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Electromagnetic Fields in Biological Systems

Code 12521
Year 3
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Biomedical Sciences
Entry requirements None
Learning outcomes At the end of this curricular unit the student should be able to: - Analyze and interpret the harmful and beneficial influences of electromagnetic fields and waves on the human body - Describe the phenomena inherent to the electromagnetic field - List and discern the types of equipment used in electromedicine - Describe and enumerate the mechanisms and effects of electromagnetic radiation in biophysical systems. - interpret and compare the international rules and lines of action to protect against the harmful effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. - Integrate multidisciplinary teams with doctors. - Promote and develop studies, individually and as a team.
Syllabus 1. Review of electromagnetism
2. Radiation propagation in matter - absortion and scattering
3. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). The bioheat equation
4. Human health effects of electromagnetic field exposure and regulations for the protection against its hazards
5. Mass spectometer and cyclotron
6. Magnetic ressonance
7. Microwave therapy
8. Electrochemical equilibrium in cell membranes
9. Nervous signal propagation on axons
10. Bioelectricity
11. Magnetic conduction of nanoparticles
12. Transcranial magnetic stimulation
Main Bibliography - James C. Lin (ed) "Electromagnetic Fields in Biological Systems", CRC Press (2012)
- Riadh HAbash, "Bioeffects and therapeutic applications of electromagnetic energy", CRC Press (2008)
- Frank S. Barnes, Ben Greenebaum (eds), "Bioengineering
and Biophysical Aspects of Electromagnetic Fields", CRC PRess (2007)
- Andrzej Krawczyk et al, "Electromagnetic Field, Health and
Environment, EHE'07", Wroclaw, Poland (2007)
- João P.S. Catalão, "Campos Eletromagnéticos em Sistemas Biológicos: Apontamentos das Aulas Teóricas", Edição do autor, DEM/UBI (2010)
- Carlos M.P. Cabrita, "Efeitos Biológicos dos Campos Eletromagnéticos e da Radiação", Edição do autor, DEM/UBI (2008)
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria The syllabus contents are exposed and discussed with the students in T classes; in the classes of type PL the students ssolve and discuss application problems and perform laboratory experiments. The assessment is based on a written test, on the student's performance in the laboratory and also on a team work written essay, which includes oral presentation and discussion.
The final classification is given by
F = 1 x 0.25 + t x 0.45 + m x 0.30,
where t is the written test mark, m the essay mark and l the arithmetic mean of the marks obtained in the laboratory experiments done (all classifications in the interval 0-20). Students who have a final mark of 10 or higher are approved (and exempt from examination).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2016-06-09

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