The rapid spread and growth rate of mobile communications using the radiofrequency spectrum, such as in cell phones and wireless data networks, has caused increased concern among government regulators, politicians, scientists, the mass media and the general public over the potential effect of the resultant electromagnetic pollution on human health and well being, not only on users of such technologies, but also on the population which is exposed to fields around base stations and access points.
This concern has prompted many national and international bodies, research groups and independent boards to evaluate the scientifc literature, in order to find what are the objective evidences for such a potential effect. Thousands of papers have been published and reviewed so far, and the World Health Organization, the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) have carried out meetings and reviews, published reports, recommended courses of actions and safety limits, etc.
In the year of 2007, the Edumed Institute for Education in Medicine and Health, and independent, not for profit research, development and education institution has convened a Latin American Scientific Expert Panel, Its aim was to produce and publish an independent consensus report
in which the recent literature on the possible biological and health
effects of high-frequency electromagnetic fields, such as those used
for radio and TV communication, mobile voice and data communication and
wireless data networks, from a point of view of the region's scientist.
As much as possible, recent research produced in the region was to be
evaluated, using rigorous criteria regarding scientific quality and non-biased approaches to the investigation of relationships.
The Latin American Symposium on High Frequency Electromagnetic Fields and Human Health will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, in order to convene the Experts Panel for the analysis and discussion of the final draft of this report and to communicate the main results and conclusions of the literature review to all stakeholders and interested parties in this area in Latin America.
May 28-29 2008
University of São Paulo Campus
São Paulo, Brazil