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BIOEM 2014 Cape Town

Calendar Date: 
June 9-13, 2014

These abstracts were generated electronically by their authors. The Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European Bioelectromagnetics Association make no representations or warranties as to the contents of this abstract compilation and assume no responsibilities for any errors or omissions.

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Joint Meeting of The Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association
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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to Cape Town! The trip on the Joint Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) continues this year in the southern hemisphere, aboard BioEM2014. The city hosting this year's meeting is known not only for its cosmopolitan flair but also for its Mediterranean style, thus connecting BioEM2014 with its predecessor in Thessaloniki. We hope that all participants will enjoy both the social as well as the technical program of our annual meeting, which remains the major opportunity for presenting the state-of-the-art in bioelectromagnetics research and stimulating fruitful exchange of ideas, in addition to catching up on old friendships.

According to the long-standing agreement between the two organizing societies, each has provided one technical program co-chair who, together with the Technical Program Committee (TPC) and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), have planned the content of the meeting, taking into account the input received from society members on suggested workshop and tutorial subjects.

This year we have planned for three plenary sessions. The first one is about the electromagnetic field (EMF) effects on fauna. We believe that this topic bears a great potential on revealing the mechanisms of interaction between EMF and living organisms. Moreover, we found it very appropriate for the location of the meeting, since South Africa's national parks consist of over 37'000 km2, about 4% of the total country's area. The second plenary session concerns the latest advances in medical imaging with non-ionizing radiation both in high and low frequencies (microwave imaging and electrical impedance tomography). In our opinion, health applications of EMF is a very topical area attracting a large part of recent research, so we thought of highlighting the aspect of diagnostic techniques this year (last year in Thessaloniki we heard some very interesting developments about therapeutic effects). Finally, a third plenary session was scheduled on mechanistic effects of EMF, since this is a central issue in understanding their interaction with biological matter.

Considering that the d'Arsonval lecture can be counted as a tutorial to young and experienced researchers alike, we have planned for a tutorial on each day of the conference targeting the groups of participants who would like to either receive an introduction to the multidisciplinarity of bioelectromagnetics or update their knowledge on a specific subject. As for the technical papers themselves, we have received more than 200 submissions. The requests for a platform presentation have reach almost the double of the number of available time slots, even with the  'hot topic' session having been replaced by a normal platform session, since this year we decided that there was not a single development in the field that could justify a 'hot topic' session. Therefore, to populate platform and poster sessions we heavily relied on the work performed by the members of the TPC and the final ranking of papers, each of which was scored by at least five different reviewers.

All possible effort was taken this year to number posters according to the keywords suggested by the authors, so that their presentation at the venue can be clustered accordingly, thus facilitating participants with specific interests to interact faster with the authors. Of course the flash poster presentations introduced last year will take place again, giving students the chance to compete for one of the best paper awards.

Finally, this year we have received suggestions for themed workshops that will concern ethical and social issues in bioelectromagnetics research, the practical implementation of the EMF directive on occupational exposure, and the latest developments in epidemiological exposure assessment.

We genuinely hope that you will enjoy all the above, which could not have been organized without the help of the TPC members and the hard work of Drs. Jeffrey Carson and Astrid Chamson-Reig from Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada. Thank you all for your invaluable contribution!

Phil Chadwick and Theodoros Samaras

Co-Chairs of the Technical Program Committee

LOC Message: 

I am very pleased to welcome you all to Cape Town on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). Cape Town is a great conference venue and one of the most loved cities in the world.


BioEM2014 will be held in the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. The waterfront started off with a small jetty, built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654 as part of his task to establish a refreshment station at the foot of Africa for the Dutch East India Company. Today the V&A Waterfront is situated in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour and offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences. Indoor shopping and entertainment venues seamlessly merge with ocean vistas and mountain views and the fresh sea breeze and warm African sun add zest to a cosmopolitan, vibrant atmosphere. More than 80 restaurants bring a fusion of international food, from rustic al fresco fish and chips to starched table-cloth cuisine.


The platform presentations and most activities will take place at the Table Bay Hotel in the waterfront, while the poster sessions will be held at the Clock Tower Centre which is located a short walk away. During the meeting there will be sufficient time to meet with old colleagues and make new friends at the tea/coffee breaks and lunch which will be served at the venue.


We are very thankful for the generous support of our sponsors, listed in this booklet and on the meeting website. A word of thanks also to Suné and Dawne from Consultus, who assisted with the numerous details in arranging this conference.

