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Risk of brain cancer from exposure to radiofrequency fields in childhood and adolescence

Objective

The rapid worldwide increase in mobile phone use in adolescents and, more recently, children has generated considerable interest in the possible health effects of exposure to radio frequency (RF) fields. The current project aims to assess the potential carcinogenic effects of childhood and adolescent exposure to RF and ELF from mobile telephones on tumours of the central nervous system. The study will include approximately 1,000 cases of malignant and benign brain tumours aged 10 to 24 years and their respective controls from 15 countries (7 of which have funding under this contract). The project will build upon the methodological experience (both in terms of exposure assessment and epidemiological design) collected within the INTERPHONE study. Particular attention will be paid to issues of: potential selection bias related to the very low response rates of population-based controls – by selecting hospitalized controls with specific diagnoses, representative of the general population and unrelated to mobile phone use –; and potential recall errors – by validating questionnaire responses with the help of network operators and repeat questionnaires. Improved exposure indices for RF will be derived taking into account spatial distribution of energy in the brain at different ages; ELF from the phones will also be considered, as well as other important sources of EMF in the general environment of young people. The proposed age range is the most cost efficient to answer the question (because of latency) of brain cancer risk from exposure in childhood and adolescence. The timing of the project is optimal (2010-2014) because of the increasing prevalence of heavy use among adolescents and, in the last 5-10 years, children, without hands-free kits, particularly in Southern European countries and Israel.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/cancer
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/radio technology/radio frequency
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/neurobiology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

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 (16)

FUNDACIO CENTRE DE RECERCA EN EPIDEMIOLOGIA AMBIENTAL - CREAL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 990 763,79
Address
Calle Doctor Aiguader 88
08003 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Elisabeth Cardis (Prof.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT MAR D INVESTIGACIONS MEDIQUES IMIM

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 149 436,21
Address
Doctor Aiguader 88
08003 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Díaz (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 426 880
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Van De Hoek (Ms.)
ORANGE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 78 153
Address
Rue Olivier De Serres 78
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vibart (Ms.)
Department of Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 172 018
Address
Quarry House, Quarry Hill
LS2 7UE Leeds
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Dempsey (Mrs.)
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 598 600
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katja Radon (Prof.)
MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 166 075
Address
Spitalgasse 23
1090 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Kundi (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 275 600
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franco Merletti (Prof.)
Association pour la Recherche Epidemiologique dans les Cancers de l'Enfant et l'Adolescent
France
EU contribution
€ 254 400
Address
Rue Du Morvan
54500 Vandoeuvre Les Nancy
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Lacour (Dr.)
ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 130 422
Address
6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dimosthenis Asimakopoulos (Prof.)
THE GERTNER INSTITUTE FOR EPIDEMIOLOGY AND HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 257 400
Address
Tel Hashomer Chaim Sheba Medical Center
000 Ramat Gan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Siegal Sadetzki (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Canada
Address
550 Cumberland Street (246-Ovpr)
K1N 6N5 Ottawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Lauzon (Ms.)
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Australia
Address
Wellington Road
3800 Victoria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Malcolm Ross Sim (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

Participation ended

New Zealand
Address
Princes Street 24
1010 Auckland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lyn Clark (Dr.)
Massey University
New Zealand
Address
Tennent Drive
4442 Palmerston North
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Amanda Eng (Dr.)
Public Health England an Executive Agency of the Dept of Health
United Kingdom
Address
Waterloo Road
SE1 8UG London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Dempsey (Ms.)