In Germany, the transition from nuclear and fossil to renewable energy sources for power production leads to the necessity to optimize and expand the existing power grid and to construct several new high voltage AC and DC power lines across the country. This will bring about an increased exposure of the population to low frequency magnetic fields. Therefore, research activities are planned to follow up the increased exposure and the possible biological effects.
One of these planned research activities will be the International Workshop “Relationship between neurodegenerative diseases and magnetic field exposure – state of knowledge and research perspectives”, organized by the German Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS).
The workshop will cover several topics, e.g epidemiological evidence of a possible relationship between low frequency magnetic fields and neurodegenerative diseases, with focus on Alzheimer’s dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, medical aspects like diagnoses and therapy, and ongoing basic research focusing on the investigation of action mechanisms at the level of animal and cell models. The aim is to summarize the recent state of scientific knowledge and to identify research gaps. Based on the results, further research will be initiated.


  • Alzheimer´s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Diagnoses
  • Therapy
  • Magnetic field exposure
  • Epidemiology
  • Animal models
  • Tissues and cell models
  • Genetic aspects
  • Radiation protection

Confirmed Speakers

  • Lars Bertram, Germany
  • Roland Brandt, Germany
  • Albrecht Clement, Germany
  • Julian Großkreutz, Germany
  • Babak Hooshmand, Sweden
  • Leeka Kheifets, USA
  • Hans Kromhout, Netherlands
  • Isabelle Lagroye, France
  • Arun Pal, Germany
  • Oliver Peters, Germany
  • Claus Pietrzik, Germany
  • James Rooney, Ireland
  • Martin Röösli, Switzerland
  • Jelena Scekic-Zahirovic, France
  • Mike Silva, USA
  • Myrtill Simko, Austria
  • Ludo van den Bosch, Belgium
  • Ximena Vergara, USA
  • Luc Verschaeve, Belgium
  • Jochen Weishaupt, Germany
  • Patrick Weydt, Germany

... to be continued

Important Dates

August 2017
Registration and abstract submission opens

New: November 17th, 2017
Abstract submission closes

December 12th, 2017
Begin of workshop | 11:00 am

December 14th, 2017
End of workshop | 3:00 pm