Exploring the power of light

    Watch the recording of this webinar to learn about studies on advanced lighting technologies, such as for enhancing alertness and regulating sleep-wake rhythms of astronauts, which could open doors to innovative architectural applications.
    Exploring the Power of Light
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    Presented by

    George C. Brainard
    George C. Brainard
    Director, Light Research Program
    Professor of Neurology
    Jefferson Medical College
    Thomas Jefferson University

    Key topics and learnings


    Light is a potent stimulus for regulating human biology and has the capacity to restore health in clinical applications, such as treating winter depression and sleep disorders. In addition, light therapy has been evaluated for healthy individuals who experience sleep-wake disruption associated with intercontinental jet travel, shift work and spaceflight. Studies are in process testing a prototype solid state light system for supporting astronaut vision as well as sleep-wake rhythm, neuroendocrine, neurobehavioral and sleep regulation in crewmembers on the International Space Station. Development of such advanced lighting technologies opens the door to innovative architectural applications in public facilities, work places and homes.

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