Keynote Speakers

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Gerald H. Pollack

University of Washington, USA
Presentation Topic
The Fourth Phase of Water: A Central Role in Health (Abstract)
Gerald Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He then joined the University of Washington faculty and is now professor of Bioengineering. He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, WATER, convener of the Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, and Executive Director of the Institute for Venture Science. His interests have ranged broadly, from biological motion and cell biology to the interaction of biological surfaces with aqueous solutions. His 1990 book, Muscles and Molecules: Uncovering the Principles of Biological Motion, won an “Excellence Award” from the Society for Technical Communication. His 2001 book, Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life, and his newest book, The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor won that Society’s “Distinguished Award,” their highest distinction. The latter book went on to receive the World Summit Excellence Award. Pollack received an honorary doctorate in 2002 from Ural State University in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and was more recently named an Honorary Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and foreign member and Academician of the Srpska Academy. He received the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2002. In 2008, his colleagues chose him as the recipient of his university’s highest annual distinction: the UW Faculty Lecturer Award. Pollack is a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and a Fellow of both the American Heart Association and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He received an NIH Director’s Transformative R01 Award. He was the 2012 recipient of the Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems, and in 2014 he received the Scientific Excellence Award from the World Academy of Neural Therapy, as well as the Society for Scientific Exploration’s Dinsdale Prize. In 2015, he won the Brandlaureate Award, previously bestowed on notables such as Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton and Steve Jobs. In 2016 he was awarded the 1st Emoto Peace Prize.

Roumiana Tsenkova

Kobe University, Japan
Presentation Topics

Open for public lecture: Aquaphotomics introductory course (bilingual, Japanese & English)
(Workshop English Abstract)

Why Aquaphotomics? (Abstract)

Roumiana Tsenkova is professor and head of laboratory at Kobe University. Recently she proposed aquaphotomics as a new scientific field to study the collective characterization and quantification of pools of water molecules that have the same molecular vibration and hold information on structure, function, and dynamics of organisms or aqueous systems.

Masato Yasui

Keio University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Water Biology and Medicine: roles of aquaporins (AQP) (Abstract)
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology
Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan
1989 Medical License (M.D.), Graduated from Keio University School of Medicine (Tokyo, Japan)
1992 Clinical Resident of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s International Hospital, Tokyo, Japan
1992 Clinical Fellow of Neonatolgy, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
1997 Postgraduate Student, Dept. of Woman and Child Health, Pediatric Unit, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (Prof. Anita Aperia) (Doctor of Philosophy)
1997-2000 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA (Prof. Peter Agre)
2001- Assistant Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics and Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2006 Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan

Yuichi Ogawa

Kyoto university, Japan
Presentation Topic
Development of 60 GHz Near-field Array Sensor (Abstract)
Educational Background
April, 1991, Entered Faculty of Agriculture, Okayama University
March.,1995, Graduated from Okayama University
April, 1995, Enter the Graduate School of Agriculture, Okayama University
March., 1997, Graduated from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Okayama University
Ph.D of Agriculture: from Tohoku Univ. in September, 2005.

Business Experience
April 1, 1997, Yanmer Co., Ltd.
July 9, 2001, Assistant Researcher, Engineering Base Research Department, RIKEN
July 1, 2003, Unit Researcher, Kawase Initiative Research Unit, RIKEN
April 1, 2004, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Tohoku University
July 1, 2005, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Tohoku University
September 1, 2009, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University

Current Office
Laboratory of Agricultural Process Engineering, Division of Environmental Science & Technology
Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
Address: Kitashirakawa-Oiwakecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
Phone: +81-75-753-6169, FAX: +81-75-753-6171

Shigeaki Morita

Osaka Electro-Communication University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Hydration Structure of Intermediate Water in Biomaterials Investigated by Infrared Spectroscopy (Abstract)
Shigeaki MORITA, Ph.D.
Osaka Electro-Communication University

Born in 1972 in Tokyo, Japan
Ph.D. (2001), Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
2001-2003, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hokkaido University
2003-2007, Postdoctoral Fellow, Kwansei-Gakuin University
2007-2012, Assistant Professor, Nagoya University
2012-2017, present, Associate Professor, Osaka Electro-Communication University
2012-present, Professor, Osaka Electro-Communication University

Craig Schwartz

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA
Presentation Topic
Water – From Clusters to Nanoconfinement to the Bulk (Abstract)
Craig Schwartz received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University (IL, USA) and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from University of California, Berkeley in 2010. His thesis work focused on theoretical and experimental investigations of liquids using X-ray spectroscopic techniques. He subsequently worked for an insurance company, before returning to science to develop ultrafast X-ray methods for synchrotrons at Argonne National Laboratory. He then became a project scientist at SLAC national lab where he built X-ray spectrometers and worked on ultrafast phenomena. His research is primarily concerned with X-ray spectroscopy and scattering. Primarily, he studies soft matter by spectroscopic means. He is also interested in developing new X-ray spectroscopic methods, particularly methods that require the high fields of X-ray free electron lasers.

Hiro-o Hamaguchi

National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Presentation Topic
“Nano-ice” Forms in Cold Water and Causes the Density Maximum Anomaly (Abstract)
Hiro-o Hamaguchi received his D. Sc. Degree in physical chemistry from the University of Tokyo in 1975. In 1990, he became a laboratory head at the Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology. From 1995 till 2012, he was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo. He is now a Chair Professor at Department of Applied Chemistry, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. His recent research efforts are directed toward the elucidation of complicated molecular systems including solutions and liquids, ionic liquids, and also living cells and human organs, using time- and space-resolved vibrational spectroscopy. He is the author of 291 scientific papers in the field of physical chemistry and molecular spectroscopy.

