Dr. Mark Rea, of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), will be keynote speaker at The Fifth International Lighting Research Symposium presented by the Lighting Research Office (LRO) November 3-5, 2002. The symposium, to be held at the Grosvenor Resort in Orlando, Florida, will address more than 20 topics, including "Using Light to Support Treatment of Alzheimer's and Other Mental Disorders."
Dr. Rea's address, "Light Isn't Just for Vision Anymore!," will lead the way for presentations by internationally known speakers, authors, lighting and medical researchers, and technical experts. They will discuss new medical applications of light, using light to support treatment of mental disorders, therapeutic lighting, human circadian rhythms, light and the aging eye, and the hazards of UV radiation.
Dr. Rea, the director of the LRC, is currently pursuing his interest in the biophysics of light by researching the impact of light on the human circadian system, while associate director Russell Leslie serves as acting director until June of next year.
LRC lighting researcher Mariana Figueiro will also attend the International Lighting Research Symposium to discuss her pilot study into the effects of light exposure on the rest and activity patterns of Alzheimer's patients. Ms. Figueiro will also present a poster entitled, "Daylight and productivity: A Possible Link to Circadian Regulation."
Lighting Research Office Executive Director Terry McGowan says while previous LRO Symposia have set the stage for new lighting products, recommendations, and standards, this Symposium will "create a unique opportunity for both the medical and lighting communities to exchange information and discover how best to apply the results of the latest research."
The Lighting Research Office is a service of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). A full list of topics and speakers and Symposium registration information is available online at www.lightingresearchoffice.org.