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The IT'IS Foundation proudly announces the launch of its redesigned website:


This new website is expected to be a continually evolving platform to showcase their work, research activities, and related news.

At the same time, they announced the expansion of their Virtual Population Project initiative for the continual creation of the most advanced numerical human models "representing the entire human population for multi-physics applications". The models can be downloaded for free for non-commercial research purposes.

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Phone:+41 44 245 9682 / Fax:+41 44 245 9699.

Published on: Nov 17, 2010

When Board Member Maria Scarfi and Journal Editor in Chief James Lin were looking at their computers, the new website was just a dream.  Now it is a reality.  Find out more about the site development and other items of interest via newsletter 216.  Click here to read NL216

Board members Maria Scarfi


Editor's note:  BEMS member David Black presented the following short article to The Bioelectromagnetics Society's Board of Directors earlier this year.  Subsequent to this, Dr. Black discussed the possibility of joining with other occupational health specialists to look for areas of common interest.  Interested practioners may contact Dr. Black directly at

The Bioelectromagnetics Society was founded on research. The majority of both members and directors have always been researchers.  Since the realisation that biological effects could arise from electromagnetic energy, The Society has been at the forefront of advancing understanding and promoting continuous improvement in practise.  In recent years, both membership and to a greater extent participation in meetings has attracted practitioners of bioelectromagnetic safety for a number of reasons.  Many [join or participate] because they are interested in research or at least need to understand it,  others, simply because The Society provides the best forum to meet likeminded practitioners of electromagnetic safety, particularly in an environment which is to some extent disciplined by the rigours of academia. 

Nowadays, with the passage of several decades and literally thousands of papers of intensive research, many of which have been published through The Society’s journal, there is a high level of understanding of the nature and mechanism of bioelectromagnetic effects and a very high level of sophistication available in the practises of measurement and dosimetry, standards formation and application in the everyday practise of electromagnetic safety.  These practitioners, who come from a variety of backgrounds including science, electrical trades and increasingly, employed directly into the field, are already a significant feature of bioelectromagnetic activities and yet are not necessarily formally recognised.  For example, in the invitation for papers for the 2010 meeting there seemed to be a stipulation that only research would be accepted.

 As in many areas of medical science, it is arguable now that we are reaching the stage where advancing knowledge is accelerating ahead of our ability to apply it.  Furthermore, and worse, to a considerable extent application of bioelectromagnetic knowledge in the context of public health protection is often seriously flawed.  Some of the fault here lies with the political nature of application of knowledge at a regulatory level which can only be solved by the availability of better education.  Some of the fault also arises from the increasing problem of research bias, the phenomenon whereby researchers become advocates for the importance of their hypotheses whether or not they have been proven.  This can be an issue within The Bioelectromagnetics Society even though it is usually soundly dealt with by robust and well balanced debate.  Such an environment of robust discussion is an ideal backdrop for practitioners wishing to learn and understand the principles on which the practise of electromagnetic safety must be based.  Furthermore, The Society is mature and stable enough to be able to separate science and its sometimes fanciful ideas from the established facts which must be relied on for public health protection. 

The Bioelectromagnetic Society needs to establish a formal part of itself which sees the world not as opportunities for further research but as needing guidance in sound and safe application of what is established and accepted in the interests of public health.  Most people in this potential constituency are already familiar with The Society’s work, they need to be made welcome, which in practise they are already for the most part are, and consolidated with activities directed towards their interests which are generally not research.  In my opinion, all parts of The Bioelectromagnetics Society would appreciate and benefit from the expansion and activities which would arise from this approach.

Dr David Black MD FAFOEM
University of Auckland
5th May 2010

Editor's note:  This article describes research recently published in The Society's journal, Bioelectromagnetics.  We invite all other authors of papers recently published in the journal to submit Research Reviews for publication in the newsletter.  These Research Reviews provide additional information and context for the peer reviewed material previously published, and ideally will give readers a better sense of why the work was performed and its relevance to other work in the area.  Any opinions expressed in these short articles are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the consensus of The Biolelectromagnetics Society.

