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BIOELECTROMAGNETICS NEWSLETTER - A Publication of The Bioelectromagnetics Society

BIOELECTROMAGNETICS NEWSLETTER - A Publication of The Bioelectromagnetics Society

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Number 172 May/June 2003
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NUMBER 172www.bioelectromagnetics.orgMAY/JUNE 2003
IN THIS ISSUE...James Lin Will Receive d’Arsonval Award..........1
3Highlights of COST281 Dublin Workshop.......2, 5–6Member News and Accomplishments.......................3OPINION, Santini Responds to Harvey...................4U.K. NRPB Proposes Harmonized Standard...........4Booklet Celebrating BEMS History Coming...........6Student Paper Contest...............................................6Swiss Agency Releases RF Health Effects Report...7New Australian Rules for RF Communication........7News In Brief...............................................................8MTHR Plans Mobile Phone, Base Station Studies..9BEMS to Sponsor EMF Workshop on Kos..............9IEEE Introduces Online BioMed Library...............9Plans for EBEA Congress Moving Ahead..............10China-WHO Meeting Postponed............................102004 Gordon Conference is Taking Shape.......10–11Calendar..............................................................11–12
A Publication of The Bioelectromagnetics Society
James C. Lin, professor of bioengineering andelectrical engineering atthe University of Illi-nois-Chicago, is the2003 winner of theBioelectromagneticsSociety’s most presti-gious honor, thed’Arsonval Award,which recognizes ex-traordinary accomplish-ment in the discipline of  bioelectromagnetics.The d’Arsonval Awardwill be presented to Lin by President Frank Pratoon Monday, June 23, at aspecial luncheon from 12noon to 2 p.m. in theLokelani Ballroom of theWailea Marriott Resort,Maui, Hawaii. Lin’s talk for the occasion is titled “Studies on Micro-waves in Medicine and Biology: From Snails to Humans.”Lin has served the Bioelectromagnetics Society in many ways,including as President in 1994–1995. He was a member of theinaugural editorial board of the
journal, andfor this year’s annual meeting in Maui, he chaired the Society’s25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Committee. Lin is also a cur-rent member of the 2003 Technical Program Committee. For morethan 30 years, he has made significant contributions to and pro-vided leadership in advancing the understanding of biological in-teractions and medical applications of microwaves—science thatis supporting the health and safety of many people.Lin's research has provided not only a better understanding of bio-logical responses but also a basis for setting exposure criteria. Hiswork on the microwave hearing phenomenon has been crucial tounderstanding the auditory perception of pulse-modulated micro-waves. In particular, Lin's elegant experimental and analytical stud-ies of the theory of microwave-induced thermoelastic tissue inter-action have made the microwave hearing phenomenon one of themost well defined and best understood effects of pulse-modulatedmicrowave radiation.
 James C. Lin
Moreover, anchoring in thermoelastic theory, he had begun ex- ploring the potential contrast advantage of microwave radiationand the resolution advantage of the microwave-induced ultrasonic pressure wave, which may combine to make thermoelastic imag-ing of biological tissues a useful and unique imaging modality.Lin also is a pioneer of medical applications such as noninvasiveand noncontact sensing of biological signatures that allows moni-toring of vital signs and circulatory movements using microwaveand cellular wireless technology. His work on microwave-in-duced blood-brain barrier permeability changes not only helpedto define the interaction mechanism and threshold, but also ledto the combined microwave hyperthermia and chemotherapeu-tic treatment of brain cancer. Lin also pioneered the use of transcatheter microwave ablation technology for treatment of cardiac arrhythmia that is rapidly becoming a treatment of choice.His dosimetric studies on the biological interactions using ca-nonical models in general, and in particular, the award-winningworks on pulsed and transient electromagnetic signals have pro-vided important information that is fundamental to the currentinterests in ultra-wide-band bioelectromagnetics.He also has made important contributions through service to suchnational and international organizations as NCRP and IEEE, withthe responsibility for analyzing potential health effects and set-ting occupational and public guidelines for exposure to electro-magnetic fields. Most notably, his effort has provided a basis for current exposure criteria for pulsed microwave radiation.
