Speakers' bio (alphabetically)

Raquel Cruz Conceição, PhD

Raquel Cruz Conceição is an Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. She holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the National University of Ireland Galway and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, in 2011 and 2007, respectively. She has over 10 years of research experience on the topic of Microwave Imaging, developing techniques to detect and classify breast cancer. She was the chair of the recently completed COST Action TD1301 (Microwave Medical Applications, MiMed), a network of over 250 research and medical participants from 30 countries. She edited 2 books from Springer (“An Introduction to Microwave Imaging for Breast Cancer Detection” and “Emerging Electromagnetic Technologies for Brain Diseases Diagnostics and Monitoring”), published 16 journal papers and 34 conference papers. Also, she has been awarded the ANACOM URSI Portugal prize in 2013 and URSI Young Scientist in 2014, 2017 and 2018, among other prizes and awards.

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD

Leonardo Kapural, MD, PhD is a Pain Physician at the Carolinas Pain Institute and Center for Clinical Research. He is also Professor of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine. Dr.  Kapural’s interests include peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord  stimulation, discogenic low back pain and visceral abdominal pain.

Dr. Kapural is an active member of number of professional  organizations including the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and  Pain Medicine, North American and International Neuromodulation Societies and World Institute of Pain. He served as Director-At-Large of American Academy of Pain Medicine, and currently as Director-At-Large of both North American and International  Neuromodulation Society. In addition, he is an invited  speaker to many national and international meetings. 

Dr. Kapural’s experience is broad and encompasses teaching and clinical education, extensive research, and innovations in the area of pain treatments which brought him two Innovator Awards. His noteworthy research findings have been published in more than 100 journal articles,  more than 100 abstracts, two books and 30 book chapters. He is listed by his peers in the “Best Doctors in America”.

Antonio Šarolić, PhD

Antonio Šarolić is a Full Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Split, Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FESB Split), covering the field of applied electromagnetics, namely: bioelectromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic measurements and simulations, radiocommunications and antennas. He leads the Chair for Applied Electromagnetics and Laboratory for EMC and EM testing (EMLab) at FESB, University of Split. 

Throughout his electrical engineering education and research activities, he has envisioned the application of EMF to biology and medicine. His expertise in the field started with EMF health risks, EMF exposure assessment and specifically EMF measurement instrumentation and methods. Finally in 2012, as a member of a then ongoing COST Action on EMF risks, he proposed to prepare the next COST Action with a paradigm shift to beneficial effects of EMFs in biomedical applications. This proposal was approved in 2014 as COST Action BM1309: European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications (EMF-MED), with Antonio Šarolić as Action Chair.

Having a broad overview of the field, his current interests and activities in bioelectromagnetics are entirely interdisciplinary, peaking at the topics of interactions, protocols and engineering challenges for neural EMF stimulation and for non-thermal cancer treatment.

He is a member of EBEA (currently a member of EBEA Council), BEMS, IEEE and WHO International EMF Project IAC, the Chair of Croatian national standardization committee 106 "Electromagnetic fields in human environment", and a member of Croatian Academy of Technical Sciences.