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April 18-22, 2003 POSTPONED. WHO Working Group on EMF Standards Harmonization. Guilin, CHINA. Sponsored by WHO, ICNIRP, People’s Republic of China Ministry of Health and many others. Watch www.who.int/peh-emf/ meetings.htm for rescheduling information.

May 11-16, 2003. IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). Istanbul Hilton Hotel, TURKEY. Developments in electromagnetic compatibility and related topics. Contact: ORTRALtd., 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 See also www.ortra.com/emc2003

May 15-16, 2003. COST Management Committee Meeting and Workshop. Dublin, IRELAND. "Mobile Telecommunication Base Stations and Health." Risk communication meeting organized with the Irish Department of Public Enterprises. E-mail info@fgf.de or See: www.cost281.org/

June 3-5, 2003. The 42th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for Medical and Biological Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, JAPAN. See: www.e-convention.org/me2003

June 11-13, 2003. ElectroMed 2003. International Symposium on Nonthermal Medical / Biological Treatments Using Electromagnetic Fields and Ionized Gases. San Antonio, Texas, USA. Westin Riverwalk Hotel. Progress, problems and potential of high-frequency, high-power electric pulses and cold ionized gases for medical applications. See: www.electromed2003.com

June 19-22, 2003. IEEE International Committee for Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) and its Subcommittees. In conjunction with BEMS Annual Meeting, Maui, Hawaii, USA (see June 22).
June 19: SCC34, SC-1 and ICES Exec. Comm.
June 20: SC-2, SC-3 and SC-5
June 21: SC-4 and COMAR
June 22: ICES Parent Committee See: www.grouper.ieee.org/groups/scc28

June 22, 2003. AFRL RF Research Workshop. 1-5 p.m. The Wailea Marriott, an Outrigger Resort, Maui, Hawaii. Contact: Michael.Murphy@Brooks.af.mil

June 22-27, 2003. The Bioelectromagnetics Society 25th Annual Meeting. The Wailea Marriott, an Outrigger Resort, Maui, Hawaii. Rates: $155 government per diem (includes taxes). Reservations toll free from U.S. and Canada: (800) 367-2960; Worldwide Phone +1 (808) 879-1922. Technical Program has been mailed and posted on our Web site: www.bioelectromagnetics.org Contact: Gloria Parsley, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702; Tel: +1(301)663-4252, FAX +1(301)694-4948. E-mail: BEMSoffice@aol.com

July 14-18, 2003. Health Physics Summer School. Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego State University Health Physics. Contact: Patrick Papin, E-mail: ppapin@sciences.sdsu.edu

July 20-24, 2003. Health Physics Society Annual Meeting. Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, Calif. USA. See: www.hps.org

Sept. 17-21, 2003. IEEE International Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology. Cancun, MEXICO. Sponsored by Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Istapalapa, MEXICO. Contact: Jodi Stock, E-mail: j.stock@ieee.org See: http://itzamna.uam.mx/cancun

Nov. 6-12, 2003. World Health Organization & U.S. Air Force Asia Pacific EMF Conference. Bangkok, THAILAND. Venue to be announced. Topics will include research on biological effects and dosimetry, standards harmonization and the WHO Framework for Regulation & Compliance, public policy and acceptance, electromagnetic interference of medical devices and a tutorial, "Introduction to EMF Health Issues." Contact: Michael Murphy or Patrick Mason, Brooks Air Force Base, Tel +1 210 536 48 37, FAX +1 210 536 39 77. Art Thansandote of Health Canada is also co-organizer.

Nov. 13-15, 2003. EBEA 6th International Congress. Budapest, HUNGARY. In conjunction with COST281 Autumn Workshop (see Nov. 15). Topics to include dosimetry, exposure systems, mechanisms, in vitro studies, genotoxic effects, in vivo studies, human and epidemiologic studies, medical applications, health policy and standards, more. Contact: Diamond Congress Ltd., P.O. Box 48, Budapest, HUNGARY. Tel: +36 1 214 7701; FAX +36 1 201 2680. Diamond@diamond-congress.hu See: www.ebea.org

Nov. 15-16, 2003. COST281 Management Committee Meeting and Workshop: Potential Health Implications from Mobile Communications Systems. Budapest, HUNGARY. Watch www.cost281.org/events.php for details.

