SLTBR Annual Conference 2021

32ndAnnual Meeting of the Society for Light Treatment and
Biological Rhythms (SLTBR).

Photoreception, Lighting and Health.
Manchester, UK 2021
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting of 2020 has been cancelled.
We are very happy that all speakers, originally planned for 2020, have
agreed to speak in 2021.
So please save the dates for 2021: June 24-26th in Manchester UK.
Please find below the original program for 2020. The new program will
soon be uploaded.

Thursday, June 25, 2020.
BARNES WALLIS BUILDING
8:00 – 9:00
Registration and breakfast
9:10 – 9:20
9:20 – 9:30
Dorothy Sit, MD. Welcome address from the SLTBR president
Rob Lucas, Prof. Welcome address from our local host
09:30 – 12:40
CME Training Course in Chronobiology.
Open to all participants
09:30 – 10:10
Victoria Revell (PhD), Surrey, UK. ‘Chronobiology in the Real World: The Impact of
Internal Timing on Health, Performance and Well-Being.’
10:10 – 10:50
Greg Schwartz (PhD), Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A. ‘Retinal
computation.’
10:50 – 11:20
Coffee Break

11:20 – 12:00
Martin Rutter (PhD), Manchester, UK. ‘Genetic variants influencing sleep and
chronotype: Clinical and biological insights from the UK Biobank.’
12:00 – 12:40
John Gottlieb (MD), Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine,
Chicago, U.S.A. ‘The Chronotherapeutic Treatment of Bipolar Disorder- A
Systematic Review and Practice Recommendations.’
12:40 – 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 – 13:35
SYMPOSIUM 1: Photoreception, the Brain and Mood.
Introduction chair Nina Milosavljevic, PhD, University of Manchester.
13:35 – 14:15
Diego Fernandez (PhD), National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Baltimore,
U.S.A. ‘Direct Effects of Light Over Circadian Control of Behavior.’
14:15 – 14:55
Timothy Brown (PhD), Manchester, UK. ‘Out of the blue: twilight colours are
associated with reduced circadian light responses.’
14:55 – 15:35
Chaoran Ren (PhD), Guangdong-Hongkong-Macau Institute of CNS
Regeneration, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. ‘Visual Circuit for Antidepressive
Effects of Light Therapy.’
15:35 – 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30
Oral Session I
17:30 – 18:00 Datablitz with short poster presentations. Chair Renske Lok
18:00 – 20:00
Welcome Reception and posters
Barnes Wallis Building, Reception Hall

Friday, June 26, 2020.
BARNES WALLIS BUILDING
8:30 – 9:00
Registration and breakfast
09:00 – 10:00
Keynote: Rob Lucas (PhD) Manchester UK. ‘What are the characteristics of healthy
light?’
10:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:30
10:30 – 10:35
SYMPOSIUM 2: Light & Health – Improving Patient Outcomes in the Hospital.
Chair Katharina Wulf (PhD), University of Umea, Sweden.
10:35 – 11:15
11:15 – 11:55
11:55 – 12:35
Mirjam Münch (PhD), Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. ‘Light and
Sleep Quality in Hospitalized Patients.’
Claudia Spies (MD), Charité University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany
‘Innovative Measures to Reduce Delirium and Improve Sleep in the ICU.’
Anders Sode West (MD, PhD), Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen,
Denmark. ‘The Effect of Naturalistic Light on Post-Stroke Complications in Stroke
Patients Admitted for Rehabilitation.’
12:35 – 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00
Oral Session II
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:00
Presentation of the Christian Gillin Young Investigator Awardee 2020
Year in Review 20 min animal (Tim Brown) / 20 min human basic (Christian
Cajochen) / 20 min clinical (Dorothy Sit)

Saturday, June 27, 2020.
BARNES WALLIS BUILDING
8:30 – 9:00
Registration and breakfast
09:00 – 10:30
Young Investigator meeting.
Chairs: Renske Lok, Bea Bano Otalora.
Hands-on Clinical Workshop
on Light Therapy for Mood
and Sleep Problems.
Dorothy Sit and Sophie Faulkner
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 13:00
11:00 – 11:05
SYMPOSIUM 3: Chronotherapy, Sleep and Mood.
Chair: John Gottlieb, MD; Chicago, U.S.A.
11:05 – 11:45
Thomas Erren (PhD), University Clinic Cologne, Germany. ‘Disturbed circadian
biology at work and play & time for Zeitgeber alignment.’
11:45 -12:25
Corrado Garbazza (MD), University of Basel, Switzerland. ‘Chronobiology, Sleep-
Related Risk Factors and Light Therapy in Perinatal Depression.’
12:25 -13:05
Anna Skeldon (PhD), Surrey, UK. ‘Light, Sleep, Circadian and Social Rhythms:
Using Mathematical Models to Understand Temporal Patterns Observed in
Schizophrenia.’
13:05 – 14:15
Lunch and members meeting

14:15 – 15:00
15:00 – 16:30
T.b.d.
ORAL Session III
16:30 – 17:00
Awards, Closing

16 Jun