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Scientific Expert Group

Composition: The Scientific Expert Group is composed of experts selected on the basis of their outstanding scientific credentials in a discipline relevant to NIR in biology, epidemiology, physics, bio-physics, or medicine and the ICNIRP work plan tasks. They carry out their work for the Commission on a voluntary basis. In doing so they do not represent either their country of origin or their institute. ICNIRP SEG members are required to declare any personal interests in relation to the activities of ICNIRP. SEG members' declarations of personal interests are available below their profile.

Election: SEG members are elected from nominations by members of the Commission, the Executive Council of the International Radiation Protection Association (IRPA), the IRPA Associate Societies, and national radiation protection agencies following a call for nominations. The election takes place every 4 years in general at the beginning of a new term of office after the IRPA Congress.

Duties: The SEG supports the ICNIRP Commission in fulfilling its mission and specific tasks in the work plan. Depending on their expertise and availability, SEG members are invited to join specific Project Groups set up to cpmplete a work plan item. Within the PG, SEG members participate mostly in the preparation of draft recommendations.

Jacques Abramowicz
SEG Member - PG Ultrasound

Jacques Abramowicz is the Director of Ultrasound Services in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. He received his medical degree from Sackler Medical School of the Tel Aviv University in Israel in 1975. Following four years in the Israeli Defense Forces, he completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sapir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel, an ultrasound fellowship at King’s College Hospital in London, UK, under Prof. Stuart Campbell and a special fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS). Jacques Abramowicz has published 175 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals as well as over 20 book chapters. He has been a co-editor of several books and the editor of the book “First Trimester Ultrasound-a comprehensive guide”, published in 2015. He has delivered 220 invited lectures to national and international audiences. Prof. Abramowicz is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and was the Chair of its Illinois Section, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS). He is the treasurer of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) and is the Chair of its Safety Committee. He was on the Board of Governors of AIUM and is a past Chair of its Bioeffects Committee, of which he is a member. He is a member of the Bioeffects and Safety Committee of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) and was its Chair for 8 years, until 2009. He is a founding member of ISUOG’s3D/4D special interest group. In 2011, he gave the William J. Fry memorial lecture at the AIUM Annual meeting (“…significantly contributed, in his or her particular field, to the scientific progress of medical diagnostic ultrasound”) where he was also awarded the Presidential Award for services to the society. He was the recipient of the 2011 March of Dimes Jonas Salk Leadership award. Jacques Abramowicz’s research focuses on the prenatal diagnosis of fetal anomalies, screening and early diagnosis of ovarian cancer, using a chicken model and bioeffects and safety of ultrasound. Jacques Abramowicz was elected Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in May 2016.

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Seungyoung Ahn
SEG Member - PG LF Dosimetry Review

Seungyoung Ahn received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea, in 1998, 2000, and 2005, respectively. From 2001 to 2002, he was a Visiting Associate Research Fellow of SIMTech, Singapore. From 2005 to 2009, he was a Senior Researcher in Computer Systems Division in Samsung Electronics. From 2009 to 2011, he was a Research Professor at KAIST to develop the magnetic resonant wireless power transfer system for electric vehicle applications. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor in Cho Chun Shik Graduate School of Green Transportation at KAIST. His main research interests include the electromagnetic field (EMF) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of wireless power transfer systems. He has published over 200 technical papers on electromagnetic field and wireless power transfer including over 80 journal papers. He is serving as an associate editor in IEEE T-CPMT, IET Electronics Letters, and MDPI Energies. Seungyoung Ahn was elected Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in November 2020.

