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BioEM2017 Meeting Schedule (Schedule) and Program (Technical Program)


1) Plenary Talks

Plenary 1: Epigenetics and EMF – current state of research

Primo Schär (Basel, Switzerland): Introduction to epigenetics and its opportunities in EMF research

Plenary 2: mHealth – New horizons for prevention implementation and for research using mobile technology

Emilie van Deventer (Geneva, Switzerland): Be healthy be mobile initiative of WHO/ITU

Valerie McCormack (Lyon, France): Breast cancer survival in sub-Saharan Africa: the value of mHealth in research in low resource settings

Plenary 3: New challenges in tissue ablation clinical applications based on electroporation

Richard Nuccitelli (Burlingame, USA): “Implications and considerations to improve therapies based on nanoelectroablation”

Plenary 4: Current knowledge of biological effects above 6 GHz

Masami Kojima (Kanazawa, Japan): Acute ocular injuries caused by 40, 75, 95 GHz millimeter wave exposures

Yuri Feldman (Jerusalem, Israel): Human Skin as Arrays of Helical Antennas in the Millimeter and Submillimeter Wave Range

Plenary 5: Bridging research disciplines and how EMF research can learn from other disciplines: the example of nanotechnology

Vicki Stone (Edinburgh, UK): Bridging research disciplines: experiences in nanotechnology research

Plenary 6: Optogenetics: involving light to control cells

Hailan Hu (Hangzhou, China): Application of optogenetic techniques in neuroscience

2) Workshops

Workshop 1: Computational models for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation

Organiser (Mai Lu, Lanzhou, China)

The workshop aims to provide a forum for researchers working on non-invasive brain stimulation by electromagnetic fields. Talks will focus on computational modelling in transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Speakers: Mai Lu (Lanzhou, China), Masaki Sekino (Tokyo, Japan), Ilkka Laakso (Espoo, Finland)

Workshop 2: 5G and IoT exposure: RF-EMF Exposure assessment and novel measurement devices

Organiser (Wout Joseph, Ghent, Belgium)

The aim of this workshop is to provide an introduction into equipment and procedures to perform compliance and exposure assessment of 5G at 60 GHz, and to develop methods to assess exposure of small cells, IoT smart meters, and novel massive MIMO (multiple-input multiple output) technologies.

Speakers: Wout Joseph (Ghent, Belgium), Niels Kuster (Zurich, Switzerland), Joe Wiart (Paris, France), Azadeh Peyman (Harwell, UK)

Workshop 3: Utilities Threshold Initiative Consortium Workshop: identification and establishment of thresholds for acute neurophysiological effects of ELF magnetic fields

Organiser (Alexandre Legros, London, Canada)

The objective this Utilities Threshold Initiative Consortium (UTIC) is to provide the audience with a comprehensive integrated overview of an experimental research program in its whole. This will be achieved by presenting as part of the same “package”: 1. The modalities of genesis of a specific industry-sponsored/academic model; 2. The experimental and scientific developments resulting from the research project; 3. The impact of outcomes in terms of contribution to basic science, guidelines and standards.

Speakers: Jacques Lambrozo (Paris, France), Michel Plante (Montréal, Canada), Alexandre Legros (London, Canada), Akimasa Hirata (Nagoya, Japan)

Workshop 4: Is the Evaluated In Vivo Exposure Level in a Reverberation Chamber Reliable?

Organiser (Jianqing Wang, Nagoya, Japan; Niels Kuster, Zurich, Switzerland)

The proposed workshop focuses on the dosimetry aspect of reverberation chamber (RC) as a whole-body exposure setup. We will discuss the validity, limitations and potential problems of current dosimetry methods used for exposure level evaluation in a RC. Through this workshop, we attempt to derive a common view on how to evaluate the whole-body exposure level for animals in an RC.

3) Tutorials

Tutorial: ARIMMORA – bridging disciplines in an EMF research project

Organiser (Meike Mevissen, Berne, Switzerland)

This tutorial gives a summary of a multi-disciplinary consortium project involving dosimetry, in vitro and in vivo experiments, epidemiology, and risk assessment to address the open question of a relationship between extremely low-frequency magnetic field exposure and the risk of childhood leukaemia. Opportunities and challenges of the multi-disciplinary work are discussed also in the context of what can be learnt from other fields (plenary 5).

Speakers: Myles Capstick (Zurich, Switzerland), Isidro Sanchez-Garcia (Salamanca, Spain), Joachim Schüz (Lyon, France).



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