Christian Huck

Leopold-Franzens University, Austria
Presentation Topic
Recent Trend in NIR Spectroscopy including Quantum Chemistry and two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy (Abstract)
Christian Huck currently holds the positon of a full professor at the Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Radiochemistry, CCB-Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine, Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria. He started his academic career just after finishing his PhD studies in 1998 as a postdoc and an assistant professor in the following. At this time also research in the field of NIRS was started. In 2006 he received the habilitation for analytical chemistry and was appointed as an associate professor by then. After neglecting a call to the University of Stuttgart in 2015 he agreed to a call to the University of Innsbruck. In 2015 and 2016 he was a visiting guest professor at Professor Yukihiro Ozaki´s lab at Kwansei-Gakuin University (Sanda, Hyogo, Japan). Today, Christian Huck is responsible for a broad field of analytical technologies including beside near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) also separation and enrichment methods, mass spectrometry (MS) and others. Focusing towards NIRS in his research towards NIRS he has published more than 300 papers and received an h-index of 44 (> 7000 citations). Christian Huck is also the Tomas Hirschfeld Award 2018 winner and is well-known as the editor of NIR News. In his research he focuses on natural compounds including food and medicinal plants, biotechnology (blood and cancer analysis) as well as material analysis.

Yusuke Morisawa

Kindai University, Japan
Presentation Topic
FUV spectroscopic investigations for water and aqueous solutions (Abstract)
Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry, School of Science and Engineering, Kindai University, was born in 1975 in Kyoto, Japan. He received his Bachelor degree in 1998 from Kwansei Gakuin University, as well as Master (2000) and Doctor (2005) of Science degrees from Kyoto University. He sereved as a Postdoctral fellow of Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2005-2007), and Kwansei Gakuin University (2007-2012), and Lecturer (2012-2016) and Associate Professor (2016-) in Kindai University, Osaka, Japan. He received the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry Award for Advanced Analytical Technology (JAIMA Award) in 2011 and Spectroscopic Society of Japan Award for Young Scientist in 2013. His current research interest is molecular spectroscopy and its analytical applications in the region from THz to FUV.

Xueguang Shao

Nankai University, China
Presentation Topic
Extracting quantitative information from temperature dependent near infrared spectra (Abstract)
Xueguang Shao is a professor of analytical chemistry in Nankai University, the director of the Tianjin key laboratory of bio-sensing molecular recognition. He got The Ministry of Education Award for Young Teachers in 2002, Natural Science Foundation Outstanding Youth Fund in 2003, the special allowances of the state council in 2012, and the Lu Wanzhen Award of CCNIRS (China Council of Near Infrared Spectroscopy) in 2018.

The main research area of Prof. Shao is chemometrics and its application in analytical chemistry. Since the 90s of the last century, he has engaged in the studies of near infrared spectroscopy. He developed a series of chemometric methods for NIR spectral analysis, including the methods for spectral pre-processing, outlier detection, variable selection, and the methods for quantitative and discrimination analysis. Great efforts were made for selection of the informative variables from the NIR spectra. Aiming at the problem of low sensitivity of NIR spectroscopy, works for the micro-analysis were conducted based on the combination of chemometric and experimental strategies. In recent years, temperature dependent NIR spectroscopy was proposed and new applications were explored. Besides the theoretical studies, Prof. Shao also developed new techniques for practical applications of NIR spectroscopy, such as the technique for monitoring the industrial production and the method for fast identification of medicines.

Michal Cifra

Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czechia
Presentation Topics
Microwave and optical bioelectrodynamics at the nanoscale and molecular level (Abstract)
Dr. Michal Cifra, since 2013 head of Bioelectrodynamics research team (Institute of Photonics and Electronics, Czech Academy of Sciences). PhD. 2009, Radioelectronics, (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czechia), Ing. (MSc.) 2006, Biomedical Engineering (University of Žilina, Slovakia). Apart from ~1 year biophotonics research experience from Germany (RWTH, Aachen / IIB, Neuss), he also gained experience with high frequency bioelectronic interfaces (8 months, University of Chicago, USA).

His long term vision is to explore novel paths to future electrodynamic and electronic therapeutic and diagnostic methods in biotechnology and medicine. To fulfil the vision, he and his team develop computational methods and nanotechnology enabled experimental tools to analyze both active and passive electromagnetic properties of biomaterials from the level of molecules to tissues.

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Masaru Tanaka

Kyushu University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Design of soft-biomaterials based on the interfacial water structure for advanced medical devices (Abstract)
Masaru Tanaka is a professor at Kyushu University. In the period of 1996-2000 he worked for TERUMO Co. and designed novel biocompatible polymers and commercialized as an artificial lung. In 2000 he moved to Hokkaido University and in 2007 he moved to Tohoku University. Stents covered with the self-organized porous 3D films are commercially available in the world clinical market. In 2009 he was awarded a full professorship at Yamagata University. He became a leader of Funding Program for Next Generation World-Leading Researchers (NEXT Program, Japan 2011-2014). He has received several awards, including the SPSJ Asahi Kasei Award for his intermediate water concept based on the role of interfacial water at materials’ interphases. Intermediate water content is a good predictor of biological responses to materials and is using for high-through put materials discovery.

