Message  from UNESCO-Chair Life Sciences

On behalf of the International Advisory Board of UNESCO/UNITWIN Inter regional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics,Biotechnology and Environmental Health, I would like to cordially invite you all to participate in the second workshop/conference(Virtual) of the UNESCO/UNITWIN NETWORK. This will be hosted by BLDE(Deemed to be University) in Vijayapur(India) during August 6 & 7, 2020 with a view to explore   “Current concepts of Environmental pollution by Electromagnetic field and CoronaVirus” .

The technical progress-induced exponential increase of electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted from the technology and its role in the increase of the risk of generating different diseases, including virus infection, are vital problems of Public Health. Although the non-thermal biological effects of EMF, which are realized through the quantum-mechanical membrane sensors having non-linear dose-dependent effects, are well documented facts, the ICNIRP guidelines for radiofrequency of electromagnetic fields exposure are only based on its thermal effects and completely neglect the non-thermal ones. However, it is known that mobile
phone radiation impacts the cells even when it is below the safety limits. Such a non-adequate dosimetry of EMF from the point of public health is due to the absence of a quantum-sensitive biomarker reflecting the functional state of cells and serving as a gate through which the weak intensity signals modulate the semipermeable properties of cell membrane, the dysfunction of which is a consequence of cell pathology. At present, they are abundance of literature data on metabolic control of cell hydration, which could serve as a quantum-mechanically sensitive universal diagnostic parameter reflecting the functional state of cells, the dysfunction of which decreases the barrier function of the membrane for penetration of foreign particles, such as viruses into the cells. It has been shown that EMF could modulate the metabolic driving water efflux from the cells controlling cell hydration and the semipermeable properties of cell membrane through soluble guanylate cyclase and G proteins in the membrane. Thus, the metabolic control of cell hydration has been suggested as a biomarker for determining the hazardous and beneficial effects of EMF with different frequencies and intensities. At present, there is a big dispute regarding the health effect of new 5G technology system on physico- chemical properties of water solution and metabolic control of cell hydration. In contrast to the previous 4G radiation, 5G radiation does not penetrate into the human body. It is known that the
MW effect is realized through generation of free radicals in skin water. Therefore, to estimate health effects of MW from the point of public health the free radical formed in skin tissues can be used as a biomarker, considering that skin tissue plays a key role in the immunological reaction of organisms for which further investigation is needed

   Although the efforts of life scientists’ societies in the world are being mobilized for fighting against SARS CoV-2 pandemic, the coronavirus infection is widely spreading and we still do not know the mechanism of virus penetration into the cell after the immunological reaction of the organism is generated. Despite the clinical use of antimalarial drugs, such as hydroxyl- chloroquine for fighting against coronavirus, the mechanism of action of this drug is still emerging because of the absence of a precise mechanism through which their antivirus effects are realized. The fact that these drugs have therapeutic effects on different diseases, including its antitumor effects, indicates that there is a common cellular mechanism, the activation of which has therapeutic effects on organism. The vagueness of the nature of the target mechanism
through which the antivirus effect on organism is realized makes it impossible to study the dose-response relationship of these drugs for finding out the minimum dose needed for the clinical efficacy and the doses that are toxic dose challenges to clinical practice. It is obvious that the evaluation of the nature of the cellular target sensitive to the lowest doses of these drugs could make it possible to find out a rational way to increase the resistance of organism to virus infection. As the metabolically driven water efflux controls low permeability for foreign particles such as the virus, the metabolic control of cell hydration can be used as a biomarker for estimation of the therapeutic potential of physical and chemical factors on the cells. As the metabolic control of cell hydration is a target for biological effect of different EMFs, it is obvious that there exists a correlation between the environmental pollution by EMF and the virus infection, including coronaviruses. Therefore, the study of beneficial and hazardous effects of MW on the metabolic control of cell hydration in different environmental mediums would make it possible to characterize 5G system from the point of public health including its possible effect on Covid-19 pandemic. Considering the fact that the biological impacts of major physical and chemical components of environmental mediums on cells and organisms have non-linear dose-dependent character, the fundamental knowledge in biophysics of biological
effects of weak signals is necessary in order to solve modern problems of environmental health control. 

Therefore, the subject of this present seminar is dedicated to improve the postgraduate educational courses in Biophysics making it adequate to address the demands of environmental health control including the EMF effects on coronavirus infection through the cell membrane. This subject will elaborate a “Joint Research Project” on the basis of which the experimental work of the thesis of PhD students will be implemented.

Coordinator of UNESCO/UNITWIN Network in Research and PhD Education In Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health.


UNITWIN is the abbreviation for the University Twinning and Networking Program. UNESCO works to develop the conditions for discussion amongst cultures, individuals and civilizations advancement including observance of human rights, shared compliance and the reduction of hardship, all which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities, and it also provides a wide range of UNESCO Projects.

The UNESCO Chairs were developed as a method to advance research study and teaching in all of UNESCO’s fields of proficiency. They function as disseminators in the execution of UNESCO’s work. International clinical cooperation and intercultural discussion are their primary principles.

In support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and of the achievement of its Goals and Targets, UNESCO assists Member States in developing their national science systems, improving the quality of science teaching, including e-learning, and strengthening university education, particularly through the integration of research and education .

The purpose of the establishment of  Chair Life Sciences (Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health) is to promote cooperative research, advanced training and exchange of information in neurosciences, biophysics, environmental sciences, biotechnology and biomedical engineering worldwide to facilitate the collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and the local scientific community at its Chair in Republic of Atrmenia.

In 2017 UNESCO has approved the creation of “UNESCO/UNITWIN Interregional Network on PhD Education and Research in Biophysics, Biotechnology and Environmental Health” initiated by UNESCO Chair at Life Sciences International Postgraduate Educational Center.
The Network is organized in partnership with:

UNESCO/UNITWIN Academic Leaders

  • Sinerik Ayrapetyan
  • Andrey Rubin
  • Oleg Krishtal
  • Ali Akbar Moosavi-Movahedi
  • Vahagn Poghosyan
  • Levon Markosyan
  • Mary Hrachoohi Boghosian
  • Anatoliy Goltsev
  • Naira Baghdasaryan
  • Vladimir Davidyants
  • Kusal K. Das
  • Suleyman Dasdag