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Francesca Apollonio
SEG Member - PG LF Guidelines

Francesca Apollonio received the Doctorate degree from the Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 1998. Since 2000, she joined the Department of Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome as Assistant Professor and since 2019 she is Associate Professor. Presently she is Chair of the National Commission CNR-URSI, Commission K “Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine”, while she has been member of the same Commission since 2011. Since 2016 she has been National Representative for the Action COST CA15211: “Atmospheric Electricity Network: coupling with the Earth System, climate and biological systems” (Electronet) and since the same year she acts as Review Editor for Frontiers in Public Health–Radiation and Health. From 2015 to 2016 she has been Technical Program Committee Chair for the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), BioEM2016. From 2014 to 2018 she has been Member of the Working Group – EMF dosimetry in the COST EMF-MED (Action BM1309): “European network for innovative uses of EMFs in biomedical applications”. From 2012 to 2015, she served on the Board of Directors of the Bioelectromagnetic Society. From 2008 to 2012 she has been Expert Member in the Coordinated Action COST BM0704 “Emerging EMF Technologies Health Risk Management” and from 2004 to 2008 she has been Expert Member of the Technical Working Groups in the EMF-NET “Effects of the exposure to electromagnetic fields: from science to public health and safer workplace”, 6th Framework Program. Her research interests include the main aspects related to the interaction between electromagnetic fields and biological systems with particular reference to keywords as electroporation, smart drug delivery, molecular simulations of complex systems and implantable and wearable medical devices. Her research activity is supported by more than 80 papers on peer-review journals. Francesca Apollonio was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in November 2020.

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Micaela Liberti
SEG Member - PG LF Guidelines

Micaela Liberti received her M.Sc degree in electronic engineering and doctorate degree from Sapienza University of Rome, Italy in 1995 and 2000, respectively. She is currently Associate Professor with the Department of Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University. Presently she is the President Elect of the European Bioelectromagnetic Association (EBEA) that she joined as Scientific Council member first and Secretary afterwards since 2008. From 2018 to 2019 she has been Technical Program Committee Chair of the Bioelectromagnetics Conference. Since 2018 she is Associate Editor in the editorial board of the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, and since 2016 she acts as Review Editor for Frontiers in Public Health–Radiation and Health. From 2012 to 2015, she served as the national supplent representative of COST TD1104: “European network for development of electroporation-based technologies and treatments”. From 2008 to 2012 she has been Expert Member in the Coordinated Action COST BM0704 “Emerging EMF Technologies Health Risk Management” and from 2004 to 2008 she has been Expert Member of the Technical Working Groups in the EMF-NET “Effects of the exposure to electromagnetic fields: From science to public health and safer workplace”, 6th Framework Program. Her scientific interests include theoretical modeling in bioelectromagnetics, microdosimetry, exposure systems dosimetry and design, bioemedical applications of EM fields, electroporation. Micaela Liberti was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in November 2020.

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Christian Cajochen
SEG Member - PG Short Wave Light

Christian Cajochen is heading the Centre for Chronobiology at the University of Basel. He received his PhD in natural sciences from the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland, followed by a 3-y postdoctoral stay at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. His major research interests include investigative work on the influence of light on human cognition, circadian rhythms and sleep, circadian related disturbances in psychiatric disorders, and age-related changes in the circadian regulation of sleep and neurobehavioral performance. He has held a number of honours, has authored more than 200 original papers and reviews in his career. He serves as associate editor for established sleep-related scientific journals and is editor in chief for “Clocks&Sleep”. Christian Cajochen was elected Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in May 2018.

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Yinliang Diao
SEG Member - PG LF Dosimetry Review

Yinliang Diao is Assistant Professor in South China Agricultural University. His research focuses on electromagnetic dosimetry at both low and radio frequencies, and near-field electromagnetic radiation measurement techniques. He received the B. E. degree from Chongqing University, China, in 2008, the M.S. degree in electronic engineering from the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China, in 2011, and the Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering from the City University of Hong Kong, in 2016. Since 2017, he has been an Assistant Professor in South China Agricultural University. From June 2019, he has been on sabbatical leave, and has been working as Research Assistant Professor in Nagoya Institute of Technology. He has been a member of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety since 2019. Dr. Diao was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in November 2020.

