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International School of Bioelectromagnetics: 24-30 March 2018, Erice, Italy

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Erice International School of Bioelectromagnetics “Alessandro Chiabrera” (9th Course, 24-30 March 2019):

Possible Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields to cancer:
from biology and in silico to clinical perspectives

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(photo: Erice School 2016, 8th Course)

On March 24-30, 2019 the 9th Course of the International School of Bioelectromagnetics “Alessandro Chiabrera”: Possible Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields to cancer: from biology and in silico to clinical perspectives,

co-organized with European BioElectromagnetics Association and COST Action A17115: European Network for Advancing Electromagnetic Hyperthermic Medical Technologies (MyWAVE),

will take place in Erice, Italy. The course directors are Theodoros Samaras (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Gregor Sersa (Institute of Oncology, Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Course brochure: ERICE-2019-Course-presentation02

Detailed program of the Course: will be posted as it becomes available

Application: Interested candidates should send an e-mail to the Directors of the Course at the e-mail address: school@ebea.org with the following information:

– A short Curriculum Vitae,

– Scientific interest of the candidate,

– Students: a letter of recommendation of a Senior Scientist.

Participation fee is € 1300, which includes food and lodging.

The updated info can be found at https://www.facebook.com/EISBem , also at http://www.ebea.org/erice-school-2019/.

Please note: Our COST Action EMF-MED is no longer active (completed in October 2018), so there is no COST EMF-MED budget for grants.

More about the course topic:

The relation of EMF with cancer is two-sided: on one hand the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified them as “possible carcinogens,” though we lack a strong experimental support for that, and, on the other hand, they can be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for certain types of cancers. As often occurs, the situation is far more complex and multidimensional, since the effects of EMFs on biological systems depend on the physical parameters of the field and the type and physiological conditions of the biological system.
Presently, there are well established techniques, like hyperthermia, electrochemotherapy, thermal ablation, etc., that have already entered into clinical use, whereas much remains to be understood regarding the therapeutic use of EMFs themselves for treating cancer. At this time, there are only a small number of studies in cells, animals and humans that could be relevant for cancer therapy, mainly for EMFs in the range of low intensity ELF, intermediate frequencies and RF fields, suggesting possible use as an additional tool for the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation, or antitumor effects. These studies are still in their infancy and significant work must be done in the future towards this direction. A primary target of the Course will be to shed light on this hot and controversial issue, starting from what is best established in terms of biology and clinical applications, to the analysis of the different theoretical perspectives and future research needs.
After a physical and technical introduction concerning EMF exposure conditions, the biological evidence presently available from in vitro, in vivo and epidemiological data will be considered, in particular, in the light of the most recent advancements in the understanding of the biological foundations of cancer etiology and the mechanisms underlying both regarding pro- and anti-cancer activity. Also, a survey of the more recent diagnostic and therapeutic applications of EMFs to cancer will be presented and discussed, including mathematical modeling and treatment planning (dose concept, clinical procedures, safety, etc.) for cancer therapy.
In conclusion, the course is intended to present an updated critical and comprehensive analysis of the present state of knowledge in this area and, most importantly, to provide young researchers with the opportunity to discuss the central questions that future researchers must address, in order to improve upon our present understanding and inspire new lines of research.

Call for 1st EMF-Med Training School grants

2nd Call for grant applications: 1st EMF- Med Training School on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields

Application deadline: Monday, July 9th 2018 at 12:00h (noon) CET – This Call has ended.

On September 13-15, 2018 the 1st EMF- Med Training School on Biomedical Applications of  Electromagnetic Fields, organized by COST EMF – MED (Action BM1309), will take place at FESB, University of Split, Split, Croatia. The Training School will take place adjacent to (i.e. immediately following) the 1st EMF-Med World Conference 10-13 September 2018 (https://EMF-Med2018.org ), providing the possibility to participate at both events forming an entire EMF-Med week in Split. However, note that the conference and the Training School are separate events, and attending the conference is not mandatory.

School announcement, showing the timeline of the entire week, is attached to this Call, and the updated info regarding the Course can be seen here: http://cost-emf-med.eu/1st-emf-med-training-school-split/.

COST EMF-MED is glad to offer at least 24 grants of up to €600. Different grant amounts can be attributed to each trainee, based on the trainee’s point of origin. Grants will be paid as fixed grants after the Training School. According to COST Vademecum, 5.3 (COST Vademecum), the Trainee Grant is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the Grantee.

The school registration fee for COST grantees is set to €250. Note: The discounted fee of €200 applies to those trainees registering also for the conference. Light lunches, coffee breaks, complimentary welcome and farewell cocktails are included. The registration fee is paid directly to the local organizers of school. Accommodation will be offered at student dorms at ca. €30 per night.

Important notes if you plan to also attend the 1st EMF-Med World Conference,10-13 September, i.e. to attend the entire EMF-Med Week, which would maximize your benefit (besides the discounted fee):

– If you plan to attend the conference, separate registration will be required (FYI, early student fee is €150, lunches and amenities included), see the conference web site: https://emf-med2018.org

– If you get the Training School grant AND you attend the conference, you will be offered the same student dorm accommodation extending to the whole week, for the same price of €30 per night.

