor Heidi Abrahamse who is the Director of the Laser Research Centre, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg and holds the DST/NRF SARChI Chair for Laser Applications in Health. Professor Abrahamse is leading efforts to investigate the field of phototherapy with specific emphasis on Low Intensity Laser Irradiation (LILI) or Photobiomodulation (PBM), Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), Phyto-Photodynamic Therapy (P-PDT) and Stem Cell Therapy. We discuss some of the applications of laser therapy to treat cancer tumours, pain relief and wound healing (particularly in diabetes) and its growing role in clinical practice. We reflect on the positive outcome that transformation efforts have had on the opportunity space for women, allowing them to develop and achieve on an equal footing to men across the spectrum. We note the importance of mentors and role models to aid the development of women in their career paths. Tune in for more….