Koichiro Tanaka

Kyoto University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Terahertz spectroscopy of water (Abstract)
Koichiro Tanaka was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1962. He obtained his B.Sc. (1985), M.Sc. (1987), and D.Sc. (1990) degrees from Kyoto University. He became a research associate in the Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo after graduation in 1990. He joined an ERATO ‘HIrao-Active-Glass-Project’ lead by Prof. Hirao in 1995 and returned to the Department of Physics in Kyoto University as an Associate Professor in 1997. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2004. Since 2008, he has also been working at iCeMS in Kyoto University as a principal investigator. His main topic is development of novel spectroscopic techniques to explore dynamics in terahertz frequency region and application to non-equilibrium condensed matter physics.

Jelena Muncan

Kobe University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Applications of Aquaphotomics in Biodiagnostics, Biomeasurements and Biomonitoring (Abstract)
Dr Jelena Muncan obtained her PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering (2014) at the University of Belgrade, Serbia in the field of non-invasive glucose sensing. In 2017. she received Japanese Society for Promotion of Science post-doctoral research fellowship at Kobe University, Biomeasurement Technology Laboratory of Graduate School of Agriculture where, under guidance of Prof. Dr Roumiana Tsenkova she is researching applications of aquaphotomics for non-invasive mastitis diagnosis in dairy cows. She currently holds a position of an Assistant Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade in Serbia.

Since 2011 she was introduced to the field of aquaphotomics, which considerably shaped all her subsequent research. Her research area is very wide and highly multidisciplinary, encompassing characterization of nanomaterials/materials/biomaterials and their interaction with water, biomedical diagnostics, monitoring and therapy. In all these research projects aquaphotomics plays key role. Her research efforts are directed toward better understanding of the role water has in biocompatibility and function of materials on macro as well as on nano scale. In diagnostics, the quest for water biomarker in body fluids could lead to minimally invasive and non-invasive detection based on the imprint of cumulative changes of all biomolecules with the role in disease pathogenesis. Her ultimate goal is to translate the research results of aquaphotomics to biomedical and other engineering applications.

Jelena Munćan is the author or co-author of more than 60 publications published in international journals and monographs as well as presented at various international conferences worldwide.


Invited Speakers

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Masao Takayanagi

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Presentation Topic
Variation of Near-Infrared Spectrum of Water upon Dissolution of Various Solutes (Abstract)
1982-1986, Graduate student, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo (Prof. Mitsuo TASUMI group)
1989, Get Doctor of Science, The University of Tokyo
・ Chemical applications of inverse Raman spectroscopy
1986-1995, Research Associate, Institute for Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan (Prof. Ichiro HANAZAKI group)
・ Structures and dynamics of molecular clusters in a supersonic jet
・ Effect of intermolecular interaction on the potentials of large amplitude molecular vibrations
1995-2004, Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
2004-present, Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo, Japan
IR and NIR spectroscopies together with chemometrics have been used for subjects such as follows:
・ Nondestructive quality evaluation of blueberry fruits
・ Identification of fibers for clothes and determination of their blended ratio
・ Inhomogeneity in binary solvent mixtures
・ Variations of hydrogen bonded network of water by dissolving salts or organic compounds
・ Development of new techniques for atmospheric measurements
2011-present, Vice Dean of United Graduate School of Agricultural Science

Angelina Kisselova

Medical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Presentation Topic
Pilot Study of Mouthwash Yume Water (Abstract)
Position: Professor of Dental Medicine
Department: Department of Image and Oral Diagnostics – Sofia;
Institution: Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University of Sofia,

Fields of interest:

  • Dental Medicine
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Pathology
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Allergology

Non-university non-government positions:
Vice President, International Medical Association Bulgaria (IMAB)
Honorable member of the Bulgarian Scientific Association of Implantoplogy

Livio Giuliani

INAIL, Italy
Presentation Topic
Mechanisms of storing energy and information in water (Abstract)
Dr. Livio Giuliani earned his laurea cum laude in Mathematics on Oct. 1974 and served as External Lecturer at the Institute of Mathematics, Sapienza University of Rome (1974/75), earning the Teaching Certificate in Physics with honors and the Teaching Certificate in Mathematics with honors (1976).

Career in Research Institutions
Fellow of the National Group for Mathematical Computer Sciences (GNIM) of Italian Research National Council (CNR), since 1976 (working until 1980).
Fellow of the National Group of Personal Dosimetry for Ionizing Radiation of the Italian Nuclear Energy National Committee (CNEN, working until 1982), since 1976.
Researcher at the Personal Dosimetry Lab of ENPI (Institute of Italian Labor Ministry), whose film dosimetry and TLD procedures were employed to monitor over 40.000 IR exposed workers in Italy, from Apr 18th 1975 until Nov 30th 1982.
Responsible of Informative System of ENPI at Italian Treasure Ministry from Dec 1st 1982 until March 31st 1985.
Researcher at ISPESL (Higher Institute for Prevention and Safety at Work of Italian Health Ministry) from April 1st 1982 until July 22nd 1987.
Senior researcher at ISPESL since July 23rd 1987 until July 7th 1998.
Main professional interests have been protection of people and workers from ionizing and non-ionizing radiations, electric fields, magnetic fields.
Since 1988 up to 2002, on behalf of ISPESL he was in charge of monitoring radiofrequency antennas and co-location facilities as well as high voltage power lines in all the Italian Territory.
Director of researches at ISPESL since July 8th 1998. He was appointed to such position at the Italian Ministry of Health, where such qualification implied the title of full professor, according to the Italian Law 1973/519 and related Decrees (DPR 1980/619 art. 16, DM 2/6/1988 art. 36). The position was recognized starting from March 26th 1993.
Since then, he had the following positions:
– Chief of research programs of the Italian Health Ministry (“finalized researches”) and of ISPESL since 1998
– Chief of the Environmental Radiation and Ultrasounds Research Laboratory of ISPESL form July 8th 1998 up to Aug 31st 2014 (when the Laboratory was no more operative due to the incorporation of ISPESL in INAIL)
– Chief of East Veneto Deputy of ISPESL (in Venice), since Feb 14th 2000 until Dec. 31st 2008
– Chief of East Tuscany Deputy of ISPESL (in Florence), since Jan 1st 2009 until Aug 31st 2015.
– Chief of South Tirol Deputies of ISPESL (in Bozen), since May 24th 2004 until Nov. 10th 2014
In June 1st 2010 ISPESL was incorporated by INAIL (National Institute for Workers Insurances), all such positions were confirmed until to the planned expiring date.

