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Presentation: UNMH Tunable Lighting for Circadian Control Study Update
University of New Mexico researchers and their colleagues from the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have demonstrated a new technology for gauging the effectiveness of light therapy to synchronize human circadian rhythms as a potential treatment for insomnia, mood disorders and other health problems.
The speakers recently published a paper detailing this research: Smart Lighting Clinical Testbed Pilot Study on Circadian Phase Advancement.
This presentation will cover what they have learned from the UNM demonstration so far.
Dr. Meeko Oishi, Assoc. Professor, UNM EECE Dept. & Dr. Lee Brown, Professor, UNM School of Medicine & Professor, UNM EECE Dept
Lee Brown received the SB (1972) in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the MD (1976) from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York. He is a tenured Professor of Internal Medicine, holds a secondary appointment as a Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and holds a secondary appointment as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Sleep Medicine. His research interests include photo-biological applications to human disease and performance; novel treatments for sleep-disordered breathing; other sleep disorders; pulmonary and sleep physiology; and pleural disease. He previously held faculty positions at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He is a member of the Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi honorary societies. He has been listed in Castle Connolly “Top Doctors of America” for Sleep Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine, a “Top Doctor” in U.S. News and World Report, and won the Outstanding Clinician Award from the New Mexico Thoracic Society. He received the Alfred Soffer Award for Editorial Excellence from the American College of Chest Physicians in 2003. He has served on the Boards of Directors or Trustees of the American Thoracic Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Greater Albuquerque Medical Association (GAMA); he served as President of GAMA in 2008 and now is a Councilor representing GAMA to the New Mexico Medical Society and once again a member of the GAMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Brown has also been active in the American College of Chest Physicians and chaired the Sleep Network for that organization. He was appointed to the Respiratory Care Advisory Board for the State of New Mexico in 2010 and has been chairing the Board since 2014. He has served on the Editorial Board of CHEST, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, and is an Associate Editor and Section Editor (Emerging Technologies) for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, co-editor of the Section on Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology of Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine, and was co-editor of a 2017 volume of Sleep Medicine Clinics concerned with Advanced PAP Therapies and Non-invasive Ventilation. At last count, he is the author or co-author of 51 research reports, clinical guidelines, and official statements and 59 reviews and editorials, all in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 25 book chapters.