UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES
FACULTY OF BIOLOGY
Dept. of Cell Biology and Biophysics
Electromagnetic Biology Research Group
THE GOALS OF OUR RESEARCH TEAM ARE:
“ASSESSMENT OF NON IONIZING ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS' IMPACT ON MODEL BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS",
FUNDED UNDER THALIS GRANT MIS 374784"
Head: Dr. Lukas H. Margaritis, Professor Emeritus (as of 01-09-2010) of Cell Biology and Radiobiology
Current members of the group (2012-2013) : Adamantia F. Fragopoulou (Post Doctoral fellow), Maria P. Ntzouni (finishing PhD Candidate), Areti Manta (1st year PhD Candidate) postgraduate diploma Thesis students: Niki Sagioglou, Despoina Mina, Katerina Stefi, Rallou Selimou
OUR RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Ntzouni M.P., Skouroliakou A., Kostomitsopoulos N. and L.H. Margaritis (2013) Transient and cumulative memory impairmentsinduced by GSM 1.8 GHz cell phone signal in a mouse model. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine. Early Online: 1–26,
Fragopoulou A.F., Samara A., Antonelou M.H., Xanthopoulou A., Papadopoulou A., Vougas K., Koutsogiannopoulou E., Anastasiadou E., Stravopodis D.J, Tsangaris G.Th. & L.H. Margaritis
(2012). Brain proteome response following whole body exposure of mice to mobile phone or wireless DECT base radiation. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine. Early Online: 1–25, pdf fil of Abstract PUBMED
University of Athens
Athens, Greece. January 21, 2012. The research group of Professor Lukas Margaritis (Faculty of Biology, University of Athens and the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens), within the framework of the activities seeking for the truth underlining the possible effects of daily life electromagnetic fields, has performed this study as part of the Doctorate Dissertation of Adamantia F. Fragopoulou.
Using ordinary working conditions of mobile phone and wireless DECT base and by applying state of the art proteome science approaches, they demonstrated that a large number of major brain proteins have been changed. Namely proteins that are responsible for the integrity of brain functions, in such critical regions like hippocampus, cerebellum and frontal lobe are below normal levels whereas an equally large number are found well above physiological levels. These “underexpressed” or “overexpressed” proteins may play a role in the short term or long term effects reported as a consequence of mobile phone exposure, including memory deficits, headaches, sleep disorders, brain tumors.
The Fragopoulou et al study is the first large-scale analysis of the mouse brain proteome to be published so far. The research team having recently been awarded a large “Thalis” grant is potentially aiming in elucidating the EMF effects from the molecular level up to the organism level, exploiting the most suitable model systems (mice, insects, nematodes, lizards, cell cultures, human skin).
RECENT PUBLICATIONS (2010-2012)
On going research within the framework of the THALIS PROJECT involves a multidisciplinary, multisource, multimode approach on the effects of various kinds and sources of electromagnetic radiation (mobile phones, blue tooth, wireless DECT, baby monitor, microwave oven, wi-fi). exploring:
To date there is strong evidence that mobile phone use for more than 10 years increases the risk for brain tumors (see recent interview in CNBC U.S.A.
Another issue that concerns us is the radiation emitted by cell phone masts. For this purpose we are performing filed measurements inside houses and schools in order to protect the citizens from excessive radiation levels even if those are within the Greek "safety levels". We strongly believe that a further reduction (below the 30% that the current law states) should be decided by the government and on that direction we provide interviews in the media and well documented advice whenever needed.
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