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It is with regret that the Directors of the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) have to announce that we have not been able to secure funding to continue operation of ACRBR, and so will cease operating as of Friday 10th June 2011.

The ACRBR was originally funded as a Centre of Research Excellence by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia in 2004 (until 2009), and since then has been operating via in-kind support from its members’ institutions. However with competing work pressures and lack of success in securing further funding, we are no longer able to provide a satisfactory electromagnetic health resource, and so have decided to call it a day. Many of the Directors will be continuing their research into Radiofrequency energy and health, but no longer under the banner of the ACRBR.

We thank you all for your interest and enthusiasm for our work, and would suggest that for further information you follow the links on our website to some of the other organisations dealing with this issue. These links are current as of 4th June 2011, but we apologise if they cease to be useful in the future. We are keeping the website in its current state for at least the next year as we consider that it will be a useful resource, but please note that we will no longer be accessing ACRBR emails and the contact details are no longer valid.

On behalf of the ACRBR,

Rodney Croft (Executive Director)

Comment on May 17th 2011 Today Tonight Program

In a recent Today Tonight article ("Hidden Radiation Risks"), it was claimed that low level radiofrequency-emitting devices caused a variety of health problems. Believing that the article was importantly incorrect, Executive Director Rodney Croft responded to the article at the request of 'The Conversation', an independent web-based media outlet. To read Professor Croft's article, please CLICK HERE.

Want to find out about the latest in electromagnetic radiation and health?
Click here to see what happened at the latest ACRBR Community Event!

NEWS: ACRBR Position Statement
17th May, 2010
ACRBR Position Statement on Interphone Research

Until now there have been concerns that mobile phones were causing increases in brain tumours. Interphone is both large and rigorous enough to address this claim, and it has not provided any convincing scientific evidence of an association between mobile phone use and the development of glioma or meningioma. While the study demonstrates some weak evidence of an association with the highest tenth of cumulative call time (but only in those who started mobile phone use most recently), the authors conclude that biases and errors limit the strength of any conclusions in this group. It now seems clear that if there was an effect of mobile phone use on brain tumour risks in adults, this is likely to be too small to be detectable by even a large multinational study of the size of Interphone. Read more

Several ACRBR memebers presented their latest research at the ENA EMF Scientific Workshop in Melbourne on 17 November. Thank you to all those who came along to support the workshop

View the program or presentation abstracts and slides from this event, or visit the ENA website .


Update: During his keynote speech, Dr. Bernard Veyret Mentioned several expert-group reports regarding wireless technologies that have been published in the past 12-18 months. Links to reports are now available on our Useful Links page.

The ACRBR presented its latest research at the 34th Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS) conference in Fremantle on Tuesday the 27th of October. Thank you to all those who came along to support the workshop.

You can find the program for this event here, and visit the ARPS website here.

World News Update!
September, 2009

Quote: "COMAR concludes that the weight of scientific evidence in the RF bioeffects literature does not support the safety limits recommended by the BioInitiative group."

Quote: "The scientific literature published since the 1998 guidelines has provided no evidence of any adverse effects below the basic restrictions and does not necessitate an immediate revision of its guidance on limiting exposure to high frequency electromagnetic fields."

News From Around the Globe
July, 2009
New attempt to replicate Salford's results on blood-brain barrier and RF failed Interpreting "preferred side of the head during mobile phone use and risk of brain tumour" Publication: Effects of mobile phones on human hearing: results of the European Project “EMFnEAR" Socioeconomic status, exposure to mobile telecommunication networks and kids
Calendar of Events
October 14 - 15, Do pulsed microwaves have biological effects?, Germany
'SAR Explained' - new at the "EMF Explained" series website
Environment & Society
BfS workshop summary: "Risk Factors for Childhood Leukaemia" New website on health risk assessment of electromagnetic fields exposure Two new reviews from ICNIRP SCENHIR Opinion on Research Needs and Methodology of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields 2nd Edition of Doctors' Manual on the influence of mobile radio on health

