PXE Awareness

Volume 18, Issue 3 November 2012


Research Opportunity



I'm a Photomedicine Clinical Fellow working at the Department of Dermatology & Skin Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. My supervisor is Dr. Harvey Lui (Head, Department of Dermatology & Skin Science). We are currently working on a small research project evaluating the use of Raman spectroscopy in detecting calcium deposits in skin lesions of patients with PXE. This is part of a bigger research project on the use of Raman spectroscopy in the diagnosis of different skin lesions.

Raman spectroscopy is a non-invasive diagnostic tool. It simply measures the vibration effect from different substances and based on that to accurately identify the nature of the substance examined. This non-invasive tool might be helpful in the future in detecting characteristic cutaneous findings that might obviate the need to take a skin biopsy in the appropriate clinical setting.

We are hoping to find volunteers with PXE who are willing to get their skin lesions tested with Raman spectroscopy. Please contact me by email to determine how you can participate in this study.

I have attached my contact information below. I will be happy to receive any questions related to the research project. Horn

Thank you,

Mohammed AlJasser, MD, FRCPC
Photomedicine Clinical Fellow
Department of Dermatology & Skin Science
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada