With all the media attention on red and near infrared lights, let’s celebrate the people who meticulously documented the effects of red and near infrared light.
Professor John Mitrofanis, University of Sydney.
Prof John has been the driver – he recognised that the problem in Parkinson’s Disease was cell battery malfunction – the mitochondria.
The first paper describing the effect of red light on Parkinsonism mice was published in 2010, nine years ago. The animal evidence was convincing way back then.Prof John had superb research colleagues:
Professor Jonathan Stone
Dr Nabil El Massri
Dr Cassandra Peoples
Dr Daniel Johnstone
Dr Victoria Shaw
Professor Alim-Louis Benabid
Dr Cecile Moro
Dr Napoleon Torres
Mr Claude Chabrol
Dr Florian Reinhart
Dr Gary Baker
Professor Glen Jeffery
Meanwhile, Australian clinicians had been quietly and effectively documenting the value of red laser lights.
Dr Ann Liebert
Dr Roberta Chow
Dr Liisa Laaksa
In Tasmania, Chris Lacey read about red lights and quietly set about understanding more. He has been an impressive advocate, and has made his home available to many people to use red lights.
When Catherine started making red light devices, many people gave practical help:
David and Helen Fitzgerald
Dr Frank Nicklason who saw the improvements associated with daily red light use.
Dr Michael Fox, a general practitioner, has been a quiet pioneer.
Then all the people who used the Eliza bucket lights – I’d like to name them all but most are not keen on publicity.
Olivia at Parkinsons South Australia saw the potential and ensured that Dr Ann Liebert’s research program was extended to Adelaide.
So many people have been involved and each person made a difference.
It all goes back to science. Australia leads in so many areas of science. It must be supported and valued. And scientists should be trusted.
The original research proposal would have looked very odd – to shine red lights on mice.
But look what that has given us.