Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research

The Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence. With over 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions world-wide, the electromagnetic energy (EME) that powers this technology is now ubiquitous, as is community concern about the possibility of associated health effects. Responding to this concern, ACEBR will embark on a 5-year research program to promote Australia's EME health both in the immediate future, and through the development of human research capacity in this field into the future.

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Response to Catalyst, 16th February 2016PS Catalyst

I was particularly disappointed to see “Wi-Fried” air yesterday in the guise of science journalism, and felt it important to reassure other viewers that the fringe position provided by Dr Davis and associates is merely that, a fringe position that is not supported by science. There isvery strong scientific consensus that, even after considering such personal views as Dr Davis’, there is no substantiated evidence that the low levels of radiofrequency emissions encountered by mobile telecommunications can cause any harm. Of course it is impossible for science to demonstrate that anything is absolutely safe, and so regardless of whether we’re talking about Wi-Fi or orange juice, science cannot demonstrate absolute safety. However, given that radiofrequency emissions are one of the most heavily researched agents that science has ever assessed, and given that (contrary to Catalyst’s claims) no substantiated health effects have emerged, we can be very confident that the emissions are indeed safe. You'll find some information about the scientific consensus from an Australian research perspective here on this ACEBR site. For more detailed information about the international scientific consensus you may find the website of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) of interest, and for an Australian Government safety perspective there is a lot of great information at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) website.

Rodney Croft is Director of the National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia’s Centre for Research Excellence in Electromagnetic Energy, he is a current ICNIRP Commissioner, and Professor of Health Psychology at University of Wollongong. 

Several responses to this episode of Catalyst have since been published, including by The Conversation and ARPANSA.

Professor Rodney Croft was also interviewed by RiAUS TV, which can be viewed here.

Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Case StudiesNew Study

Researchers at ACEBR (Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research) are seeking to recruit participants for a series of case studies investigating the role of RF EMF exposure in producing adverse symptoms in people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) or Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance attributed to Electromagnetic Fields (IEI-EMF). More information about the study can be found here or by contacting Adam Verrender via email