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

 

BioEM2017: Thank you from the Presidents!

Dear Members,

The time for BioEM2017 is past, now just good memories remain. It was good fortune to have the annual meeting this year in such a beautiful place, Hangzhou, China. All attendees could enjoy not only the interesting conference, but also the delightful weather, and especially the tasty Chinese food during our stay in the West Lake Villa and social dinner at the Hangzhou Cuisine Museum.

Meetings like this cannot be successful without the effort and dedication of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) members, Technical Program Committee (TPC) members, and BEMS Board/EBEA Council members.

Our special thanks to Zhengping Xu, Zhengping Yu, and Guangdi Chen from the Chinese Bioelectromagnetics society, and all members of the LOC who worked long and hard to get all the arrangements in place in order for the meeting to run smoothly and successfully.

We thank the TPC, chaired by Joachim Schüz and Luc Martens, as well as the dozens of reviewers of the abstracts for the very well-balanced and outstanding scientific program. Thanks to the plenary speakers, the workshop conveners, chairpersons, and also to the scientists who presented oral and poster papers – we really appreciated all attendees’ participation.

The plenary sessions and platform presentation sessions covered most of the key issues of bioelectromagnetics, including epidemiology, laboratory studies, dosimetry, mechanistic and theoretical studies, clinical applications and electroporation, and standards and public health policy, which included having some of the most distinguished speakers in each area. This year, several emerging areas were also covered, including epigenetic research and the bridging of research disciplines and how EMF research can learn from other disciplines such as nanotechnology and optogenetics. The use of mobile phones to deliver health services has generated in the recent years considerable enthusiasm among governments, donors, and implementers of health programs. This theme was addressed in detail on Tuesday morning, in the plenary talks on “mHealth – New horizons for prevention implementation and for research using mobile technology”.

This meeting also again included the student flash poster sessions which gave the 61 students the opportunity to enhance their presentation abilities in a challenging 3 minute-format in front of the attendees, before presenting their work in more depth at the poster sessions.

During the conference a number of awards, including student awards, were made. It is remarkable that the most prestigious awards of our societies, the d’Arsonval and the Chiabrera awards, presented this year to Karl Schoenbach and Aude Silve, respectively, both recognised their work dealing with the use of electroporation with applications in medicine and biotechnology. Further details will be posted soon.

Finally, we deeply thank our sponsors: Auden, MEC, Zhejiang University, EPRI, GSMA, Xierkang, Mag Life, Safetytech, MWF, Pulse Biosciences, and Shanghai Kaichun, for helping to make BioEM2017 a wonderful and successful meeting.

See you next year, June 25-29 2018, in Portorož, Slovenia!!

 

Best regards,
Dr.Andrew Woods       Dr. Isabelle Lagroye    
President of BEMS           President of EBEA