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Maria Feychting
SEG Member - PG RF Knowledge Gaps - PG Short Wavelength Light

Maria Feychting is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research is focused on environmental risk factors for chronic diseases, primarily cancer but also neurodegenerative diseases. She has been involved in epidemiologic research on non-ionising radiation since 1987, covering both ELF and RF electromagnetic fields. She has a specific interest in adult and childhood brain tumour aetiology, both environmental and genetic factors, as well as gene-environment interactions. She participates in the work of the WHO EMF programme, as well as other national and international scientific committees. She is scientific secretary of the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority’s independent scientific expert group on electromagnetic fields. She was a Member of the ICNIRP Standing Committee on Epidemiology from 2000-2012, a Main Commission Member from 2008 until 2020 and its Vice Chair from 2012 until 2020. In 2020 she is contributing to the ICNIRP SEG.

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Luca Giaccone
SEG Member - PG LF Dosimetry Review

Luca Giaccone is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering in Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy. His research covers many areas of the Electrical Engineering. Most of his recent activities focus on computation of electromagnetic and thermal fields, magnetic field mitigation, LF dosimetry and compliance of LF pulsed magnetic field sources. He received the Laurea and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. In the period 2011 – 2017 he was Assistant Professor with the Dipartimento Energia, Politecnico di Torino. Since 2017, he has been an Associate Professor with the same institution. He has been Senior Member of the IEEE and member of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (SC6 - dosimetry modeling) since 2015. He has been member of the National Committee CEI-106 dealing with human exposure to electromagnetic fields since 2017. Luca Giaccone was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in 2020. 

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Jose Gomez-Tames
SEG Member - PG LF Dosimetry Review

Jose Gomez-Tames is Research Associate Professor in Nagoya Institute of Technology. His research focuses on computational bioelectromagnetics, neural engineering, and their biomedical applications. He received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from the Institute of Technology of Costa Rica, Cartago, Costa Rica, in 2007 and the M.S and Ph.D. degrees in medical system engineering from Chiba University, Chiba, Japan, in 2012 and 2015. He was a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2015. Since 2016, he has been a Research Assistant Professor and subsequently Research Associate Professor in Nagoya Institute of Technology. He is working group chairman of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety from 2017. Dr. Gomez-Tames was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in 2018.


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Adèle Green
SEG Member - PG Short Wave Light

Adèle Green received her medical degree and her PhD respectively in 1976, 1984 from the University of Queensland, Australia and her MSc in Epidemiology in 1985 from the London School Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. She is now working as Senior Scientist at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia and is a Conjoint Professor at the Australian Centre for International Tropical Health and Nutrition, at the University of Queensland. Dr. Green has served ICNIRP SCI from May 2000 until 2012 and was a member of the Main Commission from 2008 until 2020. 2020 she is contributing to the ICNIRP Standing Expert Group.

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John Hanifin
SEG Member - PG Short Wave Light

John Hanifin is currently a research assistant professor and laboratory director of the Light Research Program at Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his doctoral degree in Biochemical Sciences from the University of Surrey in the U.K.  He has served as project manager for NIH and NASA sponsored research studies and has served on several United States Department of Energy panels examining how solid state lighting can impact human physiology. His research examines the effects of light on the brain, hormones and behavior in humans.  He has contributed to studies of neuroendocrine and circadian regulation relative to light intensity and wavelength.  Using the techniques of radioimmunoassay, performance testing and photobiology, he has explored polychromatic light mixtures of short wavelength light for circadian, neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral effects in humans and has published extensively. Current studies include elucidating the action spectrum of melatonin regulation, studying the influence of light on tumor progression, and testing new smart lighting devices for hospitals and roadways as well as space applications on the International Space Station. John Hanifin was elected Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in May 2018.

