Dear Colleagues and Fellow Scientists

Following the tradition initiated 30 years ago, the 16th IPA Congress will bring together researchers and clinicians working in all fields of photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photodiagnosis (PD) to foster the scientific development of this area and contribute to the widespread use of the best clinical practices.

IPA congresses are the privileged forums to present new advances in photodynamic therapy and photomedicine in general. A variety of research and clinical advances will be addressed in nearly 100 invited lectures and contributed talks. Fifty renowned lecturers have already confirmed their presence.

IPA 2017 will be held in the historical center of Coimbra, classified as World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Coimbra can be easily reached from the international airports of Lisbon or Porto.

Join us at one of the most ancient existing universities in continuous operation in the world. We look forward to seeing you in IPA 2017!

Luis Arnaut

Conference Chair

University of Coimbra


The congress will cover all topics related to PDT and PD. Proposals of oral contributions (10 min + 5 min discussion) to the following symposia are most welcome:

Symposium 1 – New molecular photosensitizers

Symposium 2 – Supramolecular photosensitizers and targeting

Symposium 3 – Photosensitizer delivery methods

Symposium 4 – PDT dosimetry and technology

Symposium 5 – Mechanisms of PDT

Symposium 6 – Immunological Aspects of PDT

Symposium 7 – PDT and angiogenesis

Symposium 8 – Antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation

Symposium 9 – PDT in Dermatology

Symposium 10 – PDT in pulmonology

Symposium 11 – PDT in head and neck

Symposium 12 – PDT in gastroenterology

Symposium 13 – PDT in urology and gynecology

Symposium 14 – PDT in neurology/brain

Symposium 15 – Combinational approaches in PDT