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Rox Anderson part of team establishing free laser medicine clinic for Vietnamese children

04 January 2011

SPIE Fellow Rox Anderson is among organizers of the free Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center who are launching the clinic as a self-sustaining organization this year.

Anderson, who with SPIE Fellow Jim Fujimoto chairs the Biomedical Optics Symposium at SPIE Photonics West, will be in Vietnam this month training a local doctor who will take over full-time next summer to run the clinic.

At the clinic, babies receive laser treatments for treatment for vascular birth defects -- disfiguring pigmented lesions -- eliminating a source of physical dysfunction, social stigma, and isolation. The center has treated more than 500 children since 2009.

"It has been quite an effort," Anderson said. "U.S. and European laser companies have donated a lot of equipment, doctors and nurses have volunteered their time, and we have raised enough support that the operation will become self-sustaining in 2011."

The VAC is a collaborative effort of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Wellman Center for Photomedicine and Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA: and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA. Learn more at the VAC website: .

Hear more about laser applications in medicine in a video interview with Anderson from the SPIE Newsroom:

Rox Anderson video interview