Projects

Research Fields

The FSM supports projects in all scientifically relevant fields if they investigate important questions about technologies related to electromagnetic fields (EMF).

Research Fields

Basic research

In vitro and in vivo studies, dosimetry, human studies, etc.

 

Risk perception and communication 

Risk perception, risk communication, risk management, regulatory needs, etc.

 

Technology and applied research 

Life cycle assessments (LCAs), mobile antenna design, deconstruction concepts, optimized network design, measurement issues, etc.

 

Technology & applied research (Ongoing)

Multiscale Computational Electromagnetics Modeling and Validation of Current and Energy Flows in the Skin Tissue Microstructure at mm-Wave Frequencies (MicroBioEM)

Prof. Dr. Daniel Erni
Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE)

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This study encompasses an accurate electromagnetic (EM) multiscale skin model that is rooted in the cellular level of the tissue's microstructure and evolves within a bottomup approach into a realistic frequency-dependent skin representation. Such computational microdosimetry of the skin allows for a detailed assessment of the EM exposure at 5G/mm-wave frequencies and will be complemented by mm-wave transmission experiments together with high-resolution near-field probing and thermography of corresponding tissue samples.

Ref. no:  50
Project duration:  01.01.2021 - 31.12.2023
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Daniel Erni
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Daniel Erni
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Daniel Erni (daniel.erni(at)uni-due.de)
Type:  University

Technology & applied research (Ongoing)

Development of a near field measurement approach for comprehensive uplink/downlink exposure measurement and measurement campaign (DENMACHEN)

Dr. Marco Zahner, Dr. Marloes Eeftens, Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
ETH Zürich

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In this study, a novel plaster-based measurement device will be developed and evaluated in the framework of a measurement campaign. The device includes a flexible antenna with RF detector that can be attached to the head or other parts of the body. The direct measurement of the near-field RF-EMF exposure caused by the own mobile phone addresses a major gap in current personal RF-EMF exposure assessment.

Ref. no:  49
Project duration:  01.04.2019 - 31.03.2022
Scientist/s:  Dr. Marco Zahner, Dr. Marloes Eeftens, Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
Applicant/s:  Dr. Marco Zahner
Contactperson/s:  Dr. Marco Zahner (mzahner(at)ethz.ch)
Type:  University

Basic research (Ongoing)

Impact of mobile communication signals on the regulation of neural differentiation

Dr. David Schürmann, Dr. Angélique Ducray
Universität Basel

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The project will provide a significant and critical insight into the adverse effects of exposure to modulated RF-EMF as used for mobile communication (GSM) on signaling cascades and physiology as well as on morphological and epigenetic characteristics of neural cells in vitro.

Ref. no:  48
Project duration:  01.04.2018 - 31.12.2021
Scientist/s:  Dr. David Schürmann, Dr. Angélique Ducray
Applicant/s:  Dr. David Schürmann, Dr. Angélique Ducray
Contactperson/s:  Dr. David Schürmann (david.schuermann(at)unibas.ch)
Type:  University

Basic research (Closed)

Effects of WLAN Exposure on Sleep

Prof. Dr. Heidi Danker-Hopfe, Dr. Ing. Hans Dorn
Charite- Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Since a few years, most homes and offices are equipped with wireless local networks. Many people attribute their unspecific health symptoms to the radiation of this technology. Sleep disorders are among the most reported effects. The study investigates in a laboratory setting whether WiFi exposure has causal impacts on the sleep. 

Ref. no:  47
Project duration:  01.04.2017 - 31.03.2019
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Heidi Danker-Hopfe, Dr. Ing. Hans Dorn
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Heidi Danker-Hopfe, Dr. Ing. Hans Dorn
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Heidi Danker-Hopfe (Heidi.Danker-Hopfe(at)charite.de)
Type:  University
Publications:
Schmid, G., Hirtl, R., Bueno‐Lopez, A., Dorn, H., Eggert, T., Danker‐Hopfe, H. (2020): Design and Dosimetric Analysis of an Exposure Facility for Investigating Possible Effects of 2.45 GHz Wi‐Fi Signals on Human Sleep. Bioelectromagnetics. Online DOI:10.1002/bem.22256.  Peer reviewed

Danker-Hopfe, H., Bueno-Lopez, A., Dorn, H., Schmid, G., Hirtl, R., Egger, T. (2020): Spending the night next to a router – Results from the first human experimental study investigating the impact of Wi-Fi exposure on sleep. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 228, July, 113550.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Biological and health related effects of millimeter wave and THz exposures – Study results, quality aspects, and knowledge gaps

Prof. Mats-Olof Mattsson, Prof. Dr. Myrtill Simko
SciProof International AB

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Millimeter waves and terahertz waves are expected to be used in many applications in the near future. However, knowledge regarding possible health consequences of increased applications and use of these waves is sparse. This project will overview and analyze the quality of relevant studies and determine if there is any statistical correlation between study quality and health related outcomes.

Ref. no:  46
Project duration:  01.03.2016 - 30.11.2016
Scientist/s:  Prof. Mats-Olof Mattsson, Prof. Dr. Myrtill Simko
Applicant/s:  Prof. Mats-Olof Mattsson
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Mats-Olof Mattsson (mats-olof.mattsson(at)sciproof-international.se)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Mattsson, M-O., Zeni, O., Simkó, M. (2018). Is there a Biological Basis for Therapeutic Applications of Millimetre Waves and THz Waves? J Infrared Milli Terahz Waves, doi.org/10.1007/s10762-018-0483-5.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Systematic review on radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure in the everyday environment



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The objective of this project is to conduct a systematic review of the distribution of RF-EMF exposure in the everyday environment in Europe. In particular, it aims at:

  • deriving exposure distribution functions for total RF-EMF exposure for population samples and specific microenvironments such as private homes, schools, workplaces, public places or railway stations;
  • assessing the contribution of different sources to total RF-EMF exposure at population and microenvironmental level;
  • putting environmental (far field) RF-EMF exposure levels into context to exposure from devices operating close to the body.

Ref. no:  45
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  University
Publications:
Sagar, S., Dongus, S., Schoeni, A., Roser, K., Eeftens, M., Struchen, S., Foerster, M., Meier, N., Adem, S., Röösli, M. (2017). Radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure in everyday microenvironments in Europe: a systematic literature review. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, Epub ahead of print  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Identification and grouping of relevant experimental parameters to evaluate the effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields in in vitro studies (GROUPER)



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The project analyses the data in the published RF-EMF (radiofrequency EMF) in-vitro studies. Because the heterogeneity of these studies is very high (exposed cell types, investigated endpoints, applied exposures, etc.) almost no statistically robust conclusions have been drawn out of this data so far. The project will pool the data into, among others, biologically relevant groups. It is expected that (i) the subsequent analysis will increase in terms of statistical robustness and (ii) valid overall conclusions out of the published literature can be drawn.

Ref. no:  44
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  Other
Publications:
Simko, M., Remondini, D., Zeni, O., Scarfi, R. (2016). Quality Matters: Systematic Analysis of Endpoints Related to "Cellular Life" in Vitro Data of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 2016, 13, 701; doi: 10.3390/ijerph13070701.  Peer reviewed

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Risk communication about the expansion of the electricity grid - Conflict analysis of international experiences and lessons for anticipatory governance in Switzerland



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Which experiences have been gathered in Switzerland and abroad with conflicts about the expansion of the electricity grid? Which lessons can be drawn for the future conflict management? A new research project aims to answer these questions with the help of an analysis of media content (newspapers, online sources) and expert interviews.

