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

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.

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)

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FUNDACIO CENTRE DE RECERCA EN EPIDEMIOLOGIA AMBIENTAL - CREAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 990 763,79

FUNDACIO INSTITUT MAR D INVESTIGACIONS MEDIQUES IMIM

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 149 436,21

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 426 880

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 78 153

Department of Health

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 172 018

LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 598 600

MEDIZINISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 166 075

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 275 600

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

France

EU Contribution

€ 254 400

ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 130 422

The Gertner Institute for Epidemiology & Health Policy Research, Ltd

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 257 400

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

Canada

MONASH UNIVERSITY

Australia

THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND

New Zealand

Massey University

New Zealand

Public Health England an Executive Agency of the Dept of Health

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 226873

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2009

  • End date

    29 February 2016

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 078 765,80

  • EU contribution

    € 3 499 748

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA

Spain

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