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Jukka Juutilainen
SEG Member - PG LF Guidelines

Jukka Juutilainen is Professor of Radiation Biology and Radiation Epidemiology, and Department Head at the Department of Environmental Science of the University of Eastern Finland. His teaching includes generic courses on environmental health and risk assessment, as well as specific courses on non-ionizing and ionizing radiation. His research team conducts multidisciplinary research using all approaches of environmental health research; the projects have included experimental studies using various animal and in vitro models, epidemiological studies and exposure assessment. The main research areas have been assessment of possible developmental and carcinogenic effects of low frequency and RF electromagnetic fields, and combined effects with known carcinogenic/genotoxic agents. Recent research interests include epigenetic effects and genomic instability induced by radiation and other environmental agents. Dr. Juutilainen has coordinated three national research programmes on possible health risks of mobile communication and served as an invited expert in working groups and committees of many international organizations. He also served as an Associate Editor for Electro- and Magnetobiology in 1993-1997 and for Bioelectromagnetics in 1998-2001. Jukka Juutilainen was a member of the ICNIRP Standing Committee on Biology from 2004 until 2012. He was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in March 2013.

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Masami Kojima
SEG Member - PG Laser Pointers

Masami Kojima received his Ph. D. in Medicine from Kanazawa Medical University in 1991. He is a professor of Kanazawa Medical University. He is belonging to 3 departments, Medical Research Institute, Nursing School, and Department of Ophthalmology. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in the department of Experimental Ophthalmology, University of Bonn, Germany from 1988 to 1990. His research interests focus on the mechanisms of cataract development in the lens. Currently he is working in the field of non-ionizing exposure such as ultraviolet, infra-red, and microwave and millimeter wave exposure related ocular damages. He holds many academic honors, such as the International Society of Ocular Toxicology Award (1990), the Japanese Society for Cataract Research Award (1992), International Scheimpflug Club Meeting Award (1993), US-Japan Cooperative Cataract Research Group Meeting Award (1997), Kanazawa Medical University Article Award (1997), and the US-Japan CCRG the Alvira Reddy Award (2007). He has been an ICNIRP Consulting Member from 2001 until 2004. He was elected to the ICNIRP SEG in November 2014.

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Jens Kuhne
SEG Member - PG Ultrasound

Jens Kuhne is a physicist with a special education in biophysics. In 2016, he received his doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from Ruhr-University Bochum. Since 2017 he is Scientific Officer at the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection in the working group “electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields and ultrasound” where he mainly focuses on exposure and dosimetry. Jens Kuhne was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in November 2020. 

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Ilkka Laakso
SEG Member - PG LF Dosimetry Review

Ilkka Laakso is Professor of Electromagnetics in Health Technologies at Aalto University, Finland. His research focuses on theoretical and computational bioelectromagnetics at both extremely low and radio frequencies. Special interests are electromagnetic dosimetry for human exposure assessment and biomedical applications of electromagnetic fields. He received the Master degree in electromagnetics and circuit theory from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 2007, and the PhD in electromagnetics from Aalto University, Finland in 2011. He subsequently spent four years in Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan, as a a postdoctoral researcher, Research Assistant Professor, and Research Associate Professor. He is the secretary of Subcommittee of EMF Dosimetry Modeling of IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety and a working group chairman. Ilkka Laakso was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in 2016. 

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Isabelle Lagroye
SEG Member - PG LF Guidelines

Isabelle Lagroye, PharmD and PhD in Life Sciences, graduated from the Bordeaux II University, France, in 1997. After a post-doctoral position at the Radiation Oncology Center in Dr Roti-Roti's laboratory (Saint-Louis, MO, USA), she has carried out research work at the Bioelectromagnetics group of the IMS laboratory, University of Bordeaux I since 1999. She is also an Associate Professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), France. Her research deals mainly with the toxicological effects of non-invasive electromagnetic fields, investigating genotoxicity, apoptosis, and protein expression in rat brain and cell cultures exposed to mobile telephone signals. She was a member of the ICNIRP Standing Committee on Biology from 2009 until 2012 and was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in March 2013.

