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Speaker Biographies

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Anders Ahlbom

Professor of Epidemiology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute and Stockholm Center for Public Health.

Member of ICNIRP, Chairman, ICNIRP Standing Committee on Epidemiology, Member of SCENIHR (EU Scientific Committee on Newly Identified and Emerging Health Risks), Chariman, AGNIR (SSIs Advisory Group on Non-Ionizing Radiation).

225 scientific publications on life style and environmental factors in relation to health risks mainly carciovascular disease and cancer. A particular focus has been on ELF and RF electromagnetic fields and cancer.

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Mike Bell

Mike Bell, Devon based Scots lawyer and environmentalist chairs the Radiation Research Trust and offers his extensive lobbying and public relations experience. He has experience in ground water contamination working in the United States and the UK.

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Joe Benton MP

Political interests

Education, housing, local and regional government, health

Current posts

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee) 1997-;
Secretary All-Party Pro-Life Group 1997-;
Member Chairmen’s Panel 1997-;
Chair All-Party Holy Group 2006-

Joe Benton is an old-style local labour man in a working class dockside area. He was elected for Labour’s safest seat at the by-election in 1990 at the age of fifty-seven, after the two previous MPs died in quick succession.

The former leader of Sefton Borough Council, on which he served for twenty years, he had previously competed for the nomination against both his predecessors, Allan Roberts and Mike Carr.

He has a majority of 28,421 in 1997, and still has the biggest percentage majority in the House of Commons, winning more than three-quarters of the vote in 2005 (albeit on a turnout of less than 48 per cent).

He has been a member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairmen since 1997, chairing the committee stage of a series of Bills and presiding over debates in Westminster Hall.

He is an unspectacular, solid, moderate loyalist, and partly because of his chairmanship duties, a very infrequent speaker, averaging only about one speech a year. He has spoken on social security, the Coastguard Agency, and the Hillsborough disaster.

Though almost totally supportive of the Government throughout his career, his loyalty cracked in March 2007 when he voted against the replacement of Trident nuclear weapons system.

A Roman Catholic, he is opposed to abortion and euthanasia, and is secretary of the all-party pro-life group and chair of the all-party group on relations with the Vatican.

Married for more than forty-five years, with four daughters, he speaks Spanish and is a member of the Institute of Linguists.

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Grahame Blackwell

Dr. Grahame Blackwell is a Chartered Engineer and an accredited European Engineer as well as being a Member of the British Computer Society. His experience in information & communications technology goes back over 40 years. He was awarded his PhD in 1991 for research into the use of intelligent computer-based systems in control and communications applications. He has published around 30 papers and supervised research up to PhD level.

Some years ago Dr. Blackwell undertook a key role in a major European 3rd Generation mobile communications project in association with a number of European telecommunications organisations. This involved keynote presentations on mobile telecommunications to the TINA-C consortium of the world's leading telecoms companies, at AT&T Bell Labs in the USA, and also the plenary session of a conference in Italy for leaders of all EU telecommunications projects at that time.

For the last six years he has been actively supporting groups opposing the imposition of risky mobile telecommunications technology. He has spoken at a number of conferences and seminars alongside leading representatives of government bodies and of the telecoms industry - generally putting a rather different point of view from theirs. He has conducted school-based workshops for teenagers on the potential health hazards of mobile phones.

Dr Blackwell has acted as an expert witness and scientific advisor to barristers in civil and criminal cases, as well as providing questions asked by a shadow minister in a Commons debate on this subject. He was the keynote speaker for the Irish Doctors' Environmental Association Annual Lecture in February 2008.

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Laurent Bontoux

Dr. Laurent Bontoux now deals with nanotechnologies and electromagnetic fields policy and science at the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission (EC). He was already involved in this issue from 1999 to 2001, as Scientific Officer at the Directorate General fro Research under the EU 5th Framework Programme. Laurent has followed the Environment & Health issue closely since the mid-1990's. Other appointments at the EC include foresight, assessment of environmental technologies as well as strategic planning at the Joint Research Centre. Before joining the European Commission, Laurent worked briefly as an engineer in product development at a small high-tech Californian company and then joined Procter & Gamble as an environmental safety scientist. He earned a diploma of engineering in food technology from ENSIA, in Paris, a "Diplôme d'Etudes Approffondies" (DEA) in enzymatic engineering from the Technological University of Compiègne (France) as well as a MS and PhD in environmental engineering from the University of California at Berkeley (USA).

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Dr. George L. Carlo

Dr. George L. Carlo is a world recognized medical scientist, author and lawyer, presently the Chairman of the non-profit Science and Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. His career spans thirty years and more than 200 medical, scientific and public policy publications in the areas of public health, workplace safety and consumer protection. His work has been supported by government agencies, private foundations and public funds in the United States, Canada, Australia, Asia and Europe.

Dr. Carlo and his public health related research have been featured on:  ABC News 20/20, ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC's The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, PBS, BBC, CBC, AM Canada and other radio and television shows throughout the world.

