The British Medical Laser Association Annual Conference and Educational Courses 2020 was due to take place in Edinburgh but was postponed when the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt. After a year off, Opening Doors & Venues took over the reins from Clare Beach of Azura Events to manage the association’s memberships as well as the annual conferences.
With the virtual 2021 edition under our belts and the organising committee confident in the recovery from the pandemic, we were so pleased to be able to deliver the 2022 edition in-person in the original venue, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
The programme included two full days of talks and workshops discussing the submitted abstracts, plus a day of educational courses, all featuring experts from the world of lasers for medical and aesthetic use. The conference brought together over 100 medics, surgeons, nurses, technicians, aestheticians, scientists, students and therapists – all involved in the field – who took full advantage of the chance to share knowledge and disseminate the latest advances in the lasers and light-based devices arena, for the continual improvement of patients’ and clients’ health and wellbeing.
The two dedicated ‘nursing and therapist’ sessions followed the continuous growing popularity of this area of interest. The remainder of the conference included dedicated sessions for skin laser treatments, paediatrics, photodynamic therapy, photobiomodulation, use of lasers in surgery, and lasers in dentistry as a separate session, which proved to be another very popular topic amongst dental colleagues.
For the 2022 edition, the Vasant Oswal Oration & Plenary Session was delivered by Prof Harry Moseley on the topic ‘The Darker Side of Light’ followed by the invited speaker, Lauren Sutherland QC. Lauren presented one of the most significant clinical negligence cases in recent years, which was instrumental in changing the approach to consent in the UK.
The Great Debate hosted by Vishal Madan tackled the realities of a post Covid world, and how clinics and hospitals are recovering, as well as launch a debate on the future regulation for Lasers/IPL in the non-surgical aesthetics sector following the recent Government announcement. The conference ended with the traditional ‘Problem Page’ session, where delegates were encouraged to submit and share particularly challenging cases for discussion.
Following on from the success of the virtual 2021 edition, we continued with the sponsored Masterclasses on the final day of the conference.
There was plenty of opportunity for the delegates to network during the welcome drinks reception in the hotel on Day 1 but also at the Conference Dinner in The Caves, a wonderful subterranean venue full of historic charm where guests enjoyed a 3-course dinner followed by traditional Ceilidh dancing to Scottish folk music.