EMF-Med 2018

1st EMF-Med World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields 

Split, 10-13 September 2018

Contribute to development and optimization of innovative EMF-based medical devices  and procedures, which will be safer, more efficient and less invasive!  


Conference news:

  • 04/07/2018: Deadline extended for both tracks: 05 July 2018. (Due to misconfiguration related to the previous deadline extension, apparently the submission system closed itself today at noon (1200h), which was not our intention. The system is now reopened for new submissions, and will stay open also tomorrow, July 5th, to compensate for the interruption.)
  • 25/06/2018: Deadline extended for both tracks: 04 July 2018
  • 25/06/2018: New short course added
  • 21/06/2018: Invited and Keynote Lectures list completed (8 lectures in total)
  • 04/06/2018: Preliminary time schedule for the entire EMF-Med Week (Conference + Training School) is available
  • 01/06/2018: Please use the updated submission template with small corrections - see below for details 

1st EMF-Med World Conference

The conference is organized to promote systematical research and development of EMF-Med topics: beneficial biomedical interactions and applications of electromagnetic fields (EMFs)


Inspired by promising recent studies, EMF-Med focuses on medically applicable effects of EMFs, aiming for breakthrough results, new discoveries and innovative biomedical technologies.  


The systematical approach to EMF-Med applications requires a dedicated community - a world-wide concerted R&D network - to sustain the required interdisciplinary knowledge: underlying biological mechanisms, knowledgable engineering, reliable setups - having medical applications and patient benefit as the final goal.

COST Action EMF-MED

The conference is also the outcome and the final event of a 4-year research coordination project COST EMF-MED: European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications, involving 35 countries and 350+ researchers. 

COST EMF-MED – the very first research initiative in the world to systematically and comprehensively approach the topic of beneficial effects of EMFs – provides a cooperative framework to support the research on beneficial biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and their use in biomedical applications.

Conference topics

Cancer/Non-cancer EMF interactions and applications; EMF dosimetry – in silico tools & measurements:

  • Thermal and non-thermal EMF-based cancer interactions and applications 
  • EMF stimulation of excitable and non-excitable tissues - electroceuticals, bioelectronic medicine
  • EMF and neuromodulation – CNS and PNS electrostimulation  
  • EMF-based neural repair and regeneration 
  • Electromagnetic hyperthermia  
  • Electromagnetic (RF, microwave) thermal ablation  
  • Electroporation 
  • Novel modalities for non-thermal EMF-based cancer treatment 
  • EMF-based (microwave) medical imaging 
  • EMF and immune response 
  • Genes and cellular mechanisms involved in biological EMF interactions 
  • EMF-based tissue regeneration 
  • EMF applications in aesthetic medicine 
  • EMF-mediated drug delivery 
  • Nanoparticles in EMF-Med applications 
  • Functionalized, integrated, multi-level anatomical models and tools 
  • Dielectric properties of biological tissues 
  • Neural tissue electromagnetic models 
  • EMF microdosimetry 
  • Experimental setups for EMF-Med related research 
  • other medical procedures, applications, and technologies that are essentially and functionally based on EMFs.

Industry participation and related topics are welcome.


The conference will be followed by the (first ever!) Focus Issue of the Bioelectromagnetics journal (published by Wiley, IF: 1.933), dedicated to EMF-Med 2018 conference

Check the BEM journal Call for Papers below.

Convened Sessions, Special Sessions, Workshops, Tutorials, Short Courses

List of currently approved special sessions:

  • Convened session: Electromagnetic-based Thermal Therapies (COST Action MyWAVE) 
  • Special Session: Electromagnetic based micromanipulation of cells: towards unprecedented applications in medicine and biology
  • Convened Session: Microwave Medical (MiMed) Imaging
  • Convened Session: EMF technologies for remotely powering wearable and implantable devices
  • Short Course: Application of machine learning to medical data
  • Short Course:  Neuroimaging techniques in combination with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS): state of the art and future perspectives 

List will be appended as more sessions are approved. 

Descriptions will be posted soon.


Proposing and convening the sessions:

All types of special sessions can still be proposed and added to the program. Download the template for Convened Session / Special Session / Workshop / Tutorial / Short Course proposal and send it to: COST-EMF-MED@fesb.hr, minding the rationale as follows.

