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Professor Mike Wilson receives Lifetime Achievement Award in Antimicrobial PDT Research

30 June 2017

Professor Mike Wilson

UCL Eastman Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, Michael Wilson, has received a lifetime achievement award at the 16th International Photodynamic Association (IPA) World Congress in Coimbra.

The honour recognises Professor Wilson’s re-introduction of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)* into modern practice – and his seminal contributions to its development as a tool against antibiotic-resistant pathogens.

PDT has now been used to treat over 300,000 patients world-wide. 

UCL Eastman Director, Professor Stephen Porter, said: “At a time when our supply of effective antibiotics is dwindling, work such as Mike’s gives a vital alternative to medical practitioners.

“We offer our warmest congratulations to him as his immeasurable contribution to this field and patient care is rightly recognised.”

*Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) uses light-activated photosensitizers to diagnose and treat various types of multidrug-resistant biofilm infections involving bacteria, viruses and fungi.

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