Dr. Marvin C. Ziskin, 2011 Recipient of the d'Arsonval Award


  • Jeffrey J.L. Carson

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    1. Lawson Health Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada
    2. Department of Medical Biophysics, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
    • Lawson Health Research Institute, Room E4-142, 268 Grosvenor Street, London, Ontario, Canada N6A-4V2.
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It is a privilege and honor to introduce Dr. Marvin C. Ziskin, the 2011 Recipient of the d'Arsonval Award, which is the Bioelectromagnetics Society's highest award recognizing exceptional scientific achievement within the field of bioelectromagnetics.

Dr. Ziskin received the award on June 14, 2011 at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is recognized for his tremendous scientific contributions to the fields of acoustic and electromagnetic millimeter waves. Dr. Ziskin began his career working in the area of diagnostic ultrasound, where he was a pioneer in the use of millimeter acoustic waves (1–10 MHz) to image inside the human body. His research has resulted in major advances in the medical use of ultrasound imaging, including the diagnosis of pericardial effusion, interpretation and application of the Doppler signal, and major developments in exposure metrics and dosimetry to quantify safety concerns.

More recently, Dr. Ziskin has worked toward elucidating the mechanisms of action of millimeter electromagnetic waves (30–300 GHz) for therapeutic use. His research has revealed that the fundamental physical interaction mechanism is related to subtle localized heating effects that give rise to biological consequences such as neuronal stimulation, decreased growth of malignancies, and reduced pain through action on the opioid system. These scientific achievements are described in Dr. Ziskin's 250-plus peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, and proceedings articles.

Dr. Ziskin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1936. He completed his training at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), where he received A.B. and M.D. degrees. Dr. Ziskin later received an M.S.Bm.E. degree in biomedical engineering from Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA). From 1965 to 1966, he was a Research Associate in Diagnostic Ultrasound at Hahnemann Medical College (Philadelphia, PA), which was followed by a 2-year tour of duty at the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In 1968, Dr. Ziskin returned to Temple University and is now a Professor in Radiology and Medical Physics, and Director of the Center for Biomedical Physics.

Beyond his numerous scientific achievements, Dr. Ziskin has contributed selflessly to the support of science. He has served on a multitude of boards and committees. Notably, he served as President of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) from 2003 to 2006, and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) from 1982 to 1984. He was Treasurer of the Bioelectromagnetics Society from 2003 to 2006. Dr. Ziskin served as Chairman of the IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) from 2002 to 2005, and as Co-Chairman of the IEEE International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety (ICES) since 2006. He has also served the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements as a member of the Council (1987–2003) and member of the Board of Directors (1997–2003). In 1996, Dr. Ziskin was appointed to the editorial board of Bioelectromagnetics, the official journal of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

The d'Arsonval award compliments Dr Ziskin's numerous other honors, which include the Chairman of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Section of IEEE (1970), the Sherman Mills Fairchild Award of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (1972), Presidential Commendation Awards from the American Institute of Ultrasound (1979) and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (1986), the President's Award of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (1988), and the Temple University Eberman Faculty Research Award (1989), and AIUM William J. Fry Memorial Lecture Award (1993).

Dr. Ziskin is a fellow of the AIUM, American Acoustical Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also served as a consultant for various organizations, including serving on the United States Food and Drug Administration's Radiological Devices Panel.

He has been an active member of the Radiological Society of North America, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, American Acoustical Society, and the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

The Bioelectromagnetics Society is proud to congratulate Dr. Ziskin on his tremendous contributions to the science of millimeter waves.

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