  

Convened Sessions (based on a topic from the list or similar; targeting an open group of authors) and Special Sessions (a specific topic, method or ongoing project; targeting a specific group of authors) are based on a group of submitted papers/abstracts, as proposed by proposers submitting the data required in the proposal template, demonstrating the ability to collect a group of papers/abstracts. The sessions will be open for paper/abstract submission and selectable at the paper/abstract submission site in addition to the listed topics.


Workshop is an interactive form on a specific topic or issue, engaging a group of presenters, may be based on submitted papers/abstracts (but not necessarily) – upon agreement with the Organizational Committee.


Tutorials (shorter form, 1-2 lectures) and Short Courses (2 or more lectures) are topic review and knowledge sharing forms, and are not required to be accompanied by paper/abstract submission.


Invited lectures:

"An Overview of Medical Microwave Imaging"

Raquel Cruz Conceição, PhD  

Instituto de Biofísica e Engenharia Biomédica, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749-016-Lisbon, Portugal

 

"Emerging waveforms in spinal cord stimulation for control of chronic pain"

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Pain Physician, Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research; Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine, USA


"Vagus nerve stimulation"

Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, National Spine and Pain Centers, USA

Keynote lectures:

"Realizing the Vision of a Verified & Validated Computational Neurostimulation Platform"

Prof Niels Kuster, PhD 

COST EMF-MED WG3 Leader; Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT’IS), Zurich, Switzerland; Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland


"Electroporation applications in medicine: from fundamentals to the clinics"

Lluis M. Mir, DRCE CNRS  

COST EMF-MED WG2 Leader; Vectorology and Anticancer Therapies, UMR 8203 CNRS – University Paris-Saclay, France


"EMF in COST Actions: from risks to benefits"

Mirjana Moser, PhD

COST EMF-MED Vice-Chair, Switzerland


"EMF-Med: Electromagnetic medicine - a promise for the future"

Antonio Šarolić, PhD  

Chair of COST EMF-MED; Professor of Electrical Engineering, FESB, University of Split, Croatia


Electromagnetic hyperthermia: Innovations and clinical applications (tentative)

Prof Gerard van Rhoon, PhD 

COST EMF-MED WG1 Leader; Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, The Netherlands

Conference Info

Dates

  • Submission deadline for both tracks (either 2-page paper, or max. 2-page abstract): extended to 5 July 2018  
  • Review process is starting for the submitted papers, and notifications on acceptance will be sent starting from 29 June 2018 (upon the review result for individual submissions) to 20 July 2018
  • Early registration : 20 July 2018
  • Conference dates: 10-13 September 2018
  • Co-located side-event (click for more info on topics, registration and grants): 1st EMF-Med Training School on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields, 13-15 September 2018

EMF-Med Week time schedule (preliminary): Conference + Training School

EMF-Med Training School Split is the first proprietary EMF-Med training  school – an interdisciplinary school dedicated exclusively to this specific field: beneficial uses of EMFs in biomedical applications;  initiated by COST Action EMF-MED; organized by FESB, University of  Split, and co-organized by COST EMF-MED. 

Organized by:

FESB, University of Split


Co-organized by:

Endorsed by:


  • 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 

Support from related societies and organizations is welcome (please contact the conference organization).

Organizing Committee / TPC Chairs:

  • Antonio Šarolić (Croatia), Conference Chair  
  • Mirjana Moser (Switzerland), Conference co-Chair 
  • Gerard van Rhoon (The Netherlands)
  • Lluis Mir (France)
  • Niels Kuster (Switzerland)
  • Stavros Koulouridis (Greece), student and young researcher activities

Registration

Early rate fees (until 20 July 2018):

Academic: 150 EUR + 25% VAT

Student: 120 EUR + 25% VAT

Industry: 300 EUR + 25% VAT


Registration will be open soon.

Late rate fees (from 21 July 2018):

Academic: 200 EUR + 25% VAT

Student: 150 EUR + 25% VAT

Industry: 400 EUR + 25% VAT

All registered attendees are provided with:

  • Attendance to all conference sessions
  • Light lunches and coffee breaks on all conference days
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Conference gala dinner
  • Conference materials with proceedings

Submit your paper or abstract

Submission instructions for authors

The authors choose one of the two tracks (either "Track 1 - Papers" or "Track 2 - Abstracts") when submitting the manuscript in EDAS, according to the following explanations. 