Ref. no:  43
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Publications:
Bauer, L., Dahinden, U., Achwanden, M. (2011). Verpasste Chancen? Altersspezifische digitale Ungleichheiten bei der Nutzung von Mobilkommunikation, in: Studies in Communication Sciences, 11/1, 225-259.   Peer reviewed

Dahinden, U., Aschwanden, M., Bauer, L. (2012). Verpasste Chancen? Altersspezifische digitale Ungleichheiten bei der Nutzung von Mobilkommunikation und Internet. Churer Schriften zur Informationswissenschaft - Schrift 56, Herausgegeben von Wolfgang Semar und Brigitte Lutz, Chur, 2012, ISSN 1660-945X. Download

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Risk Perception and Acceptance of Electricity Networks in the Context of the Energy Transition

Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist
ETH Zürich

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The project examines whether people’s acceptance of power lines increases when they are considered with regard to a successful energy transition, and whether the perceived risk of EMFs decreases. A special focus of the project will be the impact of feelings on risk and benefit perception.

Ref. no:  42
Project duration:  01.03.2014 - 28.02.2017
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist
Type:  University
Publications:
Lienert, P., Suetterlin, B., Siegrist , M. (2015). Public acceptance of the expansion and modification of high-voltage power lines in the context of the energy Transition. Energy Policy, 87, 573-583.  Peer reviewed

Lienert, P., Sütterlin, B., Siegrist, M. (2017). The influence of high-voltage power lines on the feelings evoked by different Swiss surroundings. Energy Research & Social Science, 23, 46–59.  Peer reviewed

Lienert, P., Sütterlin, B., Siegrist, M. (2018): Public acceptance of high-voltage power lines: The influence of information provision on undergrounding. Energy Policy, 112, 305-315.  Peer reviewed

Technology & applied research (Closed)

Novel approaches to assess the contribution of close-to-body devices of the personal radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure

Dr. Jürg Fröhlich, Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
ETH Zürich

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In the project, the hard- and software of a smartphone-based personal exposure measurement system will be extended and improved to allow exposure assessment of close-to-body devices, particularly with regard to future epidemiological studies.

Ref. no:  41
Project duration:  01.04.2013 - 31.03.2016
Scientist/s:  Dr. Jürg Fröhlich, Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
Applicant/s:  Dr. Jürg Fröhlich
Contactperson/s:  Dr. Jürg Fröhlich (info(at)fieldsatwork.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Röösli M., Roser K., Schöni A., Rechsteiner D., Foerster M. (2014). Verhaltensprobleme durch Handynutzung?
Bildung Schweiz, 3, 7-8.

Zahner M., Fröhlich J. (2014). ExpoM - A Personal RF-EMF Exposure Meter. Workshop on "New avenues in
epidemiological exposure assessment", BioEM 2014, Annual Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics
Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA), Cape Town, South Africa, June
2014.

Zahner M., Fröhlich J. (2014b). EMF exposure metering: Dealing with pulsed RF signals, BioEM 2014, Annual Joint Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association
(EBEA), Cape Town, South Africa, June 2014.

Roser, K., Schoeni, A., Bürgi, A., Röösli, M. (2015). Development of an RF-EMF Exposure Surrogate for Epidemiologic Research. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 22, 12, 5, 5634-5656.  Peer reviewed

Roser, K., Schoeni, A., Röösli, M. (2016). Mobile phone use, behavioural problems and concentration capacity in adolescents: a prospective study. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 219, 759–769.  Peer reviewed

Roser, K., Schoeni, A., Struchen, B., Zahner, M., Eeftens, M., Fröhlich, J., Röösli, M. (2017). Personal radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure measurements in Swiss adolescents. Environment Internatio-nal, 99, 303-314.  Peer reviewed

Birks, L.E., van Wel, L., Liorni, I., Pierotti, L., Guxens, M., Huss, A., Foerster, M., Capstick, M., Eeftens, M., El Marroun, H., Estarlich, M., Gallastegi, M., Gonzàlez Safont, L., Joseph, W., Santa-Marina, L., Thielens, A., Torrent, M., Vrijkotte, T., Wiart, J., Röösli, M., Cardis, E., Vermeulen, R., Vrijheid, M.(2021): Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields from mobile communication: Description of modeled dose in brain regions and the body in European children and adolescents. Environmental Research Volume 193, 110505. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2020.110505  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Cellular and molecular effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields



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The project performs experiments to reveal whether PEMF-mediated reduction of cell-proliferation is a common phenomenon of cancer cells or rather restricted to a spectrum of responsive cancers, and to understand the mechanistics underlying the effects.

Ref. no:  40
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  University

Basic research ()

Investigating the origin of individual differences in the response to electromagnetic field exposure



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The project applies magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to reveal anatomical markers responsible for the individual differences in the EEG response to pulse-modulated RF EMF exposure.

Ref. no:  39
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Reto Huber
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Reto Huber (reto.huber(at)kispi.uzh.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Lustenberger C., Murbach M., Dürr R., Schmid M.R., Kuster N., Achermann P., Huber R. (2013). Stimulation of the brain with radiofrequency electromagnetic field pulses affects sleep-dependent performance improvement.Brain Stimulation xxx (2013) 1-7: in press  Peer reviewed

Lustenberger, C., O’Gorman, R.,  Pugin, F., Tüshaus, L., Wehrle, F., Achermann, P., and Huber, R. (2014). Sleep Spindles Are Related to Schizotypal Personality Traits and Thalamic Glutamine/Glutamate in Healthy Subjects. Schizophrenia Bulletin July 29, 2014  Peer reviewed

Lustenberger, C., Wehrle, F., Tüshaus, L., Achermann, P., and Huber, R. (2015). The multidimensional aspects of sleep spindles and their relationship to word-pair memory consolidation. Sleep, 38, 7, 1093-103.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Ongoing)

Neuroinflammation and Mobile Phone Exposure – NIMPHE



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The project carries out an in-depth investigation of neuroinflammation in rats after repeated exposure to two mobile phone signals (GSM-900 and UMTS-1960). Astroglial and microglial populations, and complementary markers, will be used for investigating the inflammatory processes.

Ref. no:  38
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Isabel Lagroye
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Isabel Lagroye (isabelle.lagroye(at)ims-bordeaux.fr)
Type:  University

Technology & applied research (Extended)

Assessment of ELF Current Distri-bution induced in the Human Head from UMTS and GSM Mobile Phones

Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster

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The project evaluates the maximum and the average usage-dependent induced electric fields and currents due to the exposure to LF magnetic fields created from mobile telephones operated at the human head.

Ref. no:  37
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster (kuster(at)itis.ethz.ch)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Gosselin, M.C., Kühn, S., Kuster, N. (2013). Experimental and numerical assessment of low-frequency current distributions from UMTS andGSM mobile phones. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 58 (2013) 8339–8357  Download  Peer reviewed

Risk perception & communication (Extended)

Missed opportunities? A digital divide perspective on age related differences in the use of mobile communication

Prof. Dr. habil. Urs Dahinden

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This project focuses on the digital divide between age groups. The project asks for age-specific opportunities and threats in the use of mobile communications, with a special emphasis on middle-aged and elderly people.

