October 7-12,2002.2nd Workshop on Biological Effects of EMF. Rhodes, GREECE. The Aldemar Paradise Royal Mare Hotel. Contact Ms. Kety Apostolou: firstname.lastname@example.org or see: http://imm.demokritos.gr or: www.uoi.gr/conf_sem bioeffects
Oct. 13,2002. Abstract deadline for the 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). ON LINE SUBMISSION IN ENGLISH IS REQUIRED. For detailed instructions on file submission visit the Symposium’s official web site: www.ortra.com/emc2003/ For program details see May 11-16,2003.
Oct. 20-24, 2002. First Asian and Oceanic Congress for Radiation Protection (AOCRP-l), “Radiation Protection - Toward the New Horizon.” Lotte Hotel Downtown, Seoul, KOREA. Hosted by Korean Association for Radiation Protection (KARP) with the Asian and Oceanic Association for Radiation Protection (AOARP), and the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA). Sponsored by Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Australian and other radiation protection agencies. Details available at: www.aocrp-1.com
Nov. 10-14 2002. Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine- EPSM 2002. The Rotorua Convention Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand. Early registration closes 27 Sept., not 15th. Sponsored by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine; IEAust - College of Biomedical Engineers; Australasian Radiation Protection Society; Incorporating the biennial meeting of the International Commission on Occupational Health - Radiation & Work Committee. Co-sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society. Speakers include Vitas Anderson on comparing peak SAR levels in the brains of children and adult mobile phone users, David Black on stable standards and new challenges in radio-frequency safety, Agnette Peralta on regulatory activities and EMF exposure standards in the Republic of the Philippines, Peter Hunter on cardiac electromechanics and John Moulder on mobile phones and cancer. More program details at www.epsm2002.com
November 11-12, 2002. Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) seminar. The Royal Society, London, U.K. MTHR program will update participants on progress of the MTHR program, and other matters related to research into possible health effects of mobile phones. First day, Nov. 11, open to the public; Nov. 12 by invitation only. To request permission to attend the first day of the Research Seminar, send an e-mail before Oct. 25 to email@example.com with details on your affiliation and information on how the organizers can contact you. Watch www.mthr.org.uk/MOBILE
Nov. 12-13, 2002. COST281 Seminar, “Subtle Temperature Effects of RF-EMF.” The Royal Society, London, U.K., in conjunction with a COST281 Management Committee meeting. Contributions to the scientific seminar should be submitted to Gerd Friedrich before Oct. 1 by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 11-16, 2003. The 2003 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). Istanbul Hilton Hotel, TURKEY. Symposium and discussion on new developments in electromagnetic compatibility and related topics such as environmental effects, EMC education and management, high-power microwave effects, product safety, radiation hazards and biological effects of EMF. Contact symposium secretariat, ORTRA Ltd., 1 Nirim Street, P.O. Box 9352, 61092 Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL. Tel: +972 363 844 44; Fax: +972 363 844 55. E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Or see: www.ortra.com/emc2003
June 9-11, 2003. The Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine's 22nd Scientific Conference. The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio, Texas. Contact: Gloria Parsley, SPRBM, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702, 301-663-4556, 301-694-4948 fax, email@example.com
June 11-13, 2003. ElectroMed 2003. San Antonio, Texas. The third International Symposium on Nonthermal Medical / Biological Treatments Using Electromagnetic Fields and Ionized Gases provides a forum to discuss the progress, problems, and potential of high-frequency, high-power electric pulses and cold ionized gases for medical applications. Information at: www.electromed2003.com Sign up to receive e-mail notices.
