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Bioelectrochemistry (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Body Electric: Understanding the Role of Endogenous Electric Fields in Development, Regeneration and Cancer and Utilizing Electric Fields to Treat Diseases


June 30 - July 1, 2012


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Chloe Mauroy

Associate Chair:
Gaurav Basu

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Bioelectrochemistry is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the interactions between electric fields and biological systems ranging from membrane permeabilization, effects of electric fields on cells, electrochemical signaling mechanisms and medical applications. Sessions will explore latest advances in the understanding of these interactions from a biological, biochemical and biophysical point of view.

Session topics include: Treatment of diseases; Models/Cells/Tissue in electric fields; and Models/Cells/Tissue submitted to nanosecond and picosecond pulses.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Bioelectrochemistry" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Lecture
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Richard Heller (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, USA)
"Translation of electrogene transfer: the importance of obtaining the appropriate expression"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Discussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session I
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmTreatment of diseases
Discussion Leader: Raphael Lee (University of Chicago, Chicago, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pm Bor Kos (Laboratory of Biocybernetics, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
"Applied treatment planning of electroporation-based medical interventions"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pm Discussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pm Benjamin Danziger (University of Rochester, New York, USA)
"Finite element modeling of electroporation in the pig lung: studies on gene transfer and safety"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pm Discussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pm Iben Spanggaard (Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Spatial distribution of transgenic protein after gene electrotransfer to porcine muscle"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pm Discussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pm Stine Frandsen (Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Death by calcium; Ca2+ loading by electroporation causes ATP exhaustion and tumor necrosis"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pm Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amModels/Cells/Tissue in electric fields
Discussion Leader: Richard Nuccitelli (BioElectroMed Corp., Burlingame, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 am Oyinlolu Adeyanju (Northwestern University, Chicago, USA)
"The Implementation of Dispersion in the Simulation of Irreversible Electroporation"
9:20 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:50 am Bostjan Markelc (Institute of Oncology Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
"The effects of electric pulses used for electrochemotherapy in combination with bleomycin on normal and tumour blood vessels"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:20 am Sandrine Pelofy (Institute of Pharmacology and Structural Biology, Toulouse, France)
"In vivo Electrotransfer of molecules: How to overcome the blood vessel barrier using millisecondes pulses (EGT)"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am - 10:50 am Matej Kranjc (University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
"Magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography for monitoring electric field distribution during electroporation"
10:50 am - 11:00 am Discussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session II
Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmModels/Cells/Tissue submitted to nanosecond and picosecond pulses
Discussion Leader: Ken-ichi Yano (Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Marie Breton (Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France)
"Transport of Sirna Molecules through Lipid Membranes Driven by Pulsed Electric Fields: An Experimental and Computational Study"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pm Discussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pm Marie-Amelie de Menorval (Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France)
"Reproduction of spontaneous calcium oscillations of human aMSCs: A new potentiality of pulsed electric fields"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pm Discussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill out GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 4:00 pm.
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