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


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€ 7 853 407
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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.
Project partners
Institut Za Neionizirna Sevanja Zavod
Institute Of Nonionizing Radiation Inis
Aarhus Universitet
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen
The Gertner Institute For Epidemiology & Health Policy Research
Orange Sa
Fundacio Centre De Recerca En Epidemiologia Ambiental - Creal
Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum
Universita Degli Studi Di Torino
Forschungsstiftung Fur Informationstechnologie Und Gesellschaft
Department Of Health
Clalit Health Services
Schweizerisches Tropen- Und Public Health-Institut
Institut Mines-Telecom
Ims Bordeaux
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche
Universite De Bordeaux
Universiteit Utrecht
Ita-Suomen Yliopisto
Association Pour La Recherche Epidemiologique Dans Les Cancers De L'Enfant Et L'Adolescent
Fundacion Privada Instituto De Salud Global Barcelona
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