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Research Institutes and Experts

Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research
The central aim of the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) is to foster a better understanding of the biological and health effects of human exposure to radio fields.

Belgian BioElectroMagnetic Group
The Belgian BioElectroMagnetic Group (BBEMG) includes 6 research teams involved for several years in the study of biomedical effects of electromagnetic fields.

The ECOLOG-Institute for Social-Ecological Research and Education gGmbH
One of the main field of work are research projects regarding the impact of technological developments on human beings and the environment. The organisation publishes the EMF-Monitor, a Scientific and Practitioners News Letter Electromagnetic Fields, Environment and Health.

European Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences “B. Ramazzini”
Independent, non-profit foundation, dedicated to the prevention of cancer. Currently (2008), the Foundation is conducting long term experimental studies to detect the potential carcinogenic effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields generated from electrical currents and from the radio-base stations of cellular telephones.

IIT Research Institute (IITRI)
The Life Sciences Group at IIT Research Institute (IITRI) has provided non-clinical research and development services to the U.S. Government and to Sponsors. In a program sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/National Toxicology Program (NIEHS/NTP), IITRI will perform a series of studies designed to characterize the toxicity and potential carcinogenicity of long-term exposure to the RF radiation emitted by cell phones.

Research Center for Bioelectromagnetic Interaction (femu)
The Research Center for Bioelectromagnetic Interaction (femu) is the University Hospital department of the Aachen University (RWTH Aachen, Germany) which conducts interdisciplinary research on biological and medical effects of electromagnetic fields. See also EMF-Portal at:

Programme Group Humans, Environment, Technology (MUT)
Since the early '90's, the 'Programme Group Humans Environment Technology' (MUT) has researched the scientific and social controversies on electromagnetic fields (EMF), specifically with a focus on mobile communications. Since 2006 MUT coordinates integrative project "Implications of Biomedicine for the Assessment of Human Health Risks" (IMBA), which deals with how new developments in biomedical research (Genomics, Proteomics etc.) will transform the present health risk management framework.

Foundation for Research on Information Technologies and Society (IT´IS)
The Foundation is dedicated to expanding the scientific basis of the safe and beneficial application of electromagnetic energy in health and information technologies.

King´s College London, Mobile Phone Research Unit
Researchers working in the Unit want to find out if some people are highly sensitive to these signals, and have previously tested whether those people who report sensitivity to mobile phone emissions experience adverse symptoms when exposed to them under ‘double-blind’ conditions (paper). The research team is now investigating whether exposure to signals affects hormone levels and is conducting a new study to test whether the UK police radio system causes adverse health effects for some police officers.

Professor Kenneth R. Foster
Biomedical applications/health effects of nonionizing electromagnetic fields.

Institute for Mobile Radio and Satellite Technique (IMST)
IMST is a customer-oriented service provider for research and development in the range of cellular radio, antennas and other radio solutions.

Austrian Research Centers GmbH (ARC) Seibersdorf
Research and Development for the protection of man and enviroment from ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.

Russian Center for Electromagnetic Safety
The Center for Electromagnetic Safety main aim is involving in practical use the scientific results, which have been got during 40-year period of researches for ensuring of electromagnetic safety in modern conditions.

University of Witten/Herdecke, Center for Electropathology  - German only-
Key aspects of the activity are the biological effects from low- and high frequent electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields.

Research Programs and Initiatives

COST 281
The main objective of the Action within the European Research Framework programme was to obtain a better understanding of possible health impacts of emerging technologies, especially related to communication and information technologies that may result in exposure to electromagnetic fields.

The main objective of the Action is to create a structure in which researchers in the field of EMF and health can share knowledge and information on electromagnetic field.

Danish National Research Program
Danish research program on the possible health aspects of mobile communications

Environment and Health Action Programme (APUG)  - German only-

German Mobile Telecommunication Research Programme (DMF)
The German Mobile Telecommunication Research Programme (DMF) was initiated by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS).

Elettra 2000 Flagge Italien
The Consortium Elettra 2000 has the goal of promoting in Italy and in the foreign countries the diffusion of studies and researches regarding the sanitary and social impact of the cellular telephony in its several shapes.. Besides many important scientific studies financed by Elettra 2000, it operates in order to promote scientific research and transfer the achieved scientific knowledge on EMF to people.

The coordination action EMF-NET, established by the European Commission in 2004, in the framework of the 6th EC Framework Programme, aims to produce the interpretation of the research results on electromagnetic field and health. These will then be used as building blocks by policy and health authorities, starting with the European Commission.

Fondation Santé et Radiofréquences Flagge Frankreich
The Foundation was created to encourage research efforts to study the effects of RF electromagnetic waves on humans, as well as provide information on this subject.

Finnish National Research Program, finished in 2007

A series of multinational case–control studies set-up to determine whether mobile telephone use increases the risk of cancer and, specifically, whether the radiofrequency radiation emitted by mobile telephones is carcinogenic.

UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR)
Following the publication of the report by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones a research programme, called the Link Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR), has been set up to look into the possible health impact of Mobile Telecommunications. Funds of around £7 million have been allocated to the programme by industry and Government.

Netherlands Electromagnetic Fields and Health Research Program
The aim of the programme is to keep track of new and existing EMF applications and to enhance the Dutch knowledge infrastructure in the field of electromagnetic fields and health.

The main goal of the REFLEX project was to investigate the effects of EMF on single cells in vitro at the molecular level below the energy density reflected by the present safety levels.
Statement on the final report of the REFLEX research association by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS)  - German only-

Swiss Research Foundation on Mobile Communication
International broadly-networked independent research centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ).

Swiss National Research Program "Non-Ionising Radiation - Health and Environment" (NRP57)
The NRP 57 is designed to contribute to the international efforts to clarify questions about possible health effects of electromagnetic radiation on people and the environment.

U.S. National Toxicology Programme (NTP) Radiofrequency Radiation Emissions from Cellular Phones
NTP staff is working with radiofrequency experts at the NIST to evaluate studies being planned or underway by a consortium of European investigators under the auspices of the European Union and by investigators at the Cancer Research Center of the European Ramazzini Foundation of Oncology and Environmental Sciences Commission.

WHO International EMF-Project
The Project is to assess health and environmental effects of exposure to static and time varying electric and magnetic fields in the frequency range 0-300 GHz. Reviews, Meeting-Information, Fact Sheets on EMF-Issues. Eight international Organisations, eight scientifc centers and more than 54 authorities are involved in this project. It is scheduled to complete its health risk assessments of EMF in 2007.

> For more information on research programs and -initiatives, please see the page "Background"