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 See: www.sepr.es

July 25-30, 2004. Gordon Conference on Bioelectrochemistry. Connecticut College, New London. Chair: Richard Nuccitelli; Vice Chair: Justin Teissie. Contact: rlnuccitelli@uchc.edu

Are there objective reasons supporting increased health risks for people who live near phone masts? To investigate the public’s concerns from a scientific standpoint, COST281 will hold a workshop, “Mobile Phone Base Stations and Health,” in Dublin on May 15–16. See Calendar this page for contact information. The following questions, among others, will be addressed:

  • Epidemiological studies: Which studies done to date are relevant in this context? How should this type of study be conducted and what particular problems make these more difficult?
  • Testing measures: Is it possible to reliably determine the exposure rates in the areas where mobile radio communication masts are situated? In particular, can we estimate long-term exposure?
  • Dosimetry: What would a personal “mobile radio dosimeter” for measuring cumulative exposure look like? Is a feasibility study worth doing?
  • How should a study be conducted, so that a clear distinction can be made between psychological and physical causes?
  • Risk communication: How can a dialogue be carried out between those concerned on one side, and authorities and science on the other side, and how shall the scientific results of this composite of issues be conveyed to the public?

A new funding opportunity is being offered by the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), the First Steps to Market Program (FSTM). The FSTM Program funds initial research and development collaborations between U.S. companies and universities, institutes, and companies in the former Soviet Union (FSU). The First Steps to Market Program is a part of the CRDF’s Industry Programs, which promote the development of new commercial opportunities in science and technology in the former Soviet Union, move applied research to the market, and support free-market economic development.

FSTM grants provide a maximum of $60,000 for up to one year of research and development work to allow the teams to begin to work together, assess capabilities, validate technologies, and verify commercial potential for subsequent collaborations.

The U.S. company is required to contribute a 10 percent cost share. The combined funds will be used for the FSU team’s project-related expenses, with the exception of up to $3,500 that can be used to support one trip for the U.S. Principal Investigator to visit the FSU team’s facilities. Funding decisions will be made four times per year, with submission deadlines on: January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15, respectively.

Applicants can expect a funding within three months of each deadline. The First Steps to Market Program accepts applications from U.S. companies partnered with organizations from any of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The complete program announcement and application form is available on the CRDF web site at www.crdf.org. For more information about the FSTM program, contact fstm@crdf.org

The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress and established by the National Science Foundation in 1995. The CRDF supports scientific and technical collaboration between the United States and the countries of the former Soviet Union through grants, technical resources, and training. The foundation also promotes the transition of weapons scientists to civilian work to help reduce the global spread of weapons of mass destruction. The CRDF is based in Arlington, Virginia with offices in Moscow and Kyiv.

Sincerely,

Sean O’Leary
Associate Program Manager
E-mail: FirstSteps@crdf.org

POTENTIAL HEALTH IMPLICATIONS FROM MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS

Offer for Co-Operation
An initiative of COST281, www.COST281.org

Rationale:
Having recognized the ongoing debate on possible genotoxic effects of RF electromagnetic fields, triggered by the controversial outcome of laboratory investigations on different target cells, with different exposure conditions and with different assays COST 281 identified the need for clarification whether or not such effects do exist and if so, whether non-thermal effects, in particular pulsation, could play a role.

Actions:
In a first step, COST Action 281 invites all interested expert groups to participate in a task force meeting at the upcoming COST 281 workshop in Dublin, May 15-16, 2003, to agree on a harmonized investigation protocol as a basis for an international meta-study with several leading laboratories involved. This harmonized protocol should address:

  • biological target
  • investigated endpoints
  • analytic methodology
  • exposure conditions
  • dosimetry
  • dose dependence
  • check for thermal/ non-thermal mechanism
  • statistical requirements

The aim is to gain comparable results and to get evidence based on sufficient statistics and replication. Based on this harmonized approach funding should be applied for at national, European and international level. Contacts should be made and proposals sent to the convener of this task force:
Dr. Luc Verschaeve
c/o VITO
Boeretang 200
B-2400 Mol, BELGIUM
Fax: +322 1458 2657
E-mail: luc.verschaeve@vito.be

NCSR “Demokritos,” Division of Applied Technologies & Mobile Communications Laboratory, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications, Electronics -Telecom & Applications Laboratory and Physics Department, University of Ioannin, Greece, invite BEMS members to submit papers for the 3rd Workshop on Biological Effects of EMFs, to be held in Kos, Greece, October 4–8, 2004. The meeting is sponsored by The Bioelectromagnetics Society and Telecommunications System Institute.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Field sources and management; risk assessment and management; electromagnetic compatibility; biological effects and health implications; absorption mechanisms; dosimetry, standards and regulatory policy; modeling the human body; exposure measurement and instrumentation; genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics; coherent phonons and exitons in biological systems; transductive coupling; occupational, environmental, public and clinical exposure; therapeutic, medical and clinical applications, and epidemiologic studies.

