What's "Bioelectrics" ?
Bioelectrics refers to the use of pulsed power, powerful pulsed electric
or magnetic field for extremely short periods of time, non-thermal plasmas
in gases or liquids and shock waves, to give novel physical stresses to
biological cells, tissues and/or organisms as well as bacteria. Bioelectrics
is an interdisciplinary academic field over physics, chemistry, biology,
medical science, agriculture, environmental, mechanical and electrical
engineering, and is expected to open up new science and technology. For
example, nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEF) give a unique stress
based on dielectric and electrostatic effects to sub-cellular bio-molecules
and organelles, being expected to lead to new biological reactions. Also
intense pulsed electric fields can be used to kill bacterial spores in
liquid. Atmospheric pressure, non-thermal plasmas produced by pulsed power
can be used not only for bacterial, viral and chemical decontamination
but also for medical treatments such as wound healing. Plasmas can be created
even in liquid and used for the bacterial and chemical decontamination
of water environment.
- The 2012 International Bioelectrics Symposium was held in Kumamoto, Japan, on Sep 5 - 8, 2012.
- The 2011 International Bioelectrics Symposium was held in Toulouse, France, on May 4 - 6, 2011.
- Bioelectrics Symposium 2011 was held in Kumamoto University on Mar 10, 2011.
- The 2010 International Bioelectrics Symposium was held in Norfolk, Virginia,
USA, on June 24 - 26, 2010.
- The Bioelectrics Symposium was held in Kumamoto University on March 4, 2010.
- The 2009 International Bioelectrics Symposium: Biological Effects of Electromagnetics
on Humans, Animals & Plants (BEEHAP), was held in Columbia, Missouri,
USA, on June 25 and 26, 2009.
- The 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference (PPC2009) was held June 28 – July 2, 2009 in Washington DC.
- BERC Kick-off Symposium was held in Kumamoto University on May 12, 2009.
Message from the Director
Bioelectrics Research Center (BERC) was officially established in October,
2007, in Kumamoto University with a strong support of the 21 Century Center
of Excellence (COE) program on Pulsed Power Science, to carry out a wide
range of studies on bioelectrics from the basics to industrial applications
and to deepen academics on bioelectrics.
The BERC consists of five divisions, fundamental bioelectrics, extreme
state bioelectrics, environmental bioelectrics, medical bioelectrics and
international cooperation bioelectrics, and 16 professors have joined us
from various academic fields stated above.
The bioelectrics research has
been being promoted in the international framework. In advance of the foundation
of the BERC, the joint research agreement on bioelectrics was made between
Old Dominion University, U.S.A., Karlsruhe Research Institute, Germany
and Kumamoto University in October, 2005. Since then the bioelectrics consortium
has been being expanded worldwide, and involves 8 organizations at this
moment. We are regularly holding the international workshop and the WWW
based internet meeting to discuss and to share the cutting edge research
results on bioelectrics. Also the researcher exchange and the joint education
are performed between the consortium members.
In April, 2009, a new laboratory
was opened in the Kurokami Campus. The BERC is equipped with high quality
equipment such as a laser confocal microscope, a flow cytometer with a
cell sorter, a laser micro injector and various kinds of pulsed power generators
besides general bio-related equipment. It enables us to promote collaboration
between the researchers and to deepen the bioelectrics studies.
Director of the Bioelectrics Research Center, Kumamoto University