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Publication Date

October 2006


About the Presenter:

George C. Brainard, PhD, is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology, and Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Brainard is also the Director of Jefferson's Light Research Program where he is currently developing the lighting applications for the new Crew Exploration Vehicle, International Space Station and future space environments including the manned mission to Mars with NASA.

This lecture was delivered as part of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine's Grand Rounds series on October 20, 2006. Copyright 2006 by George C. Brainard, PhD.


Overall Goals and Objectives:

1) Develop an understanding of light as a therapeutic agent and its use in clinical and nonclinical applications
2) Learn the anatomy and physiology of the newly discovered human circadian photosensory system
3) Understand the potential role of this sensory system in the use of phototherapy for treating fall and winter depression
4) Understand the potential role of this sensory system in treating sleep and circadian disruption in astronauts

The streaming video presentation is in QuickTime format, and lasts approximately 1 hour.