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

Aude Silve is the winner of the 2017 Alessandro Chiabrera award

EBEA is proud and honoured to announce that Aude Silve (Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), is the winner of the 2017 edition of the Alessandro Chiabrera award.
This prize has the main purpose to foster excellence in the Bioelectromagnetics community by giving recognition to outstanding scientific contributions from early stage researchers, and to keep alive Prof. Chiabrera’s memory and scientific legacy.
The nominations were evaluated and selected by a committee composed by the EBEA President and by four other prominent scientists,  the EBEA Council gave the final approval.

Aude will give a lecture titled: “Effect of pulsed electric fields on biological cells: adding some pieces to the large puzzle” during the joint annual meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association, BioEM2017: June 7, 2017 • 12:00 – 13:00, Hangzhou, China.

Congratulations Aude!

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.