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COST281 EVENTS SET IN 2003

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.

WHO PLANS EMF EFFECTS, STANDARDS HARMONIZATION MEETING IN CHINA

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

October 7-12,2002.2nd Workshop on Biological Effects of EMF. Rhodes, GREECE. The Aldemar Paradise Royal Mare Hotel. Contact Ms. Kety Apostolou: conf2002@imm.demokritos.gr 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 mthr@nrpb.org 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: info@fgf.de

April 19-23, 2003. WHO Working Group on EMF Standards Harmonization. Guilin, CHINA. Watch for details at: www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings.htm or contact Prof. Zhengping Xu at: xu2266@hotmail.com

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: info@ortra.co.il or emc2003@ortra.co.il 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, gloriaparsley@aol.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: secretaria.sociedades@medynet.com 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
2001 653 56 321 352 235
2000 628 72 354 479 337
1999 657 54 400 454 261
1998 715 52 427 430 290
1997 779 59 460 *661 *505
1996 752 82 443 511 339
1995 776 100 429 503 295
1994 748 64 413 507 348
1993 740 125 398 415 191
1992 706 72 375 *733 *607
1991 709 117 377 408 192
1990 690 127 347 404 184
1989 607 125 316 289 166
1988 588 120 326 319 185
1987 530 79 249 149
1986 525 91 239 172

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: tim.erren@uni-koeln.de

In addition to the Curtis Carl Johnson Memorial Award for Best Poster and Platform presentations, The Bioelectromagnetics Society is pleased to announce that it will also present a Student Award for the Best Clinical Presentation again this year. Please be advised that all students, even undergraduates who have done work in the area of Bioelectromagnetics, are eligible to submit abstracts and be considered for this award. Student submissions must be identified as such for consideration, the student must be the first author, must present the report, and be an undergraduate or a graduate student enrolled in a course in any of the fields related to Bioelectromagnetics.

Students who wish to apply for travel assistance should submit their request in writing to the BEMS office with an estimate of the lowest supersaver airfare available. The amount budgeted for student travel support will be distributed based on the requests submitted.

January 8-11, 2001. National Radio Science Meeting, University of Colorado at Boulder. This open scientific meeting is sponsored by the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). It is held in cooperation with the following International Electronics and Electrical Engineers’ (IEEE) organizations: Antennas and Propagation Society and its Wave propagation Standards Committee; Circuits and Systems Society; Communications Society; Electromagnetic Compatibility Society; Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society; Information Theory Group; Instrumentation and Measurement Society, Microwave theory and Techniques Society, and the Nuclear Science Society.
Papers will be presented in the following areas:
Commission A. Electromagnetic Metrology
Commission B. Fields and Waves
Commission C. Signals and Systems
Commission D. Electronics and Photonics
Commission E. Electromagnetic Noise and Interference
Commission F. Wave Propagation and Remote Sensing
Commission G. Ionospheric Radio and Propagation
Commission H. Waves in Plasma
Commission J. Radio Astronomy
Commission K. Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine
More information on the Web site at: http://cires.colorado.edu/ursi or contact: Frank Barnes, University of Colorado, (303) 492-8225 ; e-mail: frank.barnes@colorado.edu or Jon Schoenberg, IEEE Commission E, (719) 333-7333; e-mail: schoenberg@ieee.org

January 10-14, 2001. Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine 19th Annual Meeting. Embassey Suites, Charleston, South Carolina. Contact: Gloria Parsley, SPRBM, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702. (Tel: 301-663-4556, Fax: 301-694-4948, e-mail: gloriaparsley@aol.com, Web: http:www.sprbm.org)

January 15–17, 2001. World Health Organization and Israeli government seminar, “Bioeffects and EMF Standards Harmonization.” Details are being finalized. For further information contact: Dr Ehud Ne’eman, Head Radiation Safety Division, Ministry of the Environment, Sacker Medical School (7th floor), Tel Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv 69978, Tel Aviv, Israel. Tel: +972 3 641 4807, Fax: +972 3 642 9883 E-mail: env_rad@netvision.net.il or, shaiela_k@yahoo.com

February 9, 2001. BEMS Workshop, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

February 10, 2001. BEMS Board of Directors meeting. Washington, DC.

March 7–9, 2001. World Health Organization and Peruvian government regional seminar on “Bioeffects and EMF Standards Harmonization.” Lima, Peru. This meeting will be an opportunity for central and south American countries to participate in WHO’s EMF standards harmonization process. It is anticipated that there will be simultaneous interpretation between English and Spanish. For further information on this meeting contact: Dr Michael H. Repacholi, WHO, Geneva Fax: +41 22 791 4123, E-mail: repacholim@who.int

April 2-4, 2001. International Symposium on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine. University of Tokyo, Japan. Sponsored by URSI Commission K: Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine. A conference on biological effects of wireless communication, biomagnetic stimulation, bone growth, electromagnetic interaction with biological systems, cellular effects, implantable medical devices, dosimetry, wound healing, thermal ablation therapy, and more. For more information, contact Conference Chairman Dr. Shoogo Ueno, University of Tokyo, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Tel. +81 3 5841 3563. FAX: +81 3 5689 7215. E-mail: ueno@medes.m.u-tokyo.ac.jp