Activity in National and International Bodies and in Courts
As a member of the Italian Working Group for Electromagnetic Field (Decree June 2nd 1997 of the Ministry of Environment) he contributed to the adoption of the Italian Guidelines for N.I.R. Exposures (Decree 1998/381) and of the Italian Law 2001/36 “Framework of restrictions about electromagnetic people exposures”. He provided the scientific rationale for these acts as editor (together with prof. Giovanni Zapponi) of the position paper of the Italian Ministry of Health: “Joint ISPESL-ISS Document about exposures of People and Workers to Electric, Magnetic and Electromagnetic Fields between 0Hz and 300 GHz”. He was the author of the “Addendum of ISPESL” to such Document. In the Addendum, exposure limits for Italian people were provided and they were adopted in the Italian Law (both documents were published in Fogli di Informazione ISPESL, 1997, IV Suppl.). Both documents were formally approved by the Italian Parliament, unanimously by the Chamber of Representatives with Mozione 1-00360/1999 and by the Senatus in the Commission for Environment. He was appointed (with Dr. Crescimanno) from the Italian Health Ministry to write, the position document of Italy introduced at the EU Council of Ministries, on October 1998, for emending the EU Commission Recommendation Proposal COM1998/268, draft of the Recommendation 1999/519/CE. The Italian position document was written according to the May 5, 1994 and March 10, 1999 EU Parliament Resolutions. The precautionary principle was also proposed as the basis for the EU EMF protection framework.
He was member of EU Council Group of Experts appointed of amending the draft of the EU Rec 1999/519/CE.
He served on the World Health Organization’s Precautionary Principle Working Group (February 2003) and was co-chair at many international meetings.
He is a Co-founder of the International Commission For Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) where he has served as spokesman since this organization was founded in 2003 (ICEMS has been quoted as a scientific body of “top scientists” in the Resolution of the Council of Europe 1999/1815 – Annexed Doc 12608, § 44)
He is Member of the Scientific Panel of the European Cancer Research Institute (ECERI) in Brussels (since 2012).
He was Member of the Scientific Panel of the Regional Environment Protection Agency (ARPA) of Emilia Romagna (1999-2001).
He was Member of the Commission for Antenna Siting or Consultant of:
– Land of Lazio (2000)
– Land of Umbria (2002)
– City of Florence (2000)
– City of Rome (1998-2000,2017)
– City of Venice (1999,2006)
– City of Pescara (1999)
– City of Chieti (2000)
– City of Teramo (2000)
– City of Benevento (2004-6)
– City of Monza (2004-5).

Technical Advisor of Italian Ordinary Courts (Tribunale of Lucca, Siena, Catania, Caltagirone), of the Administrative Courts (TAR Lazio, Abruzzo, Campania) and of the Council of the State (Ordinance Oct 20th 2000).
Technical Advisor of the Public Prosecutor of Rome, Belluno, Bolzano, Salerno, Napoli, Viterbo, Vasto.

Academic Activity
After the former activity at University Sapienza of Rome in 1974/5 (see above), he was:
External Lecturer of Bioelectromagnetics at the Higher School of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Camerino (1999-2010)
Lecturer of Mathematics at the Department of Ecology and Biology of the University of Tuscia (2012-2014).
Visiting Professor at the Gazi University, Department of Biophysics, Ankara, hosted by Prof. Nesrin Seyhan, Chief of the Department (2008)
Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Nano- and Micro-Technologies, Kr. Lymby, granted by the Otto Monsted Foundation of Copenhagen (Dic 2014/Jan /5)
Responsible of Biophysical Laboratory of Course of Physiotherapy at School of Medicine of University of Abruzzo, Chieti Scalo, since 2016

Research activity
He led a large EMF research program with reference to both fundamental and phenomenological issues of the interaction between EMF and biological systems, with the participation of scientific institutions, including:
– Italian National Council of Researches (CNR, Bologna and Rome Labs),
– Italian Nuclear Energy Committee (ENEA, Frascati, Rome),
– National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN, Milano University Section),
– Cancer Researches Centre “C. Maltoni” of the B. Ramazzini Institute (Bologna)
– University of Florence
– University of Abruzzo (Aquila-Chieti)
– University of Tuscia (Viterbo-Civitavecchia)
– University of Insubria (Varese-Busto Arsizio)
– University Roma 3 (Rome)
– University Sapienza (Rome)
– Humanitas IRCCS (Rozzano, Milan)
– UNESCO World Foundation for Research and Prevention of AIDS (Freiburg)
– Foundation Luc Montagnier (Genève)
He was the Principal Investigator of three Finalized Researches of the Italian Plans of the Health Ministry 1998 and 1999.
He is the Principal Investigator of the Finalized Research of the Italian Plan of the Health Ministry 2009 “ELF induced cardiac stem cells differentiation and maturation and their implant for treatment of heart attacks: a preclinical study”, starting on October 2018.
He participated in several international and national scientific meetings and published several articles on peer reviewed journals, international proceedings books and monographies.