For both tracks, the same (updated) EMF-Med 2-column A4 Word template must be used, fitting the manuscript length as requested below. (Note: This template originates from the previously provided original IEEE template that contained small errors. The new version contains corrections and a slight customization to EMF-Med, which can be tracked in the "Track Changes" version.) 


Track 1 - Papers: Paper submission is accepted as a 2-page manuscript. Use the template linked above and fit your manuscript to exactly 2 pages.

• Submissions longer than 2 pages will not be allowed in the system, and shorter than 2 pages will be automatically transferred to the track of abstracts, and will be treated accordingly – see below.

• Upon peer-review and acceptance, the papers will be published in the conference Proceedings

• After the conference presentation, the conference Proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library. Copyright will be asked from the authors when submitting the camera-ready version.

• The IEEE paper format contains also the short abstract, which will be automatically copied and shown also in the second conference book, the Book of Abstracts. This will be done by the system. Accordingly, please mind to keep this short abstract between 50 - 150 words. 

• Consequently, the paper will be visible both in the Proceedings (as the full paper) and in the Book of Abstracts (as a short abstract).

• IEEE no-show policy will be followed: a paper may be excluded from IEEE Xplore® Digital Library indexing if the paper is not presented at the conference. 


Track 2 - Abstracts: Due to explicit requests from authors either wanting to present their work at the conference but without getting indexed, or wanting to present a manuscript shorter than 2 pages, the conference also has a second submission track for abstracts. Therefore, authors may opt to submit only the abstract, not the paper

Abstract submission is accepted as max. 2 pages long, but may also be shorter. Use the template linked above and fit your manuscript to max. 2 pages.

• Upon peer-review and acceptance, the abstracts will be published only in the conference Book of Abstracts (but not in the Proceedings)! 

• The abstracts will not be indexed in IEEE Xplore® Digital Library!


Both papers and abstracts can apply to be considered for the Focus Issue of the Bioelectromagnetics journal (published by Wiley, IF: 1.933), dedicated to EMF-Med 2018 conference

Check the Bioelectromagnetics journal Call for Papers below. 

Submission is open

Download the Call for Papers and Abstracts here.


All paper and abstract submissions must be received in PDF format via EDAS submission system. Submitting a paper via EDAS consists of these steps:


• Follow the link below, leading you directly to EMF-Med 2018 submission page in EDAS.

• Log into EDAS or create your EDAS account.

• Register your paper.

• Add authors.

• Submit the manuscript file, prepared according to the instructions. 

Further information for authors

  • All submissions must be written in English.
  • All submissions will be peer-reviewed for technical content, originality and significance, relevance to the conference, and presentation quality. 
  • All submissions should provide sufficient material for the review. 
  • All submissions will be checked by an automatic plagiarism detection tool.
  • For all submissions, one of the authors must be registered to the conference for the accepted paper/abstract to be listed in the technical program.

Indexing in

 

The conference Proceedings containing the papers (but not the abstracts, as explained above) will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library. The indexed papers will be permanently accessible there starting soon after the conference, and subsequently accessible in other major indexing and databases as well

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

We are pleased to inform you that the conference will be followed by a 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. 

Announcement for COST EMF-MED authors and participants

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


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 COST EMF-MED web site
  • On the same site, interested conference attendees from EU countries can get more information about their potential participation in COST Action EMF-MED. 
  • EMF-Med 2018 conference will incorporate COST-related events, including the MC Meeting.

Venue and contact

FESB, University of Split, CROATIA

Fesb, R. Boškovića 32, Split, Splitsko-dalmatinska županija, Croatia

Tel. +385 21 305 700

CONTACT: cost-emf-med@fesb.hr

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September is high season for tourist visits, so plan your accommodation as early as possible.

Weather

Split is situated at the Adriatic coast and features a typical Mediterranean climate with warm summers. September is practically a summer month, providing plenty of beach time with more pleasant temperatures (less heat) than July and August (see weather statistics).

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