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International Workshop "Relationship between neurodegenerative diseases and magnetic field exposure"

  • The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) started a research programme on "Radiation Protection in the Process of Power Grid Expansion".
  • One of the research activities will be the International Workshop "Relationship between neurodegenerative diseases and magnetic field exposure – state of knowledge and research perspectives", organized by the BfS.
  • The workshop will take place from December 12th to December 14th, 2017, in Munich. Contact and further information are available on the website of the workshop.

Man in front of power transmission line grid expansion

In Germany, the transition from nuclear and fossil to renewable energy sources for power production leads to the necessity to optimize and expand the existing power grid and to construct several new high voltage AC and DC power lines across the country. This will bring about an increased exposure of the population to static and low-frequency electric and magnetic fields. Therefore, research activities are planned to determine the increased exposure and the possible biological and health effects. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) is making an important contribution to reduce uncertainties in risk assessment with its research programme on "Radiation Protection in the Process of Power Grid Expansion". The research programme represents a milestone in establishing BfS as a competence centre for radiation protection with respect to the power grid expansion.

One of these planned research activities will be the International Workshop "Relationship between neurodegenerative diseases and magnetic field exposure – state of knowledge and research perspectives", organized by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS).

The aim of the workshop is to summarize the recent state of scientific knowledge and to identify new strategies for research into the cause of the statistical relationship between magnetic field exposure and neurodegenerative diseases. Based on the results, further research will be initiated.

Therefore the workshop will be interdisciplinary and will cover several research areas, e.g

  • epidemiological evidence of a possible relationship between low frequency magnetic fields and neurodegenerative diseases, with focus on Alzheimer’s dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,
  • medical aspects like diagnoses and therapy,
  • ongoing basic research focusing on the investigation of action mechanisms at the level of animal and cell models.

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Organisation

The workshop is organised by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für StrahlenschutzBfS). Conference language is English.

Organisation committee

  • Albrecht Clement, University Mainz
  • Anne Dehos, BfS
  • Blanka Pophof, BfS
  • Ximena Vergara, Palo Alto
  • Gunde Ziegelberger, BfS

Schedule

Begin of the workshop:
December 12th, 2017, 11:00 am
End of the workshop:
December 14th, 2017, 3:00 pm

Venue

Salesianum Munich
DON BOSCO
St.-Wolfgangs-Platz 11
81669 Munich
Germany

Contact and further information are available on the website of the workshop.

State of 2017.11.01

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