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"Light, Endocrine Systems and Cancer"
Facts and Research Perspectives

Thomas C. Erren and
Claus Piekarski

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SECOND Announcement
updated March 3, 2002:

The following scientists have been added to the list of distinguished speakers and chairmen:

G Burg, Switzerland
P Cocco,
T Krieg,
W Krone,
R Lucas, UK
M Mevissen,
T Roenneberg,

SYMPOSIUM: 2-3 May 2002, Cologne
‘Light, Endocrine Systems and Cancer’

Facts and Research Perspectives

This meeting on visible radiation and cancer will bring together some of the world’s leading experts in the pertinent research areas. As previously,* the emphasis will be on discussion of plausible biomechanisms that might explain existing experimental and epidemiological results. On this occasion the meeting will concentrate on new ideas about observed associations between light, the endocrine systems and cancer. Other specialists in related research areas will provide essential background information to stimulate further critical evaluation of the available data.

The following experts will contribute reports and comments:

DH Blask, USA
GC Brainard, USA
TC Erren, Germany
A Lerchl, Germany
S Perkowitz, USA
C Poole, USA
CJ Portier, USA
RJ Reiter, USA
KP Sauer, Germany
K Scharffetter-Kochanek, Germany
RG Stevens, USA
G Vollmer, Germany
G Burg, Switzerland
P Cocco, Italy
T Krieg, Germany
W Krone, Germany
R Lucas, UK
M Mevissen, Switzerland
T Roenneberg, Germany


Further information from:

Thomas Erren,
Institut und Poliklinik für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin der Universität zu Köln,
50924 Köln (Lindenthal), Germany.
Tel: +49 221-478-5819.
Fax: +49 221-478-5119.

Preliminary program:

Session 1 Introduction
The nexus of light and cancer
Session 2 Light
Ocular and neuronal physiology
Biological rhythms
Light, hormones and aging
Session 3 Endocrine systems and cancer
Endocrine modulation and the fragile balance of homeostasis
Endocrine dismodulation and cancer
Session 4 Skin cancers
Session 5
Internal cancers

Session 6 Novel research
Session 7 Perspectives
Summary evaluation
Where are we headed?


from the Symposium will be published
in the Neuroendocrinology Letters

(ISSN 0172-780X)
in June 2002.




* Low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF), Visible Light, Melatonin and Cancer - International symposium May 4-5, 2000; University of Cologne, Germany.

Call for Posters

We are now able to accept a limited number of posters for exhibition during the symposium. Posters must be related directly to the theme of the meeting: observed associations between light, the endocrine systems and cancer.
  • Electronic versions of abstracts of posters must reach the organisers* for review by 29 March 2002.
  • Decisions on whether or not posters have been accepted will be notified to authors by 4 April 2002.
  • Abstracts of accepted and exhibited posters will be edited for publication as part of the symposium Proceedings.
  • The Proceedings are scheduled to appear in the June 2002 issue of Neuroendocrinology Letters.

    Poster abstracts must be in English and print within 2.5 cm margins on one side of one sheet of A4 paper. The abstract must refer to the study objectives, methods, results and conclusions. Please use regular 12-point Times or Times New Roman font throughout. The text, including title, and authors’ names and affiliations, may not exceed 600 words. Use new lines for authors and for the main text. Do not include tables, figures or charts in the abstract.

*Abstracts of posters may be submitted as e-mail attachments addressed to

or on diskette to:
Dr Thomas Erren,
Institut und Poliklinik für Arbeits- und Sozialmedizin,
Klinikum der Universität zu Köln, D-50924 Cologne, Germany.

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