Welcome to Cape Town!


Marnus van Wyk
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

General Information: 


You may register and collect your registration material at the venues and dates as specified below:

Specified registration times include 

Sunday 08 June 2014:

17H00 – 19H00

Foyer, The Baltic Room, The Pavilion Conference Centre, Clock Tower Centre, V & A Waterfront

Monday 09 June 2014:

07H45 – 08H30

Foyer, The Ballroom, Table Bay Hotel

Tuesday 10 June 2014:

07H30 – 08H00

Foyer, The Ballroom, Table Bay Hotel

Wednesday 11 June 2014:

07H30 – 08H00

Foyer, The Ballroom, Table Bay Hotel

Thursday 12 June 2014:

07H30 – 08H00

Foyer, The Ballroom, Table Bay Hotel

Friday 13 June 2014:

07H30 – 08H00

Foyer, The Ballroom, Table Bay Hotel

From 9 to 13 June 2014 the Registration and Information desk will be situated in the foyer in front of The Ballroom at the Table Bay Hotel.



Sunday 8th June 2014:

18H00 – 20H00

The Baltic Room, The Pavilion Conference Centre, Clock Tower Centre, V & A Waterfront



Sunday 8th June 2014:

19H00 – 21H00

Alba Lounge, Hildebrand Hotel, V & A Waterfront



Tuesday 10 June 2014:

19H00 – 24H00

BAIA Seafood Restaurant, V & A Waterfront



The Table Bay Hotel (http://www.suninternational.com/table-bay), situated in the V&A Waterfront (http://www.waterfront.co.za). It started off with a small jetty, built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654 as part of his task to establish a refreshment station at the foot of Africa for the Dutch East India Company. The Cape had become a stopover for Dutch ships sailing to Eastern Africa, India and the Far East on their quest for exotic goods. From these humble beginnings the harbour and city continued to be further developed and in 1988 parts of the historic docklands were redeveloped to establish the V&A Waterfront.

With Table Mountain as its backdrop and extensive views of the ocean, the V&A Waterfront boasts 22 heritage sites across the property. The mixed-used property, at a size of 123-hectares is home to different experiences which range from leisure and shopping to family entertainment.

The V&A Waterfront forms part of the Cape Town Big 6, one destination comprising of 6 memorable experiences. Other partners of the Cape Town Big 6 include Cape Point, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the Table Mountain Cableway and Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison.

The V&A Waterfront Information Centre, situated on Dock Road (alongside Ferryman's Pub) and the Waterfront Informati​on Kiosk in Victoria Wharf, are conveniently located to serve and welcome local and international visitors. For more information please visit the following website





Transfers to and from Cape Town International Airport can be organised directly with the travel desk of your hotel.

OR with

Quality Touring Services, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa

Robin Troup
Office: 021 979 5936; Fax: 021 979 5934; Cell: 082 657 3443
Email: robin@qualitytouringservices.co.za
Website: http://www.qualitytouringservices.co.za


Additionally, numerous metered taxi services also run from the Cape Town International Airport.


MyCiTi, Cape Town's rapid bus service, operates on the Waterfront feeder route. For routes and timetables please click on the following link http://www.myciti.org.za/en/home/. Note that one transfer will be required to travel from the Cape Town International Airport to the V&A waterfront.


For more information on tours visit http://signaturetours.co.za/conference/bioem2014.



NB! ALL VISITORS (irrespective of whether they need a visa or not) MUST have 2 adjacent blank pages in their passports, which must be valid for 6 months after their departure from South Africa. These pages must be entitled “Visas”. (Note that some passports have an “Endorsement” page, often towards the end, which is not valid for this purpose). This requirement is strictly enforced.
Visitors’ visas are required for international travellers who have permanent residence outside South Africa and who wish to visit the country on a temporary basis for tourism or business purposes for a period of 90 days or less. (To read more about applying for a visa to South Africa visit http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/applying-for-sa-visa)

Requirements for visitor’s visas differ from country to country (visit http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/countries-exempt-from-sa-visas" to see which countries are currently exempt) and the requirements are subject to change.  As each application is treated as an individual case, you should make enquiries with your nearest South African mission or consulate abroad or any office of the Department of Home Affairs to see whether or not you are required to apply for a visa.

Remember that there is a fee charged for issuing a visa, and you should check the cost with the office as well, as this is updated annually.  The fee is payable in different currencies in different countries.

