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Generalised EMF Research using Novel Methods – an integrated approach: from research to risk assessment and support to risk management

Generalised EMF Research using Novel Methods – an integrated approach: from research to risk assessment and support to risk management

Objective

The EU population is increasingly exposed to new physical and chemical agents in the environment, some of which may be detrimental to public health. Of these, electromagnetic fields (EMF) are one of the most ubiquitous, with new EMF technologies and novel applications being actively developed and commercialised. To address pertinent questions on EMF and health, GERoNiMO proposes an integrated approach building upon existing European resources (epidemiological studies, exposure assessment techniques, mechanistic and animal models, expert networks), using, where appropriate, novel methods, to better understand potential mechanisms underlying possible health effects of EMF, to characterise population levels of exposure, and to further the state of knowledge on EMF and health. GERoNiMO will focus on radiofrequency fields (RF) – as understanding of possible health effects is insufficient and a large proportion of the general population is exposed, with commercial applications continuing to grow – and intermediate frequencies (IF) – as applications are increasing and information on potential health effects is sparse. GERoNiMO will address all aspects of the call by meeting the following four main objectives: i) evaluate possible health effects (cognitive and behavioural development, cancer risk, and reproductive effects) of exposure to RF and IF in children and adults; ii) better understand mechanisms of biological effects (behavioural and reproductive effects, cancer, ageing, and Alzheimer’s disease) related to RF and IF; iii) collect better data on population exposure and improve health risk assessment for RF and IF; and iv) underpin policy development in Europe on RF and IF (including non-technological means of reducing exposure and best practices in risk communication to support EU policy makers). GERoNiMO represents a unique and timely opportunity for the development of a truly integrated approach to research into EMF and health in Europe.
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Coordinator

FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA

Address

C Rossello 132 Planta 05
08036 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Research Organisations

Administrative Contact

Elisabeth Cardis (Prof.)

Participants (22)

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IMS bordeaux

France

IMINDS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 84 454,80

FUNDACIO CENTRE DE RECERCA EN EPIDEMIOLOGIA AMBIENTAL - CREAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 714 047,50

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 280 718

TYOTERVEYSLAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 58 632

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 407 486

Association pour la Recherche Epidemiologique dans les Cancers de l'Enfant et l'Adolescent

France

EU Contribution

€ 37 194

UNIVERSITE DE BORDEAUX

France

EU Contribution

€ 430 751

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 43 404

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 120 021

The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology & Health Policy Research, Ltd

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 138 681,75

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 155 386

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 83 457,60

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 785 530

FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 143 359,20

INSTITUT ZA NEIONIZIRNA SEVANJA ZAVOD*INSTITUTE OF NONIONIZING RADIATION INIS

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 118 920

FORSCHUNGSSTIFTUNG FUR INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE UND GESELLSCHAFT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 117 784

SCHWEIZERISCHES TROPEN- UND PUBLIC HEALTH-INSTITUT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 488 020

Department of Health england

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 555 999

CLALIT HEALTH SERVICES

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 151 185

INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 34 618

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 603794

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 853 407,13

  • EU contribution

    € 5 949 648,85

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA

Spain