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New five year research project started on health effects of wireless signals in Europe



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GERoNiMO participants meeting in Barcelona - 16-17 Jan 2014 (Photo: Payam Dadvand)

A new five-year research project on the potential health effects of wireless signals from radio frequency based technologies used in Europe started in January.

 
“The European population is increasingly exposed to new physical and chemical agents in the environment, some of which may be damaging to health,” Professor Elisabeth Cardis, head of the Radiation Programme at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) who will coordinate the project said in a media release.
 
“Among these, electromagnetic fields (EMF) are one of the most widespread, and their application in new technologies continues to grow, with novel uses being actively developed and commercialised.
 
“We find ourselves living in an increasingly ‘smart’ world, where EMF are used in our personal (health surveillance), domestic (home automation and alarm systems) and commercial and industrial environments (electronic surveillance and tagging).
 
“The advantages are undeniable, but it is important to ensure that we are adequately protected against any possible harmful effects of these exposures,” Professor Cardis said.
 
The GERoNiMO (Generalised EMF Research using Novel Methods) project proposes to close gaps in knowledge about health effects of EMF and propose non-technological ways to reduce exposure, she said.
 
The research project will bring together researchers from different disciplines (biology, engineering and physics, epidemiology and public health, radiation protection and risk assessment and communication), 19 different research institutions and 13 countries.
 
The project will focus on a range of frequencies from a few KHz, used for anti-theft devices, to radiofrequencies and microwaves, used for communication technologies.
 
The project will investigate the potential effects of these exposures on the risks of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, fertility and aging.
 
The five year project will be coordinated by CREAL – an ISGlobal alliance research center – in Barcelona, Spain.  It is funded by the European Union.
 

 

Published 9/04/2014

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