April 30-May 4, 2001. World Health Organization (WHO) International EMF Project Standards Harmonization Meeting. Sofia, Bulgaria. This meeting will be an opportunity for Eastern European countries to participate in WHO’s EMF standards harmonization process. For local arrangements contact: Dr. Michel Israel, Head of Department for Physical Factors, National Centre of Hygiene, Medical Ecology and Nutrition, 15 Dimiter Nestorov Str. Sofia 1431, Bulgaria. Tel: +359 2 596154, Fax:+ 359 2 958 1277, E-mail: M.Israel@nch.aster.net At WHO, contact: Dr. Michael Repacholi, WHO, Geneva, SWITZERLAND. Fax: +41 22 791 4123. E-mail: repacholim@who.int

June 10-14, 2001. Bioelectromagnetics Society 23rd Annual Meeting. Radisson Hotel, St. Paul, Minneapolis. Room rates $91 single $101 double plus tax. +1 (651) 292 1900. Contact: The Bioelectromagnetics Society, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702, 301-663-4252, 301-694-4948 fax, Email: BEMSoffice@aol.com or gloriaparsley@aol.com Web: www.bioelectromagnetics.org

August 1-4, 2001. Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference. Tokyo, Japan. Contact: AP-RASC Secretariat, c/o The Japanese URSI Committee, c/o Dr. Y. Furuhama, Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, 4-2-1 Nukuikita-machi, Koganeishi, 184-8795 Tokyo, Japan. (http://www.kurasc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ursi/)

September 6-8, 2001 -- European Bio Electromagnetics Association (EBEA) 5th International Congress, Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland. Topics will include dosimetry and exposure systems, biological mechanisms, in vitro, in vivo and human clinical EMF studies, epidemiology and medical applications. Contact: EBEA 2001 Secretariat, Solveig Borg, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topieliuksenkatu 41 aA, FIN-00250 Helsinki, FINLAND. Tel. +358 9 4747 2900; FAX: +358 9 2413 804. E-mail: solveig.borg@occuphealth.fi www.occuphealth.fi/ e/project/ebea2001 or Dr Maila Hietenan, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, Helsinki, Finland Fin-00250. Tel: +358 9 4747 714, Fax: +358 9 4747 805, e-mail: maila.hietanen@occuphealth.fi

October 2001. World Health Organization (WHO) EMF Biological Effects and Standards Harmonization regional meeting in South Korea is being finalised. This meeting will be an opportunity for Asian countries to participate in WHO’s EMF standards harmonization process. For more informaiton, contact: Dr. Michael Repacholi, WHO, Geneva. Fax: +41 22 791 4123. E-mail: repacholim@who.int

Published on: Feb 03, 2011

Issue 217 of the Bioelectromagnetics Society Newsletter is now online.

THE BIOELECTROMAGNETICS SOCIETY
FISCAL YEAR INCOME STATEMENT

  April 1, 1999 - April 1, 1998 -
  March 31, 2000 March 31, 1999
REVENUE

Membership

$ 31,944

$ 35,972
Journal $ 92,671 $ 102,886
Conference $ 132,158 $ 113,050
CME Grants $ 7,500 $ -
Grants $ 73,716 $ 91,580
Newsletter subscriptions $ 1,160 $ 377
Interest/Dividends $ 17,192 $ 19,463
TOTAL REVENUES $ 356,341 $ 363,328

EXPENSES
Newsletter $ 14,120 $ 17,143
Journal $ 65,204 $ 68,695
Conference $ 132,045 $ 97,168
CME $ 8,668 $ 6,759
Administrative $ 111,341 $ 112,528

TOTAL EXPENSES
$ 331,378 $ 302,293

FISCAL YEAR EARNINGS

$ 24,963

$ 61,035
Net Assets Beginning of Year $ 314,510 $ 253,475

NET ASSETS YEAR END

$ 339,473

$ 314,510

THE BIOELECTROMAGNETICS SOCIETY
FISCAL YEAR BALANCE SHEET

  FISCAL YEAR FISCAL YEAR
  4/1/99-3/31/00 4/1/98-3/31/99
ASSETS    

CASH

$ 110,642

$ 98,928
Marketable Securities $ 207,593 $ 196,051
A/R Other $ 40,879 $ 7,055
A/R Journal $ 10,375 $ 36,045
Prepaid Conference Expenses $ 856 $ 10,421
Total Assets $ 370,345 $ 348,500

Equipment

$ 51,999

$ 48,548
Less: Depreciation $ (47,842) $ (45,918)
Net Equipment $ 4,157 $ 2,630

TOTAL ASSETS

$ 374,502

$ 351,130

LIABILITIES

Accounts Payable $ 10,783 $ 14,000
Deferred Membership Income $ 20,246 $ 22,620
Deferred CME Grant Income $ 4,000  
TOTAL LIABILITIES $ 35,029 $ 36,620

FUND BALANCE

Net Assets Prior Year $ 314,510 $ 253,475
Fiscal Year Earnings $ 24,963 $ 61,035
TOTAL FUND BALANCE $ 339,473 $ 314,510

TOTAL LIABILITIES & FUND BALANCE

$ 374,502

$ 351,130

 

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