Invited and Keynote Speakers' bio (alphabetically)

Raquel Cruz Conceicao

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.

Leo Kapural

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”. 

Niels Kuster

Prof. Niels Kuster, PhD

Professor Niels Kuster received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ). He joined the academic staff of the Department of Electrical Engineering at ETHZ as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and was appointed Titular Professor at the ETH Zurich Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering in 2001. Prof. Kuster is since 2001 the founding Director of the Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society (IT’IS), Switzerland and has also served as the President of IT’IS USA since its inception in 2010.

Prof. Kuster founded several spin-off companies with the objective to convert the most promising research results into high-quality commercial technologies, products, and services, creating jobs, and providing researchers with a platform for innovative and productive research to develop and commercially exploit their knowledge: Schmid & Partner Engineering AG in 1994 together with his ETHZ research colleagues, MaxWave AG in 1998 with his colleagues Dr. Georg Klaus and Dr. Roland Walthert, NFT Holding AG in 2002 with the new management of SPEAG, Zurich MedTech AG (ZMT) in 2006 with the IT'IS team involved in medical sciences. In 2011, Prof. Kuster launched a new research initiative, IT’IS for Health, integrating his primary research interests in EM technologies, computational life sciences, and personalized medicine. 

Niels has published over 700 publications in books, journals, and proceedings on measurement techniques, computational electromagnetics, dosimetry, exposure assessments, and bioexperimentation. He is a member of several standardization bodies and serves as a consultant on the safety of mobile communications for government agencies around the globe. He is a Fellow of the IEEE Society, a delegate of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, a senior member of IEICE, and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility. He served as the president of the Biolectromagnetics Society from 2008 – 2009 and has been a member of various editorial boards. In 2012, he received the prestigious d'Arsonval Award, the highest scientific honor of the Bioelectromagnetics Society. 

Lluis Mir

Lluis M. Mir, DRCE CNRS

Lluis M. Mir did his graduate work at Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris) and obtained his D.Sc. at Univ. of Toulouse in 1983. DRCE at CNRS, he is the Director of the Laboratory of Vectorology and Anticancer Therapies (UMR 8203, CNRS-Univ. Paris-Saclay at Gustave Roussy). In 2011 he founded the European Associated Laboratory for the applications of Electric pulses in Biology And Medicine (LEA EBAM) that he is still directing. Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, fellow of the European Academy of Tumor Immunology, and fellow of the International Union of RadioScience (URSI), former President of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (2011-2013), Lluis M. Mir has coordinated 3 EU research projects during FP5th and FP6th and one MSCA recently. He participated in a NoE (FP6th) and has coordinated and participated in many collaborative projects at French level. Lluis M. Mir published 225 peer reviewed articles and 24 book chapters (H index=65, Web of Science), delivered 625 presentations at international meetings and 94 invited lectures at institutions all over the world. He won several awards, including the URSI-France 2012 medal, the 2015 Frank Reidy award in Bioelectrics, and the prestigious 2017 Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal of the URSI, the highest award in the RadioSciences. Presently he is President–Elect of the ISEBTT (International Society of the Electroporation Based technologies and Treatments) and of the URSI-France.  

Mirjana Moser

Mirjana Moser, PhD

Mirjana Moser received her PhD in elementary particle physics in 1983. Since 1986, until her retirement in 2014, she has been working for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health in the Radiation Protection Division in the position of Deputy Head of the Division and Head of the Section Nonionizing Radiation and Dosimetry. Her activities focused on assessment, evaluation and management of health risks associated with ionizing and nonionizing radiation. She is particularly interested in multidisciplinary approach in risk assessment and management and in strengthening cooperation between disciplines. In the field of EMF she initiated, participated and accompanied a number of epidemiological studies, surveys and exposure assessments, she conducted and contributed in compiling different national and international reports and she was a member of different national and international experts and advisory groups. 

After her retirement she continued working in the field as an independent expert. Presently she is a member of the WHO core group elaborating “Basic Safety Standards” for protection against non-ionizing radiation, she is a Vice-Chair of the COST Action BM1309 “European Network for innovative Uses of EMFs in Biomedical Applications” – EMF-MED, she is a member of the Nonionizing Radiation Group of the German Radiation Protection Commission (SSK), a member of Advisory Committees of the EU GeRoNiMo research project and a council-member of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA).

