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Troy, N.Y. -  8/7/2017

LRC Director Mariana Figueiro Co-Authors NIH Report on the Effects of Light on Human Health

The widespread adoption of electric light has facilitated a 24-hour society in which people work, sleep, eat, play, and expect goods and services at any time during the day or night. Although electric light has clearly benefited humankind, exposures to light at the wrong time, such as light at night (LAN), may disrupt sleep and biological processes controlled by our internal circadian clocks, potentially resulting in adverse health outcomes. Because of these potential health concerns, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Toxicology Program (NTP) convened a workshop entitled “Shift Work at Night, Artificial Light at Night, and Circadian Disruption” on March 10–11, 2016, and invited the world’s leading scientists in lighting research, shift work, and circadian disruption to inform the health hazard assessments, including data gaps and research needs.

Rensselaer Lighting Research Center (LRC) Director Mariana Figueiro was an invited speaker and panelist at this workshop, and is a co-author of the recent paper, “Health consequences of electric lighting practices in the modern world: A report on the National Toxicology Program's workshop on shift work at night, artificial light at night, and circadian disruption,” which captures the major discussion points from the workshop.

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Health consequences of electric lighting practices in the modern world: A report on the National Toxicology Program's workshop on shift work at night, artificial light at night, and circadian disruption

NIH Releases Video of Mariana Figueiro's Presentation at Light at Night Workshop

Mariana Figueiro Presents at NIH Workshop on Light at Night


About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC has been pioneering research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, and energy efficiency for nearly 30 years. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. LRC researchers conduct independent, third-party testing of lighting products in the LRC's state of the art photometric laboratories, the only university lighting laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP Lab Code: 200480-0). In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America’s first technological research university. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science “to the common purposes of life.”