His work has been written about in: The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mirror, The Independent, Newsweek, Time, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and various other publications in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China.

He has received numerous commendations and awards, and has served on a variety of federal and state government commissions and advisory panels.

Dr. Carlo’s current work addresses the dangers of wireless technology and the implementation of appropriate corrective interventions. He has training in pathology, epidemiology, medical science and law, is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, and has served on the medical faculties of The George Washington University, the University of Arkansas and the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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David Carpenter

David O. Carpenter, M.D., is a public health physician who has served previously as the Director of the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research of the New York State Department of Health, and later as the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University, as well as Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He has over 300 peer-reviewed publications in neuroscience, toxicology and environmental health. His recent research has focused on human health effects of exposure to persistent organic pollutants, especially PCBs and dioxins. In the 1980s he served as the Executive Secretary of the New York State Powerlines Project, a project which among other things provided the first replication of the childhood leukemia-EMF connection first reported by Wertheimer and Leeper. After that time he became the spokesperson for New York on issues related to EMF. More recently he has served as a Co-Editor of the Bioinitiative Report, a multi-author report on animal and human effects of exposure to power line frequency and radiofrequency EMFs.

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David Coggon

David Coggon is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Medical Research Council's Epidemiology Resource Centre at Southampton University, and an accredited occupational physician. His main research interest is the epidemiology of occupational and environmental hazards to health. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, as well as editorials, commentaries and two textbooks. In addition to his research, he has a major interest in the application of science in the assessment and management of risk. He has served on various national and international advisory committees, including the Committee on Toxicity and the Programme Management Committee for the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (both of which he currently chairs), the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (which he chaired for six years), the Plant Protection Products Panel of the European Food Safety Authority, the Depleted Uranium Oversight Board (as chairman), the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council, the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards, the Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation, the Stewart Committee on mobile phones and health, and IARC monograph committees on the carcinogenicity of industrial chemicals. He is currently president of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians.

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Mark Daly

Senator Mark Daly was elected as one of the youngest members of the 23rd Senate in the 2007 election having been active in community affairs and local politics since college.

Since his election to the Senate, he has been appointed to, and served on, the following government positions:

  • Member of Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Seanad Spokesman on Overseas Development
  • Deputy Government Spokesman on Innovation, Office of Public Works and Youth Affairs.

Mark is a very strong proponent of the Precautionary Principle. He continues to urge his Government colleagues to apply the highest standards with regards to mobile phone mast emissions rather than the lowest.

Mark is working to launch a public awareness campaign into the research surrounding electro magnetic fields. The first stages of the campaign have included informing his Senate colleagues of the issues surrounding mobile phones and masts and regularly contacting Local Authority representatives with the most recent studies.

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Emilie Van Deventer

Dr. Emilie van Deventer is the Team Leader of the Radiation program at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She also heads the WHO International EMF Project and the INTERSUN programmes. Her activities focus on the development of scientific documents, policy frameworks and information brochures relating to public health protection from non-ionizing radiation. She participates in various scientific and public meetings to discuss the position of the WHO International EMF Project on health effects from electromagnetic fields.

Dr van Deventer received her PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, USA in 1992. She is an adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto in Canada where she taught from 1992 to 2000.

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Mike Dolan

Mike Dolan is the Executive Director of the London based Mobile Operators Association (MOA) which represents the five UK mobile phone network operators on radiofrequency health and associated town planning issues. Mike has held this position since 1 September 1999.

Mike was formerly Deputy Director of the Electricity Supply Association of Australia where he was responsible over a period of nine years for electricity industry management of the power frequency health issue. During that time he was a member and Chairman of two US based international electricity industry committees dealing with the power frequency EMF health issue.

A lawyer by profession, Mike has extensive experience in private and corporate legal practice as well as in issues management, risk communication, and media interface.

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Ulrich Frick

Biographical Data:
Name: Ulrich Frick, PhD
Year of birth: 1956 German citizen

Current Positions:
Professor, Public Health Sciences, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Head, Research Group on Environmental Health, Psychiatric University Hospital, Regensburg, Germany

Research Topics:
Environmental Epidemiology,
Healthcare Services Research,
Substance Use

Selected Publications (with respect to EMF and health effects)

Frick U., Rehm J., Eichhammer P. (2002) Risk perception, somatization, and self report of complaints related to electromagnetic fields – A randomized survey study. Int. J. Hyg. Environ. Health,205 (5), 353-360

Frick U., Mayer M., Hauser S., Eichhammer P. (2004) Machbarkeitsstudie: Verifizierung der Beschwerden „Elektrosensibler“ vor und nach einer Sanierung. Schriftenreihe Reaktorsicherheit und Strahlensicherheit.BMU 2004 – 638 Berlin: Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit. (ISSN 1612-6386)

Frick U., Kharraz A., Hauser S., Wiegand R., Rehm J., v. Kovatsits U., Eichhammer P. (2005) Comparison perception of singular transcranial magnetic stimuli by subjectively electrosensitive subjects and general population controls. Bioelectromagnetics, 26 (4), 287-298 Frick U., Mayer M., Hauser S., Binder H., Rosner R., Eichhammer P. (2006) Entwicklung eines deutschsprachigen Messinstrumentes für "Elektrosmog-Beschwerden". Umweltmedizin in Forschung & Praxis, 11 (2), 103-113.