Visas for people attending a conference in South Africa

  • Normal procedures must be followed for applying for a visitor’s visa (Form BI-84 - visit the website http://www.bioem2014.org/documents/Visabi84.pdf to download form)
  • The application for a visa must be supported by a letter of invitation for the conference
  • The conference organizer will notify the Department of Home Affairs that the conference is taking place - giving all the relevant details and a list of delegates, if possible
  • The Department of Home Affairs will then notify all South Africa representatives abroad, authorising them to issue visas to the delegates providing that
  • nothing detrimental is known about the delegate, and that
  • all visitor visa requirements are met


All delegates from outside Africa are encouraged to take an inter-continental flight directly into Cape Town or Johannesburg on well-known carriers or their alliance partners.


Make two copies of all your important documents, like passports. Take one with you, in a different bag to the original, and leave one at home with a responsible, easily reachable person. Try to memorise all your important numbers - passport numbers, credit card numbers, etc – or store them securely (some smartphones have “password keeper” applications). If you lose your bag, this could be an enormous help.


The congress organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained, or for loss of, or damage to, property belonging to congress participants (or their accompanying persons), either during or as a result of the congress.  Please check the validity of your own insurance.



Visit the following websites for a list of restaurants in the V & A Waterfront

The following restaurants offer a 15% discount off your bill provided delegates produce some sort of identification (conference name tag) that they are part of the conference:

City Grill Steakhouse

Greek Fisherman


The following restaurants offer a 10% discount off your bill provided delegates produce some sort of identification (conference name tag) that they are part of the conference:

Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar

Gibson's Gourmet Burger and Ribs



Please visit the following website for a current weather report http://www.weathersa.co.za/web and choose the city you would like a report on.

Cape Town Climate in June:
Although Cape Town winters have a reputation for rain and wind, they often produce perfect days or even weeks. Some climatic change seems to have reduced winter rainfall, and when its not raining, winter becomes a perfect green season, when temperatures can reach a summery 26C (80F) or higher. Capetonians watching the World Cricket Cup being played in England in June regularly enjoyed temperatures and weather much more suitable for cricket here than they were there. This time is known in Cape Town as the "Secret Season" - because of all the secret pleasures to be experienced!

14% Value Added Tax is included in all costs. Visitors can claim back this Tax for purchases in excess of R250.00 at central points in major centres and International Airports.

South Africa's yellow fever vaccination requirements policy has been reviewed. As of 1 October 2011, South Africa requires all travellers journeying from yellow fever risk countries to show proof of yellow fever vaccination by means of a valid yellow fever certificate.

Countries for which a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa are Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Guinea‐Bissau, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, and Zambia.

All major credit cards are accepted : Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Diners Club.

It is customary to add 10% Service Fee to all Food and Beverage charges. The following service providers expect a tip: Luggage porters, taxi drivers, tour guides, coach drivers, restaurant waiters and waitresses, and car guards.

GMT + 02:00

South African Rand (ZAR)

Cape Town | Johannesburg | Durban | Nelspruit |

If you're in your hotel room, contact the emergency number provided or the front desk. If you're out and about, dial 10111 from a landline for the police or 112 from a local mobile phone for emergency assistance.


  • The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ.
  • Most plugs are 15 amp 3‐prong or 5 amp 2‐prong, with round pins. Adaptors are available locally.
  • US‐made appliances may need a transformer.
  • Most hotel rooms have 110 volt outlets for electric shavers and appliances

Telecommunications in South Africa also includes a well‐established mobile (cellular) phone network. Four mobile service providers ‐ Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom Mobile ‐ ensure countrywide coverage and reception is generally good in urban areas. Mobile phones can be hired at all international airports and prepaid airtime can be purchased at most retail outlets.

Useful information on dialing codes:

  • For outgoing international calls, dial 00 plus the country and area codes of the destination concerned. Refer to telephone directories for international dialing codes, or obtain 24‐hour assistance by calling 10903.
  • For incoming international calls, the code is +27 followed by the city code or cellphone code, dropping the first 0.
  • Important local city dialing codes: 011 ‐ Johannesburg; 012 ‐ Pretoria; 021 ‐ Cape Town; 031 ‐ Durban; 041 ‐ Port Elizabeth

South Africa's mobile phone operators utilize the GSM system. If your phone is GSM compatible, set up international roaming with your service provider before you leave home.

Drinking water in South Africa is safe to drink when taken from taps in urban areas. The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry maintains that South Africa's national standard of water quality compares well with World Health Organisation standards.