Jing-Yan Han

Peking University Health Science Center, China
Presentation Topic
QiShenYiQi Pills®, a compound Chinese medicine attenuates cardiac microvascular permeability induced by ischemia/reperfusion in rats (Abstract)
Position: Professor and Chairman, Department of Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine, Peking University
Health Science Center
Director, Tasly Microcirculation Research Center, Peking University Health Science Center
1977-1982 Liaoning University of Chinese Medicine
1986-1989 Graduate School of Liaoning University of Chinese Medicine
1993-1999 Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine

1982,12 M.D, Liaoning University of Chinese Medicine, China
1989,7 Master, Liaoning University of Chinese Medicine, China
2002,10 Ph.D, Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine, Jiapan
Professional and Teaching Experiences
1982-1986 Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Chinese Medicine, Liaoning University of Chinese Medicine
1989-1991 Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Physiology, 2nd Affiliated Hospital,
Liaoning University of Chinese Medicine
1991-1993 Visiting Researcher, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine.
2000-2002 Visiting Researcher, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine
2002-2009 Co-Researcher, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine
2004-present Director, Tasly Microcirculation Research Center, Peking University Health Science Center
2008-present Professor, Department of Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine,
School of Basic Medical Science, Peking University
2009-present Professor and chairman, Department of Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine,
School of Basic Medical Science, Peking University
2009-present Guest Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine
2009-present Director, Key Laboratory of Microcirculation, State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the People’s Republic of China.
2010-present Professor and chairman, Department of Integration of Chinese and Western Medicine,
Peking University Health Science Center
2012- present Director, Key Laboratory of Stasis and Phlegm, State Administration of Traditional Chinese
Medicine of the People’s Republic of China.
Membership in Professional Societies
1. Vice-president of China Society of Microcirculation.
2. President of the Professional Committee of Microcirculation, Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine
3. President of the Specialty Committee of Qi-Blood, World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies
4. President of the Professional Committee of Phlegm-Stasis, China Society of Microcirculation.
5. President of the Professional Committee of Microcirculation, China Pathophysiological Society
5. Councilor member of Japan Society of Microcirculation
6. Vice-president of Japan Society for Clinical TCM
7. Councilor member of International Liaison Committee for Microcirculation
Editor in chief
World Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Associate editor
Frontiers in Physiology-Vascular Physiology

Stefka Atanassova

Trakia University, Bulgaria
Presentation Topics
Meat freshness estimation – aquaphotomics approach (Abstract)
Professor in department of physics at Trakia University, Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She received master degree in physics in Plovdiv University, Bulgaria, 1979 and PhD degree in 1992 – ‘Application of Near infrared spectroscopy for estimation of feeding values of forages”. Specialization in Kobe University 1997-1998.

Field of research: Near infrared spectroscopy. Application of NIRS for determination of chemical composition and nutrition value of different feed and forages, analysis of soil, meat, milk and dairy products; diagnosis of mastitis in cows; detection of bacterial contamination of bio-fluid and food products, aquaphotomics approach in food analysis.

Alberto Foletti

Clinical Biophysics International Research Group, Switzerland
Presentation Topics
Introducing electromagnetic information transfer through aqueous system (Abstract)
Alberto Foletti, M.D. obtained his degree in Medicine and Surgery, Magna Cum Laude, from Milan State University, Italy in 1988; he then obtained his specialization diploma in General Surgery, Magna Cum Laude, from Milan State University, Italy in 1993. He got a Master degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Neuro Psycho Physical Optimization and CRM therapy, from Florence State University, Italy, in 2008. He started his career working as surgeon at Piacenza public Hospital from 1991 until 1998. From 1998 onwards, he has been working in the field of biophysical treatments for therapy and prevention as an independent researcher. In 2008 He moved to Switzerland, where he founded and became scientific director of the Clinical Biophysics International Research Group, Lugano, Switzerland. He has been a research associate of the Department of Innovative technologies, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Manno, Switzerland from October 2011 to September 2013. From January 2012 he has been a research associate of the Institute of Translational Pharmacology, National Research Council-CNR, Rome, Italy. His research mandate specifically related to the study and the evaluation of low frequencies and low intensity electromagnetic fields as a possible pharmacological therapy. He started and chaired a series of International Symposia titled: Biophysical Aspects of Complexity in Health and Disease, held in Milan, Italy 2010, Lugano, Switzerland 2012, Lugano, Switzerland 2014, Lugano, Switzerland 2016, Milan, Italy 2018. He is also author of many peer-reviewed papers and contributor to international conferences in the field of biophysics.

Dusan Kojic

Keio University, Japan
Presentation Topic

A Poor Man’s Guide to AquaPhotomics: Analysis of Variance in Near-Infrared Spectra of Water (Workshop Abstract)
Spectral Component Analysis (Abstract)
I was born on September 11th 1974. in Belgrade, Serbia. My BSc, MSc and PhD studies were completed at University of Belgrade, Serbia, from 1993 to 2011. My PhD work started with the applications of nanotechnology to medicine by using Magnetic Force Microscopy in scanning human skin histopathology samples. Simultaneously, I became involved with BioImaging applications and signal processing as a part of R&D project aimed at developing a new method called Opto-Magnetic Spectroscopy (OMS) for in vivo screening of skin-cancers and early diagnosis of melanoma. I was involved in developing a customized hardware & software solutions for automated digital acquisition and processing of CCD camera images. As a final result, I have co-authored four papers in the field of OMS, as a hardware & software engineer.

