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Research

The Centre’s human neurophysiology experimental research focuses on identifying the mechanism responsible for the effects of radio frequency (RF) emissions previously seen on the electroencephalogram (EEG). This program involves two main projects: First to determine the role of the timing of RF exposure (relative to sleep regulation hormone onset) on sleep and the EEG, and whether there are gender differences related to this. In the second project, effects of RF on young children will be investigated.

Project 1:
Melatonin, temperature, and the effect of RF on sleep EEG
Exposure timing, non-RF heat effects, RF heat regulation

Project 2:
Exposure timing, non-RF heat effects, RF heat regulation
Effects on cognition as well as cortical function 4-9 year olds (EEG)

Key people involved:
Sarah Loughran, Rodney Croft, Nigel Taylor, Ron Grunstein, Jane Herbert, Sheridan Findlay

The Social Science arm of the Centre will focus on two issues. The first project focuses on how possible health effects of RF are represented in the media and how alarmist media may heighten anxieties or induce EHS symptoms. The second project investigates general practitioners' understanding of potential effects of RF on health and how they deal with individuals reporting EHS symptoms, with the aim to identify possible communication strategies helping general practitioners to improve their knowledge and ultimately treatment approaches.

Project 1:
Psychosocial determinants of EHS symptoms
Effects of 'inflammatory' media reports on causing EHS symptoms in healthy participants

Project 2: 
Improving RF-health literacy within General Practitioners
Investigating GP's knowledge about EHS and improving communication and treatment strategies

Key people involved:
Sarah Loughran, Rodney Croft, Peter Wiedermann, Graeme Edwards, Frederik Freudenstein 

The Centre's dosimetry stream will provide dosimetry support to all of the projects in the other research streams, while also conducting important stand-alone dosimetry research to assess characteristic RF emissions for new and emerging RF technologies, especially 5G, which will enable far greater upload and download speeds for wireless communication devices.

Project 1: 
Dosimetry support

Project 2:
Modelling of GHz RF absorption in the eyes and skin

Project 3:
Effect of clothing on GHz RF absorption

Project 4:
Validation (& improvement) of RF modelling techniques

Project 5:
Ultrasound as a measure of RF-induced temperature rise

Project 6:
Determination of GHz exposure within the community

Project 7:
Validation of RF thermal models in humans

Key people involved:
Andrew Wood, Robert McIntosh,  Steve Iskra, Sarah Loughran, Rodney Croft

The Centre's animal research focuses on the investigation of the effects of RF exposure on both healthy ageing and neurodegenerative disease.

Project 1:
RF exposure and healthy ageing in mice
Test RF-induced changes on brain ageing process in mice

Project 2:
Does RF exposure ameliorate Alzheimer's disease pathology in mice
Using exposure period over 20 months to analyse 'temporal sequence' of amyloid deposition in exposed brains

Key people involved:
John Finnie, Irene Yarovsky, Bruno Bontempi, Rodney Croft

The Centre's cellular research will focus on identifying optimal sets of experimental tests to detect cellular response after exposure to RF. This includes the potential for low-level effects of RF to interact with the healthy functioning of an individual, but also the understanding of potential impacts of high frequency RF on the body, which is particularly relevant to the latest developments in telecommunications, such as the 5G technology.

Project 1: 
Determining the RF exposure threshold for CW-electroporation
Investigate if high frequency RF poses a health risk through membrane permeation

Project 2: 
Are thermo and mechanoreceptor proteins sensitive to low level RF?
Effects of RF on cells from control and EHS (electromagnetic hypersensitivity individuals)

Project 3: 
Modelling effects of RF on human brain development
Effects of RF on human neural cellular and molecular processes crucial to normal neurodevelopment

Key people involved:
Irene Yarovsky, Elena Ivanova, Elena Pirogova, Boris Martinac, Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Rodney Croft, Sarah Loughran 

Our publications

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From time to time positions for ACEBR research staff arise and can be found listed below:

Currently no positions available


Student positions

ACEBR aims to support students in the bioelectromagnetics domain. Many of ACEBRs researchers have experience in other areas and form part of a very multidisciplinary team.

If you think you might be interested in a postgraduate research degree in one of our research domains please.

From time to time PhD scholarships may also become available and will be listed below.

Currently no positions available


Study participation

ACEBR always welcomes enthusiastic research participants for various studies. Our current opportunities are listed below:

  • None

Collaborations

ACEBR currently has extensive collaborations with government and researchers around the world and are keen to extend this further. If you would like to discuss any such collaborations please contact us at acebr-info@uow.edu.au

Authoritative bodies

Below are the government and non-government organisations involved with electromagnetic field research and health policy.

They either set the research agenda and review research or are integral in advising and informing government on policy.

Logo for World Health Organization World Health Organziation (WHO) Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Project

The EMF Project is open to any WHO Member State government, i.e. department of health, or representatives of other national institutions concerned with radiation protection. The project is fully funded by participating countries and agencies. 

Logo for Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)

Federal Government agency charged with responsibility for protecting the health and safety of people, and the environment, from the harmful effects of ionising and un-ionising radiation.

 

Logo for  The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)

The ACMA is a 'converged' regulator, created to bring together the threads of the evolving communications universe.

International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)

ICNIRP is a publicly-funded body of independent scientific experts consisting of a main Commission of 14 members, a Scientific Expert Group and its Project Groups. The expertise is brought to bear on addressing the important issues of possible adverse effects on human health of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

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