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Timothy Leighton
SEG Member - PG Ultrasound

Timothy Leighton is Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics at the University of Southampton, UK. His interests are in acoustics, from ultrasonics to acoustical oceanography and zoology, to sonochemistry and industrial applications. He has particular interest in the safety of ultrasound when projected into the body for diagnosis or therapy, and when in-air exposure occurs through commercial deterrent or entertainment devices. He graduated from Cambridge University with MA in 1985, a PhD in 1988, and was awarded a Higher Doctorate (ScD) by Cambridge University in 2019. He is a triple-Academician, having been elected to Fellowship of three National Academies (the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Royal Academy of Engineering). He has been awarded 8 international medals (the 2018 Clifford Paterson Medal of the Royal Society, the 2014 Rayleigh Medal of the Institute of Acoustics, the 2013  Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, the 2009 R W B Stephens Medal of the Institute of Acoustics, the 2006 Paterson Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics, the Inaugural Early Career Medal and Award, International Commission of Acoustics (in 2004), the 2002 Tyndall Medal of the Institute of Acoustics, and the 1992 AB Wood Medal of the Institute of Acoustics). He has been awarded 5 awards for invention (the Royal Society's Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation Translation Award (2018), Best New Product of the Year (2014), the Institute of Chemical Engineering Award for Water Management and Supply (2012), the Royal Society's Brian Mercer Award for Innovation (2011), the ‘Medical & Healthcare' award by ‘The Engineer' (2008), and the  Inaugural International Medwin Prize for Acoustical Oceanography from the Acoustical Society of America (2001)). He is a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Engineer, has served on numerous national and international advisory committees. He is the founder and chair of the Global Network for AntiMicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention. He is Director and Inventor-in-Chief of Sloan Water Technology Ltd. Timothy Leighton was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) 2020-2024 in March 2021, having previously served 2013-2016.

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Sarah Loughran
SEG Member - PG Short Wave Light

Sarah Loughran is currently a researcher at the University of Wollongong in the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) human neurophysiology research group, an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE). She is also an Associate Investigator in a second NHMRC CRE, Population Health Research on Electromagnetic Energy (PRESEE) based at Monash University in Melbourne. She received degrees in physiology and psychology from Deakin University before completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology in 2007 at Swinburne University in Melbourne. She subsequently spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, specialising in bioelectromagnetics, sleep, and EEG signal analysis research. During this time she was also accepted as an experienced research fellow in the Marie Curie Training in Sleep and Sleep Medicine initiative. Her research focuses on a wide range of bioelectromagnetic health issues including the effects on sleep, human brain function, and the mechanisms associated with these effects, as well as sleep and cognitive neuroscience research more generally. She is a member of the current World Health Organisation (WHO) RF Environmental Health Criterion evaluation committee, and is on the board of directors for the Bioelectromagnetics Society. Sarah Loughran was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in March 2013.

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Robyn Lucas
SEG Member - PG Chronic UV Exposure

Robyn Lucas is a medically trained epidemiologist and public health physician. She received her medical degree from the University of Auckland (1979) and a PhD in epidemiology and population health from the Australian National University (2005). She became a specialist public health physician in 2005, after being admitted to Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. She is the Head of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University (moving to an Emeritus Professor of the university in 2021). Prof Lucas' research has focused on environmental risk factors to health, particularly the effects of sun exposure - both adverse and beneficial - to immune function and chronic disease. She was the lead author for health on the UNEP Environmental Effects Assessment Panel for a number of years. Lucas is currently President of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Physician. She was appointed a member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group in November 2020. 

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Jack Lund
SEG Member - PG Laser Guidelines

David Jack Lund retired in 2008 after a 46 year career as a research physicist with the US Army Medical Research Command where he studied the effect of laser radiation on ocular tissue and the visual system. His principle focus was in the conduct and analysis of research pertaining to the injurious effect to the retina of laser exposure and the determination of the minimum dose required to produce retinal injury. He has authored /coauthored papers relating the damaging effect of laser irradiation to the parameters of the laser exposure which are highly instructive to the formulation of the current ICNIRP, ANSI, and IEC guidance for calculation of the maximum permissible exposure of the human eye to laser radiation. His research has included studies of the hazards of “eye safe” infrared lasers, experimental studies of the additivity of effect for exposure to repetitive laser pulses yielding empirical methods for assessing the hazards of such exposures, experimental determination of action spectra for the threshold for laser-induced thermal retinal injury and studies of the dependence of the threshold for laser-induced retinal injury on both the duration of the laser exposure and the diameter of the laser-irradiated area on the retina. He serves on ANSI and CIE committees/subcommittees and collaborates with international investigators in the exploration of laser-induced ocular bioeffects. He was an ICNIRP Consulting Expert from 2002 to 2012. He was then elected to join the Scientific Expert Group in 2018. 