(Submitted by Fatemeh Saberia, Samad Jahandideh, Department of Medical physics and Bio-medical Engineering, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran)

During recent years, due to different devices used in industry, an increment in the number of investigations related to electromagnetic field (EMF) effects composed of a wide range of parameters such as polarization, exposure duration, and exposure profiles has been reported to affect biological systems in the field of bioelectromagnetics [Anderson, 1993; Cleary, 1993; Frey, 1993; Hong, 1995], but so far no agreement on the effect of different parameters in experimental designs in relation to exposure conditions have been reached.

Numerous investigations have examined a variety of possible physical mechanisms to describe EMF's bioeffecs [Binhi, 2006; Binhi, 2007; Blackman et al., 1995; Blackman et al., 1996; Vincze et al., 2008; Liboff, 2009; Muehsam and Pilla,2009a; Muehsam and Pilla 2009b].  Although much research has been done in the field of bioelectromagnetics, no specific database has been designed to facilitate searching for collections of specific databases in specific subjects, such as the possible effect of EMF on mutagenesis, cell proliferation, apoptosis, etc., from which researchers might analyze their results.  A well-known example of such a database is the Protein Data Bank (PDB) in the field of bioinformatics. The PDB archive contains information about experimentally-determined structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies [Berman et al., 2002].

Recently we published two papers based on a collected database including all experiments on melatonin excretion patterns in the rat exposed to EMF [Jahanndideh et al., 2010; Jahandideh and Abdolmaleki, in press]. In these papers, the effect of EMF on melatonin excretion patterns were analyzed and predicted using algorithmic and non-algorithmic predictor models which showed valuable results. Such predictor models are promising and may play a useful role in defining guidelines for experimental designs relating to exposure conditions.

In conclusion, we believe that analysis and testing of predictor models on bioelectromagnetic data could result in establishing a relationship between particular exposure conditions and different observed biological processes. This could in turn be useful in the development of treatments for some diseases by recognizing the possible positive effects of EMF.  In addition, understanding how different magnitudes of electromagnetic fields affect the biological systems could help identify the harmful effects of naturally occurring electromagnetic fields on living organisms.

Dr. Jahandideh contact information: Tel:
+98 917-7372417,


  • Anderson LE. 1993. Biological effects of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields: In vivo studies. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 54:186–196.
  • Berman HM, Battistuz T, Bhat TN, Bluhm WF, Bourne PE, Burkhardt K et al. 2002. The Protein Data Bank. Acta Crystallog Sect D 58:899–907.
  • Binhi VN, Rubin AB. 2007. Magnetobiology: the kT paradox and possible solutions. Electromagn. Biol. Med. 26(1):45-62.
  • Binhi VN. 2006. Stochastic dynamics of magnetosomes and a mechanism of biological orientation in the geomagnetic field. Bioelectromagnetics 27(1):58-63.
  • Blackman CF, Blanchard JP, Benane SG, House DE. 1995.  The ion parametric resonance model predicts magnetic  field parameters that affect nerve cells. FASEB J. 9(7):547-551.
  • Blackman CF, House DE, Blanchard JP. 1996. Nonbinomial distribution of relative neurite outgrowth in PC-12 cells. Bioelectromagnetics 17(6):512-515.
  • Cleary SF. 1993. A review of in vitro studies: Low-frequency electromagnetic fields. Am Ind Hyg Assoc J 54:178–185.
  • Frey AH. 1993. Electromagnetic field interactions with biological systems. FASEB J 7:272–281.
  • Hong FT. 1995. Magnetic field effects on biomolecules, cells, and living organisms. Biosystems 36:187–229.
  • Jahandideh S, Abdolmaleki P, Movahedi MM. 2010. Comparing performances of logistic regression and neural networks for predicting melatonin excretion patterns in the rat exposed to ELF magnetic fields. Bioelectromagnetics 31:164–171.
  • Jahandideh S, Abdolmaleki P. Prediction of melatonin excretion patterns in the rat exposed to ELF magnetic fields based on support vector machine and linear discriminant analysis. Micron (In press)
  • Liboff AR. 2009. Electric polarization and the viability of living systems: ion cyclotron resonance-like interactions. Electromagn. Biol. Med. 28(2):124-34.
  • Muehsam DJ, Pilla AA. 2009a. A Lorentz model for weak magnetic field bioeffects: part I--thermal noise is an essential component of AC/DC effects on bound ion trajectory. Bioelectromagnetics 30(6):462-75.
  • Muehsam DJ, Pilla AA. 2009b. A Lorentz model for weak magnetic field bioeffects: part II--secondary transduction mechanisms and measures of reactivity. Bioelectromagnetics 30(6):476-88.
  • Vincze G, Szasz A, Liboff AR. 2008. New theoretical treatment of ion resonance phenomena. Bioelectromagnetics 29(5):380-386.



