Our conferences and meetings


The Guy Foundation convenes meetings for scientists working in quantum biology and related fields. Lectures are recorded and available below. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch using the Contact us page.


2022 Autumn Series | Quantum mitochondria: energy, information and implications for health and disease | Read more
2022 Spring Series | From quantum bench to bedside: how to realise the potential of quantum biology in medicine? | Read more
2021 Autumn Series | Seeing the light: electromagnetism in the body and its practical application | Read more
2021 Spring Series | From big questions to small details: the macro-microscopic divide | Read more
2020 Autumn Series | Does biology utilise the environment to amplify quantum effects? | Read more
2020 Spring Series | Read more
2019 Colloquium | Quantum biology and bioenergetics | Read more

2022 Autumn Series
Quantum mitochondria: energy, information and implications for health and disease

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The Guy Foundation online symposia have explored topics ranging from the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics to their application in new therapeutics. A consistent theme has been the importance of mitochondria in almost every context and with this in mind, mitochondria will be our focus for the 2022 Autumn Series. We will explore how they respond to different conditions, how they have optimised their function with respect to Earth’s specific magnetic and gravitational field and consider the implications for health and disease.

Keywords: Mitochondria, COVID-19, Long-COVID, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Magnetic fields, Spin, Reactive oxygen species, Stem cells, Bioelectric fields, Information, Regeneration, Gravitational fields, Space exploration



Session 1 | COVID-19, mitochondria and the quantum undergroundProf. James Moon, Professor of Cardiology, UCL and Clinical Director of Imaging, Barts Heart Centre
Prof. Alistair Nunn, Research Centre for Optimal Health, University of Westminster and Director of Science, The Guy Foundation



Session 2 | Mitochondrial dysfunction: relevance for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and long COVIDProf. Karl Morten, Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health, University of Oxford



Session 3 | Mitochondria and magnetic fields, spin and reactive oxygen speciesProf. Clarice Aiello, Quantum Biology Tech Lab (QuBiT), UCLA
Prof. Wendy Beane, Department of Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University



Session 4 | Mitochondria, bioenergetics, information and electric fields: implications for repair and regenerationProf. Michael Levin, Allen Discovery Centre, Tufts University
Prof. Wayne Frasch, Biomedicine and Biotechnology faculty group, Arizona State University



Session 5 | Mitochondria and fields: implications for space explorationDr Afshin Beheshti, KBR at NASA Ames Research Center


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Session 6 | Roundtable meetingProf. Douglas C Wallace, Director, Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute
Betony Adams, Quantum Research Group at University of KwaZulu-Natal and Scientific communications, The Guy Foundation



2022 Spring Series
From quantum bench to bedside: how to realise the potential of quantum biology in medicine?

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Over the last two years The Guy Foundation lectures have explored a range of quantum biology and bioenergetics research areas, from principles of fundamental physics to quantum biology and its relevance to health and disease. Some of the lectures have touched on the challenges scientists can face in furthering their work towards application.

In the 2022 Spring Series the Foundation will therefore consider how quantum biology research might be translated into advancing medicine. The programme includes talks on quantum biology research as well as talks that give various perspectives, insights and examples of bringing new therapeutics to practice. As well as building on our knowledge of the science, we hope these lectures will help us think about the steps that are needed for quantum biology research to lead to new therapeutics and advances in medicine.

Keywords: New therapeutics, Cancer, Electromagnetic fields, Redox modulation, Reactive oxygen species, Quantum spin, Magnetic fields, Lithium, Quantum enhanced precision medicine, Photobiomodulation, Synchronisation, Gamma entrainment




Session 1 | Electromagnetic fields and cancer and the therapeutic perspectiveDr Jan Pokorný, Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Prof. Steve Wedge, Professor of Stratified Cancer Medicine Discovery at Newcastle University and Head of the Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Newcastle Drug Discovery Unit



Session 2 | Natural products as redox modulators and the therapeutic perspectiveProf. Alistair Nunn, Visiting Professor, University of Westminster and Director of Science, The Guy Foundation
Dr Wolfgang Brysch, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Medical Officer, MetrioPharm AG



Session 3 | Entangled Posner molecules and the therapeutic perspectiveProf. Matthew Fisher, Professor of Physics, University of California Santa Barbara
Dr Dave Ecker, Co-Founder and Vice-President of Strategic Innovation, Ionis Pharmaceuticals



Session 4 | Light-matter interactions and the therapeutic perspectiveDr Lise Hébert, Senior Vice-President, Research and Clinical Affairs, Klox Technologies
Prof. Gregory Scholes, William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry, Princeton University
Brent Vaughan, CEO, Cognito Therapeutics



Session 5 | Roundtable meetingRecap of series talks and reflections on realising the potential of quantum biology in medicine



2021 Autumn Series
Seeing the light: electromagnetism in the body and its practical application

Autumn 2021 Proceedings

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The Guy Foundation 2021 Autumn Series lectures take a closer look at how and where electromagnetic effects, quantum or otherwise, might play out in the body. They also move this discussion from theory to therapeutic practise, outlining the very concrete advances that might be made in medical contexts as widely divergent as traumatic brain injury, COVID-19 and anaesthesia.