Hauser, S., Frick, U., Eichhammer, P., & Rehm J. (2006). Cognitive factors influencing symptom report on complaints allegedly related to electromagnetic fields: research strategies and results. In: C. del Pozo, D.Papameletiou, P. Wie-demann, & P.Ravazzani (Eds.) Risk Perception and Risk Communication: Tools, Experiencies and Strategies in Electromagnetic Fields Exposure. Roma: Servizio Pubblicazioni e Informazioni Scientifiche, ISBN 88-8080-065-5 (pp. 69-78)

Landgrebe M., Hauser S., Langguth B., Frick U., Hajak G., Eichhammer P. (2007) Altered cortical excitability in subjectively electrosensitive patients: results of a pilot study. J Psychosom Res, 62:3, 283-288.

Landgrebe M, Frick U, Hauser S, Langguth B, Rosner R, Hajak G, Eichhammer P (2008) Cognitive and neurobiological alterations in subjectively electrosensitive patients: a case-control study. Psychol Medicine doi:10.1017/S0033291708003097 Landgrebe M, Barta W, Rosengarth K, Frick U, Hauser S, Langguth B, Rutschman R, Greenlee MW, Hajak G, Eichhammer P (2008) Neuronal correlates of symptom formation in functional somatic syndromes: a fMRI Study. NeuroImage

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David Gee

David was educated in politics and economics and has worked for over 30 years at the science/policy interface of occupational and environmental risk assessment & reduction, with UK Trade Unions: with the Environmental Group, Friends of the Earth, where he was Director; and, since December 1995, with the European Environment Agency, an EU information providing body in Copenhagen, where he is responsible for "Emerging Issues and Scientific Liaison" and Group leader for Science ,Policy and Innovation.

He has published reports and lectured on many issues, including Scientific Uncertainty; the Precautionary Principle; Environmental Health; Environmental Taxes and Ecological Tax Reform; and Clean production/ Eco-efficiency.

He is initiator, co-editor and contributor to the widely cited and used EEA report, "Late Lessons from Early Warnings: the Precautionary Principle 1898-2000" (2001) which is now going into vols 2, 3 and 4.

He is married with four daughters..

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Ian Gibson MP

Dr. Ian Gibson was born in Scotland and educated at Dumfries Academy. He attended the University of Edinburgh, where he was awarded a BSc and a PhD. After working at the University of Edinburgh and University of Indiana in the U.S, where he held a post-doctoral fellowship, he joined the University of East Anglia. At UEA Dr. Gibson was Dean of the School of Biological Sciences and served as head of a 10 strong research team, investigating various forms of cancer. In 2003, the University awarded him an Honorary Professorship.

In 1997, 2001 and 2005 Dr Gibson was elected as Member of Parliament for Norwich North. He specialises in science and health issues and currently sits on the Department for Innovation Universities and Skills Select Committee. He also chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cuba. Dr Gibson is former Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee (2001-2005), the Parliamentary, Scientific Committee, and the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. He has won numerous awards for his work in the health Political field and has been backbencher of the year. Dr Gibson recently conducted a cross party inquiry into the health issues of Nuclear Test Veterans. He also founded the science think tank, Newton's Apple, which explores and develops the relationship between science, society and politics. Dr Gibson regularly speaks at debates in Westminster and political events across the country.

Dr Gibson is an Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Science, Trustee of the Stem Cell Foundation and an associate member of the Medical Journalists Association.

Recent publications include a regular column in the Journal of Science and Public Affairs, as well as contributions in nationwide broadsheets (e.g. The Independent), on a variety of subjects ranging from stem cell research and animal experiments, to higher education, the cost of the Iraq war and Labour's vision.

Further information can be found at http://www.iangibsonmp.co.uk/

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Yury Grigoriev

Professor Grigoriev's specializations are in radiobiology of non-ionizing and ionizing radiation, physiology and neurophysiology especially under extreme environmental conditions. His scientific interests lie in the fields of the biological effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, including physiological mechanisms and the bio-effects of low level radio-frequency (RF) electromagnetic fields (EMF). He has worked in these fields since 1949.

He is Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP), Deputy Chairman of Radiobiology Scientific Council of Academy of Sciences, member of International Advising Committee on WHO EMF Project, IEEE member, permanent member of the US Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), Academician of Academy of Electro technical sciences of Russia, member of board Journal of Radiation Biology and Ecology (RAS). He is a major researcher of radiobiology and hygiene for non-ionizing radiation laboratory of Federal Medical Biophysical Center of Federal Medical Biological agency (Moscow).