Ref. no:  36
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. habil. Urs Dahinden
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. habil. Urs Dahinden
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. habil. Urs Dahinden (urs.dahinden(at)htwchur.ch)
Type:  University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Publications:
Bauer, L., Dahinden, U., Achwanden, M. (2011). Verpasste Chancen? Altersspezifische digitale Ungleichheiten bei der Nutzung von Mobilkommunikation, in: Studies in Communication Sciences, 11/1, 225-259.   Peer reviewed

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

The use of mobilephones by Swiss adolescents: investigation into the borderline between engagement and addiction

Prof. Dr. Daniel Süss

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This survey-study investigates into the mobile telephone usage behaviour among young people (12 to 19 years old) in Switzerland. Four user types are defined: “non-users”, “conservative users”, “engaged users” and “behaviourally addictive”.

Ref. no:  35
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Daniel Süss
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Daniel Süss
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Daniel Süss (daniel.suess(at)zhaw.ch)
Type:  University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Publications:
Waller, G., Süss, D. (2012). Handygebrauch der Schweizer Jugend: Zwischen engagierter Nutzung und Verhaltenssucht. Zürcher Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft, Zürich. Download

Basic research (Closed)

Assessing the recall bias with regard the laterality of cell phone use



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This experimental study investigates whether subjects that have been informed about a brain tumor in an avatar overestimate ipsilateral cell phone use of the avatar compared to subject that did not get this information.

 

Ref. no:  34
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  University

Basic research (Closed)

Cell phones, sleep and cognitive performance

Prof. Dr. Reto Huber

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The project explores mechanisms of how EMF pulses affect cortical activity of adolescents during sleep and how this change might be translated into changes in cognitive performance.

Ref. no:  33
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Reto Huber
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Reto Huber
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Reto Huber (reto.huber(at)kispi.uzh.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Lustenberger, C., Maric, A., Dürr, R., Achermann, P., Huber, R. (2012). Triangular Relationship between Sleep Spindle Activity, General Cognitive Ability and the Efficiency of Declarative Learning. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49561. doi: 10.1371/Journal.pone.0049561.  Peer reviewed

Lustenberger C., Murbach M., Dürr R., Schmid M.R., Kuster N., Achermann P., Huber R. (2013). Stimulation of the brain with radiofrequency electromagnetic field pulses affects sleep-dependent performance improvement.Brain Stimulation xxx (2013) 1-7: in press  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

RF and ELF-EMF: Gene-Pathway-Disease Analysis

Prof. Dr. Meike Mevissen

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The project identifies the cellular components that are modified by exposure to low and radio frequency electric and magnetic fields, links these components to their pathways and then uses existing linkage between these pathways and human disease to calculate correlations.

Ref. no:  32
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Meike Mevissen
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Meike Mevissen
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Meike Mevissen (meike.mevissen(at)vetsuisse.unibe.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Parham, F.,  Portier, C.J., Chang, X., Mevissen, M. (2016). The Use of signal-Transduction and Metabolic Pathways to Predict human Disease Targets from electric and Magnetic Fields Using in vitro Data in human cell lines. Frontiers in Public Health, 4, article 193. Download  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Protein expression at EMF exposed blood-brain-barrier in vitro



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The project investigates whether some genes encoding for proteins relevant for the blood-brain-barrier functionality that showed expressional changes after UMTS or GSM1800 exposure, also account for changes in protein expression or functional changes.

Ref. no:  31
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  University

Basic research (Closed)

Consultation and counselling in environmental medicine: feasibility, demand and utility

Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli

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The project clarifies the need for Environmental Medicine Counselling in Switzerland, especially in connection with electromagnetic fields. The project documents, among others, who seek advice, the nature of the requests, the success of investigatory and counselling measures.

Ref. no:  30
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli (martin.roosli(at)swisstph.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Röösli, M., Frei, P., Bolliger-Salzmann, H., Barth J., Hlavica, M., Huss, A. (2011a). Umweltmedizinisches Beratungsnetzwerk von Hausärzten: ein Schweizer Pilotprojekt. In: Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis, 16, 3, 123-132.  Peer reviewed

Röösli, M., Frei, P., Bolliger-Salzmann, H., Barth, J., Hlavica, M., Huss, A. (2011b). Erkenntnisse aus der Pilotphase des umweltmedizinischen Beratungsnetzwerkes. Oekoskop 2/11, 16-18.

Röösli, M., Frei, P., Bolliger-Salzmann, H., Barth, J., Hlavica, M., Huss, A. (2011c). Umweltmedizinische Beratungsstruktur im Praxisalltag: Machbarkeit, Bedarf und Nutzen. Begleitstudie. Swiss TPH, Basel. Download

Risk perception & communication (Extended)

NIS-Portal: An internet-based information and literature platform on EMF issues

Dr. Gregor Dürrenberger

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The project designs an internet based NIS-Portal which supports and facilitates information and literature gathering. The portal is focused on users from public authorities, teachers / pupils, the media as well as persons interested in the topic.

 

Ref. no:  29
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Gregor Dürrenberger
Applicant/s:  Dr. Gregor Dürrenberger
Contactperson/s:  Dr. Gregor Dürrenberger (gregor(at)emf.ethz.ch)
Type:  Other

Basic research (Closed)

Radio Frequency Radiation Related to Mobile Communication and Radical Stress in Vivo

Dr. Bernard Veyret

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The project investigates whether radio frequency fields linked to mobile communication can induce radical stress in the rat brain. Radical stress is known to contribute on the cellular level to human disease such as a number of neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Ref. no:  28
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Bernard Veyret
Type:  University
Publications:
Lagroye I., Haro E., Ladevèze E., Madelon C., Billaudel B., Taxile M., Veyret B. (2007a) Effects of mobile telephony signals exposure on radical stress in the rat brain. in: Twenty-ninth Annual Technical Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, Kanazawa, Japan (Abstract book).

Lagroye I., Haro E., Ladevèze E., Billaudel B., Taxile M., Veyret B. (2007b) Effects of GSM-1800 exposure on radical stress in rat brain. 8th International Congress of the European BioElectromagnetics Association, Bordeaux, France (Abstract book).

Basic research (Closed)

CEFALO: An international case-control study on brain tumours in children and adolescents

Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli, Prof. Dr. Michael Grotzer, Prof. Dr. Nicolas von der Weid, Dr. Joachim Schüz, Dr. Tore Tynes, Dr. Maria Feychting
Universität Basel, Swiss TPH

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In this international case-control study, the risk of children and adolescents for developing brain tumours due to the use of mobile telephones is investigated in 4 countries.

Ref. no:  27
Project duration:  01.08.2006 - 31.12.2010
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli, Prof. Dr. Michael Grotzer, Prof. Dr. Nicolas von der Weid, Dr. Joachim Schüz, Dr. Tore Tynes, Dr. Maria Feychting
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli (martin.roosli(at)swisstph.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Aydin, D., Feychting, M., Schüz, J., Andersen, T.V., Poulsen, A.H., Prochazka, M., Klaeboe, L., Kuehni, C.E., Tynes, T., Röösli, M. (2011b). Impact of Random and Systematic Recall Errors and Selection Bias in Case-Control Studies on Mobile Phone Use and Brain Tumors in Adolescents (CEFALO Study). Bioelectromagnetics, 32, 5, 396-407.  Peer reviewed

Aydin, D., Feychting, M., Schüz, J., Tynes, T., Andersen, T.V., Samsø Schmidt, L., Poulsen, A.H., Johansen, C., Prochazka, M., Lannering, B., Klæboe, L., Eggen, T., Jenni, D., Grotzer, M., von der Weid, N., Kuehni, C.E., Röösli, M. (2011c). Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours in children and adolescents: a multicenter case-control study (CEFALO). Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 103, 1264-1276.  Peer reviewed

Rohner, N., Boutellier, R. (2007) Technological Lock-In Effects: A new Challenge for RF Health Risk Management?, in: 17th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2007 , Munich, September 24-28, 2007.