– If you get the Training School grant AND you attend the conference AND you get reimbursed for the conference (check the COST EMF-MED web site for that possibility): your travel to/from Split, and the days/nights associated to the Training School, are considered already covered by the Training School grant. Consequently, your conference reimbursement will be eligible only for the extra costs of the conference attending days (extra nights and meals) exceeding the Training School duration. Thus you will have all expenses covered for the whole week, but without any duplications.

All question related to the fee, registration and on-site logistics should be directed to the EMF-Med Training School director, prof. Antonio Šarolić, e-mail: antonio.sarolic@fesb.hr

Interested applicants are kindly requested to send by Monday, July 9th at 12:00h (noon) CET:

1) Motivation Letter (up to 2 pages);

2) Curriculum Vitae (CV) (up to 2 pages);

3) Reference Letter or a Letter of Recommendation.

by email to ESR/STSM/Training Coordinator (ESTC), Prof. Stavros Koulouridis (koulouridis@upatras.gr), cc: cost-emf-med@fesb.hr

Subject of the email should be:

“COST EMF-MED. Application Grant 1st EMF- Med Training School”

Check the grant approval procedure at: http://cost-emf-med.eu/training-school-grant-approval-procedure/

Interested participants should also express their interest by filing this doodle poll (https://doodle.com/poll/e88wqipz5z56xsm5) the soonest possible, regardless if they have all the material gathered. Participation in the poll is only indicative and is needed for logistics and organizational reasons.

Final results will be communicated by Monday, July 16th 2018.

 

2nd Call for ITC Conference Grants

2nd Call for ITC Conference Grants

Application deadlines: Friday, June 1st, 2018 (1st cut-off); Friday, June 28th, 2018 (2nd cut-off, subject to availability of the funds after the 1st cut-off date), Friday, July 27th, 2018 (3rd cut-off, subject to availability of the funds after the previous cut-off dates). - This Call has ended.

The Call can be downloaded here.

COST has launched a new tool for supporting PhD students or Early Career Investigators (ECIs) from participating Inclusiveness Target Countries to attend international science and technology related conferences that are not specifically organized by COST EMF-MED. (Please mind that, due to this restriction, no grants can be considered for participation in 2018 EMF-Med Conference). The grants are based on the accepted oral/poster presentation related to COST EMF-MED topics. The applicant presentation must be listed in the official event/conference program.

Interested applicants should submit  their application online to e-cost platform the soonest possible and in any case at least 15 days before the conference start date. We’ll collect and review the applications on three cut-off dates:

  • Friday, June 1st 2018;
  • Friday, June 28th 2018 (subject to availability of the funds after the 1st cut-off date).
  • Friday, July 27th 2018 (subject to availability of the funds after the previous cut-off dates).

Additionally, the interested applicants should express their interest by sending email to the ESR/STSM/Training Coordinator, Prof. Stavros Koulouridis, email: koulouridis@upatras.gr. A copy (CC:) should be sent to Action Secretariat: COST-EMF-MED@fesb.hr. Subject of the email should start with “COST BM1309 – ITC CGs Application” in order to allow for handling messages properly.

Additional details and info on the material needed in order to apply for ITC CG can be found in the attached Call file.

Stavros Koulouridis, Dipl. – Ing, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
COST EMF-MED ESR/STSM/Training Coordinator

1st Call for STSM applications (in the 5th Grant Period)

1st Call for STSM applications (in the 5th Grant Period)

Application deadline: Monday, May 28th 2018 at 12:00h CET (noon) – This Call has ended.

The Call can be downloaded here.

We are launching our first call for the fifth Grant Period for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) for BM1309 COST action.

A new feature is now being offered as a facilitation of contact between potential hosts and grantees:

Please check the page “STSM hosting offers” on COST EMF-MED site if there is an offer suiting your interest. If yes, use it as the starting point and contact the host directly for further arrangements.

Interested applicants should complete the online application form (see https://e-services.cost.eu/stsm), upload all the requested documents detailed in the attached text and send additionally as e-mail attachment: a two page project proposal and a motivation letter;

to the STSM host institution and to the ESTC (i.e. STSM coordinator), Prof. Stavros Koulouridis, email: koulouridis@upatras.gr. A copy (CC:) should be sent to Action Secretariat: COST-EMF-MED@fesb.hr. Subject of the email should start with “COST BM1309 – STSM application” in order to allow for handling applications properly.

Interested participants should also express their interest by filing this Doodle poll:

https://doodle.com/poll/vyki936rcwhqe4ws

Following the expression of interest in Doodle, the application must be completed within the deadline. Don’t forget to leave your e-mail in Doodle!

It is expected that the approval will be announced by Monday, June 4th.

The start date for the STSM can be chosen from Tuesday, June 5th 2018, onwards. All STSM activities must end by October 14th 2018, due to conclusion of 5th Budget Period.

More details can be found in the Call.

