Australian Medical Laser Association, Inc

Biography of Vice-President: Dr. Liisa Laakso

Dr Liisa Laakso is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Griffith University (Gold Coast campus) and has been there since July 2002. Prior to that she had been employed in a conjoint position - as a Senior Physiotherapist in the Physiotherapy Services, Royal Brisbane and Royal Women's Hospital Health Services District; and as a Lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland.

  • clinical areas of interest include critical care, sports physiotherapy, chronic pain management and oncology/palliative care
  • completed PhD in 1995 (investigating the role of therapeutic laser in the management of chronic pain) having received a Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship to pursue those studies
  • research interests in the field of laser therapy include its role in healing and repair of tissue, inflammation and pain, the management of lymphoedema, and the effect on tumours.
Selected publications:
  • Laakso, E-L and Cabot PJ (2005) Nociceptive scores and endorphin-containing cells reduced by Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in inflamed paws of Wistar rat. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 23:32-35.
  • Laakso, L., Richardson, C. and Cramond, T (1997) Pain Scores and Side Effects of Low Level Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points. Laser Therapy, 9:67-72.
  • Laakso, L., Richardson, C. and Cramond, T. (1993) Quality of light - is laser necessary for effective photobiostimulation Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 39:87-92.
  • Laakso, L., Richardson, C. and Cramond, T. (1993) Factors affecting low level laser therapy. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 39:95-99.