About the book
The photodynamic therapy technique has advanced exponentially and clinical applications have already reached a vast majority of medical areas such as ophthalmology, dermatology, gynecology, gastroenterology, neurology, oncology, pneumology, immunology. These advances are mainly due to the development of basic research of excellence, with greater understanding of the mechanisms of action of photosensitizers, associated with the improvement of the drug delivery and combined techniques. Advancing the development of high-tech diagnostic and treatment systems associated with low-cost portable devices is an essential step towards the expansion of photodynamic therapy worldwide. Greater interest from funders (public and private) is needed to enable this technique to be implemented throughout the health system, and especially in the public system.
In this book, Photodynamic Therapy - from Basic Science to Clinical Research, we will present the current state of the art, addressing topics thoroughly explored by renowned research groups. We want these chapters to inspire readers for the diffusion of photodynamic therapy, as well as, to encourage for more research and development to translate this technique from basics to clinics.