Director of the School: Ferdinando Bersani (University of Bologna, Italy)

The fifth Course is addressed to young researchers and to biologists, engineers and physicians who conduct research on bioelectromagnetics or work in a medical environment.

The Course aims to present the most advanced knowledge on the mechanism of action of electromagnetic fields, to identify cellular targets and to discuss the rational basis for the use of electromagnetic fields in clinical practice.  It is focused on  nonthermal effects.

During the Course the results of pre-clinical studies, in vitro and in vivo, will be presented and their relevance as support to clinical applications discussed. Extensive review will be dedicated to the use in clinical practice of:

a) pulsed electromagnetic fields in orthopaedic practice, to enhance bone tissue healing and cartilage repair;

b) short and intense electric pulses for cell electropermeabilisation (electroporation) and gene and drug uptake (electrotransfer);

c) high and low intensity electromagnetic field s on central nervous system.

Finally, early experience with irreversible electroporation and nanosecond pulsed electric fields will be reviewed.

The aim of the Course is to provide participants with exhaustive information to show the enormous potentiality of the area for both technological improvements and research resulting in the best care for patients.

The Course is sponsored by the: European Bioelectromagnetic Association (EBEA) - Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research - Sicilian Regional Government - Centro Universitario per lo studio delle Interazioni tra Campi Elettromagnetici e Biosistemi (ICEmB) - Consortium Elettra 2000 - Verum Foundation - IGEA Clinical Biophysics - World Health Organization (WHO) - The Bioelectrochemical Society (BES)

Award for the best poster presentation

One day will be partially devoted to poster presentations by participants. A Scientific Committee will award the author of the best poster. All posters will be introduced by a 5-minute oral presentation.

Participation fee: € 1300 including food and lodging.

More information may be found at (Download here)


Interested candidates should send an email to the Directors of the Course at the following email address: specifying:
i) A short Curriculum Vitae;
ii) Scientific interest of the candidate;
iii) For young researchers: letter of recommendation of a senior scientist by e-mail (attached Word or PDF file).

Applications can be submitted until November 15th. In case of acceptance the candidate will be informed by e-mail. The deadline for sending the requests of participation to the School is November 15th . For those who are accepted, the participation fee can be paid directly into the Bank Account of the Erice E. Majorana Centre indicating the motivation (Participation to the fifth Course of the International School of Bioelectromagnetics "Alessandro Chiabrera") or directly to the School on arrival in Erice.

Bank Account:
Holder: Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture
IBAN: IT 04 W 03223 16400 000600000655
UNCRITMM - UNICREDIT PRIVATE BANKING SPA (a subsidiary of Unicredit S.p.A.)
ACCOUNT N: (IBAN) - field 59:

For details about the Ettore Majorana Centre:
Participants must arrive to Erice on November 22, 2010, possibly not later than 6 p.m. in order to organize transport (free of charge) from Palermo (or Trapani) to Erice.
The course starts on November 23, at 8.30 a.m.


