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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

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 solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. 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. 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."