My Post-doc work started at Kobe University where I spent 3 months (during year 2011.) in the laboratory of Prof. Roumiana Tsenkova, to complete the training in a new approach to studying the structure of water called AquaPhotomics and Multivariate analysis of NIR spectra of water and water based solutions.

My recent and current work is based at Keio University, where I transitioned in second half of year 2011, after completion of training at Kobe University, and is focused around AquaPhotomics. I amd currently affiliated with Dept. of Pharmacology at Keio University, Tokyo. I started my work with characterizing intracellular and extracellular water in Chinese Hamster Ovarian (CHO) cell cultures and my work has since expanded to studies of hydration of various small molecules, as well as to AquaPhotomics of human urine.

My current research interests are focused on improving the pre-processing methods for NIR spectra, and its application onto various water based organic and inorganic solutions, with the purpose of elucidating details of quantitative characterization of hydrogen bonding in water.

Zoltan Kovacs

Szent István University, Hungary
Presentation Topic
Workshop – Aquaphotomics Data Analysis (Abstract)
habilitated PhD, associate professor at Szent Istvan University, MSc in Food Engineering (2007), PhD in Food Science (2012) and dr. habil in Food Science (2018). His original scope of research is the application and improvement of machine sensing systems, with major focus on the electronic tongue, it’s related measurement protocol and data evaluation techniques. His early works and adepts in the agricultural, food sciences and pharmaceutical fields, was noticed by the manufacturer of electronic tongue instruments, and he was invited for collaborations. He spent three years as a post-doctorate research fellow in Professor Tsenkova’s group at Kobe University, Japan. Since his post-doc period, he has been working with the near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) using the novel aquaphotomics data evaluation approach. He has also, been investigating the application of aquaphotomics for various systems including biological organisms, different types of water samples, and developing measurement and data evaluation techniques for rapid and non-invasive application of NIRS and aquaphotomics. He has won several research fellowships since he returned to his home institution in 2016. Currently Professor Kovacs collaborates and leads different national and international research projects mainly in the frame of near infrared spectroscopy, aquaphotomics and artificial senses along with their related chemometric methods.

Bernhard Pollner

Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria
Presentation Topic
Workshop – Aquaphotomics Data Analysis (Abstract)
Graduated to MD from Innsbruck Medical School in 2004 and has been involved in various fields of science since then, always with a focus on non-mainstream and unconventional topics. He works as a scientific consultant for a well known Austrian company, and one of his main interests is water resp. water in biological systems. He worked one year as a visiting scientist in the water-research laboratory of Prof. Gerald Pollack at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, followed by a stay at Kobe University, Japan, where he started working with the Aquaphotomics data-evaluation approach of near infrared spectroscopy data. He is specialized in developing and implementing data-analysis and – visualization workflows and easy to use, yet powerful near infrared spectroscopy data evaluation techniques. Currently, Dr. Pollner is a PhD-Student at the Department of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria, where he studies the microbiological effects of physical treatment of water.

Akifumi Ikehata

National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO), Japan
Presentation Topic
Opening the black box of NIR prediction for sugar content of fruits: a complementary analysis by aquaphotomics and metabolomics (Abstract)
1992-1996 Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Shizuoka University
1996-2001 Graduate School of Bio-Applications and System Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

2001 – 2008 Postdoctoral Researcher at RIKEN and Kwansei Gakuin University
2008 – National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
2012 – Unit leader of Nondestructive Evaluation Unit*

*This unit is also the secretary of Japan Council for Near Infrared Spectroscopy (JCNIRS).
JCNIRS holds and manages the symposium: “NIR Forum” every year.

Key technologies:
 far- and deep-UV spectroscopy
 plasmon resonance spectroscopy
 near infrared spectroscopy
 IR and Raman spectroscopy

Research interests:
 AI aided evaluation of foods and agricaltural products
 metabolomics v.s. aquaphotomics
 solution chemistry (thermodynamics)

Yoshihisa Harada

The University of Tokyo, Japan
Presentation Topic
RIXS study on hydrogen bonding network of water at interfaces (Abstract)
Yoshihisa Harada was born in Gifu, Japan in 1972 and received a ME, 1997 and a PhD in applied physics at the University of Tokyo, Japan, 2000. He was a postdoc at RIKEN Harima Institute for 7 years and then moved to the University of Tokyo. He was a contract lecturer from 2007 to 2009 and contract associate professor from 2009 to 2011 in applied chemistry and Synchrotron Radiation Research Organization at the University of Tokyo. He moved to the Institute for Solid State Physics, the University of Tokyo in 2011 as an associate professor, and promoted to professor in 2018, which is his present position as well. His research interests are soft X-ray emission spectroscopy, core-induced dynamics and its applications, electro catalysis in fuel cells, electronic structure of water and aqueous solutions, interfaces and biomaterials. He constructed in total seven soft X-ray emission spectrometers in Japan, always following the No.1 energy resolution and stability in the world. He received Best Paper Award from The Physical Society of Japan in 2004 and Young Scientist Award from Japanese Society for Synchrotron Radiation Research in 2005.