Ruggero Cadossi

Via Parmenide, 10A
I 41012 Carpi (MO), Italy
Phone: +39 059 699 600
Fax: +39 059 695 778

Lluis Mir

Laboratoire de Vectorologie et Thérapeutiques Anticancéreuses
UMR 8203 CNRS Univ Paris-Sud
Institut Gustave-Roussy
114 rue Edouard Vaillant
Tel + 33 1 42 11 47 92; Fax +33 1 42 11 52 45

Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture

The Centre for Scientific Culture in Erice (Sicily, Italy) is named after the great Italian scientist Ettore Majorana.

According to Antonino Zichichi, the director of the Centre, "At Erice, those who come in order to follow a certain School are called 'students', but actually they are young people who have successfully completed their University studies and who come to Erice in order to learn what the new problems are. However, what is distinctive for Erice is the spirit animating all participants: students no less than teachers. The prime objective is to learn. The student listens to the lectures and after that comes the most amusing part: the discussion session."

Topics in Bioelectromagnetics have come to Erice many times in the past, especially in the 1980s, with international courses and workshops on non-ionising radiation.  Today many participants of those courses contribute greatly to the development of this research field.

Following the request of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) and the Inter-University Centre for the study of the Interaction between Electromagnetic Fields and Biosystems (ICEmB), in 2003 the Ettore Majorana Centre has established a Permanent School of Bioelectromagnetics, named after Alessandro Chiabrera, who is considered as a master by the young scientists of the two organizations.

EBEA is happy to announce that the 10th International Conference of the European Bioelectromagnetic Association will be held in Rome at the beautiful location of the Engineering Faculty of La Sapienza University from February 21 to February 24, 2011.

As the premier European conference in the area of bioelectromagnetics, EBEA 2011 is designed to stimulate further research in this field through the exchange of ideas and lively debate on state-of-the-art knowledge.

The meeting aims to advance high quality research in bioelectromagnetics through a focus on health concerns, regulations, and medical applications. The meeting program will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of bioelectromagnetics - from fundamental research topics on the interactions between living tissue and EM energy to medical applications.  Presentations on basic and applied aspects of bioelectromagnetics will address the health concerns, regulations and medical applications associated with electromagnetic fields.

EBEA 2011 will feature invited plenary talks by world-renowned scientists, special sessions and panel discussions aligned with the most pressing issues in the field of bioelectromagnetics as well as technical sessions and poster sessions.

Submitted papers will be peer reviewed.  High quality papers accepted for this meeting will be presented in oral or poster sessions, and will be published in the Conference Proceedings. 

Student competitions will also be a highlight of the conference.  Students from around the world will have the opportunity to present their work in an oral or poster session while developing their technical communication skills and networking with the bioelectromagnetics community.

To complement the stimulating and interesting program, the spectacular venue of Rome offers the ideal location for participants and their families to enjoy themselves beyond the meeting professional events.   The Faculty is located in the heart of the city, from which it is easy to visit all the fabled and historical sites, and enjoy the best of Rome attractions.

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Richard (Dick) Lovely, formerly of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, informs us of the death of his wife, Anita Wong Lovely, on July 27.  Anita and Dick met at the 1985 BEMS meeting in San Francisco.  Although she eventually changed fields of emphasis in her scientific inquiries, she remains in the hearts of many people in the BEMS community and she will be greatly missed. 

Anita and Dick had long planned to relocate to Southern California.  In fact, Anita passed one week prior to the realization of this dream.  For those wishing to celebrate her life, contributions to the Sclerodema Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged.  Dick Lovely can be reached at 32421 Via Antibes, Monarch Beach, CA 92629-3456 or by telephone at (949) 715-9722.