He has used a variety of different physiological models: imprinting, isolating frog heart, chicken embryo and animals. Mainly his work has involved EMF RF exposure on the nervous system and the brain (EEG) and using modern vestibular stimulation techniques. He has been working safety standards for EMF RF exposure and for space radiation. He has been studying the problem of influence on the organism of weakening geomagnetic fields (effects of magnetic deprivation) for more than 15 years.

Publications: more 300 papers in refereed journals, 15 books (biological effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, extreme environmental physiology). He has supervised more than successful 67 doctoral dissertations. He was a member of the Governmental Commission on the Chernobyl Accident (1986).

Professor Yury GRIGORIEV
Major Researcher of Federal Medical Biophysical Centre FMBA,

Chairman of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection,
46, Zhivopisnaya str., 123182, Moscow, Russia.

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Lennart Hardell

  • Medical degree from University of Uppsala, Sweden, October 27, 1971.
  • Authorization to practice the medical profession, National Board of Health and Welfare, Stockholm, November 5, 1971.
  • Specialized in internal medicine, October 18, 1976.
  • Specialized in oncology, June 20, 1979.
  • Medical dissertation, University of Umeå, May 15, 1981.
  • Receiver of the Fernström Award, University of Umeå, October 9, 1982.
  • Qualified as an Asssociate Professor of Oncology, University of Umeå, December 9, 1983.
  • Research fellow at School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, USA, August 20, 1984 - August 19, 1985.
  • Consultant at the Department of Oncology, Örebro Medical Center, Örebro, Sweden since August 1, 1991.
  • Qualified for appointment as a Professor of Oncology in Århus, Denmark, 1992.
  • Research appointment at the Swedish Medical Research Council July 1, 1994 - June 30, 2000 in molecular genetic epidemiology.
  • Receiver of Cancer- och Allergifondens Environmental Research Prize, April 24, 1997, Stockholm.
  • Professor in Oncology, Örebro University, Örebro May 1, 2001.
  • Miljöpartiet de Gröna Research Prize, September 21, 2001.
  • Supervisor for researchers (medical dissertations).
  • Chairman of Örebro County Council Radiation Protection Committee July 1, 1995 - December 31, 1998.
  • Vice chairman in Örebro County Council Research Committee January 27, 1992 - December 31, 1998.
  • Vice secretary of Örebro County Council Ethical Committe January 27, 1992 - December 31, 1998.
  • Deputy of Ethical Committee at Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, Sweden until December 31, 1998.
  • Member of Research Committee at the Medical Center, Örebro.
  • Member of Educational Committee at Örebro Medical Center, Örebro.
  • Faculty member of Internationl Journal of Oncology.
  • Member of editorial board of American Journal of Industrial Medicine.
  • Partner in EU research project: Occupational risk factors for rare cancer of unknown etiology.
  • Member of Collegium Ramazzini 2003.
  • European Journal of Cancer Prevention Research Prize November 2005.
  • Acta Oncologica Lecture Prize 2006-03-22
  • Vice President of European Society of Environmental Health since November 2006.
  • Prize winner Swedish Cooperation (Änglamark) 2007.
  • Number of pre-review publications: 304
  • Number of short reports, abstracts etc: 141

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Maila Hietanen

Research Professor Maila Hietanen, PhD, is the Leader of the Non-Ionizing Radiation Group at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), in Helsinki, Finland. She has been a Council member of the European Bioelectromagnetic Association (EBEA). She has also served on the Board of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), and was an Associate Editor for the Bioelectromagnetics Journal during the years 2003-2005. She has been involved in the European Coordination Action EMF-NET. Dr Hietanen was the Vice-Chair of the European COST 281 Action, and a member of several European and international Standards Committees (CENELEC, IEC). She is also the Finnish representative at the International Advisory Committee of the WHO EMF Project. Since 1996 she has been a member of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and was elected as the Vice-Chair of ICNIRP for 2004 -2008.

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Olle Johansson

Olle Johansson, associate professor, head of the Experimental Dermatology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, at the Karolinska Institute (famous for it's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine) in Stockholm, Sweden, is a world-leading authority in the field of EMF radiation and health effects. He has published more than 500 original articles, reviews, book chapters and conference reports within the field of basic and applied neuroscience. He has worked with a number of international colleagues that, later on, became Nobel Laureates, including professors Andrew V. Schally and Roger Guillemin among several.

His doctoral thesis at the Karolinska Institute had the title "Peptide Neurons in the Central and Peripheral Nervous System. Light and Electron Microscopic Studies". He has participated in more than 300 congresses and symposia as an invited speaker, and with free contributions and as an invited 'observer' at an additional 100.

