2017 Expert Forum: Wireless Radiation and Human Health

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Expert Forum: Wireless Radiation and Human Health
Hebrew University Medical School, January 23-26 2017

Sponsored by The Israel Institute for Advanced Study and Environmental Health Trust
With Support from National Institutes of Health/ National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences and Dr. Lucy Waletzky

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Michal Linial, PhD - Wireless Radiation and Human HealthRichard Laster, JD, LLD, Professor - Wireless Radiation and Human HealthIntroduction 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

 

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Overview of Health Effects and Benefits of Wireless and Electromagnetic Radiation & The Neurological, Developmental and Reproductive Impacts of Radiofrequency Radiation
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, FACE - Wireless Radiation and Human Health
Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, FACE, Founder and President of Environmental Health Trust, Visiting Professor of Medicine at The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School and Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Full Bio
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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 - Wireless Radiation and Health Ronald Melnick, PhD - Wireless Radiation and Health

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

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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
Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD, FIATP - Wireless Radiation and Health
Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD, FIATP, Head of the Research Department at the Ramazzini Institute and Director of the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research, Full Bio
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Tumor Treatment Fields for Glioblastoma: Clinical Trials and Potential Mechanism of Action
Frank S. Lieberman - Wireless Radiation and Health
Frank S. Lieberman, MD, Chief of Adult Neuro-Oncology at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Medical Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Full Bio
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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
Stella Canna-Michaelidou, PhD - Wireless Radiation and Health
Stella Canna-Michaelidou, PhD, President of the National Committee on Environment and Children’s Health of Cyprus, Former Acting Permanent Secretary of the Cypriot Ministry of Health, and former Director of the State General Laboratory,  Full Bio
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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
Sergio Bergman, MA, MEd, MTh - Wireless Radiation and Health
Sergio Bergman, MA, MEd, MTh, Minister of the Environment of Argentina, Full Bio
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Recent Evaluations of Wireless Exposure , Sim4Life & Functionalized Anatomical Models: MRI Safety, Thermal Therapies, and Neurostimulation

Esra Neufeld, PhD - Wireless Radiation and Health

Esra Neufeld, PhD, Head of Computational Life Sciences Group at IT’IS Foundation for Research on Information Technologies in Society; Chief Scientific Officer, Zurich MedTech AG, Full Bio 
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Potential Risks to Human Health Originating from Future Sub-MM Communication Systems

Wireless Radiation and HealthWireless Radiation and HealthPaul 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

 

 

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MAPK/ERK Activation as a Readout for Cellular Response to Non-ionizing Radiation
 Wireless Radiation and Health
Rony Seger, MD, PhD, Head of the Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, Full Bio  
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Environmental Impact on Semen Quality – What is the Role of Non-ionizing Radiation?
 Wireless Radiation and Health
Hagai Levine, MD, Head of the Environmental Health Track, Senior Lecturer and Senior Physician, Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Full Bio
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Update from the Israeli National Information Center for Non-Ionizing Radiation Center
Wireless Radiation and Health
Siegal Sadetzki, MD, MPH, Director of Cancer and Radiation Epidemiology Unit and Senior Lecturer, The Gertner Institute, Israel, Full Bio
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Epidemiology of Cell Phones and Other Wireless Transmitting Devices – An Update
 Wireless Radiation and Health
Anthony Miller, MB, MRCP, MD, FRCP, FRCP (C), FFPH, FACE, Professor Emeritus, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Senior Medical Advisor, Environmental Health Trust, USA; Previous Director of Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute of Canada, Full Bio
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Safety Code Six: Canada’s Guidelines for Human Exposure to Wireless Radiation
Wireless Radiation and Health

Meg Sears PhD, Chair and Science Advisor, Prevent Cancer Now; Senior Science Advisor, Environmental Health Trust, Previous Adjunct Investigator, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Senior Clinical Research Associate, Centre for Evidence-Based Practice, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Full Bio
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Methodological Challenges of Case Series and Updates of Occupational Exposures to Wireless Radiation
Wireless Radiation and Health
Elihu Richter, MD, MPH, Associate Professor Emeritus of Occupational Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Full Bio
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Making the Leap from a Clinical Case Series to Evidence-Based Medicine to Reduce Health Impacts of RF
Wireless Radiation and Health
Iris G. Udasin, MD, FACPM, Professor & Medical Director of Employee Health, Rutgers University Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; Principal Investigator for the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, USA, Full Bio
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Simulations of Peak Spatial Exposures to Children and Adults from Multiple Devices by Claudio Fernandez, MSc, Federal University of Rio Grande De Sul, Brazil
Wireless Radiation and Health
Claudio Fernandez, MSc, Federal University of Rio Grande De Sul, Brazil
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“What Can be Done” Reducing Exposure to Children in Schools and at City Level: Haifa Schools IT Chief Describes Haifa’s Low EMF Classrooms
Wireless Radiation and Health
Reuven Kurman, BSc, MBA, Chief Information Officer, Education Department of Haifa, Israel
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The Adverse Effect of Exposure to Media in Children: Sleep, Learning, and Aggression
Wireless Radiation and Health
Eitan Kerem, MD, FAAP, Head of the Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Full Bio
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Environmental Indicators and Opportunities for Evaluating Current Patterns of Use: Gaps in Assessment & Gaps in Protection
Yael Stein, MD, Resident Anesthesiologist, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Full Bio
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Physiological and Psychological Impacts of Digital Media on Children
Wireless Radiation and Health
Gadi Lissak, PsyD, Clinical and Behavioral Medicine Psychologist, Meuhedet Health Services, Israel
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US and International Policy Developments /Medical Recommendations on Children
Wireless Radiation and Health
Theodora Scarato, MSW, Clinical Psychotherapist; Director of Public Affairs and Educational Resources, Environmental Health Trust, Full Bio
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Radiofrequency Radiation: A Possible Human Carcinogen?
Ronald Melnick, PhD - Wireless Radiation and Health
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, Full Bio
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Proteomics and Stress Response Signaling and Impacts of RF-EMF on the Blood Brain Barrier
Wireless Radiation and Health
Dariusz Leszczynski, MSc, DSc, PhD, Chief Editor of ‘Radiation and Health’ specialty of the ‘Frontiers in Public Health’, Switzerland; Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland, Full Bio
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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

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Radio Frequency Radiation Related Cancer – Assessing Causation in the Occupational/Military Setting
Wireless Radiation and Health
Michael Peleg, MSc, Engineer, Rafael ltd.; Visiting Researcher in the Field of Engineering, The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Full Bio
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Electrohypersensitivity: Clinical Observations, Data Gaps
Wireless Radiation and Health
Yael Stein, MD, Resident Anesthesiologist, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Full Bio
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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.

Basic Science

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

Exposure Assessment

This working group focussed on exposure assessment of multiple sources of wireless devices in real life environments (including schools). Video of Presentation.

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