LIGHTCAP

The LIGHTCAP project is a European Training Network under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions framework (MSCA). LIGHTCAP aims to provide a strong, innovative and necessary impulse to our insights in the intricate and complex relationships between light, perception, attention and cognition.

In LIGHTCAP, 15 early-stage researchers will be trained in a joint interdisciplinary program between 7 academic European partners: the universities in Basel, Berlin, Eindhoven, Lausanne, Liège, Manchester, and Sheffield. These groups are working together intensively with each other and with the solid consortium of industrial and medical partners through secondments (research visits), consortium meetings and a joint training program. The project unites experts from neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, chronobiology, psychology and lighting technology. For more information on the LIGHTCAP project, visit https://lightcap.eu/

In the Centre for Chronobiology, the LIGHTCAP project covers the following research topics:


[ESR06] Influence of artificial daylight on sleep-wake regulation of teenagers

Artificial light in the evening can acutely reduce sleepiness and increase performance in the short term. However, it can also disrupt the rhythm of the “inner clock” and lead to sleep problems. The LIGHTCAP project ESR06 addresses the effects of artificial evening light in adolescents on sleep, hormone levels (melatonin) and vigilance. The main objective is to investigate how the effects of evening light can be influenced by the intensity of previous (artificial) daylight.

Members

Dr. Manuel Spitschan

Dr. Manuel Spitschan

PhD, Psychologist

Rafael Lazar

Rafael Lazar

PhD student, Psychologist


[ESR05] Dose-response relationships of evening light on human CAP, circadian physiology, and sleep

The project ESR05 will investigate the role of different photoreceptors in the human retina and their role in driving non-visual responses during evening light exposure. For this purpose, the project will use novel spectrally tunable lighting sources to target different photoreceptors, with a view to characterize the contribution of the photoreceptors as a function of absolute light level on human CAP.

Members

Dr. Oliver Stefani

Dr. Oliver Stefani

PhD, Engineer

Fatemeh Fazlali

Fatemeh Fazlali

PhD student, Physicist


FUNDING

This project is a European Training Network, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions framework (MSCA).