He is a member of, i.a., The European Neuroscience Association (ENA), The European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR), IBAS Users of Scandinavia (IBUS), The International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), The International Society for Stereology (ISS), The New York Academy of Sciences, The Royal Microscopical Society (RMS), Scandinavian Society for Electron Microscopy (SCANDEM), The Skin Pharmacology Society (SPS), Society for Neuroscience, Svenska Fysiologföreningen, Svenska Intressegruppen för Grafisk Databehandling (SIGRAD), Svenska Läkaresällskapet, and the Svenska Sällskapet för Automatiserad Bildanalys (SSAB).

He is often used as referee for a large number of scientific journals, including the Acta Dermato-Venereologica, Acta Obstetrica & Gynecologica, Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, Acta Stereologica, Archives of Dermatological Research, Brain Research, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Diabetologia, European Journal of Dermatology, Experimental Brain Research, Experimental Dermatology, Histochemical Journal, Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy, Journal of Comparative Neurology, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Journal of Microscopy, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Regulatory Peptides, and Skin Pharmacology.

He has on-going international scientific collaborations with, i.a., Japan, Brasilien, Indien, Serbia, Tyskland and USA. His studies have been widely recognised in the public media, including newspapers, radio and TV as well as on the Internet, both nationally as well as internationally.

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Michael Kundi

Michael Kundi born 1950 in Vienna. Studied Psychology, Medicine and Mathematics at the University of Vienna and got his PhD at the University of Vienna in 1979 and obtained his habilitation in Epidemiology and Occupational Health from the Medical University of Vienna in 1989. He is since 2004 head of the Institute of Environmental Health of the Medical University of Vienna. He lectures at the Medical University of Vienna, the University of Vienna, the Danube University in Krems, and for several postgraduate courses. His research covers the whole range of epidemiological, clinical, field and laboratory experimental studies of environmental and occupational factors. He has published about 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is consulting editor for biostatistics of the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, and member of editorial boards of several other journals. He is member of the vaccination committee of the Highest Health Council in Austria. He is head of the toxicology working group of the Indoor Pollution Committee of the Ministry for the Environment, and a member of the board of directors of the Austrian Committee on Noise Reduction. He is member of several standards committees, including the Committee on Electromagnetic Fields.

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Henry Lai

Henry Lai is a Research Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He has been doing research on the biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields, from extremely-low frequency to radiofrequency fields, since 1980. Research end points cover molecular biology, neurochemistry, and behavior. Another area of his research is to investigate the use of electromagnetic fields for the treatment of diseases, such as malaria and cancer.

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Michael Landgrebe

University career

Study of Human Medicine 1991 - 1999
Georg-August Universität Göttingen

  • Certification as Medical Doctor -1999
  • Medical Thesis - 1999

Department of Clinical Anatomy
(Chair: Prof. Dr. J.R. Wolff)

Clinical and Scientific Education

1996 - 1997: Member of the graduate colleague "Organisation and dynamics of neuronal networks", University of Göttingen

December 1999 - January 2001: Post-Doc scholarship at the institute of anatomy, University Göttingen

February 2001 - June 2003: Resident at the department of neurology, Technical University of Munich

Since July 2003: Resident at the department of psychiatry, Bezirksklinikum Regensburg

Since July 2001: Investigator in GCP studies

Publications regarding electromagnetic hypersensitivity

Landgrebe, M., Hauser, S., Langguth, B., Frick, U., Hajak, G., Eichhammer, P., 2006. Transkranielle Magnetstimulation zur biologischen Charakterisierung somatoformer Störungen am Beispiel der subjektiven Elektrosensibilität. Nervenheilkunde 25, 653-656.

Landgrebe, M., Hauser, S., Langguth, B., Frick, U., Hajak, G., Eichhammer, P., 2007. Altered cortical excitability in subjectively electrosensitive patients: Results of a pilot study. J.Psychosom.Res. 62, 283-288.

Landgrebe, M., Frick, U., Hauser, S., Langguth, B., Rosner, R., Hajak, G., Eichhammer, P., 2008. Cognitive and neurobiological alterations in electromagnetic hypersensitive patients: results of a case-control study. Psychol Med. :1-11.

Landgrebe, M., Barta, W., Rosengarth, K., Frick, U., Hauser, S., Langguth, B., Rutschmann, R., Greenlee, M.W., Hajak, G., Eichhammer, P., 2008. Neuronal correlates of symptom formation in functional somatic syndromes: a fMRI study. Neuroimage in press.

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Caroline Lucas

  • Green Party MEP for South East England since 1999.
  • Member of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety - work has included amending legislation to strengthen the case against GM crops, pushing for stricter controls on the regulation of chemicals, leading on a Parliament report designed to reduce the impact of aviation on climate change and calling for the precautionary principle to be a priority when it comes to environmental and human health.
  • Member of the Committee on International Trade recent work includes being rapporteur for a report on EU/China Trade relations.
  • President of the Globalisation Intergroup.
  • Member of the European Parliaments delegation to Palestine.
  • Other areas of expertise include local food, demilitarisation of the EU, animal welfare.
  • Recent publications include the pamphlet Taking the Cons out of the Constitution, a report, Fuelling the Food Crisis The Impact of Peak Oil on Food Security, and Green Alternatives to Globalisation: a manifesto co-authored with Mike Woodin.

