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Electromagnetic fields and the human body – from Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to the possible hazards of mobile phones and power lines

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19:30 – 19:30 28 Sep 2011
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Elwes Building, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH

Speakers: Prof. Tony Barker

Prof. Tony Barker (Dept. of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield) will describe how we are all exposed, on a daily basis, to electromagnetic fields from a variety of sources. Some of these exposures are intentional; others are an indirect consequence of a range of technologies.

One intentional exposure uses large pulses of magnetic field to stimulate nerves and the human brain, by inducing currents in the body. In the twenty-five years since its first practical demonstration transcranial magnetic nerve stimulation (TMS) has become widely used in neurophysiology, psychology and psychiatry as well as other disciplines. This talk gives a brief overview of the technique and includes a live demonstration of this very real effect of an electromagnetic field.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Sponsored by: IET
Organised by: IOP South West Branch
Contact details: Hilary Summerfield
Email: secretary-sw@physics.org

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Elwes Building, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 2RH
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19:30 – 19:30 28 Sep 2011
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