Röösli, M. (2007) Errors in epidemiological exposure assessment: Implications for study results, in: 17th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2007 , Munich, September 24-28, 2007. 

Röösli, M., Feychting, M., Hamnerius, Y., Kheifets, L., Kuster, N., Ruiz, I., Schüz, J., Wiart, J., Neubauer, G. (2006a) Feasibility of future epidemiological studies on possible health effects of mobile phone base stations. Joint Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) and the International Society for Exposure Assessment (ISEA), September 2-6, 2006, Paris, in: Epidemiology, 17, 6, 74.

Röösli, M., Feychting, M., Hamnerius, Y., Kheifets, L., Kuster, N., Ruiz, I., Schüz, J., Wiart, J., Neubauer, G. (2006b) Feasibility of future epidemiological studies on possible health effects of mobile phone base stations. Joint Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) and the International Society for Exposure Assessment (ISEA), September 2-6, 2006, Paris (Abstract book).

Feychting, M. (2006) CEFALO - A case-control study of brain tumours in children and adolescents and mobile phone use. Joint Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) and the International Society for Exposure Assessment (ISEA), September 2-6, 2006, Paris (Abstract book).

Christensen, J.S., Mortensen, L.H., Röösli, M., Feychting, M., Tynes, T., Andersen, T.V., Schmidt, L.S., Poulsen, A.H., Aydin, D., Kuehni, C.E., Prochazka, M., Lannering, B., Klaeboe, L., Eggen, T., Schüz, J. (2012). Brain tumors in children and adolescents and exposure to animals and farm life: a multicenter case-control study (CEFALO). Cancer Causes Control, 23, 1463-1473.  Peer reviewed

Aydin, D., Feychting, M., Schüz, J., Röösli, M. (2012a). Childhood brain tumours and use of mobile phones: comparison of a case–control study with incidence data. Environmental Health, 11, 35. Commentary.  Peer reviewed

Aydin, D., Feychting, M., Schüz, J., Röösli, M. (2012c). Response. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, commentary, 104 (8), 635, first published online April 5, 2012, doi:10.1093/jnci/djs144.

Aydin, D., Feychting, M., Schüz, J., Röösli, M. (2012d). Response. Journal of the National Cancer Institute, commentary, 104 (8), 637-638, first published online April 5, 2012, doi:10.1093/jnci/djs147.

Andersen, T.V ., Schmidt, L.S., Poulsen, A.H., Feychting, Röösli, M., Tynes, T., Aydin., D., Prochazka, M, Lannering, B., Klæboe, L. Eggen, T., Kuehni, C.E., Schmiegelow, K. and Schüz, J. (2013). Patterns of exposure to infectious diseases and social contacts in early life and risk of brain tumours in children and adolescents: an International Case-Control Study (CEFALO). British Journal of Cancer (2013), 1-8 | doi: 10.1038/bjc.2013.201  Peer reviewed

Shu, X., Prochazka, M., Lannering, B., Schüz,  J., Röösli,  M., Tynes,  T., Kuehni,  C. E., Andersen, T. V., Infanger,  D., Schmidt,  L. S., Poulsen,  A. H., Klaeboe,  L., Eggen  T. & Feychting  M. (2014). Atopic conditions and brain tumor risk in children and adolescents—an international case–control study (CEFALO). Annals of Oncology, doi:10.1093/annonc/mdu048  Peer reviewed

Fahmideh M.A., Lavebratt C, Schüz J., Röösli M., Tynes T., Grotzer M.A., Johansen C., Kuehni C.E., Lannering B., Prochazka M., Schmidt L.S., Feychting M. (2015). CCDC26, CDKN2BAS, RTEL1, and TERT Polymorphisms in Pediatric Brain Tumor Susceptibility. Carcinogenesis, 36, 8, 876-882.  Peer reviewed

Vienneau, D., Infanger,D. Feychting M., Schüz J., Samsø Schmidt L., Harbo Poulsen A., Tettamanti G., Klæboe L., Kuehni C.E., Tynes T., Von der Weid N. Lannering B., Röösli M. (2016). A multinational case-control study on childhood brain tumours, anthropogenic factors, birth characteristics and prenatal exposures: a validation of interview data. Cancer Epidemiology, 40, 52–59. Download  Peer reviewed

Fahmideh, M.A., Lavebratt C, Schüz J., Röösli M., Tynes T., Grotzer M.A., Johansen C., Kuehni C.E., Lannering B., Prochazka M., Schmidt L.S., Feychting M. (2016). Common Genetic Variations in Cell Cycle and DNA Repair Pathways Associated with Pediatric Brain Tumor Susceptibility, Oncotarget. epub ahead of print.  Peer reviewed

Tettamanti, G., Xiaochen, S., Fahmideh, M.A., Schüz, J., Röösli, M., Tynes, T., Grotzer, M.A., Johansen, C., Klaeboe, L., Kuehni, C.E., Lannering, B., Schmidt, L.S., Vienneau, D., Feychting, M. (2016). Prenatal and postnatal medical conditions and the risk of brain tumors in children and adolescents: an international multicenter case-control study. Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, published online first, DOI: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0451.  Peer reviewed

Waszak, S.M. et al. (2018). Spectrum and prevalence of genetic predisposition in medulloblastoma: a retrospective genetic study and prospective validation in a clinical trial cohort. Lancet Oncol. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30242-0.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Thermosensor protein GrpE of the heat shock protein Hsp70 system as target for high-frequency electromagnetic fields

Dr. Jürg Fröhlich, PD Dr. Ilian Jelezarov

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This in-vitro project investigates the molecular system GrpE that is well characterized with regard to its thermal behaviour. The conformational equilibrium will be measured under RF exposure in order to detect and study possible non-thermal effects.

Ref. no:  26
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Jürg Fröhlich, PD Dr. Ilian Jelezarov
Applicant/s:  Dr. Jürg Fröhlich
Contactperson/s:  Dr. Jürg Fröhlich (info(at)fieldsatwork.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Beyer, Ch., Jelezarov, I., Christen, P., Fröhlich, J. (2010a). Thermosensor protein GrpE of the heat shock protein Hsp70 system as target for electromagnetic fields. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagetics Society (BEMS), Soul, South Korea.

Beyer, Ch., Jelezarov, I., Christen, P., Fröhlich, J. (2010b). Assessment of potential EMF induced conformational changes of thermosensor protein GrpE of E. coli. Meeting of the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA), pp. 122 - 123, Bordeaux, France.

Kühn, S. (2009). EMF Risk Assessment: Exposure Assessment and Compliance Testing in Complex Environments. Diss. ETH Zürich, # 18637.  Peer reviewed

Beyer, Ch., Jelezarov, I., Christen, P., Fröhlich, J. (2009). Thermosensor Protein GRPE of the Heat Shock Protein HSP70 System as Target for Electromagnetic Fields. Joint Meeting of The Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) and the European BioElectromagnetics Association (EBEA) - BioEM09, Davos, Switzerland.

