Serving Science, Shedding Light
Sometimes listening to a scientist expound on and on about a pet theory has the effect of putting you to sleep. In the case of Dr. Idzikowski, that would be the greatest compliment of all. You see, this renowned doctor is the esteemed Director at the Edinburgh Sleep Centre and the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service. His study on sleep has led him to many discoveries in the fields of light therapy and SAD. He has helped us understand the importance of the human brain’s biological clock that orchestrated our 24-hour rhythms and integrate them into the refinement and development of our products.
Chris earned his PhD working with Emeritus Professor Ian Oswald, the UK's founding father of sleep research. He studied anxiety and fear in Cambridge (Medical Research Council) before setting up and running the Janssen Research Foundation's clinical pharmacology sleep laboratory in Oxford. From there he left to become Deputy Head of the Human Psychopharmacology Research Unit at the Robens Institute of Health and Safety, Surrey before setting up the Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service. Chris helped found, and then served as Chairman of, the British Sleep Society.
Dr. Idzikowski has also sat on the boards of the Sleep Medicine Research Foundation, the European Sleep Research Society and the U.S Sleep Research Society. He was founding Chairman of the Royal Society of Medicine Forum on sleep and its disorders, and guided its transition to become the Sleep Medicine Section. He has held many honorary appointments. He has also contributed to various sleep-related charitable organizations, as well as publishing numerous papers and books on sleep, and maintaining a web presence (www.neuronic.com). He recently recorded a series of podcasts for British Airways and videos for VideoJug.
Most importantly here at Nature Bright is the inspirational value of his presence. When he walks into our offices, whether with the latest information from the front or just an encouraging word for his colleagues, he lights up the room.
Lori Brown is a Professor and Research Scientist at Western Michigan University, College of Aviation. She is an airline transport pilot, specializing in Aviation Human Factors. She has trained International pilots as well as pilots from government agencies. Her research interests include decreasing fatigue in aviation and its associated errors to improve sky safety.
Her work has been featured in aviation fatigue documentaries, and she is a member of the Society for Light Treatment & Biological Rhythms (SLTBR). She is currently the principal investigator for research in Sweden looking at: THE EFFECTS OF LIGHT EXPOSURE ON FLIGHT CREW ALERTNESS LEVELS - funded by the Western Michigan University FRACAA award.
Lori works with a leading light therapy scientist, flight attendants and pilots based in areas subjected to periods of low light in the winter months near the arctic region. Professor Brown and Nature Bright have collaborated to be the first to create innovative 'light bars' in flight crewmember check-in areas and academic locations, drawing from successes in Maritme applications.