Links & Resources
Explore the links here to find out more about the research and science of Biophotonics and Phototherapy, also referred to as light therapy. We regularly spend some time looking for solid information about biophoton science and these links represent some of the websites that caught our attention. Enjoy!
Harry Whelan MD, Light Emitting Diode Therapy pioneer, NASA researcher, Pediatric Neurologist and Navy Seal:
Dr. Whelan professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin and is director of the hyperbaric medicine unit. He has been inducted into the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame for his research into the use of near-infrared LEDs therapies to treat diabetic eye disease, traumatic brain injury and strokes. Dr. Whelan has had projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the FDA has recently approved Dr. Whelan’s latest clinical trial for the use of LED therapy on brain tumors.
Light may one day be used to prevent disease. For 30 years, German scientist physicist Fritz-Albert Popp has been working on experiments that are revolutionizing medicine. His research shows that at the most subtle level it is light (energy) that determines the state of health of a human body.
The ASP promotes research in photobiology, the biological study of the interactions of light with living organisms, dissemination of photobiology knowledge, and provides information on photobiological aspects of national and international issues.
National Science Foundation Center for Biophotonics at UC Davis
The Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology advances research, development, and application of new optical/photonic tools and technology in medicine and the life sciences.
NASA to use LED light system to help astronauts sleep
NASA’s solution to astronaut insomnia taps into the human brain’s response to light cycles. The agency is spending $11.2 million to outfit the US section of the International Space Station with LED lights. The lights simulate nature: blue in the morning, white during the day, and red in the evening.
State of the art LED (Light-emitting Diode) technology is what will drive photosynthesis to provide both food and oxygen for future lunar colonists.
European Society of Photobiology
The primary aims of the Society are to co-ordinate and promote all aspects of photobiology in Europe and optimize the achievements of European photobiology across a range of scientific, technological and medical arenas.
Photonics4Life is the European Network of Excellence for Bio-photonics. More than 20 top-of-the-line research institutes, all active in the broad domain of Biophotonics, have joined forces to establish a European platform on Biophotonics for both academia and industry.
The light-emitting diode technology was originally used to grow plants in space. But recently, the NASA technology is finding a new use in the Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Unit at a hospital at the University of Alabama.
Light Therapy for Insomnia Sufferers
Exposure to this bright light helps to adjust your circadian rhythm — physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle and respond primarily to light and darkness in the environment..
Light Therapy on WebMD
Light therapy may help with depression, jet lag, and sleep disorders. It may help reset your “biological clock” (circadian rhythms), which controls sleeping and waking.
Dr. Mercola – Light Therapy’s Benefits:
Blue light has been found to be particularly beneficial for boosting your mood. According to previous research, blue light appears to play a key role in your brain’s ability to process emotions.