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EXPERT FORUM: Cell phone radiation, pregnancy and sperm: what you don’t know, what you need to find out, and what you can do now

Nov 7, 2012


 Where: National Press Club

Murrow Room

529 14th Street NW

Washington, DC

When: November 12, 2012

9-11 am


Cell phones are a ubiquitous part of our lives. But, several new, independent studies confirm previous findings that pulsed digital signals from cell phones disrupt DNA, impair brain function and damage sperm. Fetuses, children and teens are particularly vulnerable such that the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission asking for a review of the exposure limits.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a Report calling for an update of cellphone exposure limits.  The GAO recommended, “FCC should formally reassess and, if appropriate, change its current RF energy exposure limit and mobile phone testing requirements related to likely usage configurations.” In reply, the FCC stated on page 40 of the Report “…the Commission’s staff … arrived at the same conclusion [and the] document is … under consideration by the Commission …”.

Find out what new scientific research is now telling us about the risks to pregnant women   sperm and prenatally exposed offspring from cell phone radiation at an Environmental Health Trust sponsored Expert Forum in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12 from 9-11 a.m. at the National Press Club.  Hear global experts discuss the new studies on this topic and offer suggestions as to what we can all do to reduce risks from cell phones, especially for pregnant women, fetuses and men of reproductive age. 

Hugh Taylor, MD, PhD, Yale University, Chair of Obstetrics/Gynecology

Hugh S. Taylor, MD, is Professor and Chairman of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Yale University School of Medicine.  Dr. Taylor is a recipient of eight National Institutes of Health research grants and directs The Yale Center for Reproductive Biology.  Dr. Taylor has published more than 125 articles in leading medical journals. An award-winning scientist, he is the Editor–In–Chief of Reproductive Sciences, and author of an important new study finding that prenatal exposures to cellphone radiation significantly alter brain chemistry and increase behavioral disorders in mice.

Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy damage, Dr. Taylor will be participating by remote access from 10:00-10:20 a.m.



Dr. Ronald B. Herberman

President for Research and Development TNI Bio Tech Inc., Bethesda, Maryland

1985-2009: Founding Director University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the UPMC Cancer Center and Professor of Medicine & Biology.

1968- 1988:  National Cancer Institute (NCI) where he and colleague discovered natural killer (NK) cells.

Dr. Herberman has served on the Board of the American Association for Cancer Research. He has been received the Lifetime Science Award by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging.   He currently serves as president of the American Association of Cancer Institutes and is the past president of the Society for Biological Therapy and the Society for Natural Immunity.  As Director of UPCI, he issued the world’s first cancer center advisory on cellphone safety in 2008, testified before Congress and carried out studies showing that children’s brains absorb much more cellphone radiation than adults. 

Dr. Devra Lee Davis

Dr. Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, an award-winning, internationally renowned scientist who also was the founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and is President of Environmental Health Trust, a nonprofit research organization.

The author of 190 scientific publications, awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Green America for her work on cellphone safety, Davis is the author of Disconnect, selected by TIME magazine as a top pick, provides shocking detail about cell phone radiation and your health, and has received broad multi-media coverage on FOX, CNN, BBC, CBC, that  is influencing policy changes in Israel, France, Finland, the Netherlands, India, Russia, and Canada.

 Dr. Nesrin Seyhan

Dr. Nesrin Seyhan, PhD , Gazi University, Biophysics Department, Dr. Seyhan is Head of Biophysics Department and founded both the  M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree programs in Biophysics at the same university. Additionally, she is the founder and director of Gazi Non- Ionizing Radiation Protection (GNRP) Center. She is a Bioelectromagnetics Advisory Committee member, World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Representative for the WHO EMF International Advisory Committee since 2001. She is also a Panel member, NATO Research Technology Organization (RTO), Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) whose focus is The Human Effects of Non-Lethal Technologies.  Her research interests are non-ionizing radiation sources, standards and measurements, biological effects of ELF and RF EMF including lipid peroxidation, immune system and collagen synthesis.  Recent studies find that prenatally exposed rabbits produce offspring with significant damage to their brains, skin, eyes and liver.

Süleyman Kaplan. Ph.D.

Professor Ondokuz Mayis University (OMU) Department of Histology and Embryology. Samsun, Turkey, is a pioneer is the analysis of embryology and the author of a major paper published in the journal Brain Research showing that prenatal exposures to cellphone radiation in rats results in offspring with smaller brains with more brain damage and greater structural damage to their skulls.


Dr. Igor Belyaev, Ph.D, D.Sc

Igor Belyaev, deputy director, National Cancer Institute of Slovakia and Russian Academy of Sciences.

PhD in Radiobiology from the Institute of Biophysics of Academy of Science of USSR, Pushchino, USSR (1986) and the D. Sc. degree in Genetics from the Saint- Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (1994). His professional research area is biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields and ionizing radiation, DNA damage and repair, chromosomal aberrations, apoptosis, molecular markers for radiosensitivity.  Author of  more than 70 scientific publications, his work shows that pulsed digital signals from cellphones and other forms of microwave radiation affect biological systems.


This event is sponsored by Environmental Health Trust, Ondukucz Mayis University & Gazi University in Turkey, and the National Cancer Institute of Slovakia



For Information Contact:

Denice Zeck, 202 355-8875; or


Further reading:

Click here for more information on scientific developments and studies relating to this press conference.

San Francisco Medical Society commentary by Dr. Davis.