University of Pennsylvania
Quality and Reproducibility – Pillars for safety assessments and medical applications in Bioelectromagnetics
KENNETH R. FOSTER received the Ph.D. degree in physics from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, in 1971. He was with the Naval Medical Research Institute, U.S. Navy, Bethesda, MD, USA, from 1971 to 1976 where he studied interactions of RF fields with biological systems. Since 1976, he has been with the Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA, where he is currently a Professor Emeritus.
He has been involved in studies on the interaction of nonionizing radiation and biological systems, including mechanisms of interaction and biomedical applications of radiofrequency and microwave energy. In addition, he has written widely about scientific issues related to possible health effects of electromagnetic fields. He has written approximately 160 technical articles in peer-reviewed journals, numerous other articles, and two books covering a range of topics from biophysics to assessment of medical technology and technological risk.
He is a longtime member of TC 95 of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety and a member of the Physical Agents Committee of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, among many other professional activities. In 2016, he received the d'Arsonval Award from the Bioelectromagnetics Society for contributions to the field of bioelectromagnetics. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of BioMedical Engineering OnLine. He has been active for many years on the IEEE EMBS Committee of Man and Radiation, the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.
Myrtill Simkó is professor of cell and molecular biology and is scientific director at SciProof International AB in Östersund, Sweden. Her research focuses on the mode of action of cell reactions after exposure to physical agents such as EMF, and physicochemical agents such as nanomaterials. The research in bioelectromagnetics includes beside mechanistic studies also the use of diagnostics and therapeutics based on EMF.
She pioneered the idea that ELF-MF positively modulates the immune system, an area where she has published numerous publications, book chapters, and review articles. Her focus is also on high quality experimental work including exposure conditions and biological studies. She is and has been an invited expert for several health risk assessment expert groups, such as the WHO and SCENIHR, as well as other national and international scientific committees.
She studied Biology in Giessen, Germany, made her Doctoral thesis in the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, and was Postdoc in Munich at the LMU-University. She made her academic career at the University of Rostock, Germany where she scrutinized the effects of EMF in vitro. In Vienna, Austria she worked also with Nanotechnology Risk Assessment at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and at the Austrian Institute of Technologies.