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Dr. Magda Havas - Education/Environmental Sciences

Magda Havas is Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University where she teaches and does research on the biological effects of environmental contaminants. Dr. Havas received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, completed Post-Doctoral research at Cornell University, and taught at the University of Toronto before going to Trent University in Peterborough, Canada.

She was Science Advisor to the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain and her research (and that of others) helped bring in clean air legislation (Eastern Canadian Acid Rain Program) in 1985. Her paper "Red Herrings in Acid Rain Research" confronted the misconceptions that were being perpetrated about acid rain and its effects.

Electrosmog and Electrosensitivity Power Lines Dr. Havas's research since the 1990s  is concerned with the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution including radio frequency radiation, electromagnetic fields, dirty electricity, and ground current. She works with diabetics as well as with individuals who have multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and those who are electrically hypersensitive. She also conducts research on sick building syndrome as it relates to power quality in schools.

Since the mid 1990s Dr. Havas has taught about electromagnetic pollution in several courses at Trent University  and has supervised Reading Courses and Honours Thesis Projects in this area.

Dr. Havas helped draft Resolution 15 that was passed by the International Association of Firefighters in August 2004 in Boston. She also helped draft a Ground Current Pollution Bill 143 that unanimously passed its second reading in the Ontario Legislative Assembly. This lead to amendments to the Distribution System Code introduced by the Ontario Energy Board to help mitigate ground current problems in rural Ontario.

She has given talks in more than a dozen countries on her research and provides expert testimony on the health effects of electromagnetic pollution as they relate to occupational exposure, high voltage transmission lines, magnetic fields, and both cell phone and broadcast antennas.

Dr. Havas has been an advisor to several public interest groups and educational groups concerned with the health of the environment. She is currently science advisor on EMF-related issues to several non-profit organizations including: The Canadian Initiative to Stop Wireless Electric and Electromagnetic Pollution (WEEPInitiative); the Council on Wireless Technology Impacts (CWTI) and the EMR Policy Institute (EMRPI) in the US; HESE and the EM Radiation Research Trust (EMRRT) in the UK; International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) in the EU; and the Nationaal Platform Stralingsrisicos (NPS) in the Netherlands.

Dr. Havas recently wrote, with Camilla Rees, Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution and has co-edited three books and has published more than 100 articles.

Most Recent Study on the Heart
Her most recent paper (October 22, 2010), documents definitive evidence that radiation from a cordless phone, common in many homes, causes heart arrhythmia and tachycardia (rapid heart rate) and alters the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system similar to a "fight-or-flight" stress response.  It is the first study of its kind demonstrating such a dramatic and repeatable response to pulsed-microwave radiation at levels 0.5% of federal guidelines in both Canada and the U.S.  This double-blind, peer-reviewed study in the European Journal of Oncology Library Vol 5 2010, is called "Provocation Study using Heart Rate Variability shows Radiation from 2.4 GHz Cordless Phone affects Autonomic Nervous System."  It clearly shows that some individuals are hypersensitive to this radiation and react immediately and only during active provocation.

Dr. Martin L. Pall - Education/Biochemistry & Basic Medical Sciences

Dr. Martin L. Pall (born in Montreal) received his BA degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his PhD from Caltech. He has been on the faculty at Washington State University for many years where he "retired" in 2008 as Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences. He started working on so-called unexplained illnesses in 1998, which he argues are caused by a biochemical vicious cycle known as the NO/ONOO- cycle. Some of this work has focused on multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and he has recently turned to study electromagnetic mechanisms in human biology.

He is currently the author of 87 professional publication including his 16 Chapter book. His MCS studies have been repeatedly honored internationally as follows:

He was appointed to the Panel of Advisors of the Environmental Law Centre in London, 2002.

He was the only person from outside of Europe invited to address a special session of the EU Parliament (Council of Nations) at a special session on environmental medicine in Autumn 2008.

He was chosen from all scientists in the world to write an authoritative review on MCS for General and Applied Toxicology, 3rd Edition, 2009. That paper was published in November 2009. He was appointed "Lifetime Honorary Ambassador and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board" of the International Society for Applied Preventative Medicine, April 2010. This followed 4 hours of lectures in Berlin.

He was the Honoree at a meeting organized by Fundacion Alborada in Spain, May, 2010.

He was the only scientist from outside of Europe invited to address a special meeting of the National Institute of Health in Rome on MCS and EHS, November 2010.

He was invited to be a founding member of the faculty of environmental medicine in Milan (2011) and will be starting in that capacity in March 2012.

He was a keynote speaker at Medical Week in Baden-Baden, Germany, being among the first English speakers to be so honored (November 2011).