Technical Committee Chair: S. Ueno, JAPAN
Co-chairs: T. Kalkan, TURKEY; Y. Touitou, FRANCE
Organizing Committee: K. Apostolou, GREECE
International Advisory Committee Chair: B. Sisken, USA
Co-chairs: W. Chang, TAIWAN; M. Markov, USA
Program Chair: P. Kostarakis, GREECE
Co-chair: A. Drigas, GREECE

Authors should submit by e-mail a half page abstract before April 15, 2004 to: E-mail: conf2004@imm.demokritos.gr For submission details please visit our web: http:// imm.demokritos.gr/bioeffects or www.telecomlab.gr/bioeffects

Gyorgy Thuroczy of the Hungarian National Research Institute and chair of the EBEA2003 “Diamond Congress,” announced recently that the Congress Web site has been updated with detailed information for the 6th European BioElectromagnetics Association meeting in November. Also see the calendar on page 12.

Keynote speakers for the event are expected to be Michael Repacholi of the World Health Organization, Geneva; Dariusz Leszczynski, STUK, Helsinki, and Ruggero Cadossi, IGEA Research, Carpi, Italy. Some fee and deadline information are listed below.

Discount registration fee if received before 15 September 2003:

EBEA members €400
EBEA non-members €450
Students €250
Accompanying person €100
Hotel reservation deadline 15 September 2003
Cancellation deadline 30 September 2003

At the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) meeting in December, Tom McManus of the Irish Department of Communication, Marine and Natural Resources, Dublin, and an international liaison for ICES, reported that a European Commission (EC) “information system” for EMF and other risk communication is being considered this year, in recognition that the EC may face a crisis in public trust about several scientific issues.

European scientists, industry and government leaders proposed a new process for evaluating risk that would admit public participation in certain decisions, and began planning a science-based EC-wide risk communication response.

The new EC information structure would be based on the model of the Joint Research Center’s (JRC) Institute for Environment and Sustainability located in Ispra, Italy, McManus said.

The JRC is the European Union’s scientific and technical research laboratory. It is a Directorate General with an annual Euro300 million budget intended to provide “scientific advice and technical know-how to support EU policies,” as explained on its Web site, www.jrc.cec.eu.int/ The JRC operates independently of private or national interests to carry out research on matters “of direct concern to European citizens and industry.”

JRC activities have ranged in recent years from “the assessment of safety standards for children’s toys and improved biomaterials for hip implants to new technologies for recycling water and the use of satellite systems to monitor land use and deforestation.”

According to McManus, goals of a new EC information system, if one is established, might include coordinating and setting up research on risk communication, supporting and coordinating the dissemination of EMF research information, monitoring risk perception and harmonizing risk communication practices throughout the European Union. A prototype or demonstration project of European information system could be tested in 2003 and launch of a pilot operation could come in 2004, he added.

The EC information initiative likely would prepare public information materials, press releases, offer media training for scientists and other spokespersons, and serve as a clearinghouse of experts on various topics including EMF (understanding measurement protocols, residential EMF levels, health impact studies near mobile telephone base stations and the like) who can offer balanced views on EMF research results. One goal is to “de-polarize the issues” facing Europeans today, McManus summarized. He is expected to report on results of a January 2003 EC committee discussion of this proposal at the COST Action281 meeting in Dublin in May.

– Janet Lathrop

Eleanor Adair, chair of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) and a senior scientist emeritus at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, was the opening speaker in London March 11 for a four-day conference for mobile telecommunications manufacturers, network operators and others. The meeting attracted more than 100 participants from 24 countries, organizers reported.

Among other things, they heard an overview of current scientific evidence on possible health risks, listened to one public activist group’s perspective on base station siting and heard an update on standards, litigation issues and emerging technologies.

Adair’s topic was “identifying serious science,” for which she reviewed principles and good practice of the scientific method, the importance of careful study design, precise measurement and exacting control over independent variables. She gave an example of recent “shoddy” work in RF experiments, noting that “many studies today are more like entertainment than science. They do not advance knowledge.” She told the conference participants, “There is a real scientific crisis in your backyard. Beware of junk science. Don’t accept poor interpretations of inadequate data. Be critical.”

Other speaker at the conference included Sakari Lang, manager of bioelectromagnetic research at the Nokia Research Center, Helsinki, Finland, who offered an overview of about 100 years of EMF research since d’Arsonval. Among other points, Lang said that because the fundamentally sound RF literature does not support a need for studying nonthermal effects, he believes extending RF research to studies at UMTS frequencies is clearly not needed.

