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World’s Largest Animal Study on Cell Tower Radiation Soon To Be Released

Feb 21, 2018


A research team from the renowned Ramazzini Institute in Italy is anticipated to imminently publish findings of the Institute’s large scale lifetime study on rats exposed to radiofrequency cell phone radiation at levels comparable to cell tower/base station exposures.


Please Save the Date March 22, 2018 at 12:00pm EST Teleconference: Researchers Discuss New Findings from Large Scale Animal Study  on Cell Tower Radiation Exposure and Cancer. Press Release HERE. 

Ramazzini Institute Peer Reviewed Paper to be Published in the Journal Environmental Research.

What information was released previously? 

On February 20, 2018 Microwave News posted the October 2017 abstract of Fiorella Belpoggi’s presentation at the annual symposium of the Collegium Ramazzini. 

Over a year ago, Fiorella Belpoggi PhD, Director of Research at the Ramazzini Institute, presented the study design on the study on radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposed animals  at an international conference in January 2017 co-sponsored by Environmental Health Trust and the Israel Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University.  

The Ramazzini Institute findings of lower litter weights are consistent with the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) study that also found lower litter weights in prenatally exposed animals. At that time, the Italian journal Corriere Della Sera published an article on Belpoggi’s presentation of the Ramazzini study and quoted her recommendation of “maximum precaution for children and pregnant women.”

Read the 1/27/2017  Corriere Della Sera  article on the Expert forum here. 

Her 2017 presentations are available online on this page and on the Conference webpage. A youtube playlist of all the lectures can be found here. 

Dr. Belpoggi gave two lectures at the 2017 Conference held at the Israel Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University: one on the Radiofrequency Study and the other on the studies on 50 Hz magnetic field (MF). 

Recent Findings on Wireless Radiation and Health from the Ramazzini Institute

Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD, FIATP

The scientific research conducted at the Italian Ramazzini Institute laboratory is world renowned. Dr. Belpoggi reviewed the Ramazzini Institute’s current large scale studies on low-level daily radiofrequency radiation which exposed rats to radiation at levels 1000 times less than the NTP. She released new findings from the study, which showed significantly lower litter weights in RFR-exposed pups as compared to controls. These findings are consistent with the findings in the NTP study, which also found lower birth weights in exposed rats. The evaluation of the Ramazzini data are ongoing and the final results of the study will be available by the end of 2017. Dr. Belpoggi recommended the public take precautionary steps to reduce exposure.

The Italian journal Corriere covered Belpoggi’s presentation in a news article after this presentation. Click here.

PDF of January 23, 2017 IIAS Presentation


Update on the Ramazzini Institute Bioassays Regarding ELF and RFR EMFs: Studies on the Synergistic Effects

Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD, FIATP

Dr. Belpoggi introduced the work of the Ramazzini Institute, a nonprofit independent research cooperative that uses a human equivalent model for studying the toxicity of chemicals and electromagnetic exposures. Prior research at the Institute has included studies on vinyl chloride, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene. Aiming to clarify the actual hazards related to exposure to magnetic fields of different kinds, the Ramazzini Institute, in parallel with the National Toxicology Program, started a program of experimental in vivo studies on electromagnetic low frequencies (ELF) and radiofrequency radiation (RFR). Dr. Belpoggi first detailed the findings from the Ramazzini Institute’s recent studies on extremely low-frequency magnetic fields (ELF- MFs) which found a synergistic effect when ELF-MFs were combined with a known physical or chemical carcinogen. The carcinogenic potential of two known carcinogens (formaldehyde and gamma radiation) were significantly enhanced when combined with exposure to ELF-MF, leading to increased cancers in comparison to a single exposure.  

The studies of formaldehyde and ELF-MF found statistically significant increases of total malignant tumors, C-cell carcinomas and lymphomas/leukemias when compared to negative controls, and statistically significant increases of C-cell carcinomas and lymphomas/leukemias when compared to male rats exposed to MF alone (positive controls). Findings from the published Ramazzini study on gamma radiation paired with ELF-MF found; a significant dose-related increased incidence of mammary adenocarcinomas in male and female rats compared to negative controls; a dose-related increased incidence of malignant heart Schwannomas in male rats compared to negative control; a significant increased incidence of lymphomas/leukemias in male compared to negative control;  and a significant increased incidence of mammary adenocarcinomas in female and lymphomas/leukemias in male compared to positive control (g-radiation).

The Ramazzini studies which observed rats exposed to ELF-MF alone found no increased incidence of benign and/or malignant tumours. Therefore, the studies demonstrate that exposure to ELF-MF S-50 Hz, from prenatal life until natural death, enhances the carcinogenic effects of g-radiation and formaldehyde in male and female Sprague-Dawley rats. Pathological analysis and evaluation of the results of the RFR study is still ongoing, although some clinical observation during the neonatal period of offspring show a decrease in body weight within litters treated during fetal life. Final results of the study will be available and published soon. 

Dr. Belpoggi then presented preliminary results from the current Ramazzini studies on radiofrequency radiation. In parallel with the NTP study, researchers found rats which had been exposed to RFR in utero had significantly lower birth weights than controls. The findings on the possible carcinogenic effects are not available yet as histopathology and genetic toxicity assays of study animals are currently under way. Dr. Belpoggi recommended precautionary action now due to the widespread exposure of electromagnetic fields to the public.

PDF of January 24 2017 IIAS Presentation

Background Materials:

Carcinogenic Synergism of S-50 Hz MF Plus Formaldehyde in Rats (2016)

Life-span exposure to sinusoidal-50 Hz magnetic field and acute low-dose γ radiation induce carcinogenic effects in Sprague-Dawley rats (2016)