[Press and Publications] Shedding Light on Light [Medical]

December 2000

No 210

Students from schools and colleges throughout the county will be treated to "A Little Light Relief" at the University of Leicester, when Professor David Phillips OBE, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Imperial College, London, gives the annual Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society Lecture for Schools, sponsored by the Leicester Mercury.

The lecture, which will be held at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm in the University of Leicester Rattray Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 13 December is proving very popular, with more than 280 tickets already requested for each sitting.

The demonstration lecture will cover in a stimulating and light-hearted way the uses of light in medicine, from a chemist's point of view. Professor Phillips will describe the action of sunlight upon the skin, the uses of light in diagnosis using chemiluminescence immunometric assays and fluorescence, and will give a full account of the therapeutic uses of light to cure patients.

Diseases treated include psoriasis, vitiligo, viral infections, bacterial infections, neonatal jaundice, cancer and the correction of eye defects and painless dentistry. In many of these applications the light is laser light, and examples of laser surgery will also be given.

Tickets are available from Admissions & Student Recruitment Office, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2674, fax 0116 252 2447, email admissions@le.ac.uk.

Note to editors: Further information is available from Jacky Wetzig, Schools and Colleges Liaison Officer, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2189, email jmw2m@admin.le.ac.uk.

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