Keywords: Photobiomodulation, Bioelectromagnetism, Mitochondria, Inflammation, COVID-19, Radical pair mechanism, Entanglement



Session 1 | Electromagnetic coupling in the biological context Prof. Douglas C. Wallace, Director, Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute



Session 2 | Mechanisms of photobiomodulation and application to the brainProf. Michael Hamblin, University of Johannesburg



Session 3 | Uncovering electrodynamic design principles of living cells and a potential role of quantum interactions in cellular signal processingProf. Jack Tuszyński, University of Alberta



Session 4 | Therapeutic application of light and electromagnetic fields to reduce hyper-inflammation triggered by COVID-19Professor Margaret Ahmad, Institute of Biology Paris-Seine, Sorbonne University



Session 5 | Radical pairs in xenon-induced anaesthesia and optical communication channels in the brainProf. Christoph Simon, University of Calgary



Session 6 | Roundtable meetingSummary talks from each series speaker



2021 Spring Series
From big questions to small details: The macro-microscopic divide

Spring 2021 Proceedings

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The Guy Foundation 2021 Spring Series addresses big questions: What is life? What might quantum immortality mean? This ambition is tempered, however, by practical suggestions as to how these questions might be approached, from a closer look at biophotonic emissions and enzyme function to the synchronisation of gamma rhythms in the brain and the integration of information across the scale of an entire organism.

Keywords: Origins of life, Light-matter interaction, Bioelectromagnetism, Quantum tunnelling, Enzymes, Slime molds, Quantum computing, Gamma entrainment, Neuroprotection



Session 1 | Introduction to The Guy FoundationProf. Geoffrey Guy, Founder and Chairman, The Guy Foundation



Session 2 | The shape of life from the beginning: the role of electromagnetic fields in the prebiotic worldProf. Alistair Nunn, Director of Science, The Guy Foundation



Session 3 | What is life today? Light as scaffold for organising whole biological systems, and the future of quantum immortalityDr Philip Kurian, Howard University



Session 4 | Amoeba-based combinatorial optimization problem solver as a potential platform for quantum-bio computingProf. Masashi Aono, Keio University



Session 5 | How do cells generate and respond to electromagnetic fields?Dr Michal Cifra, The Czech Academy of Sciences



Session 6 | Noninvasive sensory stimulation to induce gamma entrainment and neuroprotectionDr Li-Huei Tsai, MIT



Session 7 | At the interface of quantum and classical behavior in nature: looking into the eye of quantum tunneling in enzymes and the role of a noisy environmentProf. Judith Klinman, UC Berkeley



Session 8 | Roundtable meetingSummary talks from each series speaker



2020 Autumn Series
Does biology utilise the environment to amplify quantum effects?

2020 Autumn Proceedings

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The Guy Foundation 2020 Autumn Series investigates to what extent living systems might employ quantum effects. Acceptance of this concept has been hindered by the suggestion that biology is simply too warm and wet for significant quantum effects to occur. However, it may well be that the noisy biological environment could enhance the very quantum effects, such as coherence and tunnelling, thought to be disrupted by it.

Keywords: Quantum theory, Coherence, Frohlich condensation, Quantum criticality, Biomolecules, Tunnelling, Charge separation, Origins of life



Session 1 | On the wave of coherence: Biology beyond the atomist standpointProf Giuseppe Vitiello, University of Salerno



Session 2 | Quantum criticality in biological molecules.Prof. Gábor Vattay, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest



Session 3 | What is coherence and how is it harnessed in biology?Prof. Gregory Scholes, Princeton University



Session 4 | Fröhlich coherence and its role in higher consciousnessProf. Marco Pettini, Aix-Marseille University



Session 5 | Tunnelling and charge separation in vents?Prof. Nick Lane, University College London



Session 6 | Roundtable meetingSummary talks from each series speaker



2020 Spring Series


Keywords: Hormesis, Energy harvesting, Photosynthesis, Mitochondria, Electron transfer chains, Quantum dynamics, Bioelectrical circuits, Morphogenesis, Regenerative medicine


Session 1 | Quantum Biology: beyond photosynthesisPhilip Kurian, Ph.D., gave a similar talk as part of The Guy Foundation Spring Series 2020. Dr Kurian’s talk starts at 1 hour 16 minutes.



Session 2 | Fundamentals of Energy Harvesting by Living OrganismsProf. Wayne Frasch, Arizona State University



Session 3 | Hormesis: Biological Foundations, Medical and Public Health ImplicationsEdward J. Calabrese, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts (2020)



Session 4 | Reprogramming Endogenous Bioelectrical Circuits: a new approach to regenerative medicineProf. Michael Levin, Allen Discovery Centre at Tufts University (2020).
Prof. Levin gave a similar talk as part of The Guy Foundation Spring Series 2020



Session 5 | Quantum Dynamics and BiologyProf. Martin Plenio, Ulm University



October 2019
Colloquium on quantum biology and bioenergetics

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In October 2019, The Guy Foundation held its inaugural scientific meeting in Dorset, UK. The meeting considered two key principles about life: it is both affected by, and generates, photons and electromagnetic fields. The diverse speakers highlight the Foundation’s aim to bring together scientists from different backgrounds but who have common interests to provide a forum for inter-disciplinary discussion on quantum biology and bioenergetics. The proceedings include the following papers: ‘Photonic resonance in the “mitocytosome”’ by Philip Kurian, ‘Optimal health: from quantum bioenergetics to body fat’ by Jimmy Bell, ‘F1Fo ATP synthase rotary mechanisms’ by Wayne Frasch and ‘The quantum beat of life & the amplification of a principle’ by Alistair Nunn.

Keywords: Biophotons, Bioenergetics, Mitochondria, Optimal health, Origins of life