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CLaSSiC is an interdisciplinary EU FP7 Marie Curie funded project leveraging insights on the molecular, cellular, and biophysical impact of light on skin stem cells towards development of novel devices for regenerative therapy. Catch up with their progress on the CLaSSiC website.

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Research contribution to high standards in the field of medical laser- and energy-based applications and cutaneous biology

Published: February 7th 2017

Early Stage Researchers of the EU-funded project called CLaSSiC are consistently contributing to keeping high standards in the photobiomodulation field. Photobiomodulation is considered one of the 'Hot Topics' in laser medicine, according to the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and has been called a 'New Paradigm' at the SPIE Photonics West, perhaps the most respectful societies in the area of medical and aesthetic lasers and photonics.

Working closely together with complementary eco-system partners

Nowadays, one realises that highly specialised and costly state-of-the-art scientific solutions can only be found when complementary partners work closely together.

This requires uniting centres of European expertise, enhancing the flow of knowledge between academia and industry, together with the timely training of scientists across geographic and disciplinary boundaries.
With this in mind, the Centre for Skin Sciences, of the University of Bradford in the UK engaged in a two-partner network with Philips Electronics Nederland B.V., in the Netherlands, a focused leader in health technology, well positioned to leverage advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions that improve people’s health and enable better outcomes across the health continuum. 

The Centre for Skin Sciences plays a crucial role as a leading centre of fundamental and applied knowledge of skin and hair biology in Europe with strong competencies and facilities for cell and molecular science.

New knowledge about skin and hair biology, including state-of-the-art in vitro and ex vivo systems that has been gained over the years working in this consortium, is of crucial importance for Philips Research (, who is working on future, fact-based, scientifically-proven products for Personal Care, including Skin Care. 

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In CLaSSiC, work is being done to unravel light interaction with skin and hair stem cells towards creating options for light-based hair and skin regeneration therapies. Only this year alone, the work by Irene Castellano (Marie Curie Fellow) titled 'Understanding photobiomodulation for human wound healing' has received a 'Keith Foundation Best of Photobiomodulation Session' award and was nominated for the 'Best Overall Basic Science and Translational Research' award at the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in San Diego, US.

ASLMS is the world's largest professional organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser and energy-based applications.

Multiple travel grants awarded to Research colleagues:

In 2017 Charles Mignon (Marie Curie Fellow) also received a travel grant from the same society for his work 'The importance of the selection of optical parameters, cell culture conditions and treatment protocols in photobiomodulation in vitro: a multi-factorial analysis of the response of primary human dermal fibroblasts to visible and NIR light'. In 2016, Irene Castellano received a travel grant from the British Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting for her work on 'Molecular Mechanisms of photobiomodulation in wound healing'. Her project colleague, Serena Buscone (Marie Curie Fellow), also got recognition reflected in two travel grants: one by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in 2016 for the work on 'A new path in defining light parameters for hair growth: discovery and modulation of light sensitive receptors in human hair follicles' and in 2015 by the World Congress for Hair Research for the work titled 'Can Hair Follicles "See" the Light? Analysis of Light-Sensitive Receptors in Human Hair Follicles'. Such travel grants reflect recognition of our scientific output by the experts in the fields of aesthetic and medical dermatology and cutaneous biology.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ir Natallia Uzunbajakava, Senior Scientist, Philips Research (, Dr. Tom Nuijs, Research Fellow, Philips Research (, Dr Natalia Botchkareva (Reader; University of Bradford)