Beyer, Ch., Jelezarov, I., Fröhlich, J. : Real-time observation of potential conformational changes of proteins during electromagnetic field exposure, 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). pp.939 - 942, Vancouver CA , 2008

Beyer C.H., Christen P., Jelesarov I., Fröhlich J. (2013). Experimental System for Real-Time Assessment of Potential Changes in Protein Conformation Induced by Electromagnetic Fields. Bioelectromagnetics, 34, 419-428.  Peer reviewed

Beyer, C., Christen, P., Jelesarov, I.,  Fröhlich, J. (2014). Real-Time Assessment of Possible Electromagnetic-Field-Induced Changes in Protein Conformation and Thermal Stability. Bioelectromagnetics, DOI: 10.1002/bem.21865.  Peer reviewed

Technology & applied research (Closed)

Evaluation of the correlation between RF dosimeter reading and real human exposure

Dr. Georg Neubauer, DI Stefan Cecil, Dr. Jürg Fröhlich,  Richard Überbacher

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The project examines the correlation between values measured by exposimeters and the effective human exposure to mobile phone base stations signals for a representative selection of exposure scenarios by using measurement equipment and numerical software tools.

Ref. no:  25
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Georg Neubauer, DI Stefan Cecil, Dr. Jürg Fröhlich,  Richard Überbacher
Applicant/s:  Dr. Georg Neubauer
Contactperson/s:  Dr. Georg Neubauer (georg.neubauer(at)ait.ac.at)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Neubauer, G., Cecil, S., Giczi, W, Petric, B., Preiner, P., Fröhlich, J., Röösli, M. (2010). The Association between Exposure determined by Radiofrequency Personal Exposimeters and Human Exposure: A Simulation Study. Bioelectromagnetics, 31, 7, 535-545.  Peer reviewed

Neubauer, G., et al. (2008). Evaluation of the Correlation between RF Exposimeter Reading and Real Human Exposure. BEMS 30th Annual Meeting, June 8-12, San Diego, California.

Neubauer, G., et al. (2007b) Evaluation of the Correlation between RF Exposimeter Reading and Real Human Exposure, in: 17th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2007 , Munich, September 24-28, 2007.

Technology & applied research (Closed)

Diffusion of wireless technologies and technological lock-in



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The project investigates the importance of wireless technologies within companies, describes dependencies and discusses strategies to successfully manage exposure to technological lock-in risks in order to increase companies’capacity for sustainable growth.

Ref. no:  24
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  University
Publications:
Rohner, N., Boutellier, R. (2009). Diffusion of Wireless Communication Technologies and Technological Lock-In. 20th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, January 12-16, Zurich.

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

An integrated model of EMF risk communication

 Katrin Meier,  Matthias Holenstein,  Betty Zucker, Prof. Dr. Matthias Haller

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The project consolidates with an expert delphi the available scientific knowledge and practical experiences in EMF risk communication, identifies the core elements of the debate and constructs a causal relationship model of the germane interdependencies.

Ref. no:  23
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:   Katrin Meier,  Matthias Holenstein,  Betty Zucker, Prof. Dr. Matthias Haller
Applicant/s:   Katrin Meier
Contactperson/s:   Katrin Meier (katrin.meier(at)sg.ch)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Meier, K., Zucker, B., Cerf, F. (2007) An integrated model of EMF risk debate, in: 17th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2007, Munich, September 24-28, 2007. 

Meier, K., Zucker, B., Erifilidis, E. (2004) Mobilkonflikt, Begleitstudie zum Dialog über einen nachhaltigen Mobilfunk in der Schweiz, in: riskDOK, 02/2004.

Zucker, B., Meier, K., (2004) Zwischen Vorsorge und Versorgung, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 189, 8.

Risk perception & communication (Aborted)

Empirical measures of market power in the telecommunications sector

Prof. Dr. John W. Mayo

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This empirical project measures the market power – the power of firms to raise prices above marginal cost – in the Swiss telecom sector and compares the results with international data and with known extreme market structure situations.

 

Ref. no:  22
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. John W. Mayo
Type:  University

Basic research (Closed)

Association between EMF exposure from mobile phone base stations and selected performance indicators in dairy cows in a pilot area

Prof. Dr. Katharina Stärk Spallek

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The project investigates a possible association between exposure to high frequency EMF and selected performance indicators of dairy cows. The exposure is estimated with the help of location data from the Swiss pedigree breeding programme, exposure modelling, and field measurements.

Ref. no:  21
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Katharina Stärk Spallek
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Katharina Stärk Spallek
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Katharina Stärk Spallek (kstaerk(at)rvc.ac.uk)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Baumann, P., Stärk, K. (2007) Exposure assessment for epidemiological studies in livestock: Measurement campaigns and simulations, in: 17th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2007 , Munich, September 24-28, 2007

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Expert and lay perception of health hazards associated with mobile phone base stations

Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist

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The project describes what kind of mental models experts and lay people have about the causal relationship between EMF from mobile communication and health. A representative mail survey based on lay people’s mental models documents the prevalence of the risk beliefs.

Ref. no:  20
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist (msiegrist(at)ethz.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Cousin, ME., Siegrist, M., (2010a). The public's knowledge of mobile communication and its influence on base station siting preferences. Health, Risk & Society, 12, 3, 231-250.  Peer reviewed

Cousin, ME., Siegrist, M., (2010b). Risk perception of mobile communication: a mental models approach. Journal of Risk Research, 13, 5, 599-620.  Peer reviewed

Cousin, M.E., Siegrist, M. (2008). Laypeople's Health Concerns and Health Beliefs in Regard to Risk Perception of Mobile Communication. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 14, 1235-1249.  Peer reviewed

Cousin, M.E. (2008). Public's Perception of Mobile Communication and the Associated Health Hazard. PhD, ETH Zurich.

Siegrist, M., Cousin, C-E. (2007) Laypeople's Knowledge about Mobile Communication, in: 17th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2007 , Munich, September 24-28, 2007.

Siegrist, M., Earle, T.C., Gutscher, H., Keller, C. (2005) Perception of mobile phone and base station risks, in: Risk Analysis, 25, 5, 1253-1264.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Apoptosis in cultured brain cells following exposure to radiofrequency radiation

Dr Simon Bouffler, Prof. Dr. James Uney, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster

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Brain derived cells will be exposed to mobile phone characteristic RF fields and the frequency of apoptosis be evaluated. In parallel, samples will be taken to assess the expression level of specific genes known to be associated with apoptosis.

 

Ref. no:  19
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr Simon Bouffler, Prof. Dr. James Uney, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster
Applicant/s:  Dr Simon Bouffler
Contactperson/s:  Dr Simon Bouffler (simon.bouffler(at)hpa.org.uk)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Moquet, J., Ainsbury, E., Bouffler, S., Lloyd, D. (2008). Exposure to low level GSM 935 MHz radiofrequency fields does not induce apoptosis in proliferating or differentiated murine neuroblastoma cells. Journal of Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 131, 3, 287-96.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Effects of UMTS radio-frequency fields on well-being and cognitive functions in human subjects with and without subjective complaints

Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster, Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli

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TNO replication study and expansion

The goal of the project is to replicate the TNO-study that investigated into effects of electromagnetic fields on well-being and cognitive functions in humans with and without subjective compaints.