Antonio Sarolic

Prof. 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.

Peter Staats

Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, National Spine and Pain Centers; 

Past  President of: the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), the  American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP), the NJ  Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (NJSIPP), and the Southern  Pain Societies

Peter S. Staats, MD, MBA was the  founder of the Division of Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins University  School of Medicine in 1994 and served as its director for 10 years. He  has trained fellows and residents from around the world in the areas of  pain management and neuromodulation and is past President of the North  American Neuromodulation Society, the American Society of Interventional  Pain physicians, the NJ society of interventional pain physicians, and  the southern pain societies.

He is currently  chair of the board of examination of the world institute of pain, chief  medical officer of National Spine and Pain Centers, the largest pain  practice in the US.

He has written or co-authored  10 books and over 300 articles book chapters and abstracts on the  science and clinical practice of interventional pain medicine.

Emilie van Deventer, PhD

Dr Emilie van Deventer is the Team Leader of the Radiation Programme at the World Health Organization. This programme covers the public health aspects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety. She is responsible, inter alia, for the WHO International EMF Project which provides information on the health impact of EMF exposure and guidance to national authorities on radiation protection programmes. Before joining WHO, she was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada. She holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, USA and received an honorary doctorate (doctor honoris causa) from the University of San Marcos, Lima, Peru in 2014. 

Prof. Gerard van Rhoon, PhD

Gerard van Rhoon is a Professor at the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, department Radiation Oncology and director of the Hyperthermia unit. He is trained as a physicist and obtained in 1994 his Ph.D. at the Lab. of Electromagnetic Research, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology. He started his career in 1977 within the department of Experimental Radiotherapy of the Erasmus University as researcher involved in the application of whole body hyperthermia. 

In 2011 he was appointment as Professor in Physical Aspects of Electromagnetic Fields & Health 2011 at the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute. Within the Erasmus MC Cancer Institute he is PI of the Academic Center of Excellence of Minimal Invasive Image Guided Therapy. The research program focuses on development of electromagnetic technology for heating tumors with a specific aim at the improvement and assurance of the quality of the hyperthermia treatment. 

He has designed several high power RF measuring devices specifically for the measurement RF-fields in the near-field of RF-antennae. A recent achievement was the development of a new hyperthermia system, for the first time in history completely designed through EM modeling to safely and adequately heat tumors in the head and neck region. His recent interest is the development of technology to enable thermal-ablation brachytherapy to treat patients using minimally invasive, precise therapy as a one stop-shop intervention using high quality, intelligent and augmented reality imaging guidance. 

He is the President of the European Society for Hyperthermic Oncology. Further, he is a senior editor of the Int. J. of Hyperthermia and auditor for Physics in Medicine and Biology. He is author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications and over 120 publications in books, proceedings and non-peer-reviewed journals. He is a frequently invited speaker at congresses on hyperthermia and bio-medical engineering. He has received the first Lund Science Award in 1987, the Dr. BB Singh Award and the ESHO-BSD award in 2008 and the Dr. Sugahara Award in 2012.

Adriana Velázquez Berumen

Adriana Velázquez Berumen is the Senior Advisor and Focal Point for Medical Devices, within the Essential Medicines and Health Products department, at World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva. She was previously the Coordinator of Diagnostic Imaging and Medical Devices within the Essential Health Technology Department of WHO. She is responsible for the development of 10 WHO books and publications on medical devices, and 8 books of the medical devices technical series, including development of policies, assessment, donations, procurement, inventories and maintenance. She was responsible of the implementation of the Global Initiative on Health Technologies (GIHT), supported by a grant from the B&M Gates Foundation and the implementation of the WHA60.29 resolution on medical devices, and coordinated the First Global survey on medical devices and call for innovative technologies for global health concerns and compilation of a network of health technology focal points in the Member States for further intercommunication and knowledge sharing. She was also responsible of organizing the 1st WHO Global Forum of Medical Devices. Previously she acted as health technology consultant at PAHO/WHO, and was a Founding Director General of the National Center for Health technology Excellence (CENETEC) for the Ministry of Health in Mexico. During her carrier she was awarded with several awards and held chairing positions in the societies in the field of medical physics and biomedical engineering.