Franz Adlkofer (Germany), Professor, Dr. med., received his doctorate from the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich in 1965 and his post-doctoral education in internal medicine from the Free University of Berlin until 1976. From 1976 to 1992, Professor Adlkofer worked in the industry. Since 1992 he is Executive Director and since 2002 Member of the Board of VERUM – Foundation for Behaviour and Environment in Munich. His special interest concentrates on the investigation of diseases caused by behaviour and the environment. To investigate the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, Professor Adlkofer organized and co-ordinated the EU-funded research project REFLEX between 1999 and 2004. In addition, the VERUM Foundation promoted complementary research and sponsored numerous scientific workshops in this area. Professor Adlkofer is author and co-author of many scientific papers and presentations at national and international meetings.
Alvaro Augusto A. de Salles (Brazil), Professor, PhD, received his degree in electrical engineering from University College London, England. His research includes studies on solid-state phased array radar design, optical control of amplifiers and oscillators, and research and development on microwave and optical semiconductor devices and components. Since 1991 he has been with the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he is now an Associate Professor. His research interests are microwave and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, microwave planar antennas and components, mobile and wireless communications, and biological effects of non ionizing radiation. Professor de Salles has authored more than 50 papers in Brazilian and international journals and conferences. He is a founding member of the Brazilian Microwave and Optoelectronics Society, member of ICEMS, the International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety, and a scientific and technical advisor for the EM Radiation Research Trust.
Martin Blank (USA), Associate Professor, PhD, received a BS in Chemistry from City College of New York, a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University, New York, and a PhD in Colloid Science from Cambridge University, England. He has done research and taught for over 45 years in the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, where he is Associate Professor. He has had temporary academic appointments at leading universities and research centres in England, Israel, USA, Australia, USSR, Poland, India, Canada and Japan. He has broad industrial research experience. Working for the US Office of Naval Research, he developed a research program on Biomembrane Electrochemistry. He has consulted for private corporations and research agencies, and was recently invited to address the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil on Bioelectromagnetics research and biologically based safety standards. For the last 25 years he has focused on effects of electromagnetic fields on stress protein synthesis in cells and on ion and electron transport enzymes. He has published over 200 papers and reviews, as well as twelve edited books on electrical properties of biological systems. He was one of the organizers of the Bioinitiative working group, and a contributor to the BioInitiative Report. He edited a follow-up to the BioInitiative Report by the same authors, in the August 2009 issue of the journal Pathophysiology. He has been active in interdisciplinary biophysical sciences, including roles as Chairman of the Organic and Biological Division of the Electrochemical Society, President of the Bioelectrochemical Society, and President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, USA.
Yury G. Grigoriev (Russia), Professor, Dr. of Med Sci., Chairman of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, member of the Russian Academy of Electrical Engineering Sciences, member of the International Advisory Committee on WHO’s EMF Project, IEEE member and a permanent member of the US Bioelectromagnetic Society (BEMS). He is Deputy Chairman of the Radiobiology Scientific Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic of the Academy of Electrotechnical sciences of Russia, and a member of the board of the Journal of Radiation Biology and Ecology. He is a Major Researcher of the Federal Medical Biophysical Centre, FMBA, in Moscow. Since 1949, his scientific interests have been in the field of biological effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. His work has involved EMF RF exposure on the nervous system and the brain, using modern vestibular stimulation techniques. He has developed standards for RF exposure, and studied the influence on organisms of magnetic deprivation for more than 15 years. Professor Grigoriev has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and 15 books on biological effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, and extreme environmental physiology. More than 67 dissertations have been worked out and defended under his guidance. He was awarded the USSR State Scientific Prize in 1976.
Olle Johansson (Sweden), Associate Professor, PhD, is head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, also in Stockholm, Sweden. His research focus has been to investigate health effects of modern, man-made electromagnetic fields as well as the functional impairment known as electrohypersensitivity. He introduced the term “screen dermatitis” to explain the cutaneous damages which subsequently caught the interest of occupational medicine, biophysics and biochemistry, as well as neuroscience and experimental dermatology. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of basic and applied neuroscience, and participated in more than 300 congresses and symposia as an invited speaker. He is used as referee for a large number of scientific journals, and has on-going international scientific collaborations with many countries, including Japan, Brazil, India, Serbia, Germany and USA. His studies have been widely recognised in the public media, including newspapers, radio and TV as well as on the Internet, both nationally and internationally. He recently contributed a chapter in the BioInitiative Report entitled “Evidence for effects on the immune system”, which was recently updated in a Special Issue of the journal Pathophysiology entitled “Disturbance of the immune system by electromagnetic fields — A potentially underlying cause for cellular damage and tissue repair reduction which could lead to disease and impairment”.