Ref. no:  18
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster, Prof. Dr. Martin Röösli
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann (acherman(at)pharma.uzh.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Regel, S.J., Negovetic, S., Röösli, M., Berdiñas, V., Schuderer, J., Huss, A., Lott, U., Kuster, N., Achermann, P. (2006) UMTS base station-like exposure, well being and cognitive performance, in: EHP 2006, 114, 1270-1275.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Impact of exposure to EMF on human genome stability: replication study and extension

Prof. Dr. Primo Schär, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster

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The project is designed as replication study and extension. It clarifies whether and to what extent EMF exposure induces DNA strand breaks in human cells. The cells are exposued to both ELF and RF fields.

 

Ref. no:  17
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Primo Schär, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Primo Schär
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Primo Schär (primo.schaer(at)unibas.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Focke, F. , Schuermann, D. , Kuster, N. , Schär, P. (2009) DNA Fragmentation in Human Fibroblasts Under Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Field Exposure, in: Mutation Research 683 (1-2):74-83, 2010.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

EMF and brain: Effects on cerebral blood flow, cerebral blood volume and neural activity

Prof. Dr. Martin Wolf

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The project clarifies by means of near-infrared spectrophotometry (NIRS)  the short-term influence of EMF on cerebral perfusion and determines the dose response curve. NIRS is a non-invasive method to study changes in cerebral blood flow and blood volume.

 

Ref. no:  16
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Wolf
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Wolf
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Martin Wolf (martin.wolf(at)alumni.ethz.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Wolf, M., Haensse, D., Morren, G., Froehlich, J. (2006) Do GSM 900MHz signals affect cerebral blood circulation? A near-infrared spectrophotometry study, in: Optics Express, 14:6128-6141.

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

The impact of precautionary measures and scientific uncertainties on laypersons' EMF risk perception



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The project examines whether and how different information about uncertainties regarding risk assessment and different regulative measures invoked to implement the precautionary principle may influence, i.e. increase or reduce, laypersons’ risk perception.

Ref. no:  15
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  Other
Publications:
Wiedemann, P.M., Thalmann, A.T., Grutsch, M.A., Schütz, H. (2006) The impacts of precautionary measures and the disclosure of scientific uncertainty on EMF risk perception and trust, in: Journal of Risk Research, 9, 4, 361-372.  Peer reviewed

Thalmann, A.T. (2004a). Communication des incertitudes: Le cas „téléphonie mobile et les risques sanitaire“, in: Ligeron J.C. (eds.) Congrès Lambda Mu 14 « Risques & Opportunités » (Abstract Band 3). Bourges, October 11-13, 2004, 810-815.

Thalmann, A.T. (2004b). Risiko Elektrosmog: Wie ist Unsicherheit zu kommunizieren?, in: Eikmann, T. (Hrsg.) Gemeinsame Konferenz der International Society of Environmental Medicine und der Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin, 3.-5. Oktober 2004, Halle/Saale. Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis, 9, Nr.4, 202.

Thalmann, A.T. (2004c). Verständlichkeit von EMF-Broschüren. Wie Informationen von Laien verstanden und bewertet werden, in: FGF-Newsletter, 1/2004, 48-51.

Basic research (Closed)

Study on the feasibility of future epidemiological studies on health effects of mobile telephone base stations

Dr. Georg Neubauer

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This research project brings together in a collaborative effort leading international scientists in RF-engineering/dosimetry and epidemiology to jointly assess the feasibility of epidemiological studies on health impacts of RF-exposure from mobile phone base stations.

Ref. no:  14
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Georg Neubauer
Applicant/s:  Dr. Georg Neubauer
Contactperson/s:  Dr. Georg Neubauer (georg.neubauer(at)ait.ac.at)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Röösli, M., Feychting, M., Hamnerius, Y., Kheifets, L., Kuster, N., Ruiz, I., Schüz, J., Wiart, J., Neubauer, G. (2006a) Feasibility of future epidemiological studies on possible health effects of mobile phone base stations. Joint Conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) and the International Society for Exposure Assessment (ISEA), September 2-6, 2006, Paris, in: Epidemiology, 17, 6, 74.

Neubauer, G., Röösli, M., Feychting, M., Hamnerius, Y., Kheifets, L., Kuster, N., Ruiz, I., Schüz, J. and Wiart, J. (2005a) Study on the feasibility of future epidemiological studies on health effects of mobile telephone base stations: dosimetric criteria for an epidemiological base station study. Abstract submitted to WHO meeting on Base Stations Geneve 2005.

Neubauer, G., Röösli, M., Feychting, M., Hamnerius, Y., Kheifets, L., Kuster, N., Ruiz, I., Schüz, J., Überbacher, R., Wiart, J. (2005b). Study on the feasibility of epidemiological studies on health effects of mobile telephone base stations. Final Report. March 2005, Austrian Research Center Seiberdorf, ARC-IT-0124.

Neubauer, G., Röösli, M., Feychting, M., Hamnerius, Y., Kheeifets, L., Kuster, N., Schüz J. and Wiart, J. (2004) Feasibility of future epidemiological studies on possible health effects of mobile phone base stations in: BEMS 2004 Washington DC (Abstract CD).

Neubauer, G., Feychting, M., Hamnerius, Y., Kheifets, L., Kuster, N., Ruiz, I., Schüz, J., Überbacher, R., Wiart, J., Röösli, M. (2007a). Feasibility of future epidemiological studies on possible health effects of mobile phone base stations. Bioelectromagnetics, 28, 224-230.

Basic research (Closed)

Dose-effect relationship of electromagnetic field strengths (“handset-like” GSM signal) on sleep and sleep EEG

Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster

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In the latest study we observed that EEG power in non-REM sleep was increased after exposure to “handset-like” EMF but not after continuous wave EMF exposure. In this project we want to validate the previous findings by assessing the dose - response relationship. 

 

Ref. no:  13
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann, Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann (acherman(at)pharma.uzh.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Regel, S.J., Tinguely, G., Schuderer, R., Adam, M., Kuster, N., Landolt, H-P., Achermann, P. (2007). Pulsed radio-frequency electromagnetic fields: dose-dependent effects on sleep, the sleep EEG and cognitive performance. Journal of Sleep Research, 16, 253-258.  Peer reviewed

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Scientific evaluation of the participation project „Dialogue on sustainable mobile communication“

Prof. Dr. Matthias Haller,  Betty Zucker,  Katrin Meier

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This research project follows a case-study approach to explore the different perception, thinking and communication patterns of Swiss interest groups participating in the public debate about mobile communication.

 

Ref. no:  12
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Matthias Haller,  Betty Zucker,  Katrin Meier
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Matthias Haller
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Matthias Haller (matthias.haller(at)risiko-dialog.ch)
Type:  Other
Publications:
Meier, K., Zucker, B., Cerf, F. (2007) An integrated model of EMF risk debate, in: 17th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2007, Munich, September 24-28, 2007. 

Meier, K., Zucker, B., Erifilidis, E. (2004) Mobilkonflikt, Begleitstudie zum Dialog über einen nachhaltigen Mobilfunk in der Schweiz, in: riskDOK, 02/2004.

Zucker, B., Meier, K., (2004) Zwischen Vorsorge und Versorgung, in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 189, 8.

