The group of Peter Dungel researches new applicable treatment approaches and focusses on low level light therapy (LLLT). It has already been shown that light has a dose- and wavelength dependent positive impact on wound healing and chronic pain and leads to a better blood circulation. The use of short-wave light releases among other things the signaling molecule nitric oxide (NO) that regulates for example vasodilatation. Research focus in the area of light therapy is thus put on:
- Examinations on the influence of different wavelengths
- Researching the underlying effect mechanisms
- Reviewing the effects in in vitro and in vivo models
For a project funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), the group established a cooperation with REPULS Lichtmedizintechnik GmbH, a manufacturer of LLLT devices. The aim of the cooperation is to find a solution to the medical problem of extensive wound healing as well as merge knowledge from cell biology and LED electrical engineering. It could already be shown that LED light reduces tissue necrosis and improves the circulation around the wound area.