Safety precautions in South Africa are more common sense than hard and fast measures.
Important South African safety advice includes avoiding deserted areas at night; securing valuables such as photographic equipment and wallets on your person; and leaving expensive, flashy jewellery in your hotel safe while out and about.

  • Being vigilant of your luggage and other belongings (never leave them unattended).
  • Storing valuables in your hotel safe.
  • Limit the amount of money you carry on your person. Also, don't accept offers of assistance at ATMs and keep your pin numbers secure.
  • When using a credit card in restaurants, ask the waiter to bring a portable credit card machine to your table. Report stolen or lost cards immediately.



Please find below some potentially useful material to assist you in preparing a presentation for BioEM2014.

Papers are to be presented in two basic formats: Oral and Poster Presentations. Below you will find specific information concerning these two formats.

If for any reason you find yourself unable to personally present your paper, please try to arrange for someone else to present it. If nobody is available to present your work, you must notify the TPC Chairs well ahead of time (at tpc@bioem2014.org). If the presentation does not take place, without having previously notified the TPC, the corresponding abstract will be removed from the online abstract book.

Oral Presentations

All oral presentations have been allocated a 20-minute time slot. These 20-minutes must include the presentation, questions, and transitioning to the next speaker. It is recommended that speakers plan on a 15-minute presentation to allow for 5 minutes of questions. It is important to strictly adhere to this schedule as most oral presentations are scheduled in parallel sessions. Arrive at least 10 minutes early prior to the start of the session and introduce yourself to the chair while familiarizing yourself with the audiovisual equipment and session chair guidelines.

Each meeting room will be equipped with a personal computer to accommodate PowerPoint and PDF presentation formats with Quicktime, avi and other movie formats. Technical support will be present in each meeting room to ensure flawless execution. Authors must load their presentations onto the designated computer at the conference venue on the day before their session. Presenters will not be allowed to connect their own computer to the projection system. Presentations can be loaded via either CDROM or USB flash memory stick. Authors are urged to try to minimize any potential problems by taking advantage of redundancy whenever possible: save and bring presentations in multiple formats (e.g., PowerPoint and Adobe pdf), store presentations in more than one media (e.g., a CD and a flash memory stick, etc.), and hand carry presentations during travel.

Student Poster Presentations with Flash Presentation

Poster sessions are an important part of the BioEM2014 conference and a method for immediate and effective communication between all those interested in specific subjects, actions or programs. Posters should be carefully designed and prepared to ensure their full impact.

The poster presenters are kindly requested to follow the instructions below:

  • Two poster sessions, i.e., A on Monday, June 9th, and B on Tuesday, June 10th, are planned.
  • All student posters will be presented as poster flash presentation. The poster flash session will take place at the beginning of the above mentioned poster session A: on Monday June 9th, in The Ballroom, from 16:30 to 16:50.
  • Please ensure that you plan your communication carefully. The language is English. Each presenter will have 3 minutes time to present 4 slides maximum for the flash presentation (discussions will follow afterwards at your poster). Please introduce yourself in the beginning of your presentation and point out the main findings of your work. Hence your presentation should not include new material that is not shown on your poster.
  • The Chairs will call up the next presenter after the 3 min are over and you have to leave the podium.
  • Please send your presentation tpc@bioem2014.org by June 6th, 2014 either in Powerpoint (.ppt) or PDF format, since all flash poster presentations will be uploaded beforehand on the same computer and in a single presentation. The presenters will not be allowed to use their USB memory sticks or laptops during the session.

The best student poster(s) will be awarded.

Poster Presentations

The Poster Sessions will be held in The Baltic Room, The Pavilion Conference Centre, Clock Tower Square, V & A Waterfront, walking distance from the main conference venue in the Table Bay hotel. Double-sided boards in portrait format, will be available for each author to attach their posters to and authors are advised to limit their poster size to 120 cm (height) X 90 cm (width). Double-sided tape will be provided by the organizers for mounting posters. The boards will be numbered to correspond with poster numbers in the Program and student posters will be clearly identified. The organizers are not liable for any poster materials.

Authors should be present at their stations for the duration of their assigned session to discuss their work and answer questions, as there will be a flux of attendees.

Mounting: Posters can be mounted from 12:00 on Monday 9 June 2014.
Each board will be marked with the poster number, as indicated in the final program.
Double sided tape will be provided to the mount posters

Removal: Posters must be removed before 15:00 on Wednesday 11 June 2014.