Basic research (Closed)

Examination of the effects of low frequency mobile phone emissions on EEG-recorded brain electrical activity

Dr. Jon Dobson

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The study examines the effects of 8 Hz and 2 Hz magnetic fields on the brain electrical activity of Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy patients who are undergoing presurgical evaluation via implanted EEG electrodes and normal volunteers with surface electrodes.

Ref. no:  11
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Jon Dobson
Type:  University
Publications:
Verschueren, S., Wieser, H.G., Dobson, J., (2004) Preliminary analysis of the effects of DTX mobile phone emissions on the human EEG, in: Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields 2004, Kos, Greece (Ed. P. Kostarakis), 704-712.

Basic research (Closed)

Tradescantia micronucleus bioassay for detecting mutagenicity of GSM- and UMTS-fields

Dr. Martin Urech, Dr. Hugo Lehmann, Dr. Christina Pickl

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The Tradescantia micronucleus bioassay (Trad-MCN) is used to detect possible mutagenic effects of mobile phone electromagnetic fields. Endpoint of the bioassay is the number of micronuclei (MCN) in the meiotic pollen mother cells of the plants.

Ref. no:  10
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Martin Urech, Dr. Hugo Lehmann, Dr. Christina Pickl
Applicant/s:  Dr. Martin Urech
Contactperson/s:  Dr. Martin Urech (martin.urech(at)pulsbern.ch)
Type:  Economy
Publications:
Lehmann, H., Urech, M., Pickl, C. (2003) Tradescantia micronucleus bioassay for detecting mutagenicity of GSM-fields, in: 15th International Zurich Symposium and Technical Exhibition on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2003, Zurich, February 18-20, 2003, 301-303.

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Impact of information frames on laypersons’ risk appraisal



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In this experimental study the impacts of two different information frames on laypersons' risk appraisal is investigated. Scientific evidence on EMF health risks is given to the study participants in table format (lists of study-findings) or text format (descriptions of the state-of-the art).

Ref. no:  9
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  Other
Publications:
Thalmann, A.T. (2005). Risiko Elektrosmog. Wie ist Wissen in der Grauzone zu kommunizieren? Psychologie, Forschung, aktuell, Band 19, Weinheim: Beltz Verlag.

Thalmann, A.T. (2004a). Communication des incertitudes: Le cas „téléphonie mobile et les risques sanitaire“, in: Ligeron J.C. (eds.) Congrès Lambda Mu 14 « Risques & Opportunités » (Abstract Band 3). Bourges, October 11-13, 2004, 810-815.

Thalmann, A.T. (2004b). Risiko Elektrosmog: Wie ist Unsicherheit zu kommunizieren?, in: Eikmann, T. (Hrsg.) Gemeinsame Konferenz der International Society of Environmental Medicine und der Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Umweltmedizin, 3.-5. Oktober 2004, Halle/Saale. Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis, 9, Nr.4, 202.

Thalmann, A.T. (2002) The impact of information frames on the laypersons’ risk appraisal, in: Wiedemann, P.M., Clauberg, M. (eds.) Integrated Risk Management: Strategic, Technical, and Organizational Perspectives, Final Programme of 12th SRA Europe Annual Meeting 2002 of Society for Risk Analysis, Berlin, July 21-24, 2002, 76.

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Conditions of risk perception concerning EMF and its dependency on different types of knowledge transfer

Prof. Dr. Roland Scholz

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The project investigates the impacts of different types of knowledge transfer in risk communication on potential mobile technology health risks, as the transfer of "knowledge about the new technology" and the transfer of "knowledge about the risk context".

Ref. no:  8
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Roland Scholz
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Roland Scholz
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Roland Scholz (roland.scholz(at)env.ethz.ch)
Type:  University

Technology & applied research (Closed)

Life cycle assessment of the mobile communication system UMTS towards eco-efficient systems



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The project evaluates the environmental sustainability of the UMTS mobile communication system (mobile phones, antennae, base stations, switches, net centers, et cetera) considering the entire life cycle (resource extraction, construction, operation, dismantling and waste treatment).

 

Ref. no:  7
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  Economy
Publications:
Faist Emmenegger, M., Frischknecht, R., Stutz, M., Guggisberg, M., Witschi, R., Otto, T., (2004) Life cycle assessment of the mobile communication system UMTS towards eco-efficient systems, in: Int J LCA 2004, OnlineFirst.  Peer reviewed

Faist Emmenegger, M., Frischknecht, R., Stutz, M., Guggisberg, M., Witschi, R., Otto, T., (2004) Ökobilanz deckt Optimierungspotenzial auf, in: Umwelt Focus, 1, 35-37.

Faist, M., Frischknecht, R., Jungbluth, N., Guggisberg, M., Stutz, M. Otto, T. Witschi, R. (2003) LCA des Mobilfunksystems UMTS. Schlussbericht, Uster: ESU-services.

Stutz, M., Faist, M., Frischknecht, R., Guggisberg, M. Witschi, R., Otto, T. (2003) Life cycle assessment of the mobile communication system UMTS: towards eco-efficient systems, in: Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment, Boston, May, 2003, 141–146.

Basic research (Closed)

Influence of HF electromagnetic fields on the development and the molecular biology of the moss Physcomitrella patens and the nematode Caenorhabditits elegans

Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Zrÿd, Prof. Dr. Farhad Rachidi

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The project investigates macrospcopic and molecular effect of low-level elelctromagnetic fields on the moss Physcomitrella patens  and on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in the range of 900 MHz – 1 GHz. The biology and genetics of both organisms is well known.

 

Ref. no:  6
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Zrÿd, Prof. Dr. Farhad Rachidi
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Zrÿd
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Zrÿd (Jean-Pierre.Zryd(at)unil.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Comino, E., Zrÿd, J.P., Alasonati, E., Saidi, Y., Zweiacker, P., Rachidi, F., (in press) Methods for the evaluation of possible biological effects of electromagnetic fields, in: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, PIERS’04, Pisa, March 28-31, 2004.

Zrÿd, J.P., Alasonati, E., Goloubinoff, P., Saidi, Y., Zweiacker, P., Rachidi, F., (in press) Tackling the problem of thermal versus non thermal biological effects of high frequency electromagnetic radiations, in: Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, PIERS’04, Pisa, March 28-31, 2004.

Alasonati, E., Comino, E., Ianoz, M., Korovkin, N., Rachidi, F., Saidi, Y., Zrÿd, J.P., Zweiacker, P. (2003a) Fractal dimension: a method for the analysis of the biological effects of electromagnetic fields, in: 5th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Electromagnetic Ecology, St. Petersburg, Russia, September 2003, 405-407.

Alasonati, E., Comino, E., Giudice, A., Ianoz, M., Rachidi, F., Saidi, Y., Zrÿd, J.P., Zweiacker, P. (2003b) Use of the photosynthesis performance index to assess the effects of high frequency electromagnetic fields on the membrane integrity of the moss P. patens, in: 15th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2003, Zurich, February 18-20, 2003, 297-299.

Saidi, Y., Alasonati, E., Zweiacker, P., Rachidi, F., Goloubinoff, P., Zrÿd, J.P. (2003) High frequency electromagnetic radiations induce a heat shock-like response in Physcomitrella patens, in: The Annual International Meeting for Moss Experimental Research, St. Louis, September 7-10, 2003, 22.

