Call for the Chiabrera Award Edition 2018

Dear EBEA members,

We open the call for the fourth edition (year 2018) of the Alessandro Chiabrera Award for Excellence in Bioelectromagnetics. This prize has the main purpose to keep alive Prof. Chiabrera’s memory and scientific legacy, as well as to foster excellence in the Bioelectromagnetics community, by giving recognition to outstanding scientific contributions from early stage researchers. In particular, the following topics are recommended:

  •  Interaction mechanisms
  •  Innovative technologies
  •  Biomedical applications
  •  Theoretical modeling
  •  In vitro studies
  •  In vivo studies
  •  Human studies

 

Nominations are invited for early stage researchers (under the age of 35 on January 1st of the year of nomination). The Award consists of € 1200, which will be funded by EBEA directly and through private and company participation. The Award will be officially presented at the BioEM2018 Conference (Portoroz, Slovenia), and the conference fee for the recipient will be waived.

Candidates must be nominated by an EBEA member who needs to provide:

•  A curriculum vitae of the candidate with full list of publications;
•  A letter of motivation describing particular innovative contributions by the candidate in the topics listed above.

A committee composed of the EBEA President and four other prominent scientists will be in charge of the selection.

The committee will assign the Award on the basis of:

•  Pertinence of the topics;
•  Relevance, innovation and quality of the presented papers;
•  Scientific standing of the candidate on the basis of the presented CV (e.g. demonstration of independent research capabilities, fellowships, awards, etc).

The EBEA Council will give final approval before the award commitment.

Nominations must be sent to president@ebea.org before February 15th, 2018.

For more details about the award, please write to treasurer@ebea.org

 

Former recipients of the Alessandro Chiabrera Award are Maxim Zhabodov (2015, France), Sarah Loughran (2016, Australia) and Aude Silve (2017, France).

Best Regards,

Micaela Liberti
EBEA Secretary

PhD position on “Impact of chronic exposure to RF EMF on neurophysiological development in the preterm neonate”

Context:
Experiments from our laboratory have shown that the postnatal environment can have a significant impact on health and development in preterm neonates by disrupting various neurovegetative functions such as sleep and autonomic nervous system activity.
The massive use of highly technological devices in Neonatal Intensive Care Units may expose preterm neonates to ElectroMagnetic Fields (EMF), especially radiofrequencies, at low doses but continuously and chronically. This situation could be particularly hazardous as we have shown in previous studies that exposure to radiofrequencies may alter electrical activity and skin microcirculation at the cerebral level in adult human, and may disrupt sleep and thermoregulation in young animals. Other studies have shown that acute exposure to low-frequency EMF produced by incubators may alter melatonin production and autonomic nervous system activity in preterm neonates.
To the best of our knowledge, the effects of a long-term exposure to radiofrequency-EMF on the neurophysiological development of preterm neonates have never been studied till today, whereas children (and therefore preterm neonates even more) could be particularly vulnerable due to a deeper penetration of radiofrequency waves in cerebral masses during a crucial neurodevelopmental period.

Thesis project:
This project aims to answer various objectives which will be scheduled as follows:
– To evaluate EMF levels, particularly radiofrequencies, found in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in order to map the distribution of radiofrequency fields;
– To quantify individual levels of chronic exposure (6 weeks) to which preterm neonates are subjected during their stay in the unit;
– To follow the evolution of the thermal environment (incubator and body temperatures) and of the clinical parameters of the neonates after after birth (weight gain …);
– To record and analyse various neurophysiological parameters (sleep, cerebral hemodynamics, autonomic nervous activity) at 3 and 6 weeks of life, in order to determine whether they are correlated to the levels of chronic radiofrequency-EMF exposure.