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Maya Mizuno
SEG Member - PG Laser Guidelines

Maya Mizuno received her Ph. D. degree in Engineering from Tohoku University in 2006 while she was working as a unit researcher at RIKEN. She is currently a senior researcher in the Applied Electromagnetic Research Institute, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. She is an expert in the research field of dielectric property measurement in far-infrared region. Her research interests include study on the mechanisms of interactions between electromagnetic waves and biological substances at molecular, cellular, and tissue levels. She served as chair of the technical committee on Photonics-applied Electromagnetic Measurement (PEM) of the Japanese Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers and contributed to discussions related to the PEM technique in FY 2018-2019. She was appointed a member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group in November 2020.

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John O'Hagan
SEG Member - PG Laser Pointers, PG Short Wave, PG Laser Guidelines

John O’Hagan heads the Laser and Optical Radiation Dosimetry Group at Public Health England. This research group covers all aspects of optical radiation dosimetry, including both the beneficial and detrimental effects of optical radiation on people. The group also operates a UV monitoring network across the UK, Eire, Gibraltar and Cyprus. He received his PhD from Loughborough University for research on risks arising from the use of lasers in the entertainment industry. He is a Visiting Professor at Loughborough University where he has organised training courses on laser safety jointly with the University since 1992. He is a Chartered Scientist, a Chartered Physicist and a Chartered Radiation Protection Professional. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Laser Institute of America and a Senior Member of SPIE. John is Vice-President Standard of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), Convenor of the International Electrotechnical Commission Technical Committee 76 “Optical Radiation Safety and Laser Equipment” Working Group 9 “Non coherent sources”, and is a member of a number of other national and international committees. John was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in March 2013.

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Jan Radosz
SEG Member - PG Ultrasound

Jan Radosz is heading the Laboratory of Noise at the Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute in Poland. He received the M.S. degree in vibroacoustics from the AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree from the CIOP-PIB in Warsaw (2016). His research interests cover the health effects of noise including infrasound and ultrasound, room acoustics and technical noise control. His research activity is supported by more than 30 papers on peer-review journals. Since 2011, he has been a member of Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission. Since 2012, he has also been a member of the Technical Working Group on Physical Factors in Work Environment of the Interministerial Committee for TLV in Poland. Presently he is Chair of the Technical Committee No.157 for Physical Hazards in the Work Environment of Polish Committee for Standardization. He was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in 2021. 


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Karl Schulmeister
SEG Member - PG Laser Pointers, PG Laser Guidelines

Karl Schulmeister graduated from Univ. Techn. Vienna with a Dipl-Ing in physics in 1992 and from Trinity College Dublin in 1994 with an MSc, and in 2001 received his PhD in biophysics on research on the risk for retinal injury from lasers. Since 1994 he is head of the „Laser, LED and Lamp Safety“ group at Seibersdorf Laboratories in Austria. His team has developed computer and ex-vivo models for laser induced ocular and skin injury threshold prediction that served to characterise the spot size and multiple pulse dependence of thermal injury. He is co-author of the hand-book „Laser Safety“ and about 100 scientific publications. Dr. Schulmeister is the technical secretary at the IEC TC76 Working Group on laser and optical radiation safety standards. He is member of ANSI Z136 Laser Safety Committee on Bioeffects and since 2002 Associate Director of Division 6 “Photobiology” of CIE, the International Commission on Illumination. He has served on ICNIRP Standing Committee on Optical Radiation (SCIV) from 2003-2012 and on the Main Commission from 2008-2012. He was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in March 2013.

