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World's Leaders in Bioelectrics Research to Visit Campus June 24-26 for Symposium

Old Dominion University's Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics will host the 7th International Bioelectrics Symposium, June 24-26.

The symposium is a gathering of researchers working in the area of Bioelectrics. The symposium will also include a meeting of the member institutions from the International Bioelectrics Consortium, a group of institutions worldwide who have assembled expertise in the fusion of biology and electricity.

The symposium, which will be held at the University Theater, is an opportunity to share information among the diverse bioelectrics fields being studied by consortium researchers worldwide.

"Events like this are very important. These are really the world's leaders in bioelectrics," said Reidy Center Director Richard Heller, chairman of the conference. "Meetings like this are where ideas get shared, connections get formed. Really, I think it could push the field to another level."

As many as 100 experts from academics, industry and government are expected to attend the symposium.

The Reidy Center's mission is to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of how electromagnetic fields interact with biological cells, and to apply this knowledge to the development of medical diagnostics and therapeutics, as well as environmental decontamination. The center, which is named for Frank Reidy, a Hampton Roads-based entrepreneur who has been the facility's chief benefactor, has received numerous grants, including substantial support from federal agencies.

Heller, the renowned cancer researcher and pioneer in the use of electrogenetherapy who joined Old Dominion two years ago, was named executive director of the Reidy Center in July 2008.

In addition to ODU, members of the International Bioelectrics Consortium are: the Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan; Center for Molecular Delivery, University of South Florida; University of Missouri; Institut de Cancerologie Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif, France; IPBS Universite P Sabatier, Toulouse, France; and Leibniz-Institut für Plasmaforschung und Technologie, Greifswald, Germany.

The symposium is sponsored in part by Ethicon Endo Surgery, Inc., Inovio Biomedical Corporation and Frank Reidy.

For more information about the International Bioelectrics Symposium, contact Reidy Center administrative director Barbara Carroll at 683-2518, or bcarroll@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: June 10, 2010

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