Opportunity: Act as STSM host on a targeted EMF-MED related topic

Opportunity: Act as STSM host on a targeted EMF-MED related topic

This Call has closed after processing the 1st Call for STSMs in the 5th Grant Period, as the available STSM budget has been completely consumed and no further Calls are anticipated within the Action duration.

 

EMF-Med 2018 Split conference: Info for COST EMF-MED authors and participants

EMF-Med 2018 Split conference – the final event of COST EMF-MED: Info for COST EMF-MED authors and participants (updated 01/06/2018)

Start your submissions:

The submission is open (deadline 25 June 2018) – submit your papers or abstracts (2 pages) according to the instructions for authors.

We advise you to visit EDAS submission system as soon as possible, where you need to open the account and can register your paper. EDAS is a renown conference submission system and many authors already have their EDAS account – you can use it, or open a new account if you don’t have one. Please visit the EMF-Med 2018 Split conference web site for instructions.

Don’t forget: Add COST EMF-MED acknowledgment to your manuscripts according to these instructions!

Reimbursements and registration:

  • EMF-Med 2018 conference will be encoded as a COST-related event, and will include the MC Meeting.
  • A modest conference registration fee (academic: 150 EUR + 25% VAT; student: 120 EUR + 25% VAT) applies to all participants.
  • All registered attendees are provided with: light lunches and coffee breaks on all conference days, welcome cocktail, conference gala dinner, conference materials, attendance to all conference sessions.
  • A number of reimbursements will be available, unfortunately less than the expected number of interested people. Reimbursement priorities (based on contribution to the conference, taking into account: COST policies, session organizing, keynote speakers, paper submissions etc.) will be applied and gradually adjusted according to the developments.
  • We are currently working on maximizing the number of reimbursements, by adjusting the budgetary considerations. COST EMF-MED reimbursement policies (flat rate reductions) are being drafted into the Work and Budget Plan for the extension period, to be approved by the MC and Brussels. You will be informed accordingly.
  • MC Meeting will be held in Split – it is expected and appreciated that MC Members contribute to the conference program.

Propose or convene sessions:

Propose sessions or convene the sessions on conference topics – see session proposing instructions on the EMF-Med Split 2018 conference web site.

Further information:

COST-specific announcements for COST Action EMF-MED participants (including the reimbursement policy) will be distributed through COST EMF-MED mailing list, and on this web site (COST EMF-MED web site).

Check the EMF-Med 2018 Split conference web site for updated information on the conference itself!

Call for Papers for a Focus Issue of the Bioelectromagnetics journal, dedicated to EMF-Med 2018

Call for Papers for a Focus Issue of the Bioelectromagnetics journal, dedicated to EMF-Med 2018

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We are pleased to inform you that the EMF-Med 2018 Split conference, 10-13 September 2018, will be followed by a (first ever!) Focus Issue of the Bioelectromagnetics journal (published by Wiley, IF: 1.933), dedicated to EMF-Med 2018 conference.

  • The Focus Issue will publish a selection of peer-reviewed papers, submitted as journal manuscripts originating from the conference (i.e. extending the conference paper/abstract into a journal manuscript).
  • The submitted manuscripts must have less than 30% duplication with EMF-Med 2018 conference paper/abstract.
  • Authors will be invited to submit the journal manuscript upon expressing their interest to do so, and upon the assessment of the Review Editor: Antonio Šarolić. The authors will be able to express their interest during the conference paper/abstract submission process.
  • The journal manuscript will undergo a standard peer-review process, followed by the final decision of the Editor-in-Chief.
  • The Focus Issue papers may cover any of the listed conference topics.
  • Bioelectromagnetics journal publishes reports of completed studies, not preliminary investigations, results, speculations, research agenda, or project proposals.

Check the EMF-Med 2018 Split conference web site for updated information! Deadline to submit papers and abstracts is 4 June 2018.

EMF-Med 2018 papers will be indexed in IEEE Xplore

EMF-Med 2018 papers will be indexed in IEEE Xplore

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EMF-Med 2018 Split conference, 10-13 September 2018 – the final event of COST EMF-MED – conference papers will be indexed and permanently available in IEEE Xplore® Digital Library, starting soon after the conference, and therefore accessible in other major indexing and databases as well

Check the EMF-Med 2018 Split conference web site for more information and instructions! Deadline to submit papers and abstracts is 4 June 2018.

EMF-Med 2018 endorsed by EBEA, INS, BEMS, IFMBE, ESHO...

EMF-Med 2018 endorsed by major societies

EMF-Med 2018 Split conference, 10-13 September 2018 – the final event of COST EMF-MED – is at this moment endorsed by:

  • European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA)
  • International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE)
  • International Neuromodulation Society (INS)
  • The Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS)
  • European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology (ESHO)
  • Croatian Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics Society (CROBEMPS)
  • IEEE Croatia Section
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Croatia Chapter
  • IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society Croatia Chapter
  • IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Croatia Chapter
  • IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Croatia Chapter 

Check the EMF-Med 2018 Split conference web site for updated information! Deadline to submit papers and abstracts is 4 June 2018.

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