Another speaker at the London meeting was Patricia McKinney, an epidemiologist at the U.K. National Health Service, Leeds, in the north of England and at Scotland’s national cancer registry. An investigator with the Interphone Study—the 13-nation, population-based, case-control study launched in 2001 and funded by the European Union and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—McKinney said that the number of subjects enrolled to date in that study is lower than expected. As a result, the study will have less power than expected to detect a possible effect of mobile phone use on risk of brain cancer (meningioma, gliomas), acoustic neuroma, and salivary (parotid) gland tumor with mobile phone use.

Other expert speakers included Eric van Rongen, Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague, and others from Scandinavia, Australia, Europe, the U.K., U.S.A. and Africa, who addressed topics such as mobile phone litigation, whether separate risk assessment is necessary for each new emerging RF technology, and how to achieve effective consultation and communication between industry, the public and government.

– Janet Lathrop

The Society has received a record of 65 student abstracts submitted for presentation at the 25th Annual Meeting in Maui, according to the Technical Program Committee.

As a result, the Development Committee is actively seeking grants to provide partial funding for the 33 student authors who have applied for travel support. If you are aware of any possibilities for grants or sponsorship, please contact Gloria Parsley, BEMS Executive Director, at +1 (301) 663-4252 or e-mail details to: bemsoffice@aol.com

The Society will present the following Student Awards at the 25th Annual Meeting in Maui:

 

  • The Curtis Carl Johnson Memorial Award for Best Student Platform Paper – $300
  • The Curtis Carl Johnson Memorial Award for Best Student Poster Paper – $300
  • The Mary Ellen O’Connor Memorial Award for Second Place Student Platform Paper– $150
  • The Mary Ellen O’Connor Memorial Award for Second Place Student Poster Paper – $150
  • The Mary Ellen O’Connor Memorial Award for Third Place Student Platform Paper – $75
  • The Mary Ellen O’Connor Memorial Award for Third Place Student Poster Paper – $75

Based on the preponderance of evidence presented to them, members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Standards Board Appeals Panel in January denied two formal appeals to its new standard for exposure in the 0–3 kHz range.

The protests were filed late last year by Robert Ashley, St. Cloud State University, Minn., and David Fichtenberg, Seattle, Wash. Both were members of the balloting committee and subcommittee responsible for developing IEEE Standard C95.6, according to the IEEE documents.

Pointing out that it may not consider technical issues and must limit its consideration to procedural matters, the IEEE Appeals Panel ruled in January. Eleanor Adair, chair of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) Standards Coordinating Committee 28—which sponsored the new ELF standard—officially responded to both protests at the Appeals Board’s Dec. 11, 2002 meeting.

Ashley raised several procedural objections about the way his objections were handled during development of the new standard in SCC28 subcommittee 3. He also objected to technical content of the ICES standard, including a charge that his idea to “add an explanation of why all the time averaging done in epidemiology studies is without a foundation in science,” was ignored.

In denying Ashley’s appeal, Panel members recommended that the standard shall proceed without change through the publishing process, and that Ashley pursue his specific technical issues with SC3 at the next update of the standard.

The appeals panel commended Ashley for his “commitment and dedication concerning assurance of the technical quality of IEEE Standards,” and affirmed their belief that he submitted his comments and conducted the appeal in good faith.

In his appeal, Fichtenberg raised four main objections to the IEEE ICES ELF standard. As paraphrased by the Appeals Panel, they included a question about whether SC3 followed proper procedures for implementing the IEEE Code of Ethics requirement to disclose factors that might endanger the public, and other issues.

After review, Appeals Panel members found that SC3 had properly followed all requirements for openness of the standards development process, balloting and recirculation, with the exception that the SC3 did not advise Fichtenberg that his negative comments not responded to may be considered at the next update of the standard.

In denying Fichtenberg’s appeal, the panel found that SC3 had followed procedures to develop a consensus of opinion relative to the complex technical, safety and environmental issues. They recommended that the standard shall proceed to publication without change and advised Fichtenberg to pursue his specific technical objections through the appeal process for technical issues. If he wishes to pursue his allegations of violations of the IEEE Code of Ethics, Fichtenberg may contact the Ethics and Member Conduct Committee (EMCC) for details on the complaint process.

For complete details of Ashley and Fichtenberg’s appeals and the IEEE response, contact SC3 Secretary Jim Daly by e-mail at: jdaly@generalcable.com

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