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Troy, N.Y. -  3/21/2006

Researchers Examine the Impact of Architectural Lighting on Breast Cancer

Leading epidemiologists meet April 17 for a panel discussion open to the public

Recent scientific studies claim to demonstrate a link between architectural lighting and cancer growth. But how much light may actually put a person at risk? Does light affect the health of individuals differently? Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) will host a panel discussion with leading epidemiologists and lighting scientists to discuss whether architectural lighting has an impact on the incidence of cancer, specifically breast cancer growth. The panel will meet Monday, April 17, 2006, from 3-5 p.m. at the Heffner Alumni House on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, New York.

The panelists include Julia Knight, Ph.D., University of Toronto; Eva Schernhammer, MD, DrPH, Harvard Medical School; Richard Stevens, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center; and Mariana Figueiro, Ph.D., Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer.

“We welcome the public to join us for this important discussion as we help shape the course of future research into the effects of lighting on health,” said Mark Rea, Ph.D., LRC director, who will kick off the event with opening remarks.

The panel discussion will be moderated by John Bullough, Ph.D., Rensselaer adjunct assistant professor and LRC lighting scientist. For more information on the two-hour seminar, please visit the event Web site.


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.”