Candidate profile:
Since functional investigations in preterm neonates represent the largest part of this thesis project, the candidate will be required to have good knowledge in human integrated neurophysiology, as well as skills in usual electrophysiological methods (EEG, ECG, NI‘S…).
As this thesis will be part of a larger partnership, in particular with a medical unit, good personal investment, organisation and teamwork skills are expected in order to ensure an effective recruitment and good communication between the different teams.
Knowledge or experience in the field of biophysics would be a definite advantage to better analyse the effects of EMF on children’s health.

Thesis context:
Thesis supervisors: Erwan STÉPHAN-BLANCHARD, PhD, PériTox laboratory, erwan.stephan@u-picardie.fr  – Brahim SELMAOUI, Researcher, INERIS, brahim.selmaoui@ineris.fr
Partnership: PériTox UMR-I-01 laboratory (UPJV, Amiens) – TOXI team (INERIS, Verneuil-en-Halatte) – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (CHU Amiens-Picardie)
Location: PériTox UMR-I-01 laboratory, UPJV, Amiens, France (https://peritox.u-picardie.fr/)
Duration: Beginning December 2017 – January 2018 for 3 years
Funding: Doctoral contract with registration at UPJV’s Doctoral School (EDSTS 585).
Scholarship from the Frenc ‘Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement
et du travail’ (ANSES).

Application:
Send a complete file (CV, motivation letter, academic transcripts, training certificate…) to:
erwan.stephan@u-picardie.fr.

Call for paper for the workshop “Biomedical Applications of EMF” 2nd International Conference on Advances in Magnetics (AIM2018), February 4-7 2018

Call for paper for the workshop “Biomedical Applications of EMF”
2nd international Conference on Advances in Magnetics  (AIM2018), February 4-7 2018

Chairs:

Paolo Ravazzani (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Institute of Electronics, Computer and Telecommunication Engineering IEIIT CNR, Italy)

Oriano Bottauscio (Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica, Torino, Italy)

Deadline: September 29th, 2017

 

The IEEE Italy section is planning to organize the 2nd international Conference on Advances in Magnetics  (AIM2018). The Conference will be held in La Thuile, Italy , from February 4 to February 7, 2018. For information about the Conference see http://www.aim2018.it.

In the framework of this Conference, we were asked to organize a Session devoted to Magnetic Biomedical Applications, contacting people willing to present their studies. For this reason we are contacting you in order to check your potential interest in the event (or the interest of a colleagues of your group) and your availability in submitting one or more contributions.

We think this could be an interesting opportunity for members of EBEA, considering the increasing interest of our community on EMF and medicine.
A list of potential (non exhaustive) session topics is reported below.

The AIM Conference will be an interdisciplinary forum for presentation and discussion of the most recent advances in all fields of Magnetics: theory, numerical modeling, experiments and applications. The event will be open to experts and scientists with different backgrounds (engineers, physicists, mathematicians, material scientists, chemists, biologists, etc) to present, discuss, exchange ideas, methods and results.

Authors (including those ones of our Special Session will be requested to submit preliminary short papers outlining the relevance and the originality of their works and to present their research work at the Conference by oral or poster presentations. All contributors will be invited to submit full papers for possible publication in a IEEE journal, after peer reviewing process.

List of Session Topics (non exhaustive)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
•             MR Engineering (RF coils, Gradient coils, pTx, etc.)
•             Patient’s safety
•             Quantitative Imaging (Fingerprinting, EPT, …)
•             Modelling techniques
•             Magnetic media for enhanced imaging
Magnetic hyperthermia and ablation
•             Design of applicators
•             Magnetic nanoparticles
•             Advanced bioheat equation
•             EMF Exposure assessment
Electromagnetic Brain stimulation
•             Deep Brain Stimulation
•             Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
•             EMF dosimetry in neuro-stimulation
•             EMF Exposure assessment
Electroporation
Wearable sensors for patient’s monitoring
•             Design and study of new magnetic sensors
•             Sensor characterization
•             Data analysis
Tissue properties characterization and anatomical models for computational bioelectromagnetics

Please note that the abstract submission closes on September 15, 2017