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Risk evaluation of potential environmental hazards from low-energy electromagnetic field (emf) exposure using sensitive in vitro methods ( reflex)

Objective

Electromagnetic field (emf) has become a topic of europe-wide discussion. The latter has created uncertainty regarding possible adverse health effects for both the population and industry. Current research is characterized by conficting data from epidemiological and animal studies, especially with respect to possible risk of cancer at different sites and neurological disorders. Clearly, mere continuation or replication of research, without introducing innovatives concepts, willprolong the uncertainty as to whether emfs do, or do not, represent a health risk. The results of this joint project, which will investigate molecular and functional responses of living cells to emfs in vitro by applying state-of-the-art methods od molecular biology and toxicology, are needed urgently for molecular epidemiological studies, which are probably the only path to a reliable risk estimate for possible effects of emfs on human health.

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Coordinator

VERUM - FOUNDATION FOR BEHAVIOUR AND ENVIRONMENT

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Pettenkoferstr. 33
80336 Muenchen

Germany

Participants (11)

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ECOLE NATIONALE SUPÉRIEURE DE CHIMIE ET DE PHYSIQUE DE BORDEAUX

France

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETICS AND CROP PLANT RESEARCH

Germany

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE LA SALUD

Spain

RADIATION AND NUCLEAR SAFETY AUTHORITY

Finland

RZPD DEUTSCHES RESSOURCENZENTRUM FUER GENOMFORSCHUNG GMBH

Germany

SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY ZUERICH

Switzerland

THE UNIVERSITY OF MILANO

Italy

UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK4-CT-1999-01574

  • Start date

    1 February 2000

  • End date

    31 May 2004

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 275 087

  • EU contribution

    € 2 059 450

Coordinated by:

VERUM - FOUNDATION FOR BEHAVIOUR AND ENVIRONMENT

Germany