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Dr Stephen Bown

The National Medical Laser Centre at UCL is a translational research facility with a primary focus on understanding how light can affect biological tissues, allowing to solve conditions such as cancer and pre-cancerous abnormalities with new techniques. Dr Stephen Bown is leader of the research facility, and the pioneer of minimally invasive treatments for a range of cancers using thermal lasers and photodynamic therapy (PDT, a treatment involving sensitising tissue with photosensitising drugs which are then activated by laser light). He has developed optical techniques, particularly elastic scattering spectroscopy, that can detect pre-cancerous changes in tissue without the need for conventional biopsy and before they are visible directly.


There are PDT units in Dundee, Glasgow, Goole, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Derby, Swansea and Gloucester. For more information please contact the London unit.


Photodynamic Therapy

Last Updated:12/08/2023
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Bown, Stephen (Dr)
University College London, 67-73 Riding House Street, London, W1W 7EJ, UK - England (South East)

+44 207 679 9090
All therapies provided at this location:
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
A photosensitising (light activated) drug is first administered to patients followed by irradiation of cancerous tissue with laser light, which converts the drug into a powerful cytotoxic (cell destroying) agent.

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