Henry Lai (USA), PhD, is a Research Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle and an Honorary Professor of the Tropical Medicine Institute at Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He received a B.Sc. (Hon.) in Physiology from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Washington. His research interests involve studying the biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields from extremely-low-frequency to radiofrequency, and the use of electromagnetic fields for the treatment of various diseases, such as malaria and cancer.
Lukas H. Margaritis (Greece), Professor, PhD, is currently assigned to the Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics, Faculty of Biology, Athens University. He received his PhD from Athens University, Department of Biology, and was a post-doctoral researcher and teaching assistant of cell biology at Harvard University, USA. He received training in high voltage electromagnetism at the University of Colorado National with a scholarship from the US National Institutes of Health. He has written two textbooks, including a comprehensive textbook on Cell Biology. He has represented Greek in EU’s Biotechnology programs, organized scientific symposia, and been a member of editorial board of the Int. J. Insect Morph. & Embryology. He is currently co-ordinator of the ERASMUS program with 33 European Universities, and has supervised both postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates. His current teaching activities cover cell biology, electron microscopy, biophysics and radiobiology, image analysis and processing, and computers in biology. Among his research interests are cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry during gene expression in a model cell system, erythrocyte membrane disorders, and effects of irradiation (lasers, UV, mobile phones) on the structure and function of cells and tissues.
Anton V. Merkulov (Russia), PhD, Biol. Sc received a MSc degree in telecommunication from the Politechnika Wroclawska, Wroclaw, Poland, in 1995 and a PhD in radiobiology and hygiene from the Burnazyan Federal Medical Biophysical Centre in Moscow, Russia. Currently he is the head of the Testing laboratory at the Centre for Electromagnetic Safety in Moscow. He has studied issues related to electromagnetic safety of human beings and ecosystems since 1996. His main area of interest is electromagnetic field dosimetry, hygienic and ecological standardization, and protection. Dr. Merkulov is author and co-author of more than 40 scientific papers and he took part in the development of two Russian hygienic standards – “Hygienic requirements for personal computers and work arrangement” and “Maximum permissible levels for the power frequency (50 Hz) magnetic field general public exposure”.
Elihu D. Richter (Israel), Professor, MD, M.P.H., is Head of the Unit of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Community Medicine and Public Health in Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Richter has led the unit for more than a decade. He has contributed original work in the fields of toxicology, environmental health, occupational safety, workers’ rights and community health.
Stelios A Zinelis (Greece), MD, BA, has specialized in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He graduated as a MD from Western Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and received his PhD from the University of Athens, School of Medicine, Athens, Greece. He has post doctorate studies in Internal Medicine and in Gastroenterology and Hepatology from Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Dr. Zinelis is Vice President of the Hellenic Cancer Society. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles on the effects of the Electromagnetic Radiation to human health, and he is one of the many scientists that have publically questioned whether the scientific knowledge in this area is influenced by industry stakeholders.
Carl F. Blackman (USA), PhD, received his doctorate in Biophysics in 1969, performed post-doctoral training at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1969-1970), and joined the EPA in 1970. He studied the complexities of electric and magnetic field interactions with biological systems (1970-1998, which included support from US DOE 1989-1998). He now performs research to examine molecular pathways revealed by microarray analyses that are expected to lead to mode-of-action information associated with the carcinogenic activity of classes of chemicals of environmental interest. Dr. Blackman is one of six founders of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (1978), served as president (1990), on the Editorial Board (14 years), and on the Board of Directors (2007-2010). He served on numerous national and international scientific committees, including the WHO and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. He has co-authored 58 peer-reviewed publications, 23 book chapters, 57 invited presentations, and 132 abstracts. He has reviewed grant applications for 17 organizations and manuscripts for 56 organizations. He is a member of the American Society for Cell Biology, American Society for Photobiology, the Biophysics Society, Bioelectromagnetics Society, European BioElectromagnetics Association, and the Society for In Vitro Biology.
Devra Lee Davis (USA), is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburg Graduate School of Public Health, and founder of The Environmental Health Trust. She earned a PhD in science studies at the University of Chicago and a M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of John Hopkins. She has served on numerous governmental and international boards, and recently she wrote the book “The secret history on the war of cancer”.