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Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics:Welcome from the Director

Dr. Richard Heller

As director of the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, I welcome you to our website. The Center for Bioelectrics (CBE) was established in 2002 by Dr. Karl Schoenbach as the first research center for bioelectrics in the world.

The mission of the Reidy Center is to increase scientific knowledge and understanding of how intense, pulsed electromagnetic fields and cold ionized gases interact with biological systems and to apply this knowledge to the development of medical diagnostics and therapeutics as well as environmental decontamination.

Our researchers strive to engage in scholarly research at the forefront of biomedical engineering. The CBE is an interdisciplinary center at Old Dominion University and reports directly to the Vice President for Research. Over the past couple of years, the CBE has grown and now includes around 50 researchers and staff with expertise in engineering, physics, immunology, molecular biology, biology, chemistry and plasma physics. Our scientists work in newly constructed state-of-the-art-laboratories occupying approximately 34,000 square feet of fully equipped lab space in the Innovation Research Park Building II, located at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

Research at the Reidy Center ranges from fundamental studies of electric field and plasma effects on biological cells, to applied research including medical and commercial applications. Currently, there are many cutting-edge research projects being conducted at the CBE such as water decontamination, imaging, wound healing, vaccine development, cardiovascular therapies, gene delivery, membrane physiology, biomechanical properties and tumor treatment. The productivity of the CBE is evident by the numerous publications produced by Reidy Center researchers over the past few years. Beyond publications and invited talks at conferences, we provide a forum for collaboration with our colleagues from around the world. The Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics was a founder and coordinates the International Consortium on Bioelectrics. Consortium participants in recent years have featured their work from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Italy.

I invite you to learn more about us, and please feel free to contact the bioelectrics faculty if you have questions about our research programs.

Dr. Richard Heller