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Prof Stephen Bown
67-73 Riding House Street
Tel: 020 7679 9090
Fax: 020 7813 2828
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  • Emeritus Professor
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Research Summary
Translational research on understanding the interaction of light with biological tissues and how such knowledge can be used for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. 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). Leader of translational research group that has pioneered PDT for treatment of cancers of the mouth, oesophagus, pancreas, bile duct, prostate. Developer of 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.
Teaching Summary
Supervision of clinical and scientific postgraduate research projects on a wide range of topics related to the interaction of light with biological tissue. Most current projects are related to photodynamic therapy (PDT) or to the optical detection of pre-cancerous tissue using elastic scattering spectrscopy (ESS). Many projects are jointly supervised with other clinical and scientific colleagues within UCL. Also, ward teaching of undergraduate medical students
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