Hiromichi Hoshina

RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Japan
Presentation Topic
Structure and dynamics of bound water in polymer film studied by THz spectroscopy (Abstract)
Hiromichi Hoshina, Ph.D.
519-1399 Aramaki-Aoba, Aoba-ku,
Sendai, 980-0845, Japan
Tel: +81-22-228-2124

Apr. 1993- Faulty of Science, Kyoto university
Apr. 1998- Master degree
Department of chemitry, faculty of science, Kyoto University
Apr. 2000- Doctor degree
Department of chemitry, faculty of science, Kyoto University
Sep. 2003 Ph.D of science

Apr. 2000-Mar. 2003 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Research Fellow
Oct. 2003-Mar. 2005 Department of Chemistry University of Southern California
Research Scholar (Andrey Vilesov Lab.)
Apr. 2005-Mar. 2015 RIKEN Terahertz Sensing and Imaging Team
Research Scientist
Mar. 2015- RIKEN Terahertz Sensing and Imaging Team
Senior Research Scientist

Tomohiro Hayashi

Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Presentation Topic
Interfacial water endowing materials with bioinertness (Abstract)
Education and degrees
Ph.D. May 2003, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, (University of Heidelberg), Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Michael Grunze)

Current and previous positions
Postdoctoral Fellow:
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Guest Researcher, Local Spatio Temporal Lab in RIKEN

2006 Apr- 2007 May
National Metrology Institute of Japan: NMIJ
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology: AIST

2007 June-2010 June
Assistant professor:
Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology

2010 July-Present
Associate professor:
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Antonella De Ninno

ENEA, Italy
Presentation Topics
What we can learn about water from vibrational spectroscopy (Abstract)
Antonella De Ninno received the degrees in Physics from the University “La Sapienza” of Rome in 1984. Since 1987 she is researcher at the ENEA research centre in Frascati, near Rome. Her experience ranges from solid state to nuclear physics. She is author of more than 80 research items (papers, chapters, conference papers and patents). She serves as reviewer in many international journals and has been tutor of several undergraduate and graduate thesis and fellowship.

Her initial interests were in solid state physics and, in particular in low temperature effects on materials and superconductivity.
In 1999-2002 she coordinated the ENEA Project “New Hydrogen Energy” on the nuclear properties of deuterium stored in solid lattices. The project was supervised by the Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia, former President of ENEA.

The collaboration with two important Italian theoretical physicists, Giuliano Preparata and Emilio Del Giudice, started during the “New Hydrogen Energy” project, moves her towards the concept of quantum electrodynamics (QED) coherence in condensed matter. Such a theory allows an original approach to the supra-molecular structure of liquid water and its peculiar role in biology. Since then she worked on several experimental layout (FTIR, X-ray fluorescence, THz spectroscopy) with the aim to prove the two-fluids nature of liquid water. She is also interested in the effect of ions in the structural order of water. QED also provides an insight in physical mechanism of interaction between extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields and living systems. She is involved in research projects intended to detect such interactions as expected from the theory even in the perspective of practical applications.

Keiichiro Shiraga

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Japan
Presentation Topic
Reconsideration of the relaxational line shape of liquid water based on ultrabroadband dielectric spectroscopy (Abstract)
Keiichiro Shiraga received a ME and PhD in Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Since 2017, he has been working in RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences as a Special Postdoctoral Researcher. He main engages in terahertz spectroscopy studies to unveil biological roles of water in living cells.

Everine van de Kraats

Water Research Lab, Germany
Presentation Topic
Aquaphotomics for investigating water physics and functionality (Abstract)
In 2018 Everine van de Kraats joined the Water Research Lab (hosted by the Water Research Foundation) in Heidelberg, to investigate physical properties of water and phenomena in ultra-high dilutions. She also works as an independent researcher. Her drive is to bring science about water to the people.

She studied medical technical computer science and did a PhD in medical image registration, after which she worked for Philips Healthcare as a clinical scientist for four years. She became interested in a more holistic approach, and worked on bridging Chinese and Western medicine concepts at the Sino-Dutch Centre for Personalized and Preventive Medicine at Leiden University. Subsequently, at ViaLight Research she investigated together with her team the functional effects on biological systems of water from a ‘water vitalizing device’.

The main measurement technique in her work is currently near-infrared spectroscopy using aquaphotomics approach.

Yasue Mitsukura

Keio University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Neuro signal processing and mathematical modeling for KANSEI and sleep stage decision using EEG and heart rate (Abstract)
Current position
Professor, Department of System Design Engineering at Keio University.
(Deputy director of KEIO leading-edge laboratory of science and technology)
(Chief Technical Officer of Dentsu Science JAM co. Ltd.,)

Teaching activities
Teaching courses include Circuit and Systems, Signal Processing, and Bio-medical Signal Processing. For engineering students and M.Sc students.

Research interest
– Bio-medical Signal Processing (EEG, ECG, EOG, EMG, EKG),
– Image Processing,
– Sleep Engineering,
– Mathematics,
– Brain Computer Interface and Brain Machine Interface

Professor at Department of System Design Engineering, Keio University, 2018
Associate professor at Department of System Design Engineering, Keio University, April 2011-2017,
Associate Professor at Department of Bio-Application & Systems Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, January 2005-March 2011,
Lecturer at Department of Information Educations, Okayama University, January 2002 – December 2004,

Supervision of thesis in 2018
7 PhD students
12 Master students
5 Bachelor students

Summary of Publications
International Journals 42
Domestic (Japanese)Journals 40
Books and chapters in books 13
International conferences 425

International Activity
International collaboration 12 countries

Harumi Sato

Kobe University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Polymer structure in water studied by THz-Raman spectroscopy (Abstract)
Professor Harumi Sato obtained her Ph.D. (1996) degree in Engineering from Gunma University. After she spent one and a half year at Toyota Technological Institute, Nagoya as a postdoctoral fellow, she joined the Kwansei Gakuin University in 1999 as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2012, she moved to Kobe University as an associate professor. Since 2018, she has been a professor in Graduate School of Human Development and Environment.