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Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell MP is Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development as well as the Shadow Cabinet Member with responsibility for Birmingham.

He was the Member of Parliament for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. During this period he held office as a Government Whip and as Minister for Social Security. He also served as a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1993.

In 2001 he was re-elected to Parliament as MP for Sutton Coldfield. In November 2003, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. From September 2004 until the end of the Parliamentary term, he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs. Following the General Election in May 2005 Andrew joined the Shadow Cabinet and was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. An experienced and highly effective MP and former Government Minister, Andrew is committed to serving the

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Mike O'Carroll

Graduated in maths with physics at Cambridge University.
Ph D in flow computation for turbomachines.
Industrial aerospace research followed by academic mathematics.
Diverted to corporate management and governance.
Professor Emeritus (ex Pro Vice-Chancellor) at Sunderland University.

Sundry articles and public representations on uncertain evidence, proof, risk, precaution, public health, epidemiology, transmission and energy issues.
Perspectives of mathematical modelling, conflict management and communication, and corporate audit (systems, quality, risk-based).
Chairman of public interest group Revolt www.revolt.co.uk
Participant in UK SAGE process on ELF-EMF, WHO workshop, etc.

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Eileen O'Connor

I am an ordinary citizen representing the many people throughout the UK and the world who are currently suffering ill health which is believed to be caused by electromagnetic fields.

I am a director for a commercial photographic and design business, trustee for the UK Charity the EM Radiation Research Trust (RRT) www.radiationresearch.org and one of the RRT conference organisers. I am also a member of the UK Health Protection Agency, EMF Discussion Group.

Since surviving breast cancer I have campaigned for many years lobbying the UK and European Parliament in order to encourage the authorities to adopt the precautionary approach for wireless technology. I have provided verbal and written evidence at many Inquires in the UK and Europe including the House of Commons, UK Health Protection Agency, WHO, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Liverpool and Birmingham City Council Inquiries into phone masts.

I have organised many public meetings throughout the UK including the packed debate on 22 February 2007 in the Attlee Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons. I have also represented many local communities attending private meetings in order to offer help and support in their fight against phone mast applications and attended and presented at many conferences and public meetings national and International including the Hand Held Learning event, London, the Emergency Conference on EMFs at the Royal Society, London and the Benevento Conference and am now networked worldwide with scientists, doctors, politicians and campaigners.

I have appeared in many radio and television programmes including the ITV Political Reality TV show "Vote for me" and came second after receiving 1000's of public votes after a week of political challenges, I represented a single issue "mobile phones/phone masts". I have also appeared on Sky News, GMTV, ITV This Morning, local TV and radio and featured in local and national and news papers and magazines.

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Gerd Oberfeld

Dr. Gerd Oberfeld was born 1960 in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Dr. Oberfeld holds a master degree for general medicine (MD) from the University of Vienna.

He is working with the Public Health Department of the Salzburg State Government since 1992 being responsible for environmental medicine tasks.

Since 1994 he is adviser and speaker for environmental medicine of the Austrian Medical Association being also responsible for the postgraduate course in Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Oberfeld has been scientific adviser of the Government of Southern Tyrol (Italy) for the implementation of the postgraduate course in Environmental Medicine 2005.

Main activities of the last years

  • Project leader and Co-leader for epidemiological studies for asthma and allergies (e.g. ISAAC Salzburg 1995 & 1996)
  • Project leader of the public health prevention project "Asthma Project for Children & Teenagers in Salzburg"
  • Expert of the working group for the "WHO- Charter Traffic, Environment & Health" prepared for the Ministerial Conference on Environment & Health, London 1999
  • Expert in the WHO project "Road Traffic Related Air pollution", prepared for the Ministerial Conference on Environment & Health, London 1999
  • Organizer of the "International Conference for Cell Tower Siting - Linking Science & Public Health, Salzburg 7-8 June 2000"
  • Exposure analyses and epidemiological investigations with respect to biological effects and health effects of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields (EMF))
  • Politics advice in matters of public health

Gerd Oberfeld MD

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Lembit Opik

Lembit Opik has been Liberal Democrat MP for Montgomeryshire since 1997 and is the party's Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Lembit Opik was born in Bangor, County Down, Nothern Ireland, in March 1965, the son of Estonian parents whose families had fled from Stalin. He attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and read philosophy at Bristol University, gaining a 2.1 in 1987. While at university he was president of the Student Union (1985-6) and a member of the national executive of the National Union of Students (1987-8). In 1988 he joined Procter and Gamble in Newcastle upon Tyne as a brand assistant, but soon moved from developing brands to developing people. In 1991 he became Corporate Training and Organisation Development Manager, and was promoted to be Global Human Resources Training Manager in 1996.

