SCIENTISTS

Meet Our Scientists

Our research comes from highly-regarded researchers from around the world.

Dr. Shoaib Afzal, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists on sun exposure and obesity, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and all-cause mortality. University of Copenhagen School of Public Health and Medical Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Dr. Bruce K. Armstrong, the world’s leading epidemiologist on solar radiation and skin cancer. University of Sydney Medical School, Sydney, Australia. 

Dr. Alberto Ascherio, the world’s leading epidemiologist on sun exposure and multiple sclerosis. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Allan Butterfield, biochemist and one of the world leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease. University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, author of one of the two leading studies on sun exposure and all-cause mortality, finding that 12.8% of all deaths in the United States are attributable to insufficient sun exposure. University of Cambridge Medical School, Cambridge, England. 

 

Dr. Martin Feelisch, one of the leading scientists in the world (together with Dr. Richard Weller) on the favorable health effects of nitric oxide. University of Southampton School of Medicine, Southampton, England. 

Dr. Cedric Garland, together with his late brother, Dr. Frank Garland, a pioneer in discovering that cancer incidence was greater at higher latitudes with weaker sun exposure than at lower latitudes with stronger sun exposure. The world’s leading epidemiologist on sun exposure and breast and colon cancer, and one of the world’s leading epidemiologists on sun exposure and type 1 diabetes. University of California San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego, California. 

Dr. Oliver Gillie, British journalist, author, scientist and pioneer in bringing to public view the dangers of insufficient sun exposure. 

Dr. Frank de Gruijl, biophysicist and the world’s leading expert at the cellular level on solar radiation and skin cancer. The first scientist in the world to discover why sunburn increases the risk of melanoma but non-burning sun exposure reduces the risk of melanoma. Leyden University Medical School, Leyden, The Netherlands. 

Dr. Prue Hart, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists on sun exposure and asthma, metabolic syndrome and multiple sclerosis.  Telethon Kids Institute, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. 

Dr. David Hoel, recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the health effects of radiation, served on the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) panel of experts which in 2009 classified ultraviolet radiation (UVR) as a carcinogen. Member of the National Academy of Medicine. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. 

Dr. Michael Holick, biochemist, endocrinologist and the world’s leading expert on vitamin D.  Dr. Holick was on the research team that first discovered the active form of vitamin D in 1969. Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Dr. Ramune Jacobsen, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists on sun exposure and type 1 diabetes. 

Dr. Pelle Lindqvist, author of one of the two leading studies on all-cause mortality, finding that avoidance of sun exposure is a risk factor for death of a similar magnitude as smoking. Karolinska Institute, Solna, Sweden.

Dr. David Llewellyn, the world’s leading epidemiologist on sun exposure and Alzeheimer’s disease. University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, England. 

Dr. Robyn Lucas, one of the world’s leading epidemiologists on sun exposure and cataracts, multiple sclerosis, and the need for balance between too much and too little sun exposure. 

Dr. John J. McGrath, psychiatric epidemiologist and the world’s leading scientist on vitamin D/sun exposure of expectant mothers and risk of autism and schizophrenia in offspring. Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. 

Dr. Ian Morgan, the world’s leading biological epidemiologist on sun exposure and myopia (short-sightedness). Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 

Dr. Kassandra Munger, author with Dr. Alberto Ascherio, of the leading studies on sun exposure and multiple sclerosis. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Rachel Neale, author of studies showing that vitamin D supplements do not ward off flu or colds but high levels of serum 25(OH)D (indicating high levels of sun exposure) dramatically reduce both the incidence and severity of colds and flu. 

Dr. Henning Tiemeier, author with Dr. John J. McGrath, of the leading study on sun exposure of expectant mothers and autism in offspring. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Dr. Han van der Rhee, dermatologist and pioneer in discovering benefits of non-burning sun exposure and importance of avoiding sunburns. Haga Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands

Dr. Antony Young, photobiologist and one of the world’s leading experts on sun exposure, skin cancer and sunscreens. St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College, London, England. 

Dr. Richard Weller, dermatologist and the first scientist in the world to discover that sun exposure produces nitric oxide which significantly lowers blood pressure. Edinburgh Medical School, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Sunshine Should Be Pursued In Moderation.

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America's second largest public health problem is insufficient sun exposure. It's responsible for 340,000 preventable deaths per year, just behind tobacco and ahead of obesity.

 

The public needs to be aware of insufficient sun exposure risks and increase daily sun exposure to improve health.

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