BioEM 2009 Student Awards

By Jeffrey Carson (Vice-president/president-elect of BEMS) and Micaela Liberti (EBEA Council Member)

At BioEM 2009 in Davos, a total of 87 student papers were presented. Of the 87 papers, 21 were presented in the platform category and 66 were presented in the poster category. The total student paper count at BioEM 2009 represented a record number when compared to past BEMS or Joint BEMS/EBEA meetings (Fig. 1). Of particular significance was the dramatic increase in the number ofstudent papers at BioEM 2009 in Davos compared to BioEM 2005 in Dublin. Compared to BioEM 2005, the number of student papers increased by 32% at BioEM 2009.

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Figure 1. Graph indicating year versus student participation at the BEMS (2006, 2007, 2008) and BEMS/EBEA joint meeting (2005, 2009)

The student award process was coordinated by Drs. Jeffrey Carson (BEMS representative) and Micaela Liberti (EBEA representative). The process began by identifying student papers in the technical program several weeks before the meeting. Each student paper was assigned to one of 6 subject areas: risk/epidemiology, human studies, medical applications, mechanisms, dosimetry, and in vitro/in vivo.

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Figure 2. Breakdown of student papers by study area.

Prior to the start of BioEM 2009, Board and Council members from BEMS and EBEA, respectively, were provided student evaluation packages. Each package contained a list of 4 to 8 student presentations for evaluation grouped by subject area. Packages also contained score sheets used to evaluate each presentation. The evaluation sheets were closely scrutinized and approved by the BEMS Board and the EBEA Council prior to the meeting.

Each student paper was judged on a number of criteria including: quality of the presentation, scientific content, scientific quality, and ability to answer questions. Several questions were incorporated into the evaluation sheets to minimize the potential for issues related to judges being in conflict of interest with respect to the student presentation.

The evaluation packages were distributed by the Board and Council Members to qualified colleagues on the first day of BioEM 2009. Board and Council members also held back one or more packages so that they could participate as judges. The approach resulted in the participation participation of 86 judges in the student evaluation process. Furthermore, the approach to judge selection ensured that papers within each subject area were evaluated by meeting attendees with suitable expertise and qualifications. The participation by more than 80 expert judges from a multitude of disciplines and the use of standardized score sheets ensured that the student evaluations were performed to the best of each Society’s ability. As the meeting progressed and student presentations were evaluated, evaluation packages were returned and the score for each student from each judge was entered into a spreadsheet. Prior to the close of the meeting, scores for all student presentations were entered and validated. Validation was performed by Drs Carson and Liberti, acting co-chairs of BioEM 2009 Awards Committee. In total, 443 scores were received, which resulted in an average of five separate evaluations per student paper. The individual scores for each student were then averaged. The average scores were sorted from highest to lowest and the top four scores in each category (oral or poster) were used to assign the awards based on rank. The ranked list was further reviewed and validated by the Award Committees of EBEA and BEMS. The awards were then announced prior to the closing ceremony by Drs. Carson and Liberti. The winning students were welcomed on stage by the Technical Program Co-Chairs, Drs. Dariusz Leszczynski and Guglielmo D’Inzeo.

Each award consisted of a certificate and a cash prize $500 USD for first, $300 for second, $200 for second and $100 for fourth place.

Both EBEA and BEMS commend and thank the students who participated and presented research results at BioEM 2009 in Davos. The record number of student papers compared to previous meetings is a healthy sign that that the number of young researchers in bioelectromagnetics is growing. Everyone looks forward to seeing the students return to present new research results at future meetings.

BIOEM 2009 STUDENT AWARDS

First Place Platform Presentation:
“EVALUATION OF ARTIFACTS BY EEG ELECTRODES DURING RF EXPOSURES”

Manuel Murbach, IT’IS Foundation, Zeughausstrasse 43, 8004 Zurich, Switzerland
Preceptor: Niels Kuster

First Place Poster: “DOSIMETRIC ASSESSMENT OF C. ELEGANS EXPOSURE IN VIVO TO 900 MHZ ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS”
Manuel Murbach
Preceptor: Niels Kuster

2nd Place Platform Presentation:
“HYBRID SAR ANALYSIS OF VARIOUS HUMAN MODELS IN FRONT OF BASE STATIONANTENNAS IN THE FREQUENCY RANGE FROM 300 MHZ TO 5000 MHZ”

Marie-Christine Gosselin, IT’IS Foundation
Preceptor: Niels Kuster

2nd Place Poster Presentation:
“ASSESSMENT OF THE SAR FROM HANDS-FREE KITS FOR MOBILE PHONES”

Sven Kuehn, IT’IS Foundation
Preceptor: Niels Kuster

3rd Place Platform Presentation:
“EFFECTS OF A 60 HZ, 3000 MICROTESLA MAGNETIC FIELD ON HUMAN COGNITIVE PROCESSING: PRELIMINARY RESULTS”

Michael Corbacio, Lawson Health Research Institute 268 Grosvenor St., London, Ontario
Preceptor: Alexandre Legros, Alex W. Thomas

3rd Place Poster Presentation:
“THERMOSENSOR PROTEIN GRPE OF THE HEAT SHOCK PROTEIN HSP70 SYSTEM AS TARGET FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS”

Christian Beyer, ETZ K 87 , Zurich, 8092 , Switzerland
Preceptor: Ilian Jelesarov, Philipp Christen, Jürg Fröhlich

4th Place Platform Presentation:
“DEVELOPMENT OF A PREDICTIVE MODEL FOR PERSONAL RF-EMF EXPOSURE”

Patrizia Frei, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at Swiss Tropical Institute Basel, Steinengraben 49, Basel, Switzerland CH-4051
Preceptor: Martin Röösli

4th Place Poster Presentation
“CORELATION OF THE EXPOSURE OF MOBILE PHONES ASSESSED IN SAM BY APPLYING
STANDARD PROCEDURES WITH THE SAR IN ANATOMICAL HUMAN HEADS”

Marie-Christine Gosselin, IT’IS Foundation
Preceptor: Niels Kuster