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Troy, N.Y. -  2/12/2018

LRC Director Invited to Serve as Panelist at NIH Alzheimer's Research Summit

Dr. Mariana Figueiro, Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer, has been invited to serve as a panelist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Research Summit, to be held March 1-2, 2018, at the Natcher Auditorium, NIH campus, in Bethesda, Maryland. 
 
The NIH AD Research Summits are key strategic planning meetings tied to the implementation of the first goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s: to treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease by 2025. They bring together leaders from government, industry, academia, and private foundations to formulate an integrated, translational research agenda that will enable the development of effective therapies across the disease continuum for the cognitive as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
 
The goal of the 2018 Summit is development of an integrated multidisciplinary research agenda necessary to enable precision medicine for AD. The recommendations put forward by the Summit participants will inform research priorities and serve as the basis for updating and refining research milestones for measuring progress towards the goal to prevent or treat AD by 2025.
 
More information on the NIH AD Research Summit is available at

Dr. Figueiro is among the world’s leading experts in the area of light and health, with a focus on bridging science to practical applications aimed at improving human quality of life. She has made a significant impact on this developing field and continues to actively expand her influence through translational research and teaching. Figueiro is principal investigator of various research projects within the LRC, including two R01 grants and a Training Program (T32) grant from the National Institute on Aging and one R01 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as grants from the U.S. General Services Administration and the Office of Naval Research. She regularly collaborates with lighting industry leaders such as Acuity Brands, Cree, Current by GE, Ketra, OSRAM, Philips Lighting, and USAI Lighting. She has served as LRC Light and Health Program Director since 1999, and in 2017 was named Director of the LRC, overseeing the entire 30,000-sq.-ft. research center and more than 35 full-time faculty and staff. 


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."