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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 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

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.