Health aspects of light pollution on humans
A few aspects that will be touched upon in the short presentation from Steven Lockley
Many ‘non-visual’ effects of light are mediated through a novel non-rod, non-cone photoreceptor system, what does that mean?
Get a better understanding about the role of light wavelength and intensity on non-visual effects of light on human beings, how does that affect us?
What will be the effect of for example of light pollution on the circadium rhythm of human beings?
About the Presenter
Dr. Lockley is a Neuroscientist in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Sleep Medicine, Harvard Medical School and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University. He has been studying sleep and circadian rhythms in humans for 25 years, including the physiological effects of light, and lack of light, in sighted and blind humans, respectively. He has studied the role of light timing, duration, intensity, wavelength and history and most notably to date, the wavelength sensitivity of the circadian photoreception system, helping to confirm the remarkable earlier discovery of a novel non-rod, non-cone short-wavelength sensitive photoreceptor in ganglion cell layer of the human eye.
Dr. Lockley has studied extensively the effects of blindness on sleep, circadian rhythm and alertness in laboratory and real-world settings. Dr. Lockley has also studied the therapeutic benefits of light for seasonal depression and fatigue associated with traumatic brain injury, and as a countermeasure for disrupted circadian rhythms in spaceflight and at mission control. He is currently performing flight tests of new solid-state lighting aboard the International Space Station. He has published more than 150 original reports, reviews, chapters and editorials on sleep and circadian rhythms and his research is funded by the NIH, NASA and others. He co-authored 'Sleep: A Very Short Introduction' from Oxford University Press in 2012.