ConsultUS (Pty) Ltd

BioEM 2014 Conference
P O Box 19063
Tygerberg, 7505

For details regarding registration please contact:

Mari Horn
Email:  mari5@sun.ac.za
Tel:  +27 (0)21 938 9082
Fax:  +27 (0)21 933 2649

For all other enquiries regarding submitting of abstracts, advertisements, sponsorships and general logistics, please contact:

Dawne Johnson Email:  dawnej@sun.ac.za
Tel:  +27 (0)21 938 9651
Fax:  +27 (0)21 933 2649
Fax2email:  +27 (0)86 596 0630


Lawson Health Research Institute
Website and Meeting Support

Abstract submission, abstract review, program and abstract books, student award judging, and meeting survey

Jeffrey Carson
Astrid Chamson-Reig
Avery Raess
Pantea Tavakolian
Phil Wong

Lawson Health Research Institute
268 Grosvenor Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A-4V2

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European BioElectromagnetics Association Council
The Bioelectromagnetics Society - Officers and Board of Directors
2013-14 EBEA Council
2013-14 BEMS BOD
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The “European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research”—the currently active committee is known as COST281—newsletter has announced events remaining in 2002 and some meetings planned for 2003.

COST does not fund research, but the group provides a framework for research cooperation between member states in Europe and nearby countries to advance study of possible health effects of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure, and to provide evaluation of data from studies of biological effects for use by decision makers involved in EMF risk management and risk communication.

EVENTS 2003:

COST 281 is planning two workshops combined with regular management committee meetings in the year 2003. Members are encouraged to present their work at these occasions.

May 15–16, 2003. Dublin, Ireland. 4th Management Committee Meeting and Workshop: “Mobile Telecommunication Base Stations and Health.” A public risk communication meeting will be jointly organized with the Irish Department of Public Enterprises. More information will be supplied in the next COST 281 newsletter.

May 17–20, 2003. Dublin, Ireland. Tentative plans call for a joint workshop, “RF and Thermal Physiology,” organized by COST, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES), and the World Health Organization’s International EMF Project. Details to be announced.

November 12–15, 2003. Budapest, Hungary. COST 281’s 2003 Autumn Workshop, with the topic to be decided, will be held in close cooperation with the 6th International Congress of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA). Details to be announced.


The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International EMF Project has announced plans for its Third International EMF seminar in China: Electromagnetic Fields and Biological Effects, in Guilin, China, April 18–22, 2003. The official language is English.

The seminar is sponsored by WHO and the International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and The People’s Republic of China Ministry of Health, and is co-sponsored by the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering, the EMF Radiation Biology Committee & Millimeter Wave Medical Application Committee of the Chinese Society of Electronics, and the Environmental and Radioactive Biophysics Committee of the Chinese Society of Biophysics, with support from Zhejiang University.

The seminar is intended to provide “a central forum covering all aspects of electromagnetic radiation, including direct current (DC), extremely-low frequency (ELF), radiofrequency (RF) and electromagnetic fields (EMF).” Topics will include:

- Bioeffects and mechanisms of EMF: Epidemiological evidence, health assessment, experimental and theoretical study, etc.

- Dosimetry and Measurement of EMF: Theoretical and experimental dosimetry, specific absorption rate (SAR), dose-effect relationship

- EMF Radiation Protection and Safety: Occupation safety standard, environment safety standard, prevention method

A special workshop on harmonization of international EMF radiation standards is also planned.

The seminar will help in the exchange of information on new concepts, methods, and recent research progress, and strengthening friendships in the bioelectromagnetics community. It is also intended to “promote the collaboration between China and other countries around the world.” WHO organizers also note that, as may be noted from the number of separate committees in China that follow these issues, “the Chinese EMF-related research community has been divided into several committees that belong to different national societies.” The meeting next April in Guilin will be “the first cooperative meeting of these committees” which may help to “integrate the Chinese EMF research community and elevate it into a higher level.”

More information on Guilin is available at: www.guilin.com.cn

The official hotel is Guilin Park Hotel, www.parkhtl.com

Registration contact: Mrs. Zeng Qunli, Bioelectromagnetic Lab., Zhejiang University School of Medicine, 353 Yanan Rd., Hangzhou 310031, CHINA; Tel: 86-571-87217094, 87217386; Fax: 86-571-87217410. e-mail: E-mail: zengql@cmm.zju.edu.cn or zengqunli@hotmail.com