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Troy, N.Y. -  6/1/2016

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

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a video of Rensselaer Professor Mariana Figueiro, Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center, presenting at the NIH Workshop: Shift Work at Night, Artificial Light at Night, and Circadian Disruption, where she was an invited speaker and panelist. At the NIH workshop, Figueiro presented an overview of Light at Night (LAN) and its association with circadian disruption. The workshop was held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Rodbell Auditorium on March 10-11, 2016. 

The NIEHS National Toxicology Program (NTP) is conducting health hazard assessments focusing on health effects of circadian disruption related to LAN and shift work, and invited the leading scientists in the areas of lighting research, shift work, and circadian disruption to inform the health hazard assessments, including data gaps and research needs. 

The video is available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/workshop_ALAN.

Figueiro is the Principal Investigator on three multi-year R01 grants from the NIH. Last year, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $2.2 million to Professor Figueiro to support research that could benefit the more than 7 million Americans working rotating or night shift schedules. The four-year R01 grant from NIOSH-CDC will focus on lighting interventions to reduce circadian disruption in shift workers. 


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 conducts research in light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. 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. 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. Learn more at www.lrc.rpi.edu.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.