See Lin Wins d’Arsonval, page 3
2The Bioelectromagnetics Society Newsletter May/June 2003
About 30 delegates and ob-servers attended a manage-ment committee meeting of COST Action 281, the Eu-ropean Commission’s net-work of research groups in23 nations studying EMF biological effects, on May15 in the Dublin CastleConference Center.The COST281 committeesessions were followed bya workshop on “MobilePhone Base Stations andHealth,” attended by morethan 100 participants. Orga-nizer Tom McManus saidhe was nearly overwhelmed by the high attendance and deep interest shown in the two-dayworkshop. John Browne, the Irish Minister of Communications,Marine and Natural Resources, warmly welcomed COST281delegates and others to the Dublin meeting.First, however, at the management committee meeting, leadersof three COST281 “Short Term Missions” (STM) presented up-dates on their progress since the last meeting.Luc Martens of the University of Ghent, Belgium, is leading anSTM on “Mobile Communication and Children.” He said that sixworking groups have been formed, on anatomy and biophysicalmechanisms in children; dielectric properties; dosimetry; biologi-cal studies; different patterns of mobile phone use between adults and children, and risk communi-cation. Their reports, which will include a litera-ture review, identify knowledge gaps and futureresearch needs, may be finished for COST281 re-view by the end of 2003, said Martens. Interestedscientists may request access to the STM progressreports and other information on a Web site main-tained by Martens and colleagues atwww.intec.rug.ac.be/wica/ From there, choose“Mobile and Children” from the menu.Another short term mission sponsored byCOST281 is one led by Joe Wiart of FranceTelecom on “base staton monitoring.” Wiart saidhis group plans to hold a workshop in Vienna inlate August to talk about how to estimate public exposure from a base station, how to extrapolate exposure for a given location atmaximum “traffic” levels, and how to estimate individual exposure.And an STM on genetic and cytogenetic aspects of exposure tomobile telecommunications technology is led by Luc Verschaeveof the Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Boeretang,Belgium. He reviewed plans for a “meta study” on potential RFgenotoxicity and said that if funding can be identified, new cen-ters of analysis may be added in Canada, Asia and Australia.Also at the COST281 meeting, Paolo Ravazzani of the Istituto diIngegneria Biomedica, Milano,Italy, reported that good progresshas been made on a proposal tothe European Commission that anEMF “Center of Excellence”should be created. It would fos-ter communication and monitor scientific research on possiblehealth effects of mobile telecom-munications in the 23 member nations over four years.COST281 has asked for a budgetof 1 million Euro. The Center would help politicians and deci-sion makers to understand re-search results and would advisethem on knowledge gaps and recommended future research needs.During the workshop proper, COST281 Chairman NorbertLeitgeb of the Technical University of Graz, Austria, said theanswer is a definite “No” to what he called “the deliberately pro-vocative question” raised at this workshop about whether epide-miologic studies looking for health effects among people livingnear mobile phone base stations will be useful.Leitgeb said that if anecdotal reports of ill health and public con-cern are the only motives for carrying out such investigations, epi-demiology will not help. Instead, he feels “we are facing a prob-lem of risk perception,” not a real public health question. Researchon short-term effects of mobile handset use offers more promiseof yielding clear answers, he added. Overall, the lack of supportfrom laboratory studies, extremely difficult dosimetry, no scien-tific rationale for studying very weak base station signalsand “unclear co-factors,” means that epidemiology on base station exposure is not worth doing, Leitgeb sum-marized.Epidemiologist Joachim Schüz of the University of Mainz,Germany, expressed the opposite opinion. Schüz acknowl-edged that he would not recommend using residential dis-tance from the base station as an exposure metric becauseof the high probability of exposure misclassification withthat method. But some methodological errors are worsethan others, he noted, and he believes it is possible to de-sign a useful epidemiologic study if one is careful aboutidentifying appropriate endpoints and if one chooses EMFmeasurement methods wisely.For example, base station epidemiology might be wellsuited to evaluate risk with acute or short-term exposuresuch as sleep disturbances or school performance, but not diseaseswith long-latency like cancer.Schüz concluded that useful epidemiologic studies assessingrisk of acute or short-term endpoints with base station expo-sure are feasible because good, precise exposure assessment is possible using contemporary, short-term field measurements.