June 22-26, 2003. The Bioelectromagnetics Society 25th Annual Meeting. The Outrigger Wailea Resort, Maui, Hawaii. Rates: $155/government per diem for any category: oceanfront, ocean view, garden view, or mountain view. Lodging reservations toll free from U.S. and Canada: (800) 688-7444; Worldwide Direct Phone +1 (303) 369-7777. For meeting details, contact: Gloria Parsley, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702; Phone +1 (301) 663-4252, FAX: +1 (301) 694-4948. Email: BEMSoffice@aol.com
Nov. 12-15, 2003. The European Bio Electromagnetics Association (EBEA) 6th International Congress. Budapest, Hungary. Details at www.ebea.org
May 23-28, 2004. IRPA International Congress, Madrid, SPAIN. Congress organized by the Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica (Spanish Radiation Protection Society). Contact: Secretariat, Edicomplet, Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica, Capitán Haya, 60, 10, E-28020 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel. +34 917 499 517. FAX: +34 917 499 503. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sepr.es
June 20-24, 2004. The Bioelectromagnetics Society 26th Annual Meeting. Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Our group rate will be the government per diem rate in 2004, US$155. Contact: Gloria Parsley, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702; Phone +I (301) 663-4252, FAX: +1 (301) 694-4948. Email: BEMSoffice@aol.com
SWEDISH AUTHORITY REVIEWS CELL PHONE RESEARCH
Statens stralskyddinstitut (SSI), the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority, engaged two internationally known epidemiologists, John D. Boice, Jr., and Joseph K. McLaughlin of the International Epidemiology Institute, USA, to review published epidemiological studies on the relationship between the use of cellular telephones and cancer risk. They observed no consistent evidence for increased risk of brain cancer, meningioma, acoustic neurinoma, ocular melanoma, or salivary gland cancer, examined over a wide range of exposure measures, including type of phone, duration of use, frequency of use, total cumulative hour; of use, tumor location and laterality (concurrence of tumor location with hand normally used during phone conversations).
Boice and McLaughlin also reviewed the Swedish studies by Lennart Hardell et al., which demonstrated an association between the use of cellular phones and cancer. These and a few studies that addressed this concern in the United States are non-informative, either because the follow-up was too short and numbers of cancers too small (USA) or because of serious methodological limitations (Sweden).
In contrasf five well-designed epidemiological studies have been conducted in three countries and using different designs: three hospital-based case-control studies in the United States, a registry-based case-control study in Finland, and a registry-based cohort study of over 400,000 cellular phone users in Denmark.
Boice and McLaughlin saw a consistent picture from these studies that appears to rule out, with a reasonable degree of certainty, a causal association between cellular telephones and cancer to date. Complementing the human data are the emerging results of experimental studies, which have failed to confirm earlier reports of possible adverse outcomes from radiofrequency exposure. Moreover, there is no biologically plausible mechanism to support a carcinogenic effect of non-ionizing radiofrequency waves.
Many people today worry about the possible risks associated with the use of cellular phones. While the current state of the science is reassuring, ongoing case-control studies being conducted in 13 countries using a shared protocol, and continued follow-up of cohorts of cellular phone users, should provide further evidence regarding any possible carcinogenic effect associated with long-term cellular telephone use.
The full report is available in pdf format on the Internet at www.ssi.se/english/Press_release_rapp2001_16.html
Contact: Lars-Erik Paulsson, principal scientist for non-ionizing radiation, Phone +46 8 729 7166, or Ulf Baverstam, deputy DG, +46 8 729 7180; mobile +46 709 14 6987.
- SSI press release
A LOOK AT SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP & MEETING TRENDS SINCE 1986
Bioelectromagnetics Society Executive Director Gloria Parsley has been gathering information and provided the following table to the Board of Directors to given them an idea of trends in membership, numbers of new members, journal subscriptions, attendance at the annual meeting and number of papers submitted over the past 17 years.
|Year||Members||New Members||Journal Subscriptions||Annual Mtg. Attendees||Abstracts received|
|2002 to date||549||17||391||273|
Thomas Erren of the University of Cologne, Germany, announced recently that “some intriguing results of recent studies and promising research perspectives are now available” from a symposium held in May titled, “Light, Endocrine Systems and Cancer -Facts and Research Perspectives.” The symposium attracted participants from 19 countries and diverse disciplines. They concluded that “both epidemiologic and laboratory research in this area are expected to grow appreciably in scope and scale” in the next several years. Erren has posted four summary evaluations from the symposium on the Web at: www.uni-koeln.de/symposium2002>http://www.unikio eln.de/symposium2002 Erren may be reached at the Institute and Polyclinic for Occupational and Social Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Koln, Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 9, 50924 (Lindenthal), GERMANY. Phone +49 221/478-5819; Fax +49 221/478-5119, and E-mail: email@example.com