Expert Forum: Wireless Radiation and Human Health
Hebrew University Medical School, January 23-26 2017
Sponsored by The Israel Institute for Advanced Study and the Environmental Health Trust
With Support from National Institutes of Health/ National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences and Dr. Lucy Waletzky
Please see this video below which contains excerpts from the conference. The video has short excerpts from most of the presentations at the conference. A Youtube playlist of all the lectures can be found at this link.
Introduction and Welcome
Michal Linial, PhD, Director of The Israeli Institute for Advanced Study, Full Bio
Richard Laster, JD, LLD, Professor – Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Full Bio
Overview of Health Effects and Benefits of Wireless and Electromagnetic Radiation & The Neurological, Developmental and Reproductive Impacts of Radiofrequency Radiation
Report from the U.S. National Toxicology Program: Increased Cancers and Genetic Damage Tied with Current Levels of Wireless Radiation from Cell Phones and Other Devices & Technical Update on NTP Positive Bioassay of RFR/MW, Plans for Release of Full Report, U.S. and Other National Policy Response
Linda Birnbaum, PhD, DABT, ATS, Director National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program (NTP), Full Bio; Presentation given by Ronald Melnick, PhD, Senior Science Advisor, Environmental Health Trust; Fellow Emeritus, Collegium Ramazzini; Former Toxicologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Toxicology Program; Recipient of the American Public Health Association’s 2007 David P. Rall Award
Recent Findings on Wireless Radiation and Health from the Ramazzini Institute & Update on the Ramazzini Institute Bioassays Regarding the Synergistic Effect of ELF and RFR EMFs
Tumor Treatment Fields for Glioblastoma: Clinical Trials and Potential Mechanism of Action
Precaution and Prevention: Multi-Media Public Health Tools to Promote Public and Health Professional Understanding of Wireless Radiation, The National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health of Cyprus
Update on National Legislative and Regulatory Framework for Reducing Wireless Radiation in Argentina (By Teleconference)
Recent Evaluations of Wireless Exposure , Sim4Life & Functionalized Anatomical Models: MRI Safety, Thermal Therapies, and Neurostimulation
Potential Risks to Human Health Originating from Future Sub-MM Communication Systems
Paul Ben-Ishai, PhD, Lecturer in the Department of Physics, Ariel University, Israel, Full Bio & Yuri Feldman, PhD, Head of the Dielectric Spectroscopy Laboratory, Department of Applied Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Full Bio
MAPK/ERK Activation as a Readout for Cellular Response to Non-ionizing Radiation
Environmental Impact on Semen Quality – What is the Role of Non-ionizing Radiation?
Update from the Israeli National Information Center for Non-Ionizing Radiation Center
Epidemiology of Cell Phones and Other Wireless Transmitting Devices – An Update
Safety Code Six: Canada’s Guidelines for Human Exposure to Wireless Radiation
Methodological Challenges of Case Series and Updates of Occupational Exposures to Wireless Radiation
Making the Leap from a Clinical Case Series to Evidence-Based Medicine to Reduce Health Impacts of RF
Simulations of Peak Spatial Exposures to Children and Adults from Multiple Devices by Claudio Fernandez, MSc, Federal University of Rio Grande De Sul, Brazil
“What Can be Done” Reducing Exposure to Children in Schools and at City Level: Haifa Schools IT Chief Describes Haifa’s Low EMF Classrooms
The Adverse Effect of Exposure to Media in Children: Sleep, Learning, and Aggression
Environmental Indicators and Opportunities for Evaluating Current Patterns of Use: Gaps in Assessment & Gaps in Protection
Physiological and Psychological Impacts of Digital Media on Children
US and International Policy Developments /Medical Recommendations on Children
Radiofrequency Radiation: A Possible Human Carcinogen?
Proteomics and Stress Response Signaling and Impacts of RF-EMF on the Blood Brain Barrier
Autism and Cell Signaling—Proposed Investigations of Stem Cells
Benjamin Klein, MD, Researcher at the Institute for Medical Research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Full Bio
Radio Frequency Radiation Related Cancer – Assessing Causation in the Occupational/Military Setting
Electrohypersensitivity: Clinical Observations, Data Gaps
Working Group Presentation
Conference participants met together several hours a day in working groups. At the end of the conference they presented their conclusions in regards to basic science, policy, exposure and epidemiology.
Epidemiology and Case Reports Working Group
The working group reviewed epidemiologic studies published since the IARC Working Group on RFR met in May 2011. They concluded:
The case control studies reported since the 2011 IARC Working Group meeting are adequate to consider RFR as a probable human carcinogen but could best be supplanted with more animal data as performed at Ramazzini and NTP and mechanistic studies. We are hopeful that these together with the epidemiology would be sufficient to be able to go from IARC 2B to 1. It would be useful to know more about the association of additional tumor types such as parotid gland, testicular, breast, and hematopoietic malignancies with RFR. Case studies should continue to be published to increase awareness and understanding of the relationship between exposure to RFR and disease causation.
The basic science working group addressed the biological effects and mechanisms of wireless radiation. Recent findings from in vitro and animal studies were reviewed, highlighting areas of research which need additional attention. The specificities of mechanistic studies were discussed as well as potential biomarkers of radiofrequency exposure. Any research reviewing the biological basis of medical uses of RFR were addressed, as well as research focussing on newer technologies such as 5G and their possibly biological effects. In conclusion, major data gaps, research needs, and priorities within basic science were discussed. Video of Presentation.
Policy Working Group
The policy workgroup discussed strategy, regulation, and legislation of wireless radiation and its applications. Video from Presentation of Policy group. Video of Richard Laster presenting his recommendation
This working group focussed on exposure assessment of multiple sources of wireless devices in real life environments (including schools). Video of Presentation.