Sae Tanaka

Keio University, Japan
Presentation Topic
Analysis of Interaction between Glucose Anomers and Water Molecules (Abstract)
Sae Tanaka is an Instructor at School of Medicine, Keio University. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, in 2010, 2012 and 2015, respectively.

Federico Marini

University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Presentation Topic
Chemometric tools for aquaphotomics (Abstract)
Dr. Marini received his MSc from Sapienza University of Rome in 2000 where he also completed his PhD in 2004. He is currently associate professor of Chemometrics at Sapienza University of Rome. In 2006, he was awarded the Young Researcher Prize from Italian Chemical Society and in 2012 he won the Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems Award “for his achievements in chemometrics”. He has been visiting researcher in various Universities (Copenhagen, Stellenbosch, Silesia, Lille). His research activity is focused on all aspects of chemometrics, ranging from the application of existing methods to real world problems in different fields to the design and development of novel algorithms. He is author of more than 110 papers in international journals, and recently he edited and coauthored the book Chemometrics in food chemistry (Elsevier). He is member of the Editorial boards of Chemolab, Analytica Chimica Acta, J. of Chemometrics, J. of NIR Spectroscopy, J. of Spectral Imaging and he serves as Associate Editor for Chemometrics in Wiley’s Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. He is currently the coordinator of the Chemometric group of the Italian Chemical Society and a member of the Chemometric study group of EUCheMS.

Cristina Malegori

DIFAR – University of Genova, Italy
Presentation Topic
Water molecular structure behind water activity: investigating on chemical modifications of rice germ during storage (Abstract)
Cristina Malegori received in 2015 her PhD in Technological Innovation for Agricultural, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences. Now she works as a post-doctoral fellow in the Research Group in Analytical Chemistry and Chemometrics at the University of Genova. Her research activity is mainly focused on the application of innovative analytical strategies based on near-infrared spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging. An important topic of her research is the extraction of significant information embodied within complex data arrays by means of advanced chemometric techniques. With her background in food science and technology, Cristina mainly applies this approach to food samples, with the aim of understanding the complex biochemical activities that occur during food processing/degradation. She is secretary and treasurer of the board of the Italian Society of NIR Spectroscopy (SISNIR).

Paolo Renati

University of Catania, Italy
Presentation Topic
Temperature Dependence Analysis of the NIR Spectra of Liquid Water and QED theory (Abstract)
Condensed Matter Scientist and Materials Engineer, he spent the last 10 years in studying water within the theoretical framework of Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) getting more and more enthusiastic about the possibilities offered by this Quantum-Field view of matter, especially liquid water, both in ordinary and exotic phenomenologies. These new tools, offered by the electrodynamic perspective, open deep insights about the critical aspect of biology and medicine, allowing a real leap to a systemic view of life both at eco-systemic and sub-cellular scales, revealing how semantics in biology is the, physically grounded key point. For this reason, one of his paramount concerns is the critics of epistemological aspects in life sciences, totally unable to contemplate such kind of observable. He’s now advancing through a PhD course in Physics of Complex Systems, trying to enrich and merge deep philosophical problems in science methodology and experimental results that corroborate the necessity of an approach in the name of complexity.

Nikolaj Blom

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Presentation Topics
DireWaves: Disarming resistant microbes with resonant waves (Abstract)

Water Bridging Initiative – from descaling drinking water to disarming resistant microbes to liquid crystal properties (Poster Abstract)

Dr. Blom has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. He pioneered machine learning methods in biology and metagenomics studies from the deep polar oceans. He recently turned his attention towards the role of water and electromagnetic fields in biology and acquired the prestigious VILLUM experiment grant to study the effects of electromagnetic fields on antibiotic-resistant microbes.

Ali Gahkani

Aunir, United Kingdom
Presentation Topic
Removing Interference Signal from NIR Spectra (Workshop Abstract)

Covariance Weighting in Aquaphotomics (Abstract)

Dr Ali Gahkani works as a Senior R&D Scientist for Aunir, a company specialised in developing NIR solutions.
A former Purdue University postdoctoral researcher, he has more than 15 years of research and commercial experience with different methods of vibrational spectroscopy (including Raman and Infrared spectroscopy).

He is currently focused on exploring novel machine learning and data science tools in solving complex spectroscopy problems.

Dr Gahkani has been awarded in a number of international chemometrics competitions including first place in a recent Aquaphotomics competition (Chambersburg shootout 2018).

Rasmus Gaupp-Berghausen

Aquaquinta, Austria
Presentation Topic
Evaluation of water or water containing liquids on their form-giving characteristics (Abstract)
Rasmus Franciscus Gaupp-Berghausen was born 01.09.1974 in Austria.Between 1993 and 2002 he studied Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Bodenkultur in Vienna and Agricultural Science at the Royal University of Veterinary and Agriculture in Copenhagen. R. Gaupp-Berghausen put his main focus during his studies in Europe and also during further studies in Central America on water.

In May 2018 Rasmus Gaupp-Berghausen got elected as Co-President of the International Light Association (ILA). The ILA is a uniquely collaborative group of light and colour therapy practitioners, health professionals, scientists, educators, product manufacturers, artists, architects, interior designers and philosophers who are passionate about learning and applying the latest theories, techniques and technologies regarding how light and colour can promote health, enhance performance and learning and raise consciousness.

During the last years Rasmus Gaupp-Berghausen has been invited in over 40 countries presenting his work in lectures and workshops. He speaks besides German, English, Danish and Spanish fluently. He lives today with his wife and four children in the western part of Austria.