Policy & Law
EU frees new spectrum for new and faster mobile services FCC proposes rules for body area networks

NEWS: ACRBR Position Statement
July, 2009
ACRBR Position Statement on Khurana, Teo, Kundi, Hardell & Carlberg, 2009

In March this year Khurana et al published a literature review that investigated possible associations of long term mobile phone use and brain tumours (Khurana et al., Surgical Neurology, March 26, 2009). The paper attracted considerable media interest here in Australia, where the issue was broadcast on such programs as Channel 9’s “60 Minutes”, and ABC’s “Lateline”. Given the wide publicity, it is possible that that the use of this paper in the media may have misled audiences about this issue, thus the ACRBR has put together these brief comments on the paper. Read more

News From Around the Globe
June, 2009
New overview of electromagnetic fields and epidemiology by Schüz et al. Publication: microwave irradiation does not alter gene expression in worms Commentary: The precautionary principle in the context of mobile phone and base station RF exposures New study on occupational exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields?
Calendar of Events
27 - 28 August, 2009: Workshop on genomics in cancer risk assessment 12 – 14 November, 2009: 6th International Workshop of Electromagnetic Compatibility CEM
Environment & Society
COSMOS: new study on possible long term effects of mobile phone use AMTA publication: World Health Organisation says children's use of mobile phones is safe Dariusz Leszczynski blogs on mobile phone safety New at the EMF-Portal: Overview of epidemiologic mobile phone studies

IARC World Cancer Report 2008, Chapter "Electromagnetic Radiation"
Japanese government to introduce wireless supply of electricity for home appliances

NEWS: ACRBR study of exposure levels from
radiofrequency devices in homes is now complete
June, 2009
Results of study now available for download

With the expanded use of radiofrequency (RF) communication technologies, questions have been raised concerning the RF levels that the community is exposed to. Such questions relate to the amount of electromagnetic energy (EME) that people are exposed to from devices such as mobile phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi and cordless routers, both individually and due to their cumulative exposure. The present study tested such RF EME levels in 20 suburban homes in Melbourne, Australia, assessing EME levels from devices in isolation, as well as from their cumulative exposure. Overall, measurements were very low, with the highest level for a particular home less than 1% of national exposure limits. In terms of individual devices, the highest level was less than 10% of national exposure limits, and the effect of having all RF devices on simultaneously in a home (cumulative exposure) had little effect on the results. This study suggests that the use of RF devices in an average suburban home results in very low RF EME exposure (compared to national exposure limits), and that this conclusion is not affected by having numerous RF devices operating simultaneously. Read more

NEWS: INTERPHONE statement submitted for publication
May, 2009
IARC submits INTERPHONE paper for peer-review

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), with partners CREAL and UICC, has announced results from the INTERPHONE Study relating to gliomas and meningiomas have been submitted for publication. Manuscripts of further results from INTERPHONE, a multinational case-control study of the risk of brain tumours, acoustic neurinoma and parotid gland tumours in relation to RF exposure from mobile telephones, are under preparation.
Media release | More about INTERPHONE on IARC website

NEWS: SCENIHR report on Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) on Human Health Statement
March, 2009
New report from the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks

The Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) has updated the previous opinion on ”Possible effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), Radio Frequency Fields (RF)and Microwave Radiation on human health” by the Scientific Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment CSTEE) from 2001, with respect to whether or not exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) is a cause of disease or other health effects. The opinion is primarily based on scientific articles, published in English language peer-reviewed scientific journals. Only studies that are considered relevant for the task are cited and commented upon in the opinion. Read the report | Read more about SCENIHR

NEWS: ACRBR Position Statement
December, 2008
The ACRBR Perspective on The BioInitiative Report

In 2007 a group of interested individuals collated a series of views on the non-ionising radiation health debate. This was entitled the BioInitiative Report, a web document dated August 31, 2007. The BioInitiative Report presents a series of views that argue for a change in public exposure standards, but which are largely inconsistent with current scientific consensus. The ACRBR have received numerous queries about this report from the general public, and have provided this document to answer a few questions to clarify its perspective on the report. Read more

World News Update! (USA)
October 23, 2008
The FDA has updated its Cell Phone website as of 10/14/2008. In general, FDA finds no link between health problems and cell phone use by any segment of the population including children. Follow the links below to see what they have to say:

Quote: "The weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any health problems."