Lembit was elected to the Liberal Democrats' Federal Executive Committee in 1991 and to Newcastle City Council in 1992. He stood in Newcastle Central in the 1992 General Election and in the largely rural seat of Northumbria in the 1994 Euopean elections. In September 1996 he was chosen as candidate for Montgomeryshire to replace the retiring MP, Alex Carlile, and he was elected as MP for Montgomeryshire at the General Election of May 1997.

On election he became the party spokeman on Northern Ireland and for young people. In 2001 he became spokesman for Wales and joined Charles Kennedy's Shadow Cabinet. In 2007 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. He now serves as Housing Spokesperson after Nick Clegg became leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Lembit works hard to raise issues affecting Montgomeryshire in Parliament, including rural policing, cost of fuel, train services, and the future of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Locally he has pressed for long-term measures to combat risks of flooding. In the 2001-5 Parliament Lembit was a member of the Agriculture Select Committee in the House of Commons, raising issues such as over-regulation, red tape, and the high cost of welfare regulations affecting small abattoirs. He has also supported Post Offices and small local businesses. In the debates on fox hunting. Lembit took a prominent part as a member of the Middle Way Group whose proposals aimed to balance animal welfare considerations with the importance of individual freedoms.

On April 13th 1998 Lembiut came close to death in a near fatal para-gliding accident. He fell some 80 feet onto a Welsh mountain in his constituency, and broke his back in 12 places, as well as his ribs, sternum and jaw. This near-death experience has caused him to take a keen interest in the Spinal Injuries Association, of which he is a member. Despite the accident, he continues with his interest in aviation. He holds a pilot's licence and speaks for British Gliding in the House of Commons. Lembit also rides motorcycles and lobbies for the interests of bikers when occasion arises.

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Michael Repacholi

Michael Repacholi was Coordinator of the World Health Organization's Radiation and Environmental Health Unit in Geneva until his retirement in June 2006. In this role he managed the International EMF Project and the INTERSUN Project, which focuses on the health risks associated with exposure to EMF and UV, respectively. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications and was a participant in ten WHO task groups on various NIR. Dr. Repacholi is Fellow and Past President of the Australian Radiation Protection Society, and Fellow and Past President of the Australian College of Physical Sciences and Engineering in Medicine. He was a founding member of INIRC/IRPA and became the first ICNIRP Chairman at its inception in 1992. In May 1996 he was honoured for his work by being elected Chairman Emeritus of ICNIRP. In this office he has the status of an observer at ICNIRP meetings with no voting rights.

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James Rubin

Dr James Rubin BSc PGCAP MSc PhD

Kings College, London

James has been a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry since 1999 and was awarded his PhD in psychology as applied to medicine in 2003 for his work on psychological factors affecting recovery from surgery. His research interests have since expanded to encompass the causes and treatment of the various modern illnesses that afflict Western societies, such electrosensitivity and multiple chemical sensitivity, and the psychological impact of terrorism.

James is in charge of the day to day running of the Mobile Phone Research Unit at Kings College London and is also the co-ordinator for a programme of research into potential public reactions to chemical, biological or radiological terrorism. In 2006 he won the Kings College London Young Researcher of the Year award for his work in these areas and was a finalist for the Times Higher Young Researcher of the Year Award.

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Cindy Sage

Cindy Sage is the owner of Sage Associates, an environmental consulting firm located in Santa Barbara, California. Her journal publications appear in Bioelectromagnetics, Biomedicine and Pharmacology, and Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. Her articles have appeared in San Francisco Medicine, the Real Estate Law Journal, the Electricity Journal. the German journal Environment Medicine Society, the Land Use and Environment Forum of the California Continuing Education of the Bar and has she authored numerous articles on EMF policy and public health issues in contemporary print media.

Sage Associates has conducted more than 1000 professional studies since 1982 on projects involving electromagnetic fields (both ELF and RF).

Invited presentations have been made in London, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Canada and the United States and include: the Emergency Conference on the Adequacy of the ICNIRP Public Safety Limits (hosted by Coghill Labs at the Royal Society of London, 2007); the London International Leukemia Conference (2004), conference presentations at the Bioelectromagnetics Society annual meetings (1991 - 2006), the First World Congress on Breast Cancer in Kingston, Ontario, Canada (1997), Witness at the International Hearing and contributor to the Global Action Plan for Breast Cancer (1997), presenter at the Etiology Working Group, National Action Plan for Breast Cancer at the Workshop on Electromagnetic Fields, Light-at-night and Breast Cancer Washington DC (1997), and the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund Environmental Policy Summit in Washington, DC (1998).

She is a full Member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society. Ms. Sage is a founder of the BioInitiative Working Group (2006) and co-editor of the BioInitiative Report; A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Fields (2007). She is co-chair of the Collaborative for Health and the Environment EMF Working Group.

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Zenon Sienkiewicz

Zenon Sienkiewicz obtained his PhD from Queen Mary College, University of London, for research into the neurobiology of memory. Following postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford, he joined NRPB in 1985. He is now a Senior Scientific Group Leader within the Radiation Protection Division of the Health Protection Agency.