Alasonati, E., Comino, E., Ianoz, M., Korovkin, N., Rachidi, F., Schaefer, D., Zryd, J.P., Zweiacker, P. (2002) Use of fractal dimension for the analysis of biological effects of electromagnetic fields on the moss P. patens and the nematode C. elegans, in: The International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility EMC Europe 2002, Sorrento, Sept. 9-13, 2002, 991-995.

Zrÿd, J.P., Ianoz, M., Rachidi, F., Zweiacker, P. (2001) Influence of HF electromagnetic fields on the development and the molecular biology of the moss physcomitrella patens and the nematode caenorhabditis elegans, in: 14th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2001, Zurich, February 20-22, 2001, 179-180.

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Analysing and monitoring print media coverage on EMF-risks



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The project analysis and interprets the media coverage of EMF risks published in the national daily and weekly newspapers of German-speaking and French-speaking Switzerland in the period between 1995 and 2002.

 

Ref. no:  5
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Type:  University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Publications:
Wyss, V., Kuhn, H. (2001) Monitoring of media coverage of EMF risks, in: 14th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2001, Zurich, February 20-22, 2001, 185-186.

Risk perception & communication (Closed)

Electromagnetic fields – perceived risks, social trust and confidence

Prof. Dr. em. Heinz Gutscher, Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist

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Both social trust and confidence have an impact on people’s willingness to cooperate (e.g., accept electromagnetic fields). The project develops measures for trust and confidence and tests their impact on the willingness to cooperate in the applied context of EMF risk management.

 

Ref. no:  4
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. em. Heinz Gutscher, Prof. Dr. Michael Siegrist
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. em. Heinz Gutscher
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. em. Heinz Gutscher
Type:  University
Publications:
Siegrist, M., Earle, T.C., Gutscher, H., Keller, C. (2005) Perception of mobile phone and base station risks, in: Risk Analysis, 25, 5, 1253-1264.  Peer reviewed

Gutscher, H., Siegrist, M. (2004) The need for a climate of trust, in: Mobile health and the environment: Resolving mobile health and the environment issues with corporate social responsibility, Risk Perception and Communication, IBC London, March 16-17, 2004, 3, 1-5.

Siegrist, M., Earle, T.C., Gutscher, H. (2003) Test of a trust and confidence model in the applied context of electromagnetic field (EMF) risks, in: Risk Analysis, 23, 4, 705-716.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

Effects of EMF exposure of type GSM on sleep, sleep EEG and cerebral blood flow

Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann

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The project investigates whether EMF exposure (type GSM-handset) prior to sleep has similar effects as exposure during sleep. With Positron Emission Tomography (PET) the study examines which areas of the brain are most affected by local exposure to EMF.

Ref. no:  3
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann
Applicant/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Peter Achermann (acherman(at)pharma.uzh.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Huber, R., Treyer, V., Schuderer, J., Buck, A., Kuster, N., Landolt, H.P., Achermann, P. (2005) Exposure to pulse-modulated radio frequency electromagnetic fields affects regional cerebral blood flow, in: European Journal of Neuroscience, 21:1000-1006.  Peer reviewed

Huber, R., Schuderer, J., Graf, T., Jütz, K., Borbély, A.A., Kuster, N., Achermann, P. (2003) Radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure in humans: estimation of SAR distribution in the brain, effects on sleep and heart rate, in: Bioelectromagnetics, 24, 262-276.  Peer reviewed

Achermann, P., Huber, R., Schuderer, J., et al.   Effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields of type GSM on sleep EEG and regional cerebral blood flow, in: 15th International Zurich Symposium and Technical Exhibition on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2003, Zurich, February 18-20, 2003, 289-292.

Huber, R., Treyer, V., Borbély, A.A., Schuderer, J., Gottselig, J.M.; Landolt, H.-P., Werth, E., Berthold, T. Kuster, N., Buck, A. Achermann, P. (2002) Electromagnetic fields, such as those from mobile phones, alter regional cerebral blood flow and sleep and waking EEG, in: J. Sleep Res. 2002, 11, 289-295.  Peer reviewed

Achermann, P., Graf, T., Huber, R., Kuster, N., Borbély, A.A. (2001) Effects of exposure to pulsed 900 MHz electromagnetic fields on sleep and the sleep electroencephalogram, in: 14th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2001, Zurich, February 20-22, 2001, 175.

Technology & applied research (Closed)

Defining measurement standards for and reducing measurement uncertainty of indoor EMF measurements

Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster

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The project assesses the field inhomogeneities and uncertainties of conventional antennae used for measuring EMF in natural indoor-environments, evaluates optimal antennae, and defines robust measurment standards and measurement guidelines for indoor measurements.

 

Ref. no:  2
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster
Contactperson/s:  Prof. Dr. Niels Kuster (kuster(at)itis.ethz.ch)
Type:  University
Publications:
Kühn, S., Kuster, N. (2010). Evaluation of Measurement Techniques to Show Compliance With RF Safety Limits in Heterogeneous Field Distributions. IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, 52, 4, 820-828.  Peer reviewed

Kühn, S. (2009). EMF Risk Assessment: Exposure Assessment and Compliance Testing in Complex Environments. Diss. ETH Zürich, # 18637.  Peer reviewed

Kühn, S., Kramer, A., Sepan, P., Kuster, N. (2007). EVALUATION OF MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES TO SHOW COMPLIANCE WITH RF SAFETY LIMITS IN HETEROGENEOUS FIELD DISTRIBUTIONS, The Bioelectromagnetics Society, 29th Annual Meeting, Abstract Collection, 318-320.

Kramer, A., Nikoloski, N., Kuster, N. (2003) Analysis of indoor rf-field distribution, in: 15th International Zurich Symposium and Technical Exhibition on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2003, Zurich, February 18-20, 2003, 305-306

Kramer, A., Fröhlich, J., Kuster, N. (2002) Towards danger of mobile phones in planes, trains, cars and elevators, in: Journal of the Physical Society of Japan, 71, 12, 3100.  Peer reviewed

Basic research (Closed)

A ferromagnetic transduction mechanism for radio frequency bioeffects

Dr. Jon Dobson

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The project aims to use novel model systems to experimentally examine the effects of RF emissions from cellular telephones (GSM) on biogenic magnetite in living cells (magnetotactic bacteria), and to verify or refute by experiment the theoretical models of ferromagnetic transduction.

 

Ref. no:  1
Project duration:  01.01.1970 - 01.01.1970
Scientist/s:  Dr. Jon Dobson
Type:  University
Publications:
Cranfield, C., Wieser, H.G., Dobson, J. (2003a) Exposure of magnetic bacteria to simulated mobile phone-type RF radiation has no impact on mortality, in: IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience; 2:146-149.  Peer reviewed

Cranfield, C., Wieser, H.G., Al Maddan, J., Dobson, J. (2003b) Evaluation of ferromagnetic transduction mechanisms for mobile phone bioeffects, in: IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience 2: 40-43.  Peer reviewed

Dobson, J., Cranfield, C.G., Al Maddan, J., Wieser, H.G., (2003) Cell mortality in magnetite-producing bacteria exposed to GSM radiation, in: 15th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2003, Zurich, February 18-20, 2003, 293-296.

Wieser, H.G., Dobson, J. (2001) A ferromagnetic transduction mechanism for radio frequency bioeffects, in: 14th International Zurich Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility 2001, Zurich, February 20-22, 2001, 177-178.