Australia to open mobile phone health research centre

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Australia to open mobile phone health research centre

An Aus$2.5m (£0.9m) research centre is to be opened in the Australian capital, Canberra, to study possible damaging health effects of mobile phones.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said the centre will study electromagnetic energy emissions from mobile phones and mobile phone towers.

The council intends to support a Centre of Research Excellence in Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Energy with $500,000 (£178,000) a year for up to five years. The centre will be either an actual physical entity or a virtual one, linking research efforts from several different organisations.

NHMRC chief executive Alan Pettigrew said the council funded a number of studies on radio-frequency electromagnetic energy (EME) in such areas as neurophysiology, neuropsychology and cancer biology.

"More studies are required to provide comprehensive evidence," Professor Pettigrew said.

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