Alan Light

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Alan R. Light, Phd., is a Research Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology and Anatomy at the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience at the University of Utah. He studies the neurobiology of pain and fatigue enhancement caused by injury and in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.[1] Professor Light and his wife. Dr. Kathleen Light, are known for their work on post-exertional gene expression after exercise.

He is one of the authors of the 2011 case definition, International Consensus Criteria.[2]


  • Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award (a seven-year research grant) from the NIH for his research on descending control of pain.[3]


  • B.A. 1972, Hamilton College
  • Ph.D. 1977, SUNY at Upstate Medical Center
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 1977-1979, UNC-Chapel Hill

Talks & interviews[edit]

Talk title - "Gene variants, mitochondria & autoimmunity in ME/CFS"

Short web seminars Science to patients / Wetenschap voor patienten

English spoken, dutch subtitles

Publications related to ME/CFS[edit]

Open Letter to The Lancet[edit]

Two open letters to the editor of The Lancet urged the editor to commission a fully independent review of the PACE trial, which the journal had published in 2011. In 2016, Dr. Light, along with 41 colleagues in the ME/CFS field, signed the second letter.

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  2. Carruthers, BM; van de Sande, MI; De Meirleir, KL; Klimas, NG; Broderick, G; Mitchell, T; Staines, D; Powles, A C P; Speight, N; Vallings, R; Bateman, L; Baumgarten-Austrheim, B; Bell, DS; Carlo-Stella, N; Chia, J; Darragh, A; Jo, D; Lewis, D; Light, A; Marshall-Gradisnik, S; Mena, I; Mikovits, JA; Miwa, K; Murovska, M; Pall, ML; Stevens, S (2011), "Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria.", Journal of Internal Medicine, 270 (4): 327-38, PMID 21777306, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x 
  4. Lindheimer, Jacob B.; Meyer, Jacob D.; Stegner, Aaron J.; Dougherty, Ryan J.; Van Riper, Stephanie M.; Shields, Morgan; Reisner, Amanda; Shukla, Sanjay K.; Light, Alan R.; Yale, Steven; Cook, Dane B. (2017), "Symptom variability following acute exercise in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome: a perspective on measuring post-exertion malaise", Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 5 (2): 69-88, doi:10.1080/21641846.2017.1321166 
  5. Cook, Dane B.; Light, Alan R.; Light, Kathleen C.; Broderick, Gordon; Shields, Morgan R.; Dougherty, Ryan J.; Meyer, Jacob D.; VanRiper, Stephanie; Stegner, Aaron J.; Ellingson, Laura D.; Vernon, Suzanne D. (2017), "Neural Consequences of Post-Exertion Malaise in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2017.02.009 
  6. Meyer, Jacob D; Light, Alan R; Shukla, Sanjay K; Clevidence, Derek; Yale, Steven; Stegner, Aaron J; Cook, Dane C (2013), "Post-Exertion Malaise in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Symptoms and Gene Expression", Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health, & Behavior, 1 (4): 190-209, doi:10.1080/21641846.2013.838444 
  7. White, AT; Light, AR; Hughen, RW; Vanhaitsma, TA; Light, KC (2012), "Differences in metabolite-detecting, adrenergic, and immune gene expression after moderate exercise in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome, patients with multiple sclerosis, and healthy controls", Psychosomatic Medicine, 74 (1): 46-54, doi:10.1097/PSY.0b013e31824152ed 
  8. Albright, Frederick; Light, Kathleen; Light, Alan; Bateman, Lucinda; Cannon-Albright, Lisa A (2011), "Evidence for a heritable predisposition to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", BMC Neurology, 11 (62), doi:10.1186/1471-2377-11-62 
  9. Kelly Pollak, MD, Daehyun Jo, MD, Timothy Vanhaitsma, Ron Hughen, Alan Light, PhD. (2010). A novel approach to studying the sensory pathways involved in the perception of fatigue. Journal of Critical Care. Volume 25, Issue 4, Page e18.

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