Tom McManus Luc MartensSee COST281 Workshop, continued, p 5 Paolo Ravazzani
The Bioelectromagnetics Society Newsletter May/June 20033
The Bioelectromagnetics Society newsletter is published anddistributed to all members of the Society. Institutions and librar-ies may subscribe to the newsletter at an annual cost of $58.50($67.50 for overseas subscriptions). The newsletter serves themembership and subscribers in part as a forum of ideas andissues related to bioelectromagnetics research. All submissionto the newsletter must be signed. It is understood that they re-flect the views of individual authors and not those of the Societyor the institutions with which the author may be affiliated. Theeditors welcome contributions to the newsletter from membersand others in the scientific and engineering communities. Newsitems as well as short research notes and book reviews areappreciated. Advertisements inserted or distributed with thenewsletter are not to be considered endorsements.To submit items for consideration, contact:Dr. Mays Swicord, editor, Motorola Florida Research Labora-tories, 8000 W. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33322 USA.Tel. (954) 723-4898, FAX: (954) 723-5611. E-mail:ems029@email.mot.comor Janet Lathrop, managing editor, 750 Cherry Valley Rd., Gilford,NH 03249. Tel and FAX: (603) 293-6213 USA. E-mail: jclathrop@fcgnetworks.netFor other Society business or information, contact: Gloria Pars-ley, executive director, The Bioelectromagnetics Society, 2412Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702-2626 USA. Tel. (301)663-4252; FAX: (301) 694-4948. Email: bemsoffice@aol.comor see the BEMS Web site: www.bioelectromagnetics.org
Bioelectromagnetics Society Webmaster 
Stefan Engström
of Vanderbilt Universit, Nashville, recently announced publicationof a book, “Magnetotherapy: Potential Therapeutic Benefits andAdverse Effects,” co-edited by Engström,
Michael J. McLean
Robert R. Holcomb
. It is available from Floating GalleryPress of New York.This multi-author volume on the topic of clinical use of magneticfields, mechanisms of action, and possible adverse effects drawson the expertise of many members of the BioelectromagneticsSociety and others familiar to the bioelectromagnetics researchcommunity, including
Martin Blank 
Reba Goodman,
writ-ing on “Stress protein synthesis and enzyme reactions are stimu-lated by electromagnetic fields.” Other chapters include “Poten-tial risks of magnetic fields: Experimental studies onteratogenicity and carcinogenicity of static and extremely lowfrequency magnetic fields,” by
Wolfgang Löscher
; “Electromag-netic fields and control of cell growth. Drugs, hormones, andhuman tumor cells: A summary of replication studies at five labo-ratories,” by
Robert P. Liburdy
; “Pulsing and static magneticfield therapeutics: from mechanisms to clinical applications,” by
Arthur A. Pilla
David J. Muehsam
; and “Enhancement of opioid analgesia in animal models: Fundamental basis for thedesign of clinical trials,” by
Frank S. Prato, Alex W. Thomas
Charles M. Cook.
More information is available on the Web at http://magnetotherapy.spellgen.comLin’s 1978 book, “Microwave Auditory Effects and Applica-tions” was the first American contribution in its field, and an-other book he co-authored in 1987 with Michaelson, “Biologi-cal Effects and Health Implications of RadiofrequencyRadiation,” has become a classic.Over the years, Lin has received many other professional andscientific awards and recognition for outstanding scholarshipand service. These include the IEEE Electromagnetic Com- patibility Transactions Prize Paper Award, CAPAMA Out-standing Leadership and Distinguished Service Awards, andthe University of Illinois-Chicago Best Advisor Award. He isa Fellow of the American Association for the Advancementof Science, the American Institute for Medical and BiologicalEngineering and IEEE.Lin has led or organized meetings for many scientific and pro-fessional groups, including not only BEMS but the URSI Com-mission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine (chair),IEEE COMAR (chair) and the U.S. National Council on Ra-diation Protection and Measurements’ SC 89-5, “BiologicalEffects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency Electromag-netic Fields” (chair). He has served on many advisory commit-tees and panels, as well, for the Office of the U.S. President,the National Academy of Sciences, National Research Coun-cil, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation,and the Whitaker Foundation in the U.S., and the GuglielmoMarconi Foundation, Italy.He is currently the editor of the book series, “Advances in Elec-tromagnetic Fields in Living Systems,” and an editorial boardmember at
 Microwave and Optical Technology Letters
The Microwave Journal.
He writes a popular column on “wirelesscommunication health and safety” appearing in four professionalmagazines, and has shared his expertise with the public on suchtopics as robotics, police radar and cell phones as a guest onradio talk shows in Chicago and the Midwest, on the DiscoveryChannel and for the British Broadcasting Corporation.At the University of Illinois, Lin has served as head of theBioengineering Department, Director of the Robotics and Auto-mation Laboratory, and Director of Special Projects in the Col-lege of Engineering. He also held an appointment as the NSCResearch Chair from 1993–1997. Lin is the author of more than140 journal papers, and author or editor of seven books.After beginning his higher education at Whitworth College inSpokane, Wash., he received the BS, MS and PhD (1971) de-grees in electrical engineering from the University of Washing-ton, Seattle. Lin’s academic career took him from teaching andresearch in Seattle, on to positions at Wayne State University inDetroit and finally at the University of Illinois-Chicago, wherehe has served as a professor of electrical engineering, bioengi-neering and physiology and biophysics since 1980.
– Compiled from University of Illinois-Chicago and other  sources; photo courtesy of UIC 
Lin Wins d’Arsonval Award, continued

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