His research interests centre on the neurophysiological and behavioural effects of magnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation and he has written a wide variety of scientific papers, reviews and articles on these topics. Among other responsibilities, he is a consulting expert to ICNIRP and a consultant to the independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation. He is also a member of the Management Committee of the UK Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme.

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Brian Stein

Group Chief Executive of a £¾ billion turnover chilled Food Company.

Became E.S. in September 2000 after 15 years of using a mobile phone. Now a trustee of R.R.T. and E.S-UK.

Also Chair of Leicestershire Cares and Leicester Common Purpose and is a member of Business in the Community Rural Action Leadership Team. Currently Prince Charles' Ambassador for the East Midlands.

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Sir William Stewart

Sir William Stewart FRS. A biologist by training, he was founding Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Dundee, Secretary of the Agricultural and Food Research Council, member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. A former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, he has been Chairman of the Health Protection Agency since 2003

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Paolo Vecchia

Prof. Paolo Vecchia was graduated in Physics at the University of Rome in 1969. Since 1973, he has been serving at the National Institute of Health (ISS) in Rome. He has been working in the field of Non Ionizing Radiation (NIR), performing both basic research and control activity aimed at the protection of workers and of the general public.

Responsibilities of prof. Vecchia include advice to health and environmental authorities on any health problem related to NIR.

In the field of basic research, he has been involved mainly in studies on possible effects of electromagnetic fields on the immune system as well as in theoretical dosimetry. He is also collaborating to epidemiological studies relative to both low- and high-frequency fields.

Prof. Vecchia has authored more than 100 scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals, and presented communications and lectures at numerous congresses and scientific meetings.

He has organized and directed courses on different topics related to NIR at the Advanced School for Radiation Protection in, Italy. He has also been lecturer at several national and international schools, and Professor of "Fundamentals of Protection against Non Ionizing Radiation" at the post-graduate school of Health Physics of the University "Tor Vergata" in Rome.

Past President of the Italian Radiation Protection Association (AIRP), and of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA), prof. Vecchia is presently Chairman of the International Commission on Non Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and Member of the International Advisory Committee of the International EMF Project of the World Health Organization.

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Ulrich Warnke

Studied: Biology, physics, geography, educational theory in Kiel and Saarbrücken

1971: State examinations

1973: Graduation to the Dr. rer. nat.

Since 1978: "Teachers for particular tasks" at the University of Saarland. Present marking: Academic High Councellor (Oberrat).
Lectureship in: Technical Biomedicine, Environmental Medicine, Physiological Psychology and Psychosomatics, Preventive - Biology.

Since 1969: Research in the area "Effects of electromagnetic oscillations and fields, including light, on organisms".

Since 1989: Head of the team technical biomedicine. Constructions of diverse therapy - and diagnostic equipment; all noninvasive.
The team has set the task itself, to apply the quantum electrodynamic on the phenomena of life (particularly the physiology, biology, psychology and medicine). Thereby a fully new point of view of the organism emerges with surprising new attempts for noxas, therapies and prophylaxis.

Chairmen of the Institute Physiology forum, Diagnosis - and Measurement Technology e.V. at the University of the Saarland.

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Phil Willis MP

Phil Willis MP was born in Burnley Lancashire in 1941. He was educated at Burnley Grammar School, City of Leeds and Carnegie College and Birmingham University where he graduated with a Degree in Philosophy, and he spent much of his professional life in teaching. From 1978 until 1997 he worked was Head of two large comprehensive schools in Middlesbrough and Leeds where he achieved national recognition for his pioneering work on inclusive education.

He entered Parliament as MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in 1997, defeating Norman Lamont the former Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was a former Leader of Harrogate Council where he is credited with the revival of Harrogate International Centre, turning it into one of the most successful conference and exhibition centre businesses in the UK.

In 1999 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills by Charles Kennedy retaining the post until the 2005 General Election when he was appointed Chairman of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. As Chairman he developed a special interest in evidence based policy making, knowledge transfer leading to wealth creation and medical science.

In May 2007 he was also appointed Chair of the Joint Committee on the Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill.

In November 2007 the Science and Technology Select Committee was disbanded and the House of Commons Innovation, Universities and Skills Select Committee was formed to oversee the work of the new governmental department. Phil Willis was appointed the chair and the committee has already begun investigations into the pressing issues surrounding higher and further education policy. To reflect the importance of science in the UK, the committee was renamed the House of Commons Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee in March 2008.

Phil Willis has a wide range of interests in Parliament where he is Chairman of the All Party Group on Mobile Communications, co-Chair of the Science and Learning Group, Treasurer of the Medical Research Group and Vice Chair of the Engineering and IT Group. He is particularly interested in championing the work of the Alzheimer's Society, Shelter and the NSPCC.

Married with two children he is a keen supporter of Leeds United and spends much of his spare time in Ireland where he retains an interest in his family's farm in Donegal.

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