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David H. Sliney
SEG Member - PG Laser Pointers, PG Short Wave Light, PG Laser Guidelines, PG Relative Spectral Effectiveness, PG Chronic UV Exposure

David H. Sliney holds a Ph.D. in biophysics and medical physics from the Institute of Ophthalmology of the University College (London, UK), an M.S. in physics and radiological health from Emory University (Atlanta, GA, USA) and a B.S. in physics in from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, VA, USA).  He worked for the US Army Medical Department for 42 years, serving as Program Manager, Laser/Optical Radiation Program, which he held until his retirement in 2007. He remains an associate faculty member of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Baltimore, MD. His research interests focus on optical hazards from intense light sources and lasers, laser-tissue interactions and laser applications in medicine and surgery. He has published well over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers - many relate to the development and optimization of laser/optical applications in eye surgery and ophthalmic diagnostics. He served as member, advisor and chairman of numerous committees active in the establishment of safety standards for protection against non-ionizing radiation (ANSI, ISO, ACGIH, IEC, WHO, NCRP) and has served as an ICNIRP Commission Member from 1992 until 2004 and as Chairman of ICNIRP SCIV (optical radiation) from 1998 until 2004. He was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in November 2017.

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Bruce Stuck
SEG Member - PG Laser Pointers, PG Laser Guidelines

Bruce E. Stuck is now retired. He was until 2013 the Director of the Ocular Trauma Research Division at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas whose mission is to investigate the ocular effects of non-ionizing radiation and short-duration pressure wave effects.  This research establishes protection strategies (e.g. exposure limits or physical protection products) and develops triage and treatment approaches for ocular injury from non-ionizing radiation and shock wave exposures from blast.  From 1992-2010, he was the Director of the U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, where he had programmatic responsibilities for the Army Medical Department’s laser and radio frequency radiation biological effects research program. He has 32 years experience in laser hazards research experience and is the author/co-author of numerous papers on ocular and cutaneous effects of laser and radio frequency radiation. His primary interests are in the biological effects of visible and infrared laser radiation on the retina and cornea and the assessment of laser-induced eye injuries and their treatment. He is the Chair of the Biological Effects and Medical Surveillance Technical Subcommittee of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Z136 Standard for the Safe Use of Lasers. He is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Laser Institute of America, the Biomedical Optical Society of the SPIE and the editorial board of the Journal of Laser Applications. He has served on ICNIRP SC IV since 1999 and on the Commission from 2004 until 2016. Bruce is now supporting the work of the PGs as a SEG member.

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Kanako Wake
SEG Member - PG LF Dosimetry Review

Kanako Wake received her PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2000 from the Tokyo Metropolitan University and is currently a Research Manager of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan. She is engaged in research on human safety related to electromagnetic exposure. Her scientific major includes dosimetry using voxel human models and human phantoms, development of compliance techniques of applications for international standards and contribution to medical and biological studies on health effects of human exposure to non-ionizing radiation. She is a member of the Bioelectromagnetic society (BEMS) and serve as associate editor of BEMS since 2018. She is also a member of the Committee to Promote Research on the Possible Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields, the Ministry of Internal affairs and Communications (MIC), Japan.

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Tongning Wu
SEG Member - PG LF Dosimetry Review

Tongning Wu is a senior engineer in China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. His studies focus on electromagnetic dosimetry, anatomical modeling and biomedical applications of electromagnetic fields. He received the B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 2002. He obtained the M.S degree in Communication and Information System from China Academy of Telecommunication Technology, in 2005 and Ph.D degree in électronique, optroniques et systèmes from Université Paris-Est, France, in 2009. He is the member of International Advisory Committee (IAC) on Electromagnetic Fields of WHO. He is the director of youth committee of the China Bioelectromagnetic Association, founding member of China Digital Medical Society of China Medical Association and Conscious Disturbance Society of Chinese Neuroscience Association. He also participated in the IEC/IEEE workgroups on EMF safety. He is currently the co-rapporteur of ITU-D Q7/2 (Strategies and policies concerning human exposure to electromagnetic fields). Tongning Wu was appointed a Member of the ICNIRP Scientific Expert Group (SEG) in 2019.


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