Marijke C.M. Gordijn, PhD, is guest researcher at the Chronobiology group of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and founder/director of Chrono@Work B.V. After finishing her Masters in Biology, she did her PhD at the Psychiatric department of the University Medical Center in Groningen. Her main interest is translational research in the fields of chronobiology, sleep, light, metabolism and mood/well-being. Her goal is to use this knowledge to prevent the negative effects of chronobiological disruption in our 24/7 society. Marijke is vice-president of the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, chair of the scientific committee of the Dutch Sleep Wake Society and co-founder of both Chronotherapy Network Netherlands and the Good Light Group.
MSc Renske Lok studied Medical Biology at the University of Groningen. After graduation, she continued as a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen, department of Chronobiology, in which she investigated effects of light on human alertness. Other topics of interests include effects of light on psychological and physical performance, thermoregulation and sleep.
Prof. Christian Cajochen is heading the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Basel. He received his PhD in natural sciences from the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland, followed by a 3-y postdoctoral stay at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. His major research interests include investigative work on the influence of light on human cognition, circadian rhythms and sleep, circadian related disturbances in psychiatric disorders, and age-related changes in the circadian regulation of sleep and neurobehavioral performance. He has held a number of honours and has authored more than 150 original papers and reviews in his career.
Centre for Chronobiology
Transfaculty Research Platform
Molecular and Cognitive Neurosciences (MCN)
University of Basel (UPK)
Dr. Zeitzer is an associate professor in Psychiatry at Stanford University and a health science specialist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. For more than 20 years, Dr. Zeitzer has researched the fundamental causes of alterations in sleep and circadian function in humans. Using such a physiologic basis, he has been involved in the assessment and development of countermeasures for a number of circadian- and sleep-based disruptions in both healthy individuals and those with traumatic brain injury, breast cancer, spinal cord injury, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and schizophrenia. His most recent work has focused on human centric lighting and the use of mobile technology to assess and change sleep and psychiatric health.
Michael A. Young, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair in the Dept. of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Previously he was Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at Rush Medical Center (1980-1996) and associate editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology (2006-2014). His research focuses on seasonal affective disorder, emotion regulation and cognitive processes in depression, and the structure and course of psychopathology. He was president of SLTBR from 2002-2004.
In 1995 I received my PhD from Wageningen University and started working at Philips Research Laboratories and Philips Lighting/Signify in Eindhoven. March 2019 I accepted a Researcher position at the Technical University Eindhoven. My main interests are visual and non-visual responses to light and lighting and how this impacts human health, circadian rhythms, wellbeing and functioning. I contribute to various standardization processes (CEN, DIN, CIE and ISO) and have been elected Director of CIE Division 6 “Photobiology and Photochemistry”, starting June 2019. I have chaired CIE JTC9 which defined a new global standard with light metrology for ipRGC-influenced light responses.
Ludovic Mure obtained his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Howard Cooper (Lyon, France) where he worked on non-visual photoreception. He then joined the Panda lab at the Salk Institute (La Jolla, US) in 2011 where he continued to tackle the mechanisms by which light is perceived and how light controls non-visual functions, in particular, the circadian clock. He uses an interdisciplinary approach coupling transcriptomics to neuroscience and bio-computation methods.
Dr. McClung received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in the lab of Dr. Jay Hirsh. She went on to do her postdoctoral work at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center with Dr. Eric Nestler. Through this work, Dr. McClung became interested in the role of the genes that control circadian rhythms and central rhythm disruptions in the development and treatment of psychiatric disorders. In 2005 she became an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at UT Southwestern and in 2011 moved to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to the Department of Psychiatry as an Associate Professor and was subsequently promoted to Professor in 2017.
Andries Kalsbeek is Professor of Experimental Neuroendocrinology at the Amsterdam University Medical Center (AUMC) and head of the Hypothalamic Integration Mechanisms group at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN). He studied Biology in Groningen and obtained his PhD at the NIN in 1989. In Strasbourg (France) he performed a post-doc on the role of the SCN in seasonal rhythms. Back at the NIN (1992) he continued working on the clock control of hormone rhythms and the autonomic nervous system, with a focus on glucose metabolism and circadian rhythms. In 2008 he joined the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the AUMC.
Yvonne de Kort is full professor environmental psychology in the Human-Technology Interaction group Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. With her group, she investigates effects of lighting conditions on mood, vigilance, vitality, and behaviour, combining insights and methods from psychology, chronobiology and neuroscience. In line with a translational research agenda, this work includes both controlled lab studies and field research, and considers both image-forming and non-image forming pathways, mostly, though not exclusively, during daytime. Yvonne manages the Sound Lighting research program in TU/e’s Intelligent Lighting Institute and the Mental Health program in TU/e’s Center for Humans and Technology.
Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Burnett-Zeigler utilizes traditional psychotherapy and complementary and integrative health approaches to help clients with mood and anxiety disorders, stress management, interpersonal relationships and wellness.
Dr. Burnett-Zeigler is passionate about eliminating mental illness stigma and assuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, evidence based mental health care. Her research program focuses on examining the factors associated with access and engagement in mental health service utilization and using this data to develop, test and implement acceptable and accessible evidence based interventions in community based settings. Inger’s long-term goal is to improve mental and physical health among socio-economically disadvantaged individuals by creating a sustainable model to efficiently deliver effective interventions in community based settings.
Dr. Burnett-Zeigler’s research has been featured in The New York Times, TIME magazine, The Hill, and Chicago Tribune. She is on the board of directors for several large healthcare non-profits including Heartland Alliance Health and Thresholds.
Patrice Bourgin is a Professor of Neurology and director of CIRCSom (International Research Center for ChronoSomnology) and the Sleep Disorders Center at Strasbourg University, and head of CNRS research team “Light, circadian rhythms, sleep homeostasis and Neuropsychiatry” at the Neurosciences Institute (INCI). His translational research is aimed at dissecting the functional interactions between sleep/circadian disturbances and neuropsychiatric disorders, with a special focus on the dissection and quantification of phototransduction and neuronal pathways by which light influences sleep, alertness and behavior, in order to define novel applications of light therapy.