Quote: "Since there are no known risks from exposure to RF emissions from cell phones, there is no reason to believe that hands-free kits reduce risks."

Quote: "The scientific evidence does not show a danger to any users of cell phones from RF exposure, including children and teenagers."

NEWS: ACRBR Position Statement
October, 2008
Prenatal and postnatal exposure to cell phone use and behavioral problems in children

This study was based on a larger Danish Birth Cohort which recruited a total of 101,032 pregnancies between March 1996 and November 2002. The authors investigated associations between in utero (prenatal) and post natal exposures to mobile (cell) phones and behavioural problems in children...   Read more

News From Around the Globe
October, 2008
New publication of Lund-group on blood-brain barrier and RF Review: Quantitative evaluations of mechanisms of radiofrequency interactions Review: The Controversy about a Possible Relationship between Mobile Phone Use and Cancer by Michael Kundi Austrian Study: GSM base stations: Short-term effects on well-being

Calendar of Events
October 15–16, 2008 Expert conference on new developments and applications of wireless communication
Environment & Society
FMK Austria: Safe use of mobile phones for people with cardiac pacemakers Article about the Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research Media attention on recent reports on increased brain tumor rate and the USA Congress hearing USA Congress Hearing: "Cell Phone Use and Tumors: What the Science Says" Articles from The Economist: Electrosensitivity and The Interphone Study More...

PTB examines detectors for Terahertz radiation

ACRBR study of exposure levels from
radiofrequency devices in homes is now underway

In recent years there has been an expansion of the use of mobile communication devices in the community. This has generated considerable community debate about the possibility that the electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) that these devices generate may cause health problems. Also, some have argued that the cumulative dose of EMF in the community due to a number of devices being concurrently in operation may exceed the safety limits.  ...Read more

NEWS: Fraud charges cast doubt on claims of adverse health effects from
mobile phones
May 2008
Scientific misconduct revealed in studies showing DNA breakages due to electromagnetic fields

Two peer-reviewed scientific papers from 2005 and 2008 showing that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from cell phones can cause DNA breakage are at the centre of a misconduct controversy at the Medical University of Vienna (MUV). Critics of the €3.2 million European Union-funded project called REFLEX had argued that the data looked too good to be real, and in May a university investigation agreed, concluding that data in both studies had been fabricated and that the papers should be retracted.   Read more | Read criticism and rebuttal of Science Magazine report

NEWS: Position Statement
April 8th, 2008
Neurosurgeon claims about mobile phones and cancer

In a self published online report, Canberra based neurosurgeon, Dr Vini Khurana, claims that there is compelling evidence of a link between mobile phone use and brain tumours. The report purports to undertake a wide ranging review of the literature on the subject of mobile phone use and the incidence of brain tumours, mostly based on epidemiological studies undertaken in the last decade or so. The review was not published in a peer reviewed journal and presents no new research findings.  ...Read more

Read about a recent ABC debate
concerning mobile phones and frogs...

• Why Frogs Don't Like Mobile Phones
• Reply with ACRBR Director, Prof Rodney Croft

ACRBR Mission Statement

The Australian Centre for Radiofrequency Bioeffects Research (ACRBR) is committed to building a better understanding of the biological and health effects of human exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF).

To this end, the Centre implements a well-directed multidisciplinary research program drawing on the extensive skills, knowledge and experience of scientists from a number of Australian research institutions as well as overseas affiliates.

It takes a lead role in promoting collaboration between all Australian researchers exploring this topic and is training a new generation of scientists to become skilled researchers in this field. Importantly, it seeks to share its independent knowledge and expertise through public engagement and by actively contributing to the development of relevant safety standards and government policy.

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