Light + Human Health Symposium

Light + Human Health SymposiumAt the 2018 IES Research Symposium the latest research on how light during the day and night affects our circadian, biological, and behavioral responses will be presented along with discussions on how this research might affect current and future design applications. The Symposium brings together researchers and design professionals for an open exchange of ideas that will influence future priorities for developing and adopting metrics, standards, and recommended practices.

April 8-10, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown
590 West Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30308

Samer Hattar

Samer Hattar, PhD – Keynote Speaker

Senior Investigator and Chief, Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR), National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Samer Hattar is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR). He received his PhD from the University of Houston in Texas under the mentorship of Arnold Eskin. From 2000-2004, Dr. Hattar was a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with Dr. King-Wai Yau.In 2004 Dr. Hattar joined the faculty of the Biology department at Johns Hopkins University with a joint appointment in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2017 Dr. Hattar joined the faculty of the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health. His research focuses on light effects on circadian rhythms, sleep, mood and learning.

Craig Zimring

Craig Zimring, PhD – Keynote Speaker

Professor; Director, SimTigrate Design Lab, Georgia Tech

An environmental psychologist and professor of architecture, Dr. Zimring and his multidisciplinary research group of associated faculty and PhD students focus on understanding the relationships between the physical environment of healthcare and other facilities and human satisfaction, performance, and behavior. He has consulted and directed research with the Military Health System, NIH, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Ascension Health, Centers for Disease Control, MCG Health, LSU Health Science Center, Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center, and numerous other organizations.

He currently serves on the board of the Center for Health Design and has served on the boards of the Environmental Design Research Association, the National Academies’ Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, the Joint Commission’s Roundtable on the Hospital of the Future and other organizations. He has more than 75 publications in the scholarly and professional press and has won 10 awards for his research.