BEMS BOARD ELECTION 2009

The 2008-2009 BEMS Board of Directors met prior to the start of the Davos meeting then posed for this picture.

Back row: Jeff Carson, Indira Chatterjee, Carl Blackman, Ann Rajnicek, Andrei Pahkhomov, David Black, Gloria Parsley, Joachim Schuz, Chiyoji Ohkubo, Maren Federowitz, Nam Kim
Front row: Art Thansandote, James Lin, Michael Murphy, Niels Kuster, Vijayalaxmi, Phillip Chadwick, Janie Page

At the Annual Business Meeting, held Thursday, June 18, 2009, outgoing president Niels Kuster and incoming president Mike Murphy gave thanks to retiring board members Ewa Czerska (past president), Joachim Schuz, Jeff Carson, Dariusz Leszczynski, and Nam Kim after announcing election results:

Newly elected Vice President JEFFREY J.L. CARSON completed his graduate work in Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario in 1995. He
published his earliest work on the use of optical methods to observe calcium levels inside cells after exposure to magnetic fields during MRI. He then designed an optical spectroscopy system to enable realtime measurements of these effects. For this work he was awarded the Curtis Carl Johnson Memorial Award by the Bioelectromagnetics Society for best platform presentation by a student twice and best poster presentation by a student once. Perhaps it was this experience that subsequently qualified him to lead the student awards programs during his most recent service as a board member (Biological and Medical Sciences) for BEMS.

Jeff also received more than a dozen academic awards during his training. After his PhD, he spent five years as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University in the Department of Radiation Oncology under the supervision of Dr. Jan Walleczek, who is internationally recognized as a pioneer in combining concepts from magnetochemistry and nonlinear dynamics. During this time, Dr. Carson studied the involvement of radical pair chemistry in the magnetic effect on the oscillating peroxidase-oxidase enzyme system. He constructed an optical spectroscopy system to examine the response of the enzyme in real-time during exposure to light and magnetic fields. From 2001 to 2003, he worked as a Research Associate at Stanford University Medical Center. In 2003, he moved to the a Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Canada, which is home to the largest bioelectromagnetics research group in Canada. He serves as a Scientist at the Lawson and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario. Combined, he has authored over 80 journal articles, proceedings articles, conference abstracts, book chapters, and reports. He has mentored more than a dozen graduate and undergraduate trainees. His current research focus is on the development of real-time optical spectroscopy and imaging methods for studying the effect of magnetic fields on biochemical reactions, cells, and animals.

Treasurer-elect Philip Chadwick was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Physics from the University of Leeds, UK, in 1984. His PhD, awarded by the University of Wales in 1991, was in the assessment of human body composition using magnetic induction. He has worked in the assessment of exposure of people to electromagnetic fields for over twenty years, spending eleven years at the UK’s National Radiological Protection Board, specialising in exposure assessment and dosimetry, and four years in the Department of Health’s Radiation Unit working on EMF public health policy. He is currently Director of EMFields Ltd, an independent scientific research and consultancy organisation based in the UK, specialising in the interaction of electromagnetic fields with people. EMFields undertakes a wide range of work for the European Union, the UK Government, schools, Local Authorities and businesses around the world as well as having its own scientific research programme. He is also Technical Director of MCL Technology Ltd, a company manufacturing products and systems for RF exposure assessment.

Philip Chadwick is Chair of the European EMF standards committee CENELEC TC106X, and a member of numerous other CENELEC and IEC subcommittees. He is also an ICNIRP Consulting Expert and a member of the IEEE/ICES SC4 RF human exposure standards committee. He is Co-chair of the IEEE/ICES SC3 subcommittee responsible for the IEEE standard on human exposure to low-frequency fields. He is a Member of the IEEE, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. Philip Chadwick is currently Secretary of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and is keen to continue the work already begun by this year’s Board to align the Society and its finances with the realities of the current economic situation, and to provide it with a secure basis for the future.

First of two new Biological and Medical Sciences board members, Maria Rosaria Scarfì is Senior Scientist since 2001 at the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA) of the C.N.R. in Naples, Italy, and is responsible for the Bioelectromagnetic Research Unit. From 1984 to 2001 she was research scientist and responsible for the research “Biological effects of electromagnetic fields”.

She received the degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Naples in 1981.

She was visiting scientist at the Western General Hospital of the Medical Research Council in Edinburgh, (Scotland), hosted by the Clinical and Population Cytogenetics Unit, working at a research project on the cytokinesis block micronucleus technique on human lymphocytes in 1987-1988. In 2005 she was co-director of the Course “Genotoxic effects of Electromagnetic Fields”, of the International School of Bioelectromagnetics “Alessandro Chiabrera” of the Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture E. Majorana, Erice.

Her research activity concerns the evaluation of in vitro effects induced by exposure to electromagnetic fields, from extremely low frequencies to millimeter waves. In particular, her work focuses on the evaluation of genotoxic effects, effects related to non-genotoxic carcinogenesis (apoptosis and oxidative stress) and cell proliferation;effects on the activity, stability and renaturation of mesophylic and thermophilic enzymes. On this topic she is author or co-author of more than 60 papers published in international journals and has been responsible for national and international research projects. She is member of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA), of the Bioelectromagnetic Society, of the Italian Society for Environmental Mutagenesis and is a consulting expert of the International Committee on Non Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). Since 2001 she is member of the EBEA’s board and has been involved in the Technical Program Committees of the meetings. She co-chaired sessions BEMS Cancun and Kanazawa annual meetings and at the XXIX URSI General Assembly (Chicago).

The other Biological and Medical Sciences board member, P. Thomas Vernier is Engineering Manager of MOSIS at the University of Southern California (USC) Information Sciences Institute and Research Associate Professor in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering.

Following undergraduate and graduate training in biology and chemistry at Wheaton College and the University of Michigan, and a diverse research and industrial career that includes ultraviolet microscopy analysis of S-adenosylmethionine metabolism in the yeast Rhodotorula glutinis, molecular biology of the temperature-sensitive host restriction of bacterial viruses in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, low-level environmental gas monitoring, wide-band magnetic tape instrumentation data recording, and semiconductor device modeling and electrical characterization, Tom returned to the academic world to earn his doctorate in electrical engineering from USC.

In his research since 2000, directed at identifying and understanding the molecular-level interactions between external electromagnetic fields and biological systems, he has concentrated on the effects of very short (nanosecond), intense (megavolt-per-meter) pulsed electric fields on cells and tissues, combining experimental observations with molecular dynamics simulations, and on the integration of devices based on cellular and biomolecular sensors, carbon nanotubes, and quantum dots with commercial integrated electronic circuit fabrication processes. Tom is a leading participant in a transformational outgrowth of this research that involves clinicians and biomedical and electrical engineers — an ongoing effort to develop nanoelectropulse therapies for cancer and other diseases.

Vernier is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Society for Microbiology, Bioelectrochemical Society, Bioelectromagnetics Society, Biophysical Society, Glen Helen Association, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Representing Engineering and Physical Sciences, new board member Osamu Fujiwara received his B.E. degree in electronic engineering from Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1971, and his M.E. and D.E. degrees in electrical engineering from Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan, in 1973 and in 1980, respectively. From 1973 to 1976, he worked in the Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Kokubunji, Japan, where he was engaged in research and development of system packaging designs for computers. From 1980 to 1985, he was a Research Associate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Nagoya University. In 1985, as an Associate Professor, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Nagoya Institute of Technology. Since 1993, he has been a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology.

His research includes computational bioelectromagnetics, numerical dosimetry in human body and exposure assessment, in addition to the related area of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). He has published over 120 papers in refereed scientific journals. He was Chairman of Tokyo Chapter of IEEE EMC Society in 2004 - 2006, IEEE Nagoya Section in 2005 - 2006, and IEEJ (Institute of Electrical Engineering of Japan) Technical Committee on EMC in 2002 - 2004. He serves as an Associate Editor of the IEEE EMC Transactions since 1992, an Associate Editor of the IEEE EMC Newsletter since 1998, and a member of International Advisory Board for Physics in Medicine and Biology since 2009.

Newly elected at-large board member Andrew W. Wood, MSc, PhD is Professor in the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and Research Director with the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research. After studying physics at Bristol University, UK, he earned a PhD in biophysics from King’s College Hospital
Medical School, London, UK. At Swinburne, he has taught Medical Biophysics
at both undergraduate and postgraduate level for over 30 years. He has supervised 11 successful PhD candidates. He has served as Non-ionizing
Radiation representative on the Radiation Health Committee of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and chairs the ELF Standard Working Group. He acted as a temporary consultant to the WHO in Malaysia on NIR- related matters.

In relation to ELF and RF fields, Dr. Wood conducts laboratory studies both at the cellular level and with human volunteers. He also is involved in theoretical research into mechanisms of action of these fields on biological systems, particularly in relation to dosimetric aspects of standards setting. He has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is an Associate Editor or Bioelectromagnetics. Dr. Wood joined BEMS in 1991. He was on the Technical Program Committee for the Annual BEMS meeting in Maui in 2003.