Experts Speak on Cell Phone Radiation, Pregnancy and Sperm

November 12, 2012
2:00 pm US Eastern Time

Slides & Resources

Speaker Presentation Slides and Materials

Süleyman Kaplan, MD

Slides: Effects of prenatal and adult EMF exposure on brain development

Effects of prenatal exposure to a 900 MHz electromagnetic field on the dentate gyrus of rats: a stereological and histopathological study. Odaci, et al

Nesrin Seyhan, PhD

Slides: Gazi non-ionizing radiation protection center and Gazi biophysics department

The effect of radiofrequency radiation on DNA and lipid damage in female and male infant rabbits. Guler, et al

Devra Davis, PhD, MPH

Slides: Cellphone toxicology, exposure assessment and epidemiology--an update

Slides: Expert forum: Cellphone radiation risk to prenancy and sperm

Cell phone safety: The right to know about gray matters, Devra Davis

Doctors' advice to patients and their families: Cell phones and Health: Simple precautions make sense, Environmental Health Trust

Igor Belyaev, PhD

Slides: Exposure to microwaves from mobile communication, DNA repair and cancer risk

Role of physical and biological variables in bioeffects of non-thermal microwaves, Igor Belyaev

Microwaves from mobile phones inhibit 53BP1 focus formation in human stem cells more strongly than in differentiated cells: Possible mechanistic link to cancer risk. Markova, et al

Hugh Taylor, MD, PhD

Slides: Fetal cellphone exposure affects behavior

Fetal radiofrequency radiation exposure from 800-1900 Mhz-rated cellular telephones afets neurodevelopment and behavior in mice
. Aldad, et al

EHHI report: The cell phone problem, February 2012
EHHI cell phone report summary

Ronald Herberman

Slides: Cellphone radiation risks--the case for precaution

Exposure limits: The underestimation of absorbed cell phone radiation, especially in children. Gandhi, et al

Additional Resources

Dr. De-Kun Li, MD, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Division of Research, Kaiser Foundation Research Institute: A prospective study of in-utero exposure to magnetic fields and the risk of childhood obesity. Li, et al

Update: Two videos are now available at the end of this page. One is the webinar itself and the other is a video of the presentations given at the National Press Club event on November 12, 2012. These presentations preceded the CHE EMF Working Group webinar featuring many of the same speakers.

Cell phones are a ubiquitous part of our lives. But several new, independent studies confirm previous findings that pulsed digital signals from cell phones disrupt DNA, impair brain function and damage sperm. Fetuses, children and teens are particularly vulnerable, such that the American Academy of Pediatrics sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission asking for a review of the exposure limits. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a Report calling for an update of cell phone exposure limits. The GAO recommended, “FCC should formally reassess and, if appropriate, change its current RF energy exposure limit and mobile phone testing requirements related to likely usage configurations.” FCC stated on page 40 of the GAO Report “…the Commission’s staff … arrived at the same conclusion [and the] document is ... under consideration by the Commission …”

On this webinar, we found out what the growing body of international science is telling us about the risks to pregnant women and sperm and prenatally exposed offspring from cell phone radiation.

Featured Speakers

The following global experts and eminent scientists from several countries discussed the new studies on this topic and offered suggestions as to what we can all do to counteract negative effects of cell phone use, especially for pregnant women, fetuses and men of reproductive age.

Süleyman Kaplan, MD, professor at Ondokuz Mayis University, Samsun, Turkey, Department of Histology and Embryology, is a pioneer is the analysis of embryology and the author of a major paper published in the journal Brain Research showing that prenatal exposures to cellphone radiation in rats results in offspring with smaller brains with more brain damage and greater structural damage to their skulls.

Dr. Igor Belyaev, PhD, professor and head research scientist at Cancer Research Institute of Slovak Academy of Science, head research scientist at the Institute of General Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Belyaev has a doctorate in radiobiology from the Institute of Biophysics of Academy of Science of USSR, Pushchino, USSR (1986) and the DSc (habilitation) in Genetics from the Saint-Petersburg State University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (1994), associate professor in Genetic toxicology, Stockholm University, Sweden (2004). His professional research area is biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields and ionizing radiation, DNA damage and repair, chromosomal aberrations, apoptosis, molecular markers for radio sensitivity. He is coauthor of more than 80 scientific publications and was on expert on the IARC workshop, which resulted in a finding that cell phone radiation is a possible carcinogen.

Dr. Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, lecturer, president and founder of Environmental Health Trust, is an award-winning, internationally renowned scientist who also was the founding director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the US National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences. The author of 190 scientific publications, awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Green America for her work on cellphone safety, Davis is the author of Disconnect, selected by TIME magazine as a top pick, provides shocking detail about cell phone radiation and your health, and has received broad multi-media coverage on FOX, CNN, BBC, CBC, as well as on national programs in Canada, Finland, Holland, Germany, Korea and Japan. Davis is influencing policy changes in Israel, France, Finland, the Netherlands, India, Russia, and Canada.

Dr. Nesrin SeyhanNesrin Seyhan, PhD Gazi University, Turkey, professor and head of the Biophysics Department, founded both the MSc and PhD degree programs in biophysics at the same university. Additionally, she is the founder and director of Gazi Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (GNRP) Center. She is a Bioelectromagnetics Advisory Committee member for the World Health Organization (WHO), and since 2001, the National Representative for the WHO EMF International Advisory Committee since 2001. She is also a panel member, with the NATO Research Technology Organization (RTO), Human Factors and Medicine (HFM) whose focus is the human effects of non-lethal technologies. Her research interests are non-ionizing radiation sources, standards and measurements, biological effects of ELF and RF EMF, including lipid peroxidation, immune system and collagen synthesis. She is the author and co-author of two books and she has published 40 research articles.

Hugh Taylor, MD, PhD, Yale University, professor and chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor is a recipient of eight National Institutes of Health research grants and directs the Yale Center for Reproductive Biology. Dr. Taylor has published more than 125 articles in leading medical journals. An award-winning scientist, he is the editor–In–chief of Reproductive Sciences and author of an important new study finding that prenatal exposures to cell phone radiation significantly alter brain chemistry and increase behavioral disorders in mice. Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy damage, Dr. Taylor will be participating via a YouTube video only.

Dr. Ronald Herberman, president for Research and Development TNI Bio Tech Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, is the founding director emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. From 1985-2009 he was the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the UPMC Cancer Center and professor of medicine and biology. From 1968 to 1985 he worked with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he and colleague discovered natural killer (NK) cells. Dr. Herberman has served on the Board of the American Association for Cancer Research. He has received the Lifetime Science Award by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging. He is the past president of the American Association of Cancer Institutes and the Society for Biological Therapy and the Society